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College Visits 2015/7

The Seattle area is large enough that there are regular college fairs where throngs of potential students and parents wander aisles of a cacophonous hall of the Washington State Convention Center, seeking out schools they’ve possibly heard of and picking up brochures from (usually local) alumni volunteers.  While the volunteers are able to answer  generic …

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Cycle Canada: Icefields Parkway – Part 1

Cycle Canada – Icefields Parkway trip summary: 9 days, 582 miles, 26k elevation gain, 95 geocaches and a hundred insect bites. Back in the darkest weeks of December, while visiting my parents in the Houston area, I was hunkered down on the couch, enjoying an escape (summer) fantasy with a copy of Adventure Cycling’s smörgåsbord of 2014 rides.  While …

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Ride Idaho 2013

In the dark world the natives call “January in Seattle,” I was pining for a week-long bike ride as a “carrot” to entice myself to get back to riding.  I’ve covered a lot of great spots in Washington, but was looking for something different.  That something different – but not too different – was Ride …

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Cretaceous Diet

Though it is definitely not something I’d ever want to have lunge out of someone’s yard and start chasing me when I’m on a bike ride, the T.Rex at the Chicago Field Museum was a lot smaller than I had imagined.

Pike Place Market

My daily commute is now taking me from the icy wastelands of the 425 area code into downtown Seattle. The express bus makes this tolerable, since it gets me through the bulk of the bad part. Once at the bus tunnel, the best option is walking the remaining part (0.8 miles), rather than trying to …

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CROC 2012

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, I had an opportunity to head down to Pendleton for the tenth annual Century Ride of the Centuries (aka “CROC”).  This was my seventh visit in eight years — having skipped last year’s — and especially anticipated because the Bar M Ranch was reopened as a camping option. What a …

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John Day Fossil Beds

I was going through yet another hard disk of photos to find an appropriate “timeline” image for Facebook.   Had a lot of fond memories of a geology-themed vacation through southern Washington and central Oregon.  The first stop was at Mt. St. Helens, home of the ‘sploded volcano from 1981: Very close by is Ape …

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