Tidbits from Cannon Beach 2017

Since the birth of the Mountainstroh Blog 4 years (wow 4!) ago, I have posted during every vacation. I do it because it is fun, and it helps me remember the fun stuff that happens, and lets me share my fun with people stuck at work.

Not everything that happens though makes it into a post. Sometimes I forget. Sometimes something cooler happened, and sometimes I just think I will add it later.

This post is a few things that happened during the week we were gone that may have gotten skipped. Continue reading

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Canon Beach in the rearview mirror

You know, as time goes on, I am finding it harder and harder to leave our vacation spots and head home. Last year, after the Oregon Coast bike trip, I was honestly bummed out for  quite a while to be back at work. As I sit here and blog, I am really NOT wanting to go back to the office tomorrow.

Oh well…

So, the morning of the departure arrived, and of course Murphy’s law hit…. Continue reading

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Cannon Beach 2017 Part IV

How do you know you are relaxing more and more on a vacation? It’s when you wake up later and later. No lie, I have been seriously lazy this week, but it just feels SO damn good to sleep in. Yesterday was no different. Continue reading

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Cannon Beach 2017 Part III

From the pictures I’ve posted you might not know it, but I am telling you, this has been a wild week of weather.  Tuesday night I was woken up more than once by the winds howling over our skylights. Add to it, heavy rains, followed by sun breaks, and its been fun.

The thing is, with northwest beaches, we KNOW we will get weather like this. Its part of the fun of going. But it sure as hell aint for wimps!  Continue reading

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Cannon Beach 2017 Day II

Remember yesterday when I said Michelle was up before me and rarin to go? Well today was a the same. I was hard asleep and when I opened an eye she was sitting up in bed staying in touch with the world on her iPad. I, in turn, did what every lazy hubby would do, and reclosed that one eye and went back to sleep! It wasn’t time to wake up yet!  Continue reading

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Cannon Beach 2017 Part I

Monday morning dawned, and Michelle was up and raring to go after her half Marathon. How ready was she? Well after walking 13.1 miles the day before, she popped out of bed, put on her workout gear and went down to the workout room for a recovery elliptical machine session.

I drug my ass out of bed and went to Starbucks!

After saying goodbye to everyone, and grabbing some books for our library at home from Kim and Mark, Michelle and I were off to the coast!  Continue reading

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Corvallis Half Marathon part II

You know, I have heard people, hell, even people I know well, go on vacations that do NOT involves participation in athletic events. Let alone athletic events that people shake their head at. These are people who do not travel hundreds of miles just to be able to ride 100 miles on a bike, or 13.1 miles by foot. Nay, I have been told that not everyone does a century ride or a half marathon before relaxing for a week.

These people of whom they speak are NOT Valente’s! We earn our vacations I say! And this time it was Michelle who did so in Corvallis! Continue reading

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Just say no…

With rare exceptions (like the guy who gets to shoot off canons to start avalanches) I am willing to bet most people don’t really want to go to work everyday. That’s why its called work! (Don’t get me started on those who say, “I don’t go to work, I go to play. My job is fun!”)

Work serves the purpose of letting us earn money, so we can go do what is fun!

In general, I like my job, but if given the choice of going to work or going for a bike ride… yeah I think you know which one I’d pick. One thing I dislike the most about work, though, might surprise people. I really do NOT like having lunch with people… Continue reading

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Bite Me!

I am far from an expert. Now normally, a person who types those words is referring to a certain thing. For example, I am far from an expert on spring fashion. When you are mountainstroh your spring, summer, fall and winter wardrobe is made up of Levis 501s, polo shirts (for work), tshirts, hoodys,  cargo shorts and gray sweats. I wear sandals year round, and when it gets cold I sometimes add sandals… sometimes

Now me, I am not really an expert on anything.  I know a lot about some things, and just enough to get in trouble about others. I’ve got enough knowledge about the Bible to ask annoying questions, and I’ve read enough science fiction to hold my own in many a science discussion.

After 27000 miles on the bike (I hit that milestone today) one would think I would be an expert on most things cycling, but once again, today I just don’t get it… Continue reading

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The Scenic Route

Its been a long busy WET month.

Halfway through the month of March we have already received our average amount of rain. As I type this, its is raining now, and will be raining tomorrow as well!  UGH!!

But this is NOT about the weather, it’s about a father and son taking the long way home… Continue reading

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