Shifting to fall riding mode

For all of you Game of Thrones fans out there, this will ring true: Winter is coming! However, before we have to worry about that, we first have to go through Autumn.

There are sure signs that we are in the middle of the Fall season.  Pumpkin Spice lattes are all the rage at coffee stands.  (We won’t discuss those EVIL ones that are already advertising egg nog!) (By the way I hates pumpkin anything)  The Walking Dead new season has started, FINALLY!  (Damn the premiere was good!) And, much to the relief of this bike riding cowboy, the sweltering heat of the last summer is over!

However, with the change in seasons, comes a change in riding…. Continue reading “Shifting to fall riding mode”

Cotton Kills!

During my mountain climbing years, I learned many things.  How to self-arrest and stop my butt from sliding off the side of a mountain.  How to rest step my way up a 45 degree slope without stopping.  How to put on and take off a 40+ lb back and NOT pull a muscle doing so.

However, the most important thing I learned, bar none, was the value of the right clothing.  Any good outdoorsman knows the phrase: Cotton Kills!  This means, if you are in the wilderness, and your cotton shirt and jeans get wet, it will not dry, suck the heat right out of you, and, if cold enough, bring on hypothermia.  I was thinking of this lesson just tonight… Continue reading “Cotton Kills!”


I really don’t know if this is something unique to the Northwest, or this happens everywhere.  What’s a bit strange to me, is that I don’t remember this as something that has always happened, and I have lived in Washington since 1977.  However, at least nowadays, this is a sure sign that fall is approaching.

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