The last month or so…

Funny thing about August, we all know it is still summer and there can be some hot days, but in the back ground we all know…

To this end, its time to start getting ready for the bad weather coming.  Add to it, with as dry as things have been, fire danger is still pretty darn high. This week last year, our world looked like this

There were huge fires within a few miles of of us, the power was out and we had to bug out.  It was not a good week at all.

Last year’s fires  made me get smart and buy a generator. This month I made sure I knew how to fire that sucker up!

Happy to report it fired right up, and I plugged in the rock tumbler, sure enough we had power! I am hoping not to have to use it, but we are ready if we do.

So what are the chances of a fire?

Check this out…

The last week of July I was walking the beach. I had JUST been down at this part of the beach agate hunting. I was walking back toward the car and was half a mile away from the smoke  when every siren in town was going off!  I was trying to figure out what was going on, and turned around to see this plume of smoke and the flames shooting into the sky!

I hotfooted (no pun intended) back toward the fire. There are houses on top of that hill.  I didn’t know what I could do to help but wanted to be there in case I could. Hats off to our local fire fighters who got there (at the same time dealing with a head on car/semi fatality collision) and knocked this sucker down within minutes. No loss of property or injuries.  No idea for sure how it got started, but it shows how dry we are, and how fast it can hit the fan!

The other big event of the month, dealing with the feral cats…

Somewhere along the line we have ‘adopted’ 5 feral cats

No these are NOT them!  I have to chase off the resident raccoon family pretty regularly, they love the cat food.

We have Kitten Kitten, Filbert, Nutsy, Scaredy, and the youngest, Peanut (Kitten Kitten is the mom and we are pretty sure Filbert is the poppa.)

We don’t want more kittens. So Michelle got ahold of the local human society, and the traps arrived. Peanut thinks they are the best toys EVER!

OK folks NO worries. These are humane traps. The plan is to trap them, then they are picked up spayed/neutered and brought back.

The first day we trapped Kitten Kitten, and 10 minutes later got a call that the vet had to cancel due to covid. Folks, that is the smartest cat of the 5. we would NEVER catch her again. The cat wrangler told us to hold tough, but not trap any more that day. He found a vet and picked her up.

Poor thing, good thing they did, she had somehow sustained a broken jaw!  They fixed it, and she is now in a cat halfway house for recovery and meds. We will see her again in October.

This last weekend the two big boys, Filbert and Nutsy were caught, and have come home fixed.

Poor Peanut though has been lonely, Michelle left the back door cracked, and look who came to visit.

If she decides she wants to move in, looks like we will have a new addition. Stay tuned….

There have also been outside activities for me  of course.

This year has NOT been a high mileage year, in fact, I am still, here it is September, and I am still under 1000 miles for the year.  I should hit it tomorrow though…

The bikes, these two shown above and the eBike,

Have allowed me to see SO many cool things this last month,

A juvenile bald eagle being pestered by seagulls

A smiling baby seal just a snoozing.

And of course the assorted blue herons

As always, when pedaling along, you see so much more that people in cars and you can pull over for the photos!  Love these guys!

Finally, there is just the back yard of our house. It is a place to escape the world and just relax. It is one of the reasons we bought the house, and if I don’t bike ride or beach walk

It is an excellent spot to decompress after work…

Aside from just sitting and relaxing, nature adds to the joy of the back yard!

It has been one helluv an interesting last month or so.

I have found an excellent place to stop for lunch on a bike ride

Found a cool piece of art for the house


And with fall approaching, I can stay awake long enough for sunsets!

Not that I needed it, August helped remind me how much I love living at the Oregon Coast. It refreshes the soul, relieves stress, and makes crappy days at work worth it.

I am hoping the next month has more bike rides, tide pools and fun adventures. Most of all, I am hoping there are no fires or evacuations needed. Send cooling and raining thoughts our way!

Thanks for stopping by!

The 3rd Beahiversary!

I am a smiling man!

On March 23rd, it was 3 years since we loaded up the Uhaul, pointed our noses southwest and moved to the Oregon Coast!

A lot has happened in the last 3 years (can you spell global pandemic boys and girls??)

But as if I needed it, these last few weeks have reminded me, why I love living here! Allow me to tell you how… Continue reading “The 3rd Beahiversary!”

Did you REALLY need the wrench?

So I thought I’d go a little old school here today. A post strictly about a couple a bike rides I had here on the Oregon Coast this week. Both were memorable for good and bad reasons!

First off, as always, the important stuff.

Michelle and I are healthy, happy and still employed. I keep telling her that I am very lucky to be going through a global pandemic with a wife like her!

Pray for her though, she is trapped with me….

But now back to the rides!

Continue reading “Did you REALLY need the wrench?”

Sadness and Peilicanpalooza

Hi everyone!

Yep, its been a bit since I posted. My Friend Val, of Wedgewood in Seattle History,  reminded me recently that the month of June was over half gone and no one had heard from me!. So, on a rainy first evening of summer. I thought I would rectify this.

First off, as always, Michelle and I are happy, gainfully employed and healthy. As are the families. The mighty P announced this week that those in the Puget Sound area and Spokane would NOT be going back into he office in 2020.  Proud of my company for making sure we are safe!

However, not all has been happy, hence the title.

First the sadness.

We lost a member of the family unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago.

 

The beloved, girl cat, C Catty Proulx, aka Pooh Bear aka Da Bear is no longer with us. She had not been eating and that is NOT like her. The doctor told it is was kitten cancer, and we made the hard decision to not let her suffer. She will be missed… Two weeks have passed and I still watch out so I don’t step on her early in the morning!

Yeah, 2020 sucks…. Continue reading “Sadness and Peilicanpalooza”

Mrs. Oregon Coast Cyclist!

Wow… I totally fell off the regular blog post wagon!!!

I went back and took a look at the last post, and all the photos I have taken since then.  Yep it has been awhile!

I think though you will see that with all the events that have been happening, that the delay is understandable.

So, lets make sure we cover the important parts first. Michelle and I are healthy and still working. Our jobs can be annoying, as all work can be, but we are thankful we are working when so many aren’t.

The scary part around here is we are opening up to the world next week. Hotels open and the folks from the big cities, with a much greater frequency of Covid, will be flooding the town. Add to it, some just aren’t intelligent enough to understand how masking up can help (even though it was proven in the Spanish flu 100 years ago.) We could be in for a rough summer. Michelle and I plan to hunker over the upcoming weekends.

But enough worry, lets cover the last few weeks….

Continue reading “Mrs. Oregon Coast Cyclist!”

And it all happened in a week!

Ever come to the end of a weekend and think, “Wow, lots happened in the the last 7 days or so!”

Moving to the coast DID slow down things over all for us, in a very good way. However, there are still some weeks, busier that the rest…. Continue reading “And it all happened in a week!”

A reason to stop

When I first started riding, it was all about the miles. I was new to the bike, a young strapping 44 and finally found a sport I was good at. I could climb any hill, cycle all day long, and seemed never to get tired. I was the wind.

Fast forward 11 years. NOT so strapping, sure as hell ain’t 44, but I can still climb anything you throw at me. I don’t go as far, but for good reason.

I am now the Oregon coast cyclist, I stop for amazing views, whales spouting and, as you can see here, to watch a bald eagle soar. I keep track of the miles, but now I ride for the experience, for the memories, for the life around me.

I am still good at what I do, and will keep doing it till the legs wear out. The bike is and always will be a time machine, making me feel younger and stronger than I truly am.

In my heart I truly hope that sometimes the eagle stops to watch me as I conquer a vicious headwind or make it over a steep climb. Maybe, just maybe, he smiles at me, as I do him when he soars.

The eagle and I are kindred spirits. Riding the winds, seeing the world and living the life. It is good to be free!

Look and you will see

I’d love to take credit for the title of this post, but I can’t. Our buddy Tom, after seeing a video I will be sharing a bit later on.

He was referring to nature. He has spent many a day in the mountains and near the ocean. He has learned, as have I, that just looking around, paying attention, and getting out of the car can reveal wonders many would have missed. These last few weeks have proven this time and again here at the coast! Continue reading “Look and you will see”

Best Bird Nerd Bike ride ever!

Just a quick post today. It’s late (OK after 830) and I have to work tomorrow…

What some of you might not know, is that in addition to being a coast kid, a cyclist, and a dead ringer (albeit shorter) for Tom Selleck,

I am, in my wife’s terms, a complete bird nerd! Tonight’s ride was bird nerd classic! Continue reading “Best Bird Nerd Bike ride ever!”