Well, I managed to do it again - Creston to Kootenay summit in three and a half hours. Time for a much deserved break!
Friday, June 29, 2012
|My grandpa on my dad's side served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1945|
He was a cook.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Today went a lot quicker than yesterday - 127km to Creston knocked off before lunchtime. I still felt good, but thought better of attempting the pass this afternoon. Better to start with fresh legs when you've got 1000m of elevation gain in 30km ahead of you!
Now I'm facing a different challenge - eating spaghetti with a spoon! I didn't think to pack a fork....
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I didn't run into headwinds riding from Calgary to Banff this trip (unlike last time), but today made up for it. 117km into headwinds, and my legs are tired! It sure can be frustrating when you're pedalling along on the flats, but you're only going 12km/hr...but at least the rain stopped.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
But at least I can ride though Nose Hill park in the sunshine and visit some friends.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
|Sellwood and Westmoreland Houses|
|Bicycle Normalcy in Portland|
I want to share with you an essay written by Kim Stafford about being an Oregon Patriot in Tough Times. It gives words to how many a life-long Oregonians feel, and me, a soon-to-be non-transplant from Seattle feels about living in Oregon. Take the time to read it. Its moving and eloquent and descriptive of Oregon.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Wintery and snowy
Friday, June 15, 2012
|The plan right now is to attend Burning Man which is held annually at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. This is where we went about a month ago to be in the path of the annular eclipse.|
|Burning Man recently received confirmation of their special use permit from the BLM|
|Black Rock City in 2011. Photo from Will Roger and article in the San Francisco Bay Guardian|
Considering the planet's human population stands at over SEVEN BILLION, we are a very select group of people who have the opportunity to attend this magnificent art and cultural event. Now we are needing to spend some time thinking and reflecting on how we are going to contribute, because this event is all about participation and involvement in community. Looking forward "to the burn" as they say...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
edit: The picture above was taken with a webcam adapted to the eyepiece of my little 70mm refractor - the other dark blob near the bottom of the sun's image is probably just a speck of dust on the sensor or something. I certainly didn't get a shot as good as this!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I've also met wonderful people over the years and a few have developed into friendships. We met a really nice artist who was so humble and creates wonderful paintings using encaustic mediums and colors. So many interesting people there if choose to be open to their sharing and experiences. Sometimes I like going there just for the quiet and prefer to soak solitare with the pool all to myself. Lately an (almost) impossible opportunity which I'll share later about.
Unfortunately, from what I understand, visitors can never be sure what they are going to get when they arrive at the actual hotspring. A party of beer drinking 20-somethings would not do it for me, nor a bunch of people unfriendly or unwelcoming. I know what to expect when I pay my day-use fee at Breitenbush "proper".
|Skiff's Breitenbush Hot Springs, or lower Breitenbush 1962, now it's called the Russian Pool|
|Presumably because there are a lot of people of Russian descent that use it - today we had it all to ourselves|
|Breitenbush Hotsprings Lodge in 1962|
|The forest continues to preside over it all. A very healing forest there.|
|A discovery today at upper Breitenbush. Maybe a future pool for the communities future development plan.|