Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Café Racer

For years now, Rob has had a dream of rebuilding an old  Honda CB and making it into a café racer. He was thrilled when he found a CB 360 on Craigslist for FREE!  We went and picked up the free bike and his planning and researching began.

The project is intimidating because you completely tear apart a motorcycle and rebuild it from the frame up.  After creating his  workspace and deciding how he wanted to do it, Rob began his project. 


This is the beginning of many months of work. 

Good luck Rob!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our Bountiful Harvest

For my first year of growing my own vegetables, I was very impressed with how well everything grew.  We were doubly blessed when we had an Indian Summer and sun for days on end.  I realized the main advantage of growing a garden is the fact that you don’t have to go to the grocery store to keep replacing perishables, which means you don’t buy a bunch of other stuff you don’t need.  It was fun finding new recipes to use the veggies as they grew.  I’ve never used tomatoes in so many meals in my life!  We are ready for next year and already have plans on what we will be and will not be planting.

A few pics of what we picked.  We are still enjoying the carrots and jalapenos.



This potato was HUGE!

Monday, November 26, 2012

On the Road Again

This last winter, Rob and I found a new favorite snowmobiling location near Greenwater, WA.  Ever since discovering it, Rob has been wanting to go and explore it on motorcycles.  This is an area with great logging roads, and trails galore.  Even though I’m not the greatest off road biker, and I don’t really enjoy it, Rob convinced me to go along for the ride and take my KLR.  He promised roads, not trails.  Our goal was to go over the mountain, via the logging roads, and make it to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge, eat, and then make our way back home. 

Rob got a little over zealous and took me on some pretty gnarly jeep trails.  I kept up pretty well for the most part.  There were some areas that I just stopped and made him hike bike down to ride my bike back up.  I was becoming more and more confident when I misjudged where to take the tires of my bike, and ended up getting caught between a rock and a tree root. I tumbled pretty hard and the bike took a pretty good hit.  Luckily my scratches were minor and I really only had deep bruises to complain about.  The KLR on the other hand suffered a little radiator damage.


I also bent the frame around the cooling fan.  By the time we got the bike back upright, and going down the road, the temperature gauge was showing full heat.  Luckily we rant into some huckleberry pickers who happened to have a full tool set in their jeep.  Rob was able to remove the radiator guard, and bend the frame around the fan back so that it was functioning again.  We were then able to make our way down to Whistlin’ Jack’s (on the dirt roads), and went back via the highway. 

Even with the crash, I have to admit it was a fun trip.  My biking skills are definitely improving, even with the crash. Rob blames the crash on me. I blame it on him for taking me on trails that were way to difficult for my heavy bike.  Of course, I’m right.  There were many other fun areas to explore up there.  I’ll be content exploring on the snowmobiles when the crash landing isn’t quite as hard.


Rob’s KLX 400 and my KLR 650.


Proof that we made it to the top alive. Smiling even… Smile

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Whistler with friends

We love Whistler and even more  we love sharing Whistler with friends.  This year, we convinced two other families to join us for Crankworx festival.  We shared a condo with the Cottam family and we biked with the Hoerman’s.  Everyone had a great time enjoying the sights, getting to know each other, and watching the events that were taking place in the village.  We even went to church in Squamish where 9 of us doubled the size of their congregation.  Rob decided it would be a great place to live after learning that they only have to go to church for two hours! 

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The kids finding a way to entertain themselves in the condo.  With a beam like that, you have to climb it, right?!


Rob and Jake with Kimball and Collin.


McKenna, Macy, and McCall at the village playground


Our favorite cheese tasting before the annual cheese rolling contest.


The Cottam family.


Kimball and I racing for the Drink more Milk prize


Revel came along and he loved all the hiking. Didn’t like the crowds so much though.


Ready to watch the Joyride competition.

Of course there was a lot of downhill riding as well.  Thanks Kimball and Hoerman family for making our weekend more fun.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

BBQ with old friends

In August, a few of my old friends from the Bellevue 3rd ward were in town visiting their families.  We we able to get together and enjoy dinner and conversation.  It was fun to see each other and catch up a little.  It was even more fun to get to know their little babies.  Love you girls.  Wish we all lived closer!


Laura, Mary, Heather, and Me plus two cute babies! The other kids were down playing by Phantom lake.

Thanks Heather for putting this together!


We went River Rafting in July with our friend Jared. He has the raft, Rob knew the river, and we invited a couple of other friends along to join us.  We had a blast and ran the river twice.  We even ran into some other friends of ours on the river and met up again for dinner in Leavenworth.  It was a great day.


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Ready to go


On the Wenatchee River