The Weather is changing

Here we are at the end of our second summer as coast kids. The days are getting shorter. The mornings are a little cooler, and we are getting more rain. Shoot we got two inches between Saturday and Monday morning.

But it is NOT raining all day everyday, so there is still ample time to get outside, and so I have! Continue reading “The Weather is changing”

I love our back yard.

So there were plans today to rent a giant weed eater and clear back some of the vacant lot next us. There are weeds, scotchbroom and blackberry bushes slowly encroaching on our yard. I say rent the weedeater. because we have no grass! A yard of bark and plants only! (Can I just say I love not mowing)

We received an email though, from the head cowboy of the HOA, saying a tree/landscaper is supposed to be out today to give a bid to clean up the lot to the owner. Since its 1) his responsibility, and 2) seemed like it was going to be hard work, I was happy to hang up the idea.

This found me sitting not he back deck in the morning, ready a book and sipping coffee.

While siting there, I found myself thinking, as I do often, I love our back yard! Continue reading “I love our back yard.”

Tide Pool Talks with Tony

Fall has hit the Oregon Coast. This means the crowds have dwindled, the sun goes down sooner and we’ve had some rain. None of this is a bad thing.

Since it was not a rainy day, I decided to do a beach walk after work. I had an errand uptown, so it was the perfect opportunity to walk the Road’s End beach and check out some tide pools. Who knew I be doing a presentation on the beach… Continue reading “Tide Pool Talks with Tony”

Challenges of an Oregon Coast Cyclist

You know, I pondered a bit about the title of this post. Ya see, the challenges I am going to talk about are really NOT unique to those of us lucky enough to ride on the coast.

However, since I AM an Oregon Coast Cyclists and these were the challenges for me today, the title stands… Continue reading “Challenges of an Oregon Coast Cyclist”

Here use my spare….

Michelle and I LOVE where we live now. We’ve left the hustle and bustle (and lately, per the news, a plethora of overturned semis on the freeway) of the Seattle area and moved to the small town of Lincoln City Oregon, Population just under 8000 people.

Michelle was pretty picky about the town we chose. It had to be small, on the ocean, but large enough for high-speed interwebs (needed for working from home) a hospital (needed if I ever do something stupid) and nice people. Lincoln City won!

Just last week, though, we were talking that a small town like this would be MUCH harder if it weren’t for Amazon Prime. The nearest Target is over an hour away. And I have let the Costco membership lapse as it is even farther. Luckily you can get ANYTHING at Amazon…

Well this last week, I have learned yet another challenge and benefit of being here. And both revolve around the bike! Continue reading “Here use my spare….”

The Beach is Alive!

Having become a coast kid a year ago, I’ve come the realize something:

There is a HUGE difference between visiting somewhere on vacation, and living there full-time. Now, just to make sure no one worries about this statement. I LOVE LIVING HERE!! I think I was always meant to live at the ocean.

But, had you asked me 2 years ago what I knew about Lincoln City and the beach here, I would have been pretty confident with the answers I gave.

Having been here this last year, I now know how much I did not know…  One thing I have learned, is the beach itself is alive! Continue reading “The Beach is Alive!”

How did this happen?

People find this hard to believe sometimes, but I really an introvert. Yes I know I can loud, and yes I was a corporate trainer for years, and yes my job now deals with easily 20 people or more a day on the phone, but I really am an introvert.

Given the choice I ride the bike alone, back in my mountain days I would hike alone,

Standing by history

And Michelle and I really like to just hang out in the quiet of our own home….

But, since Thursday we have done anything but be home… Continue reading “How did this happen?”

Is anyone else surprised that this is the last day of January??  Seems like the year just started. yet here we are with Groundhog Day just around the corner.

I will take a minute to brag. With a combination of indoor miles on the trainer and outdoor rides on the weekend, I have cranked out 376 miles this month! Plus who knows how many miles walked on the beach and walked (even ran!) on the treadmill. I am kicking the winter food binge smoothness and getting back to what I want to be, one bad assed cyclist! More on that to come.

But I digress, this is about this week, and damn I liked it, especially the last 3 days. Continue reading

The night sky puts on a show

A year ago, Michelle and I were getting excited. The finishing touches were being put on the house, the Mighty P had given its final blessings and Mark, Kim and Rob were on board to come up and help move us south.

We were looking forward to so many things. Watching whales and seeing eagles, beach walks and crashing waves. Sunsets and wind storms. Tide pools and light houses. Good wine and good food, and just flat being together at the coast.

One thing I hadn’t thought about though, was the night sky… Continue reading “The night sky puts on a show”