Long ago, 6 years now, I came back to the Mighty P after being laid off. Because I was gone 3 years, I had to start over with accruing vacation time. Meanwhile, Michelle, who has been there 25+ years, earns more than a day every pay period.
Then, with the new job I have, it has been hard to take more than just a long weekend together. Last month, we finally made it happen. We took our first week off together in almost a year. Destination: Wine country in California!
Yep, I know, normally I am SO much better at blogging the vacations… But here we go!
Long time followers of the Mountainstroh blog may remember the Plan C vacation of a few years ago. Michelle and I woke up on a Saturday in the Washington, the state, planning to go to bed in Washington the DC.
That night, due to storms, a small fire, and cancelled flights, we ended up at the Oregon coast. I still have never gotten to DC, but that was a great vacation!
One of my favorite bike quotes came from Ernest Hemingway, and goes like this:
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.
This is true, and I can honestly remember most of my epic climbs and blistering downhills. This last weekend along the coast I had plenty of both. But today, on the first day back at work, I had time to reflect on the rides of the last week, and, I find this quote lacking a bit…. Continue reading “Traveling by bike”→
Well y’all, I made it to the ocean! After 100 hard miles I’ll tell you about later.
However, I am not able to hook the laptop to our wifi at the hotel. And typing s blog on the iPad is a royal pain! So this week I will be come a photoblog! Today’s theme: as the sun goes down outside our room Continue reading “Made it to the ocean!”→
Folks, yall know me. Most of my weekends all summer have revolved around big rides, or getting ready for big rides, or training for a big ride, or helping with the mom in law or the kids. It has been a busy summer! Michelle and I haven’t had a fun weekend away since the beginning of summer and our run to Walla Walla.
Michelle is a trooper. She is my support crew for the rides. She is my coach for my training and she is a fantastic mum to the man-child. After a summer of this, we deserve time away to rest, and just be us. Our friend Stuart turned us on to a place in Port Townsend. It’s a little town on the peninsula, a 30 mile drive away (after a 30 minute ferry ride.)
So, prior to Friday’s bad news of the bike being stolen, Michelle and I had already planned to come down to Oregon this weekend. She has been doing the gluten-free thing all year, and that has helped her lose some weight she thought she needed to lose, which caused he fingers to get smaller. This means her wedding ring was slipping of. Time to get it sized down and ONLY Olufsons in Corvallis (where we bought it) touches her ring!
Originally they told us it we be an over the weekend job (turned out it was done in 90 minutes…) so we decided to stay Sunday and go to the ocean! Well, even though it was done early, we still went! Continue reading “Go West “Young” Man”→
Well we woke up for the first time ever in Walla Walla! We love the little house we rented, but I have to say, the tiny little air-conditioner in the bed room is just not up to the task! Nope didn’t sleep all that well last night.
Well, as my norm when we are at home or on vacation, I make a Starbucks run each morning. During our first walk through town, I scoped out the location. On my drive home, what did I see?
Yep, it was the annual hot air balloon stampede! These pics were taken from our porch.
Well we decided to walk to breakfast and we were looking for the Maple Counter Cafe… NEVER found it! More later on his, but we did find these 2 guys:
He is, in essence, the founder of Walla Walla, And
Nothing like a little art and history to keep you hungry while looking fr breakfast! We also found out there is a stream, Mill Creek, going under the town.
We later went to Whitman Mission National Historical site, so I could get my NPS passport stamp.(yep I’ma geek!) It was cool, and we Took the following pics:
It was a quiet place to walk around.
Then On to wine tasting! Being a WSU COUG we had to go to Cougar Creat Winery… Take my advice, don’t got there! The wine sucked! I was so disappointed….
We needed, good wine, so we traveled to Dusted Valley! Always a good choice. And we saw a great looking limo in front!
From there we want to Isehower winery, where we met Kelly. Next week she graduates from Whitman College, and then moves to Boston for an internship. The wine was good!
We went back home, dropped stuff off and walked into town. My sexy wife NEVER shops for clothes, so I made her hit up some stores. As long as I have a kindle to read and a chair to sit I can shop,with her all day! Check out the boots she bought!
Afterwards, we went into Sinclair winery, in which Sharon agreed Cougar Crest sucked! Her’s was very good! Our last stop was Sopalil cellars, with Creepy Bill! He was the wine maker, and was enamored with my wife. He whole time we were there, he talked only to her, no matter WHAT I said! He did tell us that our breakfast place DID exist, so we will try tomorrow! Best part, he didn’t charge us for the tasting. The wine was ok 🙂
Dinner at an Italian place and a walk home, all in all a great day!