Closed: Tour de Lockdown

Yesterday Sonoma County ordered all parks to close due to an excess of congregating by self-isolated, locked down, sheltered in place, stay at home folks. When closing parks, that meant every state park, county park, regional park, city park, etc, plus every open space, schoolyard, playground, and multi-use path in the county. Wait. What? Paths? … Continue reading "Closed: Tour de Lockdown"

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Triple challenge on Presidents Day

Today’s ride has three goals: honor many but not all of our presidents, and support the Holiday Challenge; copycat some of the themes of this month’s choose your own adventure challenge; and visit another set of trees in my Portland Heritage Tree Quest. I think I did quite well: one dead President, (Teddy Roosevelt, shown … Continue reading "Triple challenge on Presidents Day"

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Challeng of the month: Desert rust

Definition of rust 1a: the reddish brittle coating formed on iron especially when chemically attacked by moist air and composed essentially of hydrated ferric oxide b: a comparable coating produced on a metal other than iron by corrosion c: something resembling rust : ACCRETION 2: corrosive or injurious influence or effect 3: any of numerous … Continue reading "Challeng of the month: Desert rust"

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mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful

Late this morning I drove down to the former Hamilton Army airfield—now a pleasant residential neighborhood with old hangars transformed into tidy businesses and offices—where I’ve pedaled a couple times before. Having already explored some of the trails through marshes and wetlands along the Bay in that area, I wanted to revisit some of that … Continue reading "mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful"

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Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue

It’s Spain’s Constitution Day, and it seems appropriate to celebrate their holiday while we’re over here. When in Spain, do as the Spaniards do. Actually, we didn’t see anything very holidayish here in Mojácar on our day ride to El Marchal, but we did have an awesome ride.  The featured photo is of a ladder snake … Continue reading "Holiday/Monthly challenge: a red and a rescue"

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November’s Challenge:a kid in Córdoba

I’ve deleted this post, but am leaving its place here for the sake of the attached comments.  The reactions to this month’s challenge have been quite a surprise to me, and educational.  I’ve got mixed feelings about the subject but thank you all for sharing your thoughts.  I’ll come up with something hopefully less controversial … Continue reading "November’s Challenge:a kid in Córdoba"

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Rush Creek Open Space

Around here the official rainy season begins on 1 October. Based on annual averages, by now we should have received some significant rainfall. Not the case. Not a drop has fallen, and we’re dry. Dangerously dry. Santa Rosa and northern Sonoma County just survived—barely—the impact of multiple days of “public safety” power shutdowns, mandatory evacuations, … Continue reading "Rush Creek Open Space"

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November/holiday challenges: All Souls Day

I was rueing the fact that the November kid’s challenge came too late for Halloween this year, but little did I know that Portugal doesn’t celebrate Halloween. They celebrate All Souls Day, the day after Halloween and the first of November.  Perfect for the November challenge, and perfect for doing double duty for the Holiday … Continue reading "November/holiday challenges: All Souls Day"

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Challenge of the month, November 2019: let’s hear it for the children!

This month’s challenge was inspired by Halloween, because it’s such a great time for children watching.  Unfortunately Halloween falls in October this year, but maybe you could trick the judges and treat us with an early entry. Whatever.  This month is dedicated to children – yours, trick or treaters, kids on bikes, waifs on the … Continue reading "Challenge of the month, November 2019: let’s hear it for the children!"

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Tolay Again

Despite increasingly shrill warnings from Pacific Gas & Electric—they who already admitted liability for previous conflagrations and dozens of deaths, and who entered bankruptcy in order to protect their asses, I mean assets—about the likelihood of an impending shutdown of the electric grid across northern California to prevent more wildfires sparked by their power lines, … Continue reading "Tolay Again"

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