Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekly Pano: Tandem ride to GG Bridge!


Had a wonderful overnight date night with Kimbo.  Kev & Laura took Nikko, while Kai spent the night snuggling with Mia.  So we got to sleep in, have brunch, and dust off our tandem and do the Strawberry Loop!  We stopped by Golden Gate market for a sandwich and ate it off the fishing pier at Horseshoe Bay on an beautiful day.  I was tempted to jump off the pier.

Yosemite!

check out that good looking crew!
Bikes are definitely the way to go in Yosemite if you want to have no plans and cruise around this magisterial valley.  We had another fun, albeit wet, weekend in Yosemite with the Mort-oebes and the Weavers.  Both nights it rained, but at least the rain let up during the day.  We biked around the valley on Sat, and did a short hike on Sun.  After the bike ride, during Nikko's naptime, I got to go on a short run around mirror lake, while Kimbo and Kevin watched some college football while Kai slept poorly on Kimbo's back.  Sunday, we tramped up to Vernal Falls viewpoint, followed by a visit to Curry Village for pizza.  

Fri night... before the arrival of rain... Kenji is ready!
Nikko turned into a werewolf... it looks like he's breathing fire out of Sophie...
Our camp!  The tarps were key.  We could've used a few more even...
Nikko was bundled up for most of the weekend... it wasn't that cold, but it was cold...
Chiyo turned into a manta ray...
Teamwork pushing the kids up the hill to Mirror Lake
sleeping happy kiddos...
10 pt buck
Kai likes to share seats...

Morton photobombing Kai and Zoe's romantic fireside chat.
hiking!
what a good lookin' fam!  but where is the water?
my usual pose after a long-ish hike...
Kai riding through the puddles!  Weee!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another surfski commute...


This time, I felt a lot better on my surfski.  Maybe I'm improving, maybe the conditions were better... who knows?  It sure gave me a bit more confidence, and I'm hoping that I'll start to see improvement slowly, but steadily...

Also, knowing that remounting is so easy, and the water actually is quite tolerable helped me with my confidence.  I can't wait to get back on the surfski with the wind on my back again...

I think reading articles and watching videos like this one: https://vimeo.com/84523848 gave me a sense of what to do.  There is a TON of technique in surfski-ing... and being able to "read" the water is something that comes with practice.  On the way home, I was quite tired, but I still managed to average 5.2 mph during the windiest section.

After that I slowed down as I was getting really tired, but I felt quite comfortable on the surfski, a lot more stable than last time, which let me focus on paddling.




other links
http://kayakcoaching.com.au/media/TMSM_Article_-_Downwind.pdf



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Doran Beach! (Sept 19, 2014) Happy B-day Kimbo!!!


Doran Beach is a 2 mile long sandy, south facing beach at Bodega Bay.  The park is located on a long peninsula with a beach on one side and bodega harbor on the other.  So every campsite is within a stone's throw away from water.  In fact where we camped I could put in Alexis' SUP on one side and paddle around the jetty to the other side quite quickly.  It made for multiple short sessions on the SUP.  Good times.

From what I hear it it always windy here.  And there was some wind when we were there, but not even enough to fly a kite, so it didn't bother us.  I've heard a lot of horror stories about the wind here...

The beach is semi-protected, and I guess when there is a big south swell, you can actually get waves big enough to surf here, but when we were there we didn't see any surfable waves.  It made it easy to get in and out on your kayak or SUP.  I cruised out to Bodega Rock multiple times to check out the seal/sea lions... once you get past Bodega Head, the water gets quite choppy...

Next time...
  • Kayak from Tomales Bay... that'd be awesome... and not very far... 
  • climbing at Goat Rock?
  • surfing at Salmon Creek
  • Bodega Dunes?
  • Whale Watching?
  • go hiking around Bodega Head
after setting up our tent, we went to check out the beach... a 100 yards away!
Here's the preferred mode of transport for the Kuwabara men... note the beer in my hand.  I just need to practice shucking an oyster at the same time.  
courtesy of Bodega Bay Oyster Co.  
After setting up camp, we went back to Valley Ford for Happy Hour at Rocker Oysterfeller's.  The fish tacos got two thumbs up!  
Kai and Goat...
Nikko is making faces...
Dragon Wagon arrives with much fanfare!!!
this is what we did all day... it was awesome.  
around naptime, this Schnoodle decided he wanted to be chariot-ed around... so Durbo and I went on a run to put him down.
Sandbox + music = heaven...
Emerson showing off his skilz


Alex caught a fish on his kayak.  He's got an amazing kayak fishing set up... note: upon nuclear disaster, look for Alex.  
Nikko is getting study enough to do this!  And he giggles every time I catch him.  The one time I didn't catch him.... he didn't giggle (just kidding... of course)
video
This is a pretty bad vid... but Kate brought back the Spank Machine... so I had to attempt to document... 


Near camp, there were plenty of amazing trees to climb...
And Kai and I went on a short tour before departing on Sun...
on the drive home, all the boys slept (including Mingus)... Nikko and Kai took a quick bath while I unpacked... and soon...
we were at J. Miller listening to Ozomatli!  We stopped by the Mirthwood on the way home for pizza and beers, and finally went home to call it a night.  A happy, happy B-day to Kimbo.    


Monday, September 29, 2014

Sly Guard! (Sept 12, 2014)


Another fun weekend at Sly Guard Cabin.  You can't go wrong there... the place simply rocks.  This was a mellower crew with Barrett, Kate, Lincoln, Amy, Chris, Ellie, and Reid joining us at various times.  We spent most of the day on Sat at Jenkinson Lake... and I didn't take too many pics.  Barrett came by on Fri night on his road bike... stayed until 2 am or so and rode home after sharing a few brewskis by the firepit.  

Highlights
  • the splash pads on the way to and from the cabin
  • SUP on Jenkinson Lake
  • Innertubing with the kiddos on Jenkinson Lake
  • Slacklining
  • Taking Kai on a Strider ride on the paved trails next to the cabin
Next time


Check out Nikko's face... this is what he's been doing sometimes.  He looks like an old man with dentures.  He's got no teeth yet...
At Nisenan Community Park... there was no one there!
kinda wished there a few more kids playing, but Kai kept busy


The local trails around Sly Guard... Kai in his riding attire
Someone is happy!
The place comes with firewood... amazing.
Kimbo relaxing...
night shot
but the place did come with a mouse...
the next morning, this guy got up early, so we went for a quick jog.  
at Jenkinson Lake.... perfect weather!
Kai loved it!  He could be here all day... 
lunch time!

hello
the trails near Sly Guard make a nice trail for striders.  Not long enough for much else... 
smiling while eating...
At White Rock Park in Rancho Cordova on the way home..
every minute or so, the big bucket fills up for a BIG splash!
Nikko was in heaven...
mama with Nikko and Reid.