I'm a comic book, video-game and movie geek. Love the outdoors but was not a child of the woods and it often scares me. I get out as much as I can with hubby and kids to appreciate and understand the outdoors. Parent of a 10yo & 15yo. Married 17yrs and working full time in the bicycle industry. Currently living in western, PA, born in Yuma, AZ and lived most of my youth in Ventura, CA.
Welcome to me & my families adventures.
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I have come to realize, I need to reduce the amount of time i spend on my blog posts, so I can actually put them out on a semi-consistent basis. So, here it goes.
While on my 12 day adventure, I stayed over in Emeryville, right outside of San Franscisco and was able to borrow a bike and take a ferry into the city to visit Timbuk2. Of course, I got lost.
My excitement over bike racks on the ferry made the other 2 cyclist give me worried eyes.
Millenium Falcon TugBoat.
The bike paths in SF were very useful, but seemed to make me take detours rather than face the epic hills. I was riding a 20" wheel folding bike, so I didn't mind the detours, except I was running late due to my lack of any sense of direction. I finally mad fit Timbuk2, where I had the opportunity to get a tour of their office. Which I should have a blog post on the Bicycle Times website soon with details.
Finally made it.
I then attempted to venture back to the lovely home I was staying at in Emeryville. Stopping multiple times to make sure I was heading the right way, onto the BART and back to my one night home.
Next stop, Chico. Where I had the chance to tour Paul's Components. Attempt to not drool or beg for new brakes or any other amazing componentry was achieved!
Paul makes everything right in Chico, CA. He and his team are amazing.
You can't go to Chico and not stop at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Love the bike racks.
Last stop was Eugene, OR. I called up an old friend to stay with. Wish I would have had more time with her and her main squeeze, but I take what i can get.
Eugene has a great bike trail system. Almost every corner we turned had a bike trail of the road or a bike lane. I found my retirement city.
A visit to Co-Motion.
Right across town is Bike Friday.
I had the opportunity to ride a Biek Friday Tikit - 16" wheel travel bike.
Wow. What a heck of year we have had. Although I'm glad this year is almost over I'm fearful of the year ahead like so many other people. A couple weeks ago I finally came out of my mental hiding place. Hurray! Ready to fight the fights I need to.
One thing is for certain we will all need to find our mental escape. A place or an activity that can relax our minds and remind us that life is enjoyable. Outside is that place for me. Fresh air, hiking, biking, geocaching, sitting and enjoying a book (or comic book!). Find your mental escape place. Step away from your social media, websites and cell phone even for a few hours. Enjoy life then step back in and keep fighting for the future and the now.
Under all my attempts at being outdoors, riding bikes and being a Mom/Wife I have always been (and always will be) a "Geek". Star Wars, comic books, sci-fi, fantasy movies and books. I love it all and I have passed down some of this love onto my hubby and kids. Go me!
At PIX I got to meet Grace Ellis, co creator of the Lumberjanes comic book and very nice individual. And, I meet Caitlin Rose Boyle co-creator or Jonesy. It is always great to meet women in an industry where women are under-represented. Both of these ladies, along with quite a few others, are really setting the tone that women in comic books are here to stay. And as I complimented both of them for creating a comic book that I will let my kids read.
Last weekend I took my Japanese language taking, anime an…
Winter is almost over. We have hustled through these last few months of winter trying to get as much done around the house as possible. Anything we can do to lessen the spring and summer to-do's. Downside of being a home-owner the upkeep and overall maintenance can be daunting.
The hubby successfully converted Darby's bunk-bed into a loft bed for Odin. And he is super stoked. We topped it off with a tent topper for him, since he;s been sleeping in his sleeing bag for almost month. He is prepping for camping season.
We upgraded Darby's room to be a bit more "grown-up" and although Stephen successfully manipulated a bunk-bed I couldn't stop gloating about my impromptu device docking station.
Check out these other hacks for binder clips here.
Looking forward to spring and getting in more outdoor adventures with the kids.