A Nice 3-Day weekend

You know, sometimes you just need an extra day off during the week… This week, I was lucky enough to score a Friday! 

Before I get into that, the important stuff first.  Michelle and I are happy and healthy, and yep still employed! We made sure to get our flu shots last month, and even though we are back in a Covid shutdown for a couple of weeks, we are making the most of it. 

We have already decorated for Christmas 

And in our backyard, Frosty the snowman is holding auditions for Santa’s Sleigh Team. 

We even went out for dinner the day before the shut down began. Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay has done an excellent job keeping people separated and safe, and who would miss a sunset like this?

So all in all, we are doing well! 

But I still wanted an extra day off! Continue reading “A Nice 3-Day weekend”

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”

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! 

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….”

Head for the Hills!

You know, I think I went the entire month August without a post! Oops. And stuff did happen. I may have to go back and do an August post soon.

However, this is not that post.

First off, as always, the important part. Michelle and I are happy healthy and employed.

Fun fact, when I donated blood a couple weeks ago, the Red Cross did a Covid antibody test to see if I had ever had it. I came back negative. I was curious as both Michelle and I were pretty sick in February. But it turns out it was just a bug.

On to the subject of todays post.

Yesterday was Friday of Labor Day….

Continue reading “Head for the Hills!”

Oh Yeah, TOTALLY the correct decsion

Sometimes you make the right call!

While Sunday’s bike ride and yesterdays beach walk were met with sun, warmth and blue skies (I might have a bit of a sunburn!) Today has been foggy and blustery! The winds are out of the north and gusting to 20+ mph, which is normal for us.

This is fun pedaling southbound, but when I have to turn around north to go home the fun stops and true work begins! I have done these rides before and will do it again, but really just didn’t wanna today.

So I made a different decision Continue reading “Oh Yeah, TOTALLY the correct decsion”

Gravel Bike Success!

Hi all!

First let’s cover the important parts, as I have been doing since the word went sideways in March. Michelle and I are still  healthy, happy and gainfully employed. We, like everyone else, are hoping someday things will be more normal; but until then we are being careful. We always have a mask ready when outside.

Today the post isn’t about the pandemic though, I have had success on the back of the Gravel Bike! Continue reading “Gravel Bike Success!”

Remembering the Seattle to Portland!

So last weekend would have been the 2020 STP, the Seattle to Portland bike ride. 200 plus miles from the University of Washington to the Rose District of Portland. Close ro 10,000 of my best cycling friends ride it every year.

Covid cancelled the real ride this year, though Michelle and I will be riding the virtual STP starting Saturday!

On Facebook, people are posting memories of their rides. and it started me thinking of my 4 times on this one. I decided it was a good time to share them with you!

Continue reading “Remembering the Seattle to Portland!”

Avoiding the Hordes

Hi y’all!

Here it is, Friday of the 4th of July weekend. I am happy say Michelle and I have all three days off!

As always, first the important part.

Michelle and I are happy and healthy, and still gainfully employed. As is all of our immediate family.

You may be wondering about the title of the post though.

Being a tourist town, three day weekends mean LOTS of people show up. In fact, so many do, that back when Michelle and I were tourists, we didn’t come to the coast on a long weekend.

Now with Covid going nuts, extra people in town worry us…. Continue reading “Avoiding the Hordes”

Rad to the rescue!

Hi all, just a quick story from Friday. Made me smile telling it so I wanted to share!

Michelle had the day off on Friday, so while I was in the office, she was getting some chores and errands done. One of the chores was to wash the car. We have a VW Tiguan a small SUV.

Now unlike big towns, we don’t have an automatic carwash. The kind when you sit, and roll through, starting dirty and coming out clean.

Nope, we have the old school plug in quarters and do it by had thing. Its about 3 miles north of me.

Just before the world closed, Michelle and I had made the decision to downsize to one car.  We just have had very few reasons to keep two, and with a regularly scheduled maintenance being quoted at between $1200 -$3000 (Volvos aint cheap) it just wasn’t worth it. So sell it we did. Its been 4 months and there has not been a need for a second car. Well, until Friday….

She took off and I was at my desk when she called and said she needs more money. The car was covered in soap and it took more that she though to finish the wash. Hell I hadn’t been to one of these since high school, I had no idea what they would cost. Woulda thought by now they took debit cards instead of quarters…

OK let’s recap. I am at work, we don’t have a second car. She is three miles, and 2 decent hill climbs from me, and, the biggest issue, there was an UGLY headwind between her and I. It would taken be at least half an hour of hard pedaling to get there….

Then it hit me.

She has a RadPowerBike, an ebike. This one has 4 levels of assist, Each one giving more power assist to the pedaler.

I could hop and Rad and be there like the wind!

I grabbed the money, ratcheted up the assist to maximum, put my foot on the pedal to start and…

Folks that think almost took off without me! At that level I was gonna fly!

I got on and used those mountainstroh legs to pedal hard and Rad reached down and pushed me faster than I could believe. I was heading into the wind doing at least 20 mph! It was a kick in the pants!

I could feel the big goofy grin on my face as I got the car wash, Michelle was laughing when I pulled up and said, “Me and Rad are speedy!!!”

It took me maybe 5 minutes longer than it would have with a car, but HALF the time of a pedal only bike!

I gave her a kiss and headed back to work! I was back before anyone knew I was gone!

I have met many riders of ‘real’ bikes who think people riding ebikes are cheating. (I’ve never really understood what the competition is that they are cheating on though….”

I think all miles are good miles. Anything that gets someone out and pedaling is a good thing!

Plus, that sucker is just plain fun! I have more than enough bikes now, so I won’t be adding an ebike to the stable, but if you ever get a chance to ride one, take it!

I was like the wind!!