I have tuned out!

Hi all, long tome no see! So long in fact, they have changed how to do a post. My apologies if I end up messing it up somehow. We’ll see how this ends up!

As always, since the time covid has come amongst us, the important stuff first. Michelle and I are happy and healthy and gainfully employed! We also survived the wildfires that hit our area, almost a month ago to the day today, without any damage at all. The Wind Gods smiled on us!

But now back to the post, what do I mean ‘tuned out’.

Folks, I am tired of the news. Especially the political news. I know who I am voting for, and I bet y’all can guess who it is! But keeping to my rule of NOT being political on this blog I will leave it at that.

But since I know, there is no need to watch debates. or listen to what the candidates said or tweeted yesterday, or anything else for that matter. In fact I have, for the first time in since I got here, changed the car radio from NPR to KCRF 96.7 classic rock!

OK, when did my 80s music become classic rock!!! Am I truly that old????

But I digress!

I am doing my best to enjoy the remainder of daylight savings time and getting outside after work. Beach walks and bike rides take the place of seeing or hearing people fighting and complaining!

Now I am not safe from ALL battles. There was this epic one recently in a tide pool. Who knew hermit crabs have knock down drag out fights?

(Quick note, I made it go back to old school blog post writing!! We will get this done!)

I will freely admit that I did get sucked into one online debate. 

One day, I was walking along the Salishan Spit and found this 

It’s about 4 feet wide and 2.5 feet tall. I posted it on a Facebook group I am in, dedicated to Flora and Fauna of WA and OR. The debate was on!! 
I thought it was the vertebrae from a whale, another thought it was the pelvis, still a third thought it was the back of the skull of the whale.  There never was a clear winner, no expert of Whaleology appeared. But you know what? No one got mad, no names were called, no one got unfriended. It was a polite discussion amongst people with different theories…  If only that could happen in other places! 
One thing a lot of us DID agree upon is that it was a once in life time beach combing find! A friend of mine suggested I hook a wagon to the fat tire bike
and haul that sucker to my back yard!  (Michelle said know. Turns out its illegal to bring home whale bones from Oregon beaches. Who knew??)
Now I should mention, but I won’t show the photo. what happened to the dead whale I found right before the fires.  
The decision had been made to bury it, and it was. I would’ve enjoyed watching them bury that sucker. When Michelle and I walked the beach 2 weeks after I found him, he was nowhere to be seen. 
However, as we know, the beach and waves have a mind of their own! 
Last week, when I found the whalebone I was surprised to see the whale was back! YEP sure enough the waves did it.
Wanna see the power of waves?
This is a photo from about 2 months ago. This big ole piece of driftwood was almost buried.

This is the same piece after the first big waves of the year hit (same waves that dug up the whale!) I took this last week. 

We humans sometimes think we are in charge. Momma Nature, though, every now and then, lets us know we are wrong! 

OH!  And speaking of waves, here is my public service announcement: When the waves are big, do NOT stand on or near big logs. Why?

Every year we loose someone to waves and driftwood. Even that big sucker above I have seen rocked by waves… 

OK, on to better stuff. The last few weeks have been fun (well outside work, work is never fun, that’s why it is called work!) 

First off, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is open again! 

This is one of my favorite places to bike to! I’ve been there twice now, which is a good 44 mile round trip. These are the longest rides of the year. AND I hit the 2000 mile mark for the year! Not too shabby for not having a single 100 mile ride in 2020. (Ok I just looked on Strava 2137 miles to date! And counting!)

We did have a brief revisit of smoke! Nothing like when the fires were just up the road, but the NorCal fire smoke hit us for a couple of days. 

The nighttime red moon was REALLY creepy! 

But it soon cleared and sun came back! One of the things I love about this time of year is that it is still light late enough after work to go on a bike ride, but the sunset is early enough for me to catch! There have been 2 nice ones this week! This was Monday (I snuck down after cleaning out the gutters) 

 

And this was Tuesday at the end of the bike ride.

After 2.5 years of living here it still does NOT get old watching the sun set! 

Wildlife has been fun too! 

The birds love our back yard bird bath. He is a pine siskin.

Last night, no photo evidence, there was a young possum looking in the patio door at our car looking out at it! All I could think was that Mewson was saying, “You are one ugly cat” While Pete the possum answered “You are one funny looking possum!” I just let them stare at each other! 

Blue Herons, Egrets and kingfishers are all over, though eagles have been scarce. 

Whales are coming in closer again as well! 

And just yesterday, for the first time ever, I found a Roughskinned newt! I had parked the fat tire bike for a cookie break. 

He was hanging out near the fish ladder I found this summer.

Cute little guy, just sorta hung out for a bit then disappeared into the moss.  

I have found quite a few NICE agates lately.

 

I have them tumbling now, hoping they turn out as well as I hope! This one, perfect for halloween, also came home with me. 

I am also on the look out for a person! He or she has some serious mad skills! (sorry its blurry, but check out the balance!) 

I have tried, there is no way I could do this! I would love to watch one being done! 

All in all, as you have read, life is pretty darn good here! 

I am a lucky man to have a beach 3/4 of a mile from my front door. I am lucky I can saddle up my bike and see things that make me forget the world. I am lucky to have a loving wife who takes car of me. 

And I am even lucky to have Sal here who keeps seems to be watching me every chance he gets!

I swear any time I am near the water, on the bike or walking, he is there!  I choose to think he is just keeping an eye on me! 

OH!! One last thing!  Not a big deal but I thought it was cool! One of the Facebook groups I am a member of, dedicated to the rocky coast lines here at the coast, chose this picture at the banner for October. 

No money or fame, but I won a tshirt! Not bad for a point and shoot. 

Ladies and gents I hope this post finds you well. I can’t tell you enough how important it is to get outside, breathe fresh air, and love life. Get away from the TV and radio and take a walk. Plug in your favorite CD or mixed tape and take a drive. Get the hell away from the evil and hate and just love life for a bit! 

Like the wind y’all! 

Home and safe!

This morning we got a text from out neighbor saying the power was back! Also winds had died and fog came in. Plus we read with the weather improvement the fires were not spreading.

It was time to go home!

2020 was NOT done with us though, Our hotel was just north of the Columbia River in Wa. To get home, we had to, I know it seems obvious but it’s true, go back into Oregon!

2020 put an accident on the south side of the I 5 Columbia River bridge that closed s/b I5 for hours! It was close to check out time, so we had to leave…

This meant we drove 30 miles NORTH to Kellso, to cross the Columbia and then drive to Astoria, the far north end of the Oregon Coast, and THEN turn south….

All in all 100 miles or so out of the way, but in the end we are home!

House is safe, power on and we had an excellent pasta dinner.

We are glad to be home!

Thanks for caring y’all!

WOW, now this will be a Labor Day weekend to remember….

Hi y’all.  This post is coming to you from an hotel room. Michelle, the cat Mewson, and I are hunkering down awaiting word to return to Lincoln City. RETURN you say?  What happened???

Zombie Hellfire Devil Smoke winds happened!

Read on…. Continue reading “WOW, now this will be a Labor Day weekend to remember….”

How I survive shelter in place by the letters!

Hi yall! Here we are week 4 of shelter in place.  First and most importantly, Michelle and I are happy and healthy. We are also still working full time. Hope this finds you all healthy as well!

One of the things I first learned about being a blogger is that it is not always easy to come up with ideas for a post. I learned early on we bloggers steal from others, and we are stolen from. I look at it as helping each other!

I tell you this because I stole this idea. I had Beth from Fit Ambitious Blonde read and comment on a post of mine. When that happens I always go out to their page to do the same.

She did a post listing how she is coping with the Covid shelter in place A – Z with something on every letter. I liked it!

Its a way to think of the positives during stressful times, so I decided to do the same!

Here is Tony’s Pandemic Survival List!

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2nd Week of Shelter in Place

Here we are at the end of the second week of the Oregon shelter in place rules.

Short update, Michelle and I are still doing well, and we are still working. We took today off from work as we both decided we needed a break, but otherwise, albeit slower, work continues.

A shout out to the Mighty P. They are giving every employee a small bonus next week to help out in these times. I did NOT see that coming and it one helluva nice thing to do. Like everyone, I have complained about work and corporate decisions over the years, but this reminds me why I work there! Well done!

It has been an eventful week… Continue reading “2nd Week of Shelter in Place”

The 2019 Recap

So, its been a bit busy since New Years.  Shoot, since before Christmas!

Since I had the last two Wednesdays off, for Christmas and New Year’s Day, it felt like I’ve had 4 Mondays and 4 Tuesdays during that time…  It’s been a bit of a madhouse.

However, it is Sunday afternoon, chores are done, Christmas has been put away for the year, and its time to look back a bit… Continue reading “The 2019 Recap”

Birthday Miles and Then Some!

Every year I have a dilemma.

Some time or other in the last 11 years I have been cycling, I picked up the tradition of riding my birthday miles on my birthday.

Now if you are in your 20s or 30s, and were born during daylight savings time, this would be easy.

However, this year I turn 55 later this month (UGH! I can no longer dodge saying I am in my mid 50s!) And my birthday is on a weekday that I am working, AND weather in November on the coast can be rough!

This means I have modified the tradition. In my book I fulfill the task if I ride my birthday years on any day of November.  Today was that day!

Continue reading “Birthday Miles and Then Some!”

Autumn at the Oregon Coast

I first started to title this post “Fall at the Oregon Coast”. However, since I am a bike rider, where falls do occur, and my mom reads the blog (and worries) I decided to title it AUTUMN at the Oregon Coast.

OK, on to the post!

Most people visit here in the summer when the sun is warm, the water, although cold, is calm, and there is a good chance of no rain.

The roads around here start getting busy in May. Then from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the coast, especially on weekends, is hopping! We DO have traffic jams, and miles long back ups!

I can’t fault folks, it is VERY pretty down here during that time of year.  However, these last couple of weeks are reminding me why I am finding Fall I mean Autumn, to be my favorite time of year at the coast!

Continue reading “Autumn at the Oregon Coast”