Semper Paratus….”Always Ready”

I’m trying to be…”Always Ready” that is! As you know (I’ll try not to be too political here) but there is this shutdown going on and our local Coasties are NOT being paid. I guess defending the coast line boarders is not essential. Isn’t that odd I would have thought it was an essential part of Homeland Security…but that’s just me.

Jack proudly served in the Coast Guard.

So anyway a local dive shop on the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey started taking donations. On Thursday I delivered ten bags of food and toiletries from our Senior Mobile Home Park to support our men and women and their families. Friday another neighbor brought another bag and Uptown Bessie decided she was up for the task of delivery. So, off we went. I will confess upfront I forgot to take a photo of the bag but it was a hard one for me to deliver as it had not one but three cans of Spam😳 which is something I have a taste for but just won’t buy. They did get delivered.

Now this was a first for me on the rec-trail. He told me they had been for a swim. This was the first of many unusual trail sightings today.


Made it to the dive shop and delivered. They had over two truck loads in just one day!! Both bags were full a bit of load for her but she did great. These were my first touring bags used on our trip from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a hybrid Giant Bike……full circle right.


Leaving the dive shop I see this great old boat in the yard. Memories of boat living in Alameda came rushing back. Our old wood boat was just about this big but oh so much work!! I don’t have any digital photos of it will see if I can find some to reproduce for you all. Mold was what got us in the end…so much mold and constant work to rid it.


Then I went out on the Cost Guard Pier….lots of fishing going on. Not sure what’s going on at the end…..reinforcement of some kind.


Looking for lunch.


I did my Alsilomar ride and on the way back to town saw all these folks by Hopkins Beach….what’s up?


A lost juvenile Elephant Seal. He’s supposed to be in San Simeon it’s prime mating season. He’s not quite old enough and maybe just didn’t feel like doing all the jousting that the young guys have to do. I had to zoom way in so this quality isn’t great. These guys are nearly 10 before they finally mate he’s still got some maturing to do. Every year we get one or two that just don’t want to deal with all that.


The trail is full of holiday weekend visitors.


Two and four legged.


I stopped to take in the sites myself before heading home.

The next couple of photos are not bike shots but some I want to share. So bare with me….

Proud Grandma here. This is Pearl she is 4 1/2, the half is very important according to her!! She is snowboarding for the first time and look at that great form!! A natural I’ll say…her Dad is very happy as he’s the boarder. Got his little girl out there.


My attempt at the Blood Moon…..well I tired. It was pretty and cleared up for about ten minutes so I could see it.

Happy Trails….




Janet here of Jack and Janet in Seaside, CA. We just love to ride our bikes and share and read stories from other such afflicted souls.

23 response to "Semper Paratus….”Always Ready”"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 23, 2019

    Hi Janet. Here’s a question for you. I notice you wear a mirror mounted on your glasses and DaBrim. Does the brim interfere with the view in the mirror? My dermatologist has been yelling at me, so I’m thinking of getting a brim, but I rely on a glasses-mounted mirror and don’t want to change.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 24, 2019

      No problems with the mirror and DA Brim!! Jack wears his mirror the same….we have the Sports brim I think it’s called the other one has a much bigger brim and more for recumbents. I do think I need a new one as this is nearly 5yrs of wind and I’m starting to look like “The Flying Nun”

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 24, 2019

    Pearl sure looks a natural on that board.

    The moon. We couldn’t see the eclipse in the south but were constantly informed on TV news that it was a “Super Blood Wolf Moon”. Super because the Moon is at or about it’s closest to us. Blood – the colour of an eclipse caused by the way the sunlight bends around Earth. Wolf because it is in January when the Wolves howl and Moon – well ……….. The Australian news people didn’t think the Wolf bit was immaterial here as there are no wolves. Perhaps our should always be a Dingo Moon!

    We hope the Coast Guards and everyone else get back to work before too long but it seems the stalemate continues today.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 24, 2019

      We are hoping for and end to this soon too!!! Thanks for appreciating Pearl…..I just couldn’t resist sharing was needing a smile😊

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: January 24, 2019

    So people still eat spam? Reminds me of dog food and I read is one of the major causes of obesity in some south pacific countries. Pretty bizarre that a political fight means peoples wages don’t get paid, maybe they should include the politicians wages.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 24, 2019

      I definitely think the ones in charge should NOT be paid!! However, it probably wouldn’t impact them nearly as much and they probably still wouldn’t understand their impact on most people’s daily lives.

  4. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 24, 2019

    Hi Janet,
    Good on you for helping out with the Coasties. From here it looks like the government is chopping off its nose to spite its face.
    The eclipse wasn’t visible from here due to clouds and obscuring hills.
    Spam! My old racing team was sponsored by Hormel and we had a Spam logo on our jerseys. Lots of Monty Python jokes in the peloton.

  5. By: Scooter Posted: January 24, 2019

    It’s beyond disgusting that we need a food drive to keep the Coast Guard going. We should put the culprits responsible for it on a spam diet until the government opens up. Better yet, scrapple – which I hear is like spam but without the good parts.

    Great shot of the egret!

  6. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 24, 2019

    Nice photos! Especially Pearl’s snowboarding — Im certain she went way farther down slope than I would (on the board anyway 😉 )
    Good of you for participating in the food drive — what an unnecessary mess!

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: January 25, 2019

      She is very athletic however she sill prefers her balance bike to a peddle bike….all in it’s time 😊

  7. By: gregblood Posted: January 24, 2019

    That was a fine and productive one-day adventure. I enjoyed it very much.
    Spam is one of
    Minnesota’s most distinctive exports, though I wouldn’t eat the stuff. But I do hope to get to the Spam Museum someday.

  8. By: The Navigator Posted: January 28, 2019

    Great that you could get out and about and help the Coast Guard along the way. I have quite a few friends from college days that were really pissed off how far they were/are getting behind on research and spring forest planning, etc. It’s great to see little ones out on the snow – all of my CO friends who learned to ski at the same time they learned to walk are still avid skiers and snowboarders to this day. So it’s good to start them out young – Pearl looks like a natural 🙂

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