The weekend of November 23-24, 2013, Cheryl and I headed out about an hour east of where we live to get away for the weekend and enjoy the Bald Eagle frenzy that happens every year around here. Thousands of salmon come to the Chehalis Flats where the Fraser and Harrison Rivers meet to spawn. It’s also this time of year when the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival goes on as well.
Around this time of year into January resident and transient eagles come by for their free buffet of food before their nesting season starts around March. Most are coming from Alaska after the salmon spawned up there and leave after the big freeze. Tons of food for all species so it is also a special time to see normally non-social raptors gets along with so many young and old. Continue reading →
I have been asked many times “how can you ride such a tall bike”? So, I have put together some pics to try to show as close as I can with the specs I know what I might look like on all the recent bikes I have owned or “borrowed”. My height is 5’5″, well almost 5’5″ with an in seam of 30.5 inches.
Cheryl is about 5’5″ and her in seam is 31.5. Big difference when it comes to our ’13 BMW F800GS bikes. She has more footing than I will ever have. So, this post is for the vertically challenged.
I have hopes that a few in seam inches will not deter anyone from buying the bike of their dreams…where there is a will there is a way. Trust me I should know…I am shortish and I have ridden successfully, comfortably, confidentially and most Continue reading →
You need to watch this if you love Bald Eagles like I do. The weekend of November 23rd, Cheryl and I will be heading out only about an hour east of where we live to check out the annual eagles feast. Thousands of eagles all ages arrive to feed on the spawning salmon around Harrison Mills, BC. I go every year but this year Cheryl is coming with her high-powered new work camera. We don’t have a lens like Christian used in this video, a local photographer but I am certain we will get some great shots.
Enjoy! We are truly lucky to live so close to this annual phenomenon.
Watch this dramatic short video showcasing why we live in BC and Vancouver. Watch the entire video and you will get a taste of why we are called Beautiful BC. Enjoy, especially for those who are not from here.
I guess there is no need to really write a post when one gets married. In summary, we have been together for 16 years common law, Cheryl proposes one day out of the blue, a year later we are getting hitched for “real” up in Egmont, BC @ the Westcoast Wilderness Lodge with 60 of our closest family and friends. WE wished we could have invited more. Continue reading →
Christian Sasse is a local photographer near Vancouver who happens to be someone I met while he was filming and taking pictures of Bald Eagles last year. I love wild life of all sorts but the majestic Bald Eagle, especially this time of year while the salmon spawn are in an abundance. Christian, also known as just Sasse is a very talented relatively new photographer in this field and the video below is show casing Port Hardy on Vancouver Island’s north. We both have not been up there yet but will do one day. Enjoy a slice of heaven and watch the video Continue reading →
Riding in Vancouver, BC almost 365 days a year we can agree that this article gives a great advise to being a successful commuter. We always have waterproof gloves with us but even H20 proof gloves can pack it in on some days. Back up gloves can save a life..we bring sometimes up to three sets of gloves. Hippo Hands are also a fantastic way to stay warm and dry…I know they are not beautiful but oh so practical…
Commuting by bike saves you time and money and is also more effective than a cup of coffee to wake you up in the morning. Use these tips to get the most of your trip to and from work, this is how to commute on a motorcycle.
Commuting to work requires you to ride in a myriad of different weather conditions. Even in a climate as mellow as Southern California, my commute ranges from dark, low 40-degree mornings to sunny, 95-degree afternoon rides depending on the time of year. Varied conditions mean you’ll need appropriate gear for all types of weather. We recommend the Aerostich Roadcrafter riding suit, as it can be made to fit all weather conditions and can be worn over anything. As a bonus, it’s been specifically designed to avoid wrinkling a business suit worn underneath. But, if you aren’t able to spring for that, a good winter jacket and gloves could do the trick. You can also add the following as needed: Continue reading →
After we got married on August 14th 2013, we managed to get away for a few nights at the end of August. Here is a short video of what we saw, rode in and some of the sounds of our bikes with a tiny bit of music at the end. I am in no way even close to a videographer but at least I make attempts…
Gear this time of year is important to me. Making sure I can get warm when needed, stay dry and comfortable on my bike are all part of making even a short trip safe.
AP Stars Toucan Gore Tex Boots
I traded my AP Scouts for the new Toucan boots. Gore Tex and more of a MX boot in the end. Why? I wanted higher coverage for my shins, sturdier boot overall and I do have to admit I like the Gore guarantee. After playing around with the buckles I got these boots to fit really well. Continue reading →
As many who read this blog know first hand our everyday lives can get in the way of our hobbies. Since January 2012 until present day, Cheryl and I have both changed our careers. Leslie joining BC Transplant as an In Hospital Organ Donation Coordinator/Organ Donation Specialist and Cheryl still with the RCMP but now well into her apprenticeship to become a Forensic Expert. With this reality of ours, getting away on the bikes for a long stretch of time is not happening as of late. So….what to do??? Make the best of the time we get off and get away.
What can 30 hours get you when on a bike? Real post coming up soon, but 30 hours takes you about 900 KM’s riding through everything from rain, pouring rain, snow, hail, wind gusts I swear were about 70 KM at times, sun, partly sunny and in the end time away from work which is priceless. Big post coming up and it will be all about fitting in riding when work gets in the way.