Archive for April, 2008

A great day for a ride…

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Today was sunny and beautiful….just the right temperature for a bike ride (well, when isn’t it the right time for a bike ride?!) Mark, Jessica and I headed out to Whidbey Island for a day of fishing (Mark) and riding (Jessica and Bebeth). Jessica and I plotted our route on the ferry with food stops guiding our way. Neither of us had ever ridden on Whidbey Island, so it was a bit of the blind leading the blind….but we had a great day. We travelled from Freeland north along the west coast to Greenbank, back down the East side to Freeland where we had lunch at Gerrys (yummy food). Then we headed up the other side of Honeymoon bay and over to Langley for some ice cream. It was only 30 miles in the end. But early in the season and with lots of hills, it still managed to kick our butts.

Our route:

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Geochaching fun …

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

For the last week, everyone in Seattle has been talking about, “that day” … aka a day full of glorious sunshine. Supposedly up in the high sixties. Some of our friends went paddling, some went cycling … we went geocaching up in Deception Pass Park.

Don’t know what geocaching is? It’s basically a high tech treasure hunt utilizing a GPS. People hide a little “cache” around the world and then publish the GPS coordinates of the cache on a web site. We will often pick a hike, and then look up and see if there are any cache’s in the area. You then go and look for the cache with your gps. Often it’s a rubbermaid container filled with various items (it can be anything from gift certificates to dollar store items.)

Here’s a picture of our GPS.

Here we are logging our name in the “guest book” of the cache. You can see other people leave comments or just their name or even stamps.
Here’s a picture of a small little rubber army guy that was in this cache.

Here’s a funny Monsters Inc. character that was in this cache. Plus a picture of the lid of the cache.

Lastly the tulips are (if they haven’t already) about to pop. On our way out from deception pass park we passed through the tulip fields.

… and of course with sunshine and flowers you get traffic …

Our little girl is all grown up….

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Ok, so Mark and I don’t have a little girl, but today it felt like we did. We’re down in Santa Cruz visiting Sam and Miranda for a long weekend (and er….work). Tomorrow morning Miranda starts her 6 month Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems ( Five days a week Miranda will be knee and elbow deep in dirt, plants and all things horticulture. Miranda only lives about 15 minutes away, but most people live on the campus in tents for the six months.

Today was “moving in” day….setting up tents, getting to know each other, etc. Sam, Mark and I took Miranda to school, helped her set up her tent (for the nights she’s too exhausted to drag herself home), and waved goodbye as she joined the other “kids”. It was sad to see our little girl leaving us :)

Assuming she’s not too tired at the end of the day Miranda will be writing about her experience there…if you’re interested you can read more at
Sam and Mark in front of Tent #29 (aka Miranda Robert’s Home)

Perks of being self employed

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Being self-employed is one of those double edge swords. Sure I get to stay in my pajamas till 4 in the afternoon but … well I’m still in my pajamas at 4 in the afternoon! I haven’t woken up to an alarm clock in over 2 years (except for the early airport run or fishing trip), but I don’t get paid “sick” leave either.

Well one of the perks that I like best is being able to go do things during off times. So last Thursday I headed out with my fishing buddy and banjo player extrordinaire Greg Lawless and Jack Mitchell, one of the best fly fishing guides in this region (meaning planet earth). We saw two boats the whole day and we caught over 20 – 30 fish with almost 90% caught on dry flies.
Winter and spring here in the Northwest can be a bit dreary with all the rain/hail/snow we’ve been having lately, so when the sun comes acalling you better go out and be in it … oh wait you have a job. You only get to look at it through conference room windows … well our conference room today was 11 miles around mercer island … I’ll trade you your Aeron chair for a bicycle any day …