Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Saturday Fun

Last Saturday Rob and I went to the “Snow Show.”  It was basically a big swap meet for snowmobilers.  Considering Rob is now the owner of two snowmobiles, we decided we should go and check it out.  It was fun to see all the gear and gadgets snowmobiler use. We now know we have a lot to learn about the sport.  We also collected a lot of maps of snowmobiling trails in the area.  It was a worthwhile adventure full of huge trucks, fancy trailers, amazing snowmobiles and hicks from all over the northwest.  We fit right in.

On the way home we took a few side trips.  As we passed the sign on highway 18, Rob wondered aloud, “What is the Flaming Geyser State Park?”  I had been there before and explained how there is a hole in the rock in the ground where methane gas comes out and it is lit with an eternally burning flame.  Rob was excited about the concept of fire coming out of the ground, so we took the detour.  As we neared the state park, Rob kept looking around saying, “Where is it?” and “I don’t see it.”  I explained that it was a small flame and in the trees.  Rob was more than disappointed to learn that it was only a 6 in high flame. :)

flaming gyser 2

flaming gyser

I think it’s pretty cool.  How often do you see a methane fueled eternal flame?  Rob wasn’t so impressed…

After our detour to see the amazing flame, we decided to take a trip to the pumpkin patch.  Rob had never been to one, but he did a great job of picking two beautiful pumpkins for us.

pumpkin patch 4

Notice the season appropriate orange and black cast!

pumpkin patch 3

Pumpking patch 2

We haven’t carved the pumpkins yet, but I will post pictures when we do. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Toy

He wouldn’t tell me what it was, just that we had to be there at 9 pm. It was another Craigslist free find.   So, we hooked up the trailer to the Explorer and headed north.  When we got to our destination, I wasn’t surprised.  There it sat, a 1972 Honda CB 360. 

The owner hadn’t started it up in several years.  Although it had a few years of dust on it, Rob was convinced it would run with just a little TLC.  Little did the previous owner know how much these little bikes can be worth, even when they are not running.

So we got it home, gave it a quick bath.  On his day off, Rob ran to the store and bought a gas hose for $1.78.  After replacing the hose, Rob kicked it a couple of times and sure enough, the bike was running.

It still needs some work, new front brakes, polishing of the chrome, maybe some work on the blinkers, but it runs.  It was another good free find off of craigslist. 


I’ve forbidden him from working on it too much until the cast comes off.  :)