One of the first things we learned when we became coast kids was how much we had never experienced in our visits to the Oregon Coast.
Like most, we would come in the spring and summer, we’d be hoping for nice days, no rain and great sunsets. We would always have our gortex JUST in case, but we’d be happy if it was shorts and shirt sleeves during our stay.
We had no idea, ok I had no idea (Michelle grew up her so she knew), about storms, high surf warnings, sneaker waves or king tides! They have taught me that fall and winter are the BEST times to be here! This weekend, was one that will live in memory. Continue reading “When the stars align and the beach gods smile…”
Way back in the way back days, before the Mountainstroh Blog, shoot, even before I am sure I knew what a blog was, I become a cyclist. It was December 2007, and I got my first real bike.
Who knew how far it would take me…. Continue reading “New Decade, New focus and a New Name”
Wow, I have NOT been a good blogger. I just saw it has been almost a month since the last post. Remember when I posted every day?
Well, a lot has gone on, including a week-long vacation since the last post. I will see about getting things caught up. However, one of the biggest things that occurred was Michelle and I had our 1st Beachaversary. Yep, March 23rd, 2019 marks the one year mark that we moved into our new house at the coast.
Sadly, on the actual Beachaversary, I was sick, so Michelle and I couldn’t go out to celebrate. We will soon though!
I started thinking on my ride this weekend, I have seen a LOT of things on the bike since I got here, So here we go, a year of riding at the coast. Continue reading “A year of cycling at the coast”
Somewhere in the last couple of years I ended up as a member of a bike page on Facebook. Its fun for quite a few reasons.
- I get to see photos and videos from cyclists all over the country and the world.
- I can share my photos with people who love riding the bike as much as I do.
- I learn a lot about cycling, types of bikes, and equipment
- I’ve given and gotten advice about different rides and routes
- I’ve met some fun people!
That being said, I am amazed (and I know I shouldn’t) about those who get all uppity with people… Continue reading “All miles are good miles”
Sometimes, and I hate when it happens, I remember that I am 52 years old. Quite often it happens when I look in the mirror and I am surprised at the old fart looking back at me. Now, compared to most people my age, I am in pretty damn good shape. Shoot, it was only about 5 months ago Rob and I rode across an entire state!
So maybe I am NOT old!! But wait, last month I had to have a colonoscopy, that’s a sure sign that I AM old… (No issues by the way, healthy as a horse!)
So as you can see, there are times I argue with myself on just whether or not I am old. I do have to admit, though, there are some advantages to being in my 6th decade (UGH OLD AGAIN!)… Continue reading “The stuff we do”
A few weeks ago, Michelle said “We need to do something fun for the 4th of July weekend!” Now we aren’t big fireworks people, nor the simple 4th picnic in a park. Nope, when it comes to us, something fun involves adventure, and yesterday was no different!
Yep, we decided to go Zip Lining.. Continue reading “We can fly!”
Over the years, the people I work with in Seattle and Lynnwood office have gotten used to my riding the bike to and from work. They have even, for the most part, gotten used to me riding over 100 miles in a day, just for fun.
Because of this, I forget that those in Spokane, even though they know I ride, haven’t been exposed to my riding. A buddy of mine, Josh, posted the title of this post on my page. He has been a cyclist in the past, so I know he is kidding, but it made me giggle.
Others though, just look at me strangely when I say I am staying all the way downtown…. Continue reading “You know there are hotels closer to the office right?”
So, its Wednesday night, Michelle is asleep and I am just back from dinner at my mom’s with the Manchild. Traffic sucked ass heading south after work! (You’d think people in Seattle could drive in the rain!) As always moms food was great, my step-dad Doug made me laugh more than once and Manchild and I had a great night.
When I got back, I poured a glass of wine, and started streaming Jimmy Buffett on the Amazon Echo. I got to a song I love (One Particular Harbor) and all reading stopped until it was over. In fact that song once inspired its own blog post
As it was playing, I remembered how I became a Parrothead… Continue reading “Good thing he got stood up!”
Yesterday, the huge buzz on the interwebs was that Lunch meat and (gasp) bacon, could cause cancer. My one vegan friend (love her, even though I will never understand how someone can give up eggs, cheese and, well, bacon!) asked on Facebook “Why would anyone eat anything that causes cancer?” My reply of course was, “Cuz its YUMMY!”
Soon, someone after that replied to me with the following:
“Life is too short to take unnecessary risks.”
And a blog post was born…. Continue reading “Life is too short for…”
I like to take pictures. Anyone who has seen more than one of my posts can’t help but see that. Nowadays, with smartphones. everyone does. When I finally joined the smartphone generation, I took even more. .. Continue reading “Take the time and Take the camera”