Thursday, November 2, 2023


Giving the bikes a rest my brother and I go south to St George to do some kayaking.

We end up going to Sand Hollow and had a good time paddling on the lake, going around the island was especially fun.

We also visit artsy Kayenta, Ut and walk the Labrynith there

Lots of fun art to see..

.......and we did some shopping for personel protective equipment...
I was strong and didn't buy the helmet.

I was even able to practice kayaking in our room...

A 4 day trip....lots of laughter and fun....didn't fall in the water even once!
Life is awesome!!


Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Do you know the way to Santa Fe...

Eldest son Will, had a business conference to attend in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He invited me to ride to that conference with him and I accepted of course then Beverly invited herself to go along with us. ....Which also of course is just fine with me.

Our first night was in Moab UT
Then some back roads to Pagosa Springs.

 On our way we stop at newspaper rock south of Moab, and read the daily edition, haha.

At Pagosa springs we get a unit right on the edge of the lake and enjoy the wonderful scenery that night.

Will chooses cereal for dinner, and made such quick work of that bowl he must be a cereal killer...

Off our deck at dusk

And.... then we're on our way to  Santa Fe.

 That night after getting settled in we went out to eat at the famous plaza.

The next day walking to the plaza Beverly and I go to the St Francis of Assisi cathedral

And we spend a couple of very enjoyable hours wandering and window shopping around the plaza. 
The 'Plaza' is a nice place, but expensive! I was planning on picking up a painting while there, but we neglected to sell our house before we left so we could afford one..... ;)

A relaxing two days later the conference concludes and it's time to turn our noses homeward

We start on our return trip leaving Santa Fe mid morning for the short but colorful ride to Pagosa springs.
157 miles 
Will spies this cool bridge and thinks we should get a picture by it..... good call!

We are lakeside again at Pagosa Springs.
Early morning at Pagosa.

The beautiful scenery inspires Beverly to do some painting.

Then with about 1250 miles under our belts and we arrived home!
I'm very happy Will decided to ride instead of fly... another good call! I had a great time on this trip, I hope Beverly and Will enjoyed it as much as I did!!!

Thanks for stopping in and reading!!
See you next time.
Chama, NM
The Plaza
In the room at Pagosa
Somewhere along the way

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Crafty little devil! (no moto content)

I have worked as a carpenter and hobbyist woodworker nearly my entire adult life. My first job when I was in high school was as a carpenter helper for a contractor that lived in our neighborhood. 
From there on I've worked over the years at numerous different jobs that involved woodwork. Not every job I worked at involved woodwork but the jobs I enjoyed most were.

Then when I retired a few years ago I started getting my woodworking tools together and followed the suggestion of my son, Fenton, and converted the room under our garage into a small shop. 

Biker buddy, Rooster, wired the shop for me.  Then a little while later I had some good fortune/bad fortune..... my good friend and excellant neighbor, Sean moved several states away - the moving truck space was limited so he gifted several tools to me!

My good fortune continued when I went to help yet another neighbor prepare to move out of his house and ended up hauling home a whole truckload of tools!

Charcuterie board, vases, stands.

Suffice it to say I "could" have amassed the tools that I recently been given under my own power.....but it would have taken me a long long time.  I'm very happy to have them . 

So now here I am with all these tools/toys and I a lot of time in the "Dungeon" as I call it making.. know......'things'......... stuff, "creations". 

After awhile I had made so many 'things' that I told Beverly we either needed to start giving, selling or   *GASP!*  stop making 'things' because we're getting too many of those things in the house. 

And, since I 
use exotic wood for a lot of them they tend to be a bit expensive so we decided to sell them and try to recoup some of the money that we have spent on wood.
Vases, niknak stands
We found a neighborhood Farmers market and have been there five or six times so far and have done all right, we're not quite millionaires yet or in a thousand years or even hundred years but we've recouped a little bit of our money, met some great people and had fun.
I should be going on a ride soon so I'll be able to put some kind of travel news on this blog but I just thought I'd put on these things that I've been making and I am having an absolute blast with my!. Thanks for reading hope you enjoyed these pictures. Life is indeed wonderful 
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Niknak/sound bowl stands, cutting board.
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Sunday, August 13, 2023

Ca 15 Best 2023 pt1

It's time to get busy on the Southern California motorcycle association or 'SCMA" California 15 best roads. We decide to "dual purpose" the first part of this ride and include the annual couples ride as well. So we invite the other two couples to ride to Indio California with us where we'll get the first few roads.
So we depart on a Monday morning for St George and staying overnight there leave the next morning for Kayenta where we stopped and enjoyed walking in The Labyrinth and the other art they have spread around the town square, most of the shops were not open so we were able to save some money and we were soon on our way.

The next stop was at Coyote Springs in Nevada where we looked at the Ryan henge.

Besides the henge replica they have a beautiful tiny chapel that is currently being painted inside.

And this is inside the henge a large map of the world.

The Ryan henge also has a labyrinth that we walked in and found our way to the middle.

And some strange looking bi-pods hanging out at the Ryan hinge replica.

Wednesday morning we ride off to MT Center California and then to Banning California to check off another road.

Sleep...wake up and we hit the road Thursday, unfortunately we have to get on the freeway and slog over to San Juan Capistrano where we enjoy a visit to the beautiful mission there.

Visiting the mission was a great experience which we all enjoyed.

After an excellent lunch in San Juan Capistrano we left and did this road on the way back to our lodging starting in San Juan Capistrano and ending at Lake Elsinore.

Friday morning the other two couples left for home, whilst Beverly rode  north-west-ish to our lodging at Big Bear Lake. I rode South to check off the Campo to Jamacha road.

And that's it for part one. We'll pick up the road checks again in part 2 thanks for reading!