Book Review: A Guide to Falling Down in Public by Joe Kurmaskie

Ladies and gents, I have reviewed many a book on the Mountainstroh Blog over the years. Some I have loved and others not so much. The one I am presenting to you today is one of the best yet.. Continue reading “Book Review: A Guide to Falling Down in Public by Joe Kurmaskie”

Book Review: Take a Seat (One Man, One Tandem 20,000 miles of Possibilities) By Dominic Gill

Ok, I won’t lie, I take a little bit of pride in the name of my blog.  I have traveled 20000 miles and had some vert memorable adventures. But, my hat goes off to Dominic Gill.  He did 2000o miles in 2 years  traveling from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Just to add flavor, he did so riding alone, on a tandem (bike built for two) bike, and offering the rear seat to anyone who would be willing to ride and help him along the route…

For the record, I feel guilty sometimes reviewing these books.  The writers have done things I will NEVER do. I commend them all for having more guts than I ever will, and for their achievements.  So whether the book is good, bad, or indifferent, it is no reflection on he or she who had the adventure…

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Best Books for Kids EVER, written by Renee Hazen

Folks there are two things about me when it comes to Christmas shopping.  One, I hate shopping in stores, so I use the online option.  Amazon has become my friend!  Second, being the reader that I am, I like to share books whenever possible, especially with kids.

I am VERY lucky that a great friend of mine, Renee, has written some of the best kidlet books I’ve ever seen.  I wanted to share these with you today as we all start shopping!

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A new surprise in the neighborhood

Folks, my wife is a planner. She is always looking ahead, next week, next month, next year, and farther out.  (It’s a damn good thing, I am lucky to plan ahead enough to see if my mom wants to feed the Manchild and I on any given Tuesday!)

Given this, and the fact that this is a year of milestone birthday for her, she has a list of things that she wants to get done in the year leading up to and after the birthday.  Some are easy: riding the big ferris wheel in Seattle was done New Years day this year.

 

 

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Others, like the one that was fulfilled yesterday took a LOT more work… Continue reading “A new surprise in the neighborhood”

Book Review: Going Somewhere, A Bicycle Journey Across America

It has been a while since I have done a book review on a cycling book.  I’ve honestly stayed away from these for a while, as the last few just haven’t been that great.  However, when my buddy Joe Kurmaskie, my favorite cycling story author comes out and recommends one on his Facebook page, how could I not read it?

Damn glad I did! Continue reading “Book Review: Going Somewhere, A Bicycle Journey Across America”

Read First and Watch Second

Aside from riding the bike, hiking mountains and spending time here sharing stories with you, I am also an avid reader.  If I am sitting, I am reading.  If I am standing in line I am reading. It’s been that way since the 4th grade will be so forever.  Shoot, if by some off chance I end up at the pearly gates someday, I’ll probably be reading the Kindle waiting for St. Pete to call my name.  (Somehow I think it will be a LONG wait, better sit by a power outlet….)

Today though, I was reminded why I like to read the books before I watch the movie (or the series… Continue reading “Read First and Watch Second”