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!

A true Oregon Coast weekend

I am so sorry y’all!  I have not been a great blogger dude.

I started a new page on Facebook, Life at the Oregon Coast. With everyone who seems to enjoy my photos, it just seemed easier to have my own page. From there I can share all the photos to other places. Scary enough, over 600 people have joined! Not bad for a bike riding, beach walking cowboy with a trusty point and shoot camera.

But with that, I have neglected this. So lets get back on track!

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The End of Day Light Savings Time 2020

This is always my least favorite week of the year. The end of Daylight savings means the end of afterwork bike rides for the rest of the year…

But first, as always, the important stuff. Michelle and I are still healthy and happy and employed, we are continuing to survive the global pandemic and avoid people as much as we can!

OK back to the post, the end of Daylight savings time! … Continue reading “The End of Day Light Savings Time 2020”

Who did I meet on my beach walk tonight?

Hi Y’all!

So two years ago, when we first moved here, May hit and I swear it didn’t rain all month! We, here at the coast, were in a drought. Outdoor fires, even on the beach were soon banned and it was dry as a tater chip!

This year? Not so much! Its been raining off and on for the last couple of weeks. Today, I did a beach walk, 6.5 miles from the car at Gleneden Beach to Siletz Bay and back. It was dry when I got there, but it didn’t stay that way long!

But hey, I am a coast kid. If I gave up evey time a little rain fell, I’d never leave the house! Given what I ended up seeing, I am VERY glad I kept going… Continue reading “Who did I meet on my beach walk tonight?”

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!

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Cycling the Yaquina River

Everyone knows how much I love cycling along the Oregon coast. The majority of my miles this year have been between my house in Lincoln City, and Newport. Its a 25 miles stretch of road, much of it with views like this! Oh and yes there is a whale spouting!

I tell people all the time that I ride this route every chance I get, and I never get tired of it. There is ALWAYS something that makes the ride worthwhile.

There are times I want something different. Like today, since I was watching the Seahawks in the morning, I wasn’t able to ride until the afternoon. I try too avoid HWY 101 on Friday’s after work and Sunday afternoons. There are just to many people driving big ole Winnebagoes they aren’t used to.

So today I decided to ride the Yaquina River. Continue reading “Cycling the Yaquina River”

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!”

The Sun came out!

It’s Memorial Day weekend! For most people, in the USA, even though the calendar says differently, this 3-day weekend is the true start of summer.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, historically, this weekend doesn’t always ooze summer. Quite often, it can be a VERY wet weekend indeed. Especially at the ocean.

Therefore, when I woke up today, fully intending to crank out some miles on the bike, I was VERY pleasantly surprised to see blue sky and sun! With this kind of weather, how could it NOT be a great ride… Continue reading “The Sun came out!”

Back in Washington and back in the saddle!

After all the issues with TSA and traffic and white knuckled driving, plus the battle for what little space is available to us on the plane, Michelle and I landed in Seattle about 30 minutes earlier than expected! HELL YEAH!! Musta been a pretty darn good tailwind!

We made a point to take advantage of the time…

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The 2017 cycling story in photos

Folks, we have all heard of writers block. This is when people who get paid to write books or magazine articles get stuck, They can stare at a piece of paper (showing my age here) or a computer screen for hours and nothing gets written.

Well there is also bloggers block, or so I’ve decided. It’s when you love to blog, and want to blog, but you are damned if you can come up with a decent post. So, in an effort to kick-start my creative juices I decided to cheat a bit! Continue reading “The 2017 cycling story in photos”