We are coming up on the one month anniversary of moving to the ocean! In some ways it seems like time has flown by, in others it seems like forever ago we left Mountlake Terrace. But, unlike coming to Lincoln City for a vacation, When you live here, there are chores to do.. Continue reading “A busy day!!”
Ladies and gentlemen, there truly is a hell on earth, and it aint Atlanta. Yesterday, I was a stuck from 8:30 AM to 6 PM in an all day, offsite, networking seminar. There was mingling, and sitting, and talking, and ALL the stuff we KNOW I loathe…. And to make matters worse, even though there were chocolate chip cookies, there was not a Diet Mtn Dew to be found!
By the closing speaker I was ready to lay my little melon on the table and snooze. Had it NOT been for my new boss attending with me, I totally woulda been one of those who snuck out before the closing. Since I was still there and almost awake, I was introduced to the one nugget of the day that will stay with me, the one thing that spoke to me…. Continue reading “The one nugget from an all day seminar”
Well folks, we’ve all heard that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Given that, it truly was with the best of intentions that I planned the outing today for Michelle and I. She has told me for the last couple of years that she wanted to go hiking, So, with a 4 day weekend coming here (we took today off from work!) I picked a trail for us to go…. Continue reading “Maybe it wasn’t my best idea…”
I have had many a post about our weather here in the Pacific Northwest. These days, while the rest of the country has been suffering with sweltering heat, high humidity, and generally miserable weather; we’ve been cloudy, a bit rainy and in the 60s or low 70s. In other words, perfect for summer bike riding.
However, cloudy and cool is not the best weather in which to go enjoy Mt Rainier. When we woke up to the drizzle, I considered for a second canceling the trip… Continue reading “The Mountain Gods Delivered!”
You know, I have no idea where this post is going to go. I have been suffering a bit of bloggers block since the Chilly Hilly, the creative juices have simply not flowed. The weather has not been cooperating for long bike rides, which is the prime source of my muse.
But Tuesday, I was taking my lunch time walk from the new downtown office near Lake Union…. Continue reading “And the Sidewalk Ended”
One of the things I have learned over the last few years of writing this blog is to never get in the way of a new post. There are just too many days when the blog fodder just does NOT happen. So, today as I was eating dinner and sipping a glass of wine in Spokane, my mind started thinking back to what I consider my fist ‘real’ hike of the Mountainstroh era.
The more I thought, the more I decided it was blog worthy, so here we go! Yall can let me know if I was correct! Continue reading “The First Real Hike”
I was chatting with a blogger friend today after my last blog post. In it I had mentioned the long ago jerk who told a relatively new cyclist (me) “Well until you do the RAMROD, you aren’t a real cyclist.” Now normally, I brush off comments from people without a second thought. For some reason, probably because I REALLY disliked this guy, it stuck in my craw. Having completed the RAMROD this year I finally have the monkey off my back!
My blogger buddy Ron, of the Sevencyclist’s Blog, put it in perspective when he said. “it’s kind of a elitist type of comment. It’s all about enjoying the ride … The important thing is to get out there.”
And that is how a blog post is born! Continue reading “It’s all about enjoying the ride”
I consider myself very lucky living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the great places to cycle, the oceans, the great coffee and fantastic wine, the hiking one can experience up here would compare to anywhere in the world.
You have your choice to go to raging rivers, peaceful alpine lakes, secluded ocean beaches, mountain tops and, ice caves. I encourage as many people as I can to experience all the nature they can up here. Sadly, yesterday, 6 people forgot to pack their common sense. Continue reading “They knew the risks”
You know, looking back over my career of mountains, hikes, river rafting and bikes, there are many things I remember. The roar of the river in the middle of big white water, the nose hairs freezing at 2 AM on a glacier, the wind on your face screaming full tilt down a mountain pass are all things that I relish each and every time I experienced them. (still do!)
However, there are just some moments that stand out more prominently than the others, I thought I would share some here. Continue reading “Certain moments”
Today was a an extremely rare day. Michelle had errands to run with her brother. He is hosting Christmas morning at his house and needed the stuff that Michelle is going to make for breakfast, Yep, we will be at his house, but if we want a yummy breakfast, it better be Michelle cooking.
Afterwards she went to mom’s to help with the wrapping of presents. Then she got to have some fun, and spend the afternoon with one of her best friends having a snack, drinking good wine and just chatting.
I had the house to myself and nowhere I needed to go…. Continue reading “Cool stuff I want to do!”