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Maine is friggin beautiful. Yeah it rained and I got in only one day of bike, not even a full day, a whopping 13 miles. But oh it was a glorious 13 miles.

All I can say is that had I know how far up that hike in site was, I would have opted for the regular site for the full stay. Spent too much time hiking up and down half mile each way. But is was a nice view up there. real nice. 

Schoodic woods campground is awesome. Schoodic woods side of acadia is awesome. I did get some real nice pics, probably will load everything on flickr to use that space. Have a couple I think already on Instagram. I think. uggh.

anyway, I am def doing camping there again next september. and I will do a full week. too nice.

Since then I have explored a campsite in MA, not to my liking. Going to try to see one other one this weekend, way up in MA. I like to drive.

and I need more time off. uggh

 

a recap for a short vacation

meh. I saw on the second beach day, some seals out in the water, pretty far out. one came in a bit where there were no people pn the beach, looking for a resting place. swam back out, too many people. not that there were a crowd, just a few, but too many for his liking. I watched for sharks of course. water was real calm. almost like the calm before a storm. that was at coast guard beach. I rode the bike from parking lot to the beach. nice little jaunt. next day, sunday, I was at nauset beach. surfers, actually paddle boards surfing. cool. small waves but much more than the previous two days. all the beaches were opened up to beach goers. I guess the lure of making a buck in the summer to maintain the beaches won out over solitude.

at camp, nice meals. nice fire. sat night I never turned on the lantern. just the fire for light. all night, until bedtime at 10. sunday morning the guy from the next camp came over and introduced himself. nice but buggy. came back over again later on, as I am trying to get camp broken down. weird guy. and tuesday when I am home, he gives me a call. how the hell did he get my number? he is from led yard originally, north dakota lately, and was going to some kinda class reunion. I texted him back saying i was not available, but also how did he get my number. not heard back. creepy. 

sunday was going home day, and i had no real plans other than to make my way along the southern road on the way out. I got up the coast a bit to do more discovery, saw a long line of traffic going the other way, off cape, and decided to not go up to truro or north at all but to do the south coast, after going to nauset. The chatham, hyannis towns were so kitschy it was unbearable. but I still would have liked to have stopped, in one of them. did not cuz it was going to be a pain to find parking. I am so lame. nice towns further inland on cape, and then I was off cape with no traffic, seems that the line of traffic was an accident, and I missed going up cape. oh well. maybe I will convince mike to go there this fall sometime. I didn’t really do anything on the vacation other than drive to places and then not go to them. I was lonely. not at all in my space.

work since then has been nice. just the right pace, but still not enough for me to do or stay busy all the time. I am thinking of bringing in my laptop to work on a new design for me. and instead of using wordpress, use perch since I really don’t need WP for my site. Or perhaps use it on one of my other sites. yeah, that’s the ticket. crank up WDG or a niche site. my bike site would be nice. 

oh and mom got the apartment. I don’t want her to leave the house. I want to be able to have her stay there until she dies. it is sad. I am sure she is sad. maybe this tropical storm going thru later this week will make it less sad in that she and I won’t have to worry about this stuff anymore. Just sad though. I want to take her and dad down to the breach way for one final time. I wonder if dad could make the trip? I have to ask someone. I want to have them together in a place they both love. I am just not going to handle this well at all. I know it is best though, I cannot deal with the stress anymore. the stress of the move is making my heart funny again. so I am back to taking my meds on a regular basis. probably good thing. 

and I am still alone.

oh what a week it’s been

IMG 0104actually not really that bad. Mom is finally in hospital, about to head to a rehab place today. I went out early Monday morning for grocery shopping, the help was going to start work at noon. I got back to the sound of the alert people answering. Mom had fallen in the bedroom while I was gone, so she pressed the button. In a way that was good, cuz she needed to have her back checked out. Spent Monday in the ER with her. No hip fracture, nothing there. She was in a lot of pain though. She has spent the last two days now, in a nice private room at hospital. And I have been driving and driving. But that is OK. It means that she is getting the help she needs and maybe in a week, she can come home and won’t be in so much pain. I’ll have the help start when she gets back here.

bamboo breachwayLast Thursday maybe, Lauren and I took a little day trip to the shore, the breach way in Charlestown. A little break from the slums of Norwich. A little place I have heard of for years, the fantastic umbrella factory, was our stop. It was pretty cool Had bamboo growing and that was really cool. We had a nice day. She sure does talk a lot though. Been sober a month. Let’s hope it continues.

Now back to work here. Have to shower and get the day started. Wait on the transport to the nursing home. that should be this morning I hope. Wait wait wait.

in the grand scheme of things

did a drive yesterday, and was rewarded with some very nice scenes, some quiet, which was needed, and a few wafts of that pine smell. the smell I used to get riding out in Pachaug, and used to smell when out camping. Nice. I really have that bug to get a good bike on the road. I may opt for a steel bike. Some come with composite forks, and while that makes clamping anything to them not an option, it does make for not only road dampening, but less weight. but I dunno. maybe this touring thing is going to be beyond my abilities. or maybe I make it my priority for my birthday next year. Be on the bike in Maine for my 60th. Sounds like a plan. Yeah, that is it. Even if it is partly car camping. Be up there and on my bike, riding. what I love more than anything.

and so a day of not being able to do anything, have dr appt for both today, which means showers and noise. all fucking day. I think after I take them to Dr. we will do a short drive to appease the asshole, then I will do a ride after dinner. it was a beautiful day yesterday, looks that way again today, no heat or humidity. tomorrow will be the same. I hope. Dr appt for dad tomorrow. another no work day. fuck.

and I will decide over the next few days if I am going to splurge on getting a bike. The diamondback looks the best right now. triple crank, which will be good. I just want to see one in person. The Dicks sporting goods up here has only MTB. I can buy it online from them, and use my bill me later account. Maybe the place in Manchester or in waterford will have a demo for me to look at. Hate that it is white, but oh well.

ahhhh the quiet of the morning is so sweet. the coolness of this morning is so sweet. the fact that I am not getting any work done is not sweet. I cannot work at night, the TV is too loud. asshole says he likes it like that. so be it. I may move the big computer back down home and just go there to work for a few days a week. Might as well, ain’t getting any better here. asshole can fend for himself.

and with that…
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Bikes bikes everywhere!

So yesterday was really nice. I mean NICE. And since ot was the first nice day for a week, I had to get out of my self inflicted hell. On the bike. And it was wonderful. So many people out on their bikes on the bike trail. Families. Friends. Lovers. Singles. So nice to have one of those picture postcard scenes of bicycle heaven. I did not ride too long, not been om the bike for over a year so i did not want to push it. And if tomorrow is nice enough in the morning, i’ll feed them two and head off for another spin. Go a bit further. Push a bit.
Damn it was nice.

Headed home again

On the shuttle headed to Denver airport. I have a long wait there, then in Cinncinatti, another wait. But soon I’ll be back home. The drive back out here was tiring, and a bit long, we did long miles every day, the final day we did almost 780, but we did some sight seeing up to see where Chris used to live and work. Nice place, but really remote and isolated. I don’t know if i could do that. We had Monday to kill, so went into town. Yesterday, i was on my own, no car, but that was ok, I needed to wind down and back up into work mode. It was raining too, so not many places I could walk to for anything. So i chilled. I have a ton of work to pump out as soon as i get back. Tomorrow. Today, i fly.

Tuesday morning

Had a bad night of sleep, but did not torture myself by looking at clock. Finally at 7:30got up. And what do my eyes see? Thunderheads. So with coffee in hand, i lowered the canopy down, but not all the way. If it gets windy, iwill. But i hope to be able to sit out here and ride it out. Thunder is rolling and it is drpping out. Maybe it will be short. God i hope so.
Had dinner wuth chris last night, and we finally got the fire going, just before she had to leave. So i stayed up as long as i could. Laid in bed doing posts, and reading, but even then 10 was my limit, so i expected to be up early, ordo like i did, sleep a bit, etc.
Just had some lightning close. This might be interesting. It does look like it is lighter skies in the west, so maybe just a passer by.
Uggh
Ok so at 8:05 it seems the thunder has passed. I sure hope that was the only one. Crap, rumble just then in the west. Doesn’t look dark thunderly. We’ll see. Now to make breakfast and figure out what i want to do in the event that it does not rain. Hardy har. Kinda sucks cuz i have no wayto getweather map. Awwww yeah, have to deal with it like it used to be. But, what is the value of the technology and such if it cannot be used? We don’t live in the old days anymore. Yes it is good to have the knowledge of how to do things without technology, but unless there is something like no power or such, why? I see no sense. Use the tools available. Maybei won’t use facebookas much, i already cut way down, and g+ is kinda annoying, and for me unfocused. Maybe i have to organize it better. Dunno.
Anyway. My shoulder is sore, i have a tingly right hand, and i think i want to go back to bed.

5:30 monday

What a nice day today is! I hopped on the bike around noon, with fishing gear in pack. Went down to where we had stopped with mom and dad two years ago, on bear lake. Really breezy, and there was someone sitting where i wanted to fish from, so went to other side. That was a hike with the bike. Fishing was tough, had only one lookie. But was able to take a few nice pics, i hope. I had forgotten to prep my 5wt line, so i had to use the 4wt on a 5wt rod, in the wind. Uggh. I got frustrated with my casting. I think i am going to take some lessons on proper casting, as well as how to nymph and wet fly fish. Can’t always dry fly. I wet waded and man that water was cold cold.

Back to camp around 2:30. The bike sucks, no clips, and when i slip off the pedal the damn thing cmes around and smacks the back of my heel. Hurts. Ate a second lunch. I think the mountains enhance the taste of everything. Then i took the little path behind the site here, made sure i had bear spray. The path looked like it might go down to the water, but it didn’t. It did go along the ridge, the water was wayyyyyy down there. But man, what views. Really nice, and i hope what i saw came into my camera. Took my time coming back up, still not acclimted to the altitude. And out of shape. What else is new?

Traveling in 2011. Yeahrealcreative

Been here in Colorado since Friday afternoon. A kamikaze driver limo from Denver to Steamboat. That was fun actually. No problems on planes or connections. Just had to wait a long time it seems after landing in Denver.
Friday night went to rodeo. Kinda boring, since there was no real enthusiasm from the crowd. And the food was outrageously expensive, really. For not so good food too. Saturday went to farmers market in the morning, then up to Pearl lake camp, to see what spot i might like. Ummm not really like any. Then off to bear lake again to scout. Yesterday morning Chris took me to brunch on the mountain, and that was really excellent food, with excellent views. Filled me right up! Then off to grab the camper, in the rain, and up to bear lake. Got the perfect site. I mean perfect. Set up stuff, in the rain. Chris took off and i made dinner. In the rain. No campfire. She has a little camper, and it is perfect. I did not sleep well, because of the rain, and a not so perfect bunk. But it was ok, cuz i have no agenda, no email, no internet, no nuthin. Mmmmm nothingness.
Last night (sunday) started to watch a movie on ipad, but it was slow moving and i was really tired so i was probably sleeping before 10. Woke around 1, i think the rain probably woke me, raining hard. Then again around 3:30, pee time. 4:45 chris’s damed alarm went off. Then around 5:30 woke again, damned moon shining in. But also about ready to be dawn. So got up, bolied water for instant coffee, and greeted the dawn. Let me tell you, instant coffee ain’t half bad when you are half awake. Took some pics of the mountain at dawn. I forgot to bring batteries out to camp, so photo taking is going to be very focused. Make me concentrate instead of being snappy happy.

So i wrote during the day. 11am, had three cups of coffee by then. Some oatmeal, which was ok. Finished watching the movie, then sat outside and did this part of the post in, hold on… Writing it on paper. Is it really a blog post if it is on paper?

The ipod battery is almost dead. The spare boost batteries I bought a few years ago, no juice. Uggh… No music. But the kindle still has a charge, and the ipad has a charge too. And i have the charger for it. Suck a little power off the battery on the camper.

Time to fish.

Putting the waiting to good use

Sitting waiting for daughter (so what else is new?) And putting time to good use

On the road, somewhere.
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