January 6th, 2018

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

For some reason I woke up at 3:45 this morning. I don’t sleep well usually, but it seems that I wake up when I have someplace I want to go and have an alarm set to get up early to go. Generally I wake up at 6:00 or so anyhoo.

This morning I did have an alarm set to get up at 5:30 to shower, eat, have coffee and then drive to Port Townsend for hearing aid supplies. After that I went to Sequim and the wildlife refuge I used to work at. I wanted to see my friend Dave who I have not seen in a while and maybe see some other people I have not seen for an even longer time.

It was a good visit and he put me to work helping him move some stuff around most of the day. And of course I didn’t mind helping. It was good to get some exercise in the process of getting things done. The weather was cloudy but decent. We went out for lunch then after he was done working for the day we went to eat Thai food for dinner at Sawadee Thai in Sequim.

I am quite sore today after an ass-kicking massage yesterday. My back and neck have really been giving me problems right now and the massage therapist just wailed on me and it was very painful. I am definitely much looser today despite the pain. Well worth the money I pay. With any luck (not sure if it is good or bad) there will be a cancellation this week and I get a call to be the stunt double for another massage. I do have one in two weeks so I am hoping this stuff will loosen up for a little while at least.

I still need to get an acupuncturist to work their magic on me. Perhaps I need a trip back to the San Juans to see the acupuncturist I used to go to. I could visit also friends while I am there. It is just so damn expensive to get up there (fuel, ferries) on top of the cost of a doctor visit and a limited winter ferry schedule. I just might do that. It might help me sleep too.

I got back into my water-drinking routine, egged-on by my Water Minder app. That, and the Activity Rings on my watch, really do motivate me to drink more water and get moving more. I’ve been eating better, too, so I am really hoping to see some improvements and lose a few pounds. I am trying to really cut back on sugar and don’t eat very much bread usually. In Europe we will probably be doing quite a bit of walking and I am really looking forward to it. Hell, I might pull a Forrest Gump and just start walking and not stop. The food will be an issue over there for me since I want to try most everything there. Walking will help keep that off too.

I have a feeling the trip to Europe really will be more than a vacation. It is going to be more than the incredible things we will eat, the beautiful new places we will see, the interesting and amazing humans that we will meet and all the fun we will have. It’s a personal thing with me that I cannot really describe, but maybe it will make more sense to you, the reader, when I post about our adventures.

It might even make more sense to me too!

November 4th, 2017

Adventure, food, Just things, Travel, Uncategorized

This morning I got adventurous and tried to make a breakfast dish in the oven with bacon, eggs, turkey sausage, English muffins, tater tots, and 5 different kinds of cheese. It came out okay – it is a little dry but I’m sure it’s nothing a little gravy cannot fix!

It was a lazy day today (other than the cooking). It was nice to have a down day. I plan on getting out tomorrow to do some things – there’s some snow expected and everyone freaks the hell out thinking it’s the apocalypse happening every time we get a storm. Stores are jam-packed and traffic sucks. That was today, as it is every Saturday. Sundays people are home cooking, watching football, and whatever else they do. I try to avoid those busy days.

I need to go look at glasses still and grab a few things at the store. I was considering going to Sequim today and do those things on the way but the weather isn’t much up better there so I decided to stay home for that reason too.

I’ll find out what tomorrow brings when I wake up.

Post #250!

Adventure, Just things

I write this post, my 250th, sitting in John Wayne Marina watching Sequim Bay bask in the last few minutes of calm and sunset on a beautiful but windy day. A few Canada geese are back and on the water, passing through on their migration. A couple of seals are out in the water in front of the park bench I am sitting on. A Kingfisher belts out his raspy tune and flies out over the water. A pair of Great Blue Heron just flew over, and the gulls are swarming out on the water in a laid-back feeding frenzy. A family is walking the shoreline.

A lot has happened in my life since several months before I started this blog nearly two years ago. I have seen and experienced so many new and different things and places since post #1, I have made many new friends, and checked a new state (and other accomplishments) off my life list. I live in a beautiful place with fantastic weather.

Whether or not I continue blogging about this ongoing adventure remains to be seen yet, but I plan on continuing living life to the fullest even though I will have to make some adjustments here and there since life is not a static event.

Would I do this again? Without a doubt I would do this again and I would not hesitate. It was well worth the wait.

Another Amazing Day

Adventure, Outdoors

Ahh, life… It just never ceases to amaze.

Today I was down by my boat doing some bird watching after washing the dock off – the wind was too much and I did not want to get blown off of the dock into the water. I got in the boat and using it as a big blind I am able to watch birds and not be noticed.

A couple of Canada geese were swimming by, and there was another goose behind them. It was not a Canada goose but a Greater White-fronted Goose. But there he was, just hanging out with them like he was one of them. They really did not seem to mind. There were also the usual assortment of gull, three mallards, a few more pair of Canada geese, bufflehead, and pigeon guillemot, and a couple of crows and bald eagles thrown in for good measure. I even got to watch a kingfisher do what kingfishers do. Fish.

I left and did a few more maintenance things around the island. Then I came home for lunch. After a giant salad, I went outside to work on a little bit of firewood. As I was walking toward the pile of wood, I noticed something on the other side of the shop running from the garage. I went back toward the house to see what it was.

Much to my surprise, it was a couple of otters running through my yard! I think I started them as much as much as they startled me! There is not a lot of water up here on top by the cabin, so I find it odd that they were up here.

They ran under the mudroom on the back of the house. I knew there was a hole on the other side so I went and sat down on a log just outside the back door and watched and two little heads popped out! The biggest one, which I think was probably an adult, carefully crawled out and ran up the side of the house. It repeated this behavior a couple of times, but the smaller one never did come out. I am not sure if it was a youngster, like a juvenile, or perhaps a small female. I really don’t know. I took several pictures and send them off to the biologist so she can let me know what’s going on with it. I think they are river otters. Everything I have read that I could find leads me to believe that.

Unfortunately, it was a little windy today. I was hoping to get out on the water today, but it was pretty breezy. I am told the summertime the wind tends to calm down quite a bit. That would be nice!

All is Well!

Adventure, Motorcycle, Outdoors

My new adventure as the caretaker here on Protection Island is shaping up quite nicely.

Yes, it has been quite a change going from being the caretaker on the spit. There, they have approximately 80,000 to 100,000 visitors a year. Here, it is just me. I would say that is quite a change.

I went about 11 days straight of being out here. Last Sunday afternoon, I was able to finally go back over to the mainland. I stayed at a friend’s house over the weekend and helped him do some landscaping by running an excavator for him to move some big rocks. We worked a couple of 10 hour days and got quite a bit done actually. I am sure I will be going back over to help him do some more of it as well. I’m really kind of anxious to see what it’s going to look like when it is done.

After that, Wednesday I plan to come back out to the island. I had to do a lot of personal errands before I came back out, one of which was to buy groceries. Another important item was to go to the post office, which I had not done in two weeks. A couple other errands I had to run was eating some Chinese food, some Mexican food, a burger, but unfortunately the Thai restaurant was closed. That will be this week.

It can be rather difficult planning on doing things when you are so dependent on the weather to be able to go back to the mainland. Last week I got pretty lucky. While I was in on the mainland we had gale force winds out here at the island. That is not good weather for a smaller boat to be out in and I was happy to avoid it. My timing was actually really good both going back to the mainland and coming back out to the island. Two days after I got here there were gale force winds.

I have been staying fairly busy. There have been plenty of maintenance things to do around here, such as mowing grass, running the trimmer, watching the dock almost daily, and doing some projects around the cabin. As the weather gets nicer, I will be out on the water more, patrolling around the island to keep people away the 200 yard minimum. It will be interesting spending most of the day out on the water in a boat. I will also be helping out the biologist with some projects out here as well.

It is really going to be an interesting summer, with even more new experiences coming my way!

I am also looking for some hard bolt on saddlebags for my motorcycle. I plan on doing some weekend trips on the V65 this summer and I want a secure place to lock my belongings like rain gear. Plus, going to the grocery store and running errands around town it would also be nice to have locking bags and not have to haul everything with me or worry about it getting stolen. I am also looking for a sissy bar bag, and possibly a tank bag. I am trying to buy used things to save some money, but I am not having a whole lot of luck with the saddlebags yet. Whatever I saddlebags I get, I will have to fabricate some sort of mounting hardware or bracket for them to fit on my bike. I have cloth saddlebags, but they have no security.

My youngest daughter told me about two TV series called “Long Way Round” and “Long Way Down”, two shows about motorcycle travels – really long trips. Kind of gives me the urge for a road trip.