Monthly Archives: September 2013

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

…but being out in it is so delightful!

Portland’s rainpocalypse–which makes me laugh, sort of: what is Portland if not a city of rain?–is here. It’s windy! It’s raining! The water pelting the windows makes everything seem so grim! 3 inches of rain in a day or two forthcoming!

But you know what? It’s still September. It’s not cold. There haven’t yet been days and days and days of consecutive rain to kill the novelty of fresh water from the sky. This is THE BEST TIME EVER to be outside in this sort of weather!! :)

A morning spent volunteering at the Hollywood Farmers Market, a walk to the post office, a bike ride and long run at Mt Tabor… I am psyched to have been outside so much today. This kind of crazy weather just has to make you laugh at how ridiculous it all is–and right now you can enjoy it without freezing your ass off!

Get after it!!

I’m back! Time for Breakfast on the Bridge!

I’m back from Glacier! Needless to say, it was pretty darn amazing, in no small part because of this kind of thing:

grizzly(okay, that particular bear was from Alaska a few years ago. But I did see a bunch of grizzlies:)

But more later in a real post. The important thing of note this evening is that Breakfast on the Bridge is tomorrow! If you want to hear all about Glacier in person, before the internet world (or if you just want some free coffee and pastries), come hang out with me on the Steel Bridge sometime between 7 and 9am! If all goes according to tonight’s elaborate baking scheme, I’ll even have vegan/gluten-free muffins to share!

I’m psyched! If there’s anything better than crazy amazing adventure, it’s crazy amazing adventure followed by getting back to your favorite city in the world! :)

I’m off!

A car-free and even bike-free adventure awaits!

backpacking adventure(packed and ready to go!:)

I’ve got my trusty backpack, my well-worn boots, my bear bell, and hopefully everything else I need. So fricken psyched!!!!

Think happy thoughts for the weather in Glacier to be decent, and I’ll catch you all again at the end of September! :)

Zoo cyclists climb like mountain goats!

It’s September! Which means that in Portland, mobs of cyclists hit the streets for the Bicycle Commute Challenge–basically, a giant contest to see which workplace in Oregon or SW Washington can have the highest percentage of trips to and from work made by bicycle.

I don’t usually get super into this contest anymore since September is when I can often take a significant amount of time off. And when I’m not really around for most of the contest, I have a hard time getting really excited about it. Although I do love it so very much in theory:)

BUT, I did work all week this week, and yesterday and today I managed to convince a bunch of other people to eschew the MAX and actually ride all the way up the hill to the zoo with me.

zoo climbers(Today’s crowd of cyclists even showed up despite the morning downpour! And they were still so excited by the time we got to the zoo that they stuck around for pictures!)

Of course we had to take a celebratory photo with the mountain goats, since zoo cyclists climb up that hill like spry little goatsies. We didn’t do too well getting the real goats to show us more than their butts, unfortunately, but hey! We look cute! In that wet-Oregon-biker kind of way! ;)

I’m kind of sad that I’m going to miss the rest of the Commute Challenge, actually. But the last week has me (re)thinking about how awesome it is to be that little voice of encouragement that pushes people ever so slightly out of their comfort zones. Or the voice of excitement that gets people re-invigorated about something that’s become normal. Or just the person who provides the safe opportunity to try something new.

So go forth, everyone! Volunteer to bike with someone new to work! Pick them up at their house. Arrange to meet at a coffee shop and bike the rest of the way together. Tell them silly stories and distract them when the going gets tough. (Heck, if you can throw in some wildlife like the barred owl we saw on the way up on Thursday, it’s even better!:)

Sometimes all someone needs is a bike buddy. In the spirit of September bike commute month, be the biking buddy you’d like to have in the world:)

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Oh–random bonus of today’s ride: after we took that picture with the mountain goats, we were already in the zoo with our bikes. Which meant that I got to fulfill my three-year fantasy of biking through the paths in the zoo to get down to my office. I biked past tigers!! Best thing EVER! :)