Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Last Hurrah (for 2015)

Well, we took our giant mobile snail shell out for one last trip before winter set in. As you can imagine, we didn't get to use our trailer NEARLY as much as we had hoped this year, but plans are already in the works for next year...

We found a campground in Brewster, MA that was open until the end of October, so in an effort to escape for the weekend, we booked a quick little get away. Despite the fact that typical summer "Cape traffic" is done for the season, we still had to contend with Boston's rush hour traffic and the estimated 2hr drive took 3.5hrs. In stop & go traffic, pulling a 25ft RV. Fun.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Vancouver Street Photography

This, above, is one of my favorite pics from our Vancouver trip, and what follows are some other samples of my street photography...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Vancouver 3

One of the other "must see" attractions in Vancouver is the Museum of Anthropology, situated on the University of British Columbia campus. The building is beautiful and the pieces on display provide some insight into the deep and diverse history of the indigenous First Nation people. There are actually tens of thousands of items available to be viewed as there was an overwhelming number of drawers that could be opened for a seemingly endless number of paintings, carvings and other works.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Vancouver 2

We decided NOT to rent a car as the majority of the things that we wanted to do and see were within walking distance from our hotel. And while that meant walking several miles each day, we did ultimately decide to follow a tip provided by a friend and get a car for one day. We were told that the drive from Vancouver to Whistler was beautiful and we were not disappointed. Highway 99, also known as the Sea to Sky Highway takes you out of the city and into amazing mountains in about 20 minutes. The route goes through Squamish to Whistler and was awesome. Next time, we will DEFINITELY bring the bikes and do much more exploring in this area.

Vancouver 1

"Wow." That was my first thought riding into Vancouver as I gazed out of the taxi windows; a modern city surrounded by natural beauty. I’m not much of a “city person,” and I’d be hard-pressed to ever say that I’d consider living in an urban setting, but I could definitely see Jean and I living in Vancouver.

Jean and her parents were on a cruise that started and ended in Vancouver, and while I didn’t go on the cruise, I flew out there so Jean and I could spend a couple of days exploring. With only five days in the area, we barely scratched the surface on all of the cool things to do and see, but it was enough to let us know that we want to go back.

I’m going to break the photos down into a couple of different albums and I’ll start with some pics of the city itself and some scenes from the Seawall, which is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. At 28k long, it's popular among walkers, runners, and cyclists and provides great views the whole way. It also goes around Stanley Park which is a HUGE "city park" that has miles of trails through west coast rain forest and is possibly the best part of Vancouver. Enjoy these pics, more to follow.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July Parade, Bay Ridge, Annapolis, Maryland

Some pics from the local parade here in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Annapolis. If you're viewing on an iPhone or iPad, use this link.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Central Vermont Distraction from Chaos

We have quite a bit going on. The moving, packing, and logistical challenges associated with our lives is a bit out of control. I won't get into the details, but suffice it to say that over the past month or so, there has been virtually no "down" time. Until this weekend. Jean and I had planned a camping trip to central Vermont months ago, and despite the fact that there's a mountain of stuff to do and to be sorted out, we still felt it was important to get out and chill out. It was a wise decision.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Travel Trailer Maiden Voyage

In December, Jean and I bought a travel trailer with hopes and dreams of using it nearly every weekend for the summer... Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Western Massachusetts and points beyond were all on our radar. Well, life has thrown us a curveball, so our summer is going to be a bit chaotic.

That being said, we were able to get out for our first trip... a semi-local jaunt up to North Conway, NH for some mountain biking, hiking and visit with the family.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Farewell Jam

Yes, it's true. I'm moving. New job, new city, new state, new challenges.

While there are going to be many things about the new situation that are going to be great, there's one thing that will not compare, and that's the amazing BMX flatland scene here in New England.

The amount of riders, the ability of the riders, and the dedication.. these factors and so many more keep me motivated. And I certainly do NOT get to ride with my fellow NEFlat riders as much as I would like (not NEARLY as much as I would like), just knowing that they're out there keeps me rolling.

Now, moving to Maryland, there simply does not appear to be a thriving flatland scene like New England.

Anyway, I had a chance to meet up with a few riders before my move--actually, I reserved a couple of local basketball courts through the YMCA and I was PSYCHED that some good friends drive up from a few different states to ride with me one more time before I hit the road.

NEMBA Fest 2015

I've been trying to get up to NEMBA Fest in Vermont for the past couple of years, and it seems like something always comes up. This year was no different, but I really made a concerted effort and despite a schedule that borders on sadistic, I was able to get in one day of solid riding with some great people.