As I continue to archive photos I keep coming across a few I really like.
The sky behind the lighthouse is perfect.
I need to start collecting skies like this for those photos that need a little extra pop.
Having missed riding my Trikke 2 days last week, I am back to the 4th consecutive 10-mile Trikke day.
I am finding that riding my Trikke in the mornings does have its advantages.
Not only is it much cooler, but there are fewer disruptions that require postponing the ride.
Because of some prior commitments which got me out of the house at 7am and not home till till 3am, I was unable to ride my Trikke on Saturday which broke my 4 day streak of Trikke rides.
Hopefully I will pass the 4 consecutive days of 10+ mile Trikke rides this week.
My current status is always available on my MapMyRide page.
Since I was not able to ride yesterday, I decided to push myself and attempt to loop the Tri-Cities.
It would be my first attempt to cross the two bridges which span the Columbia River between Richland and Pasco and between Pasco and Kennewick.
I started the loop at the Wye Park in South Richland, crossed the Yakima Delta and Yakima River into Richland proper and then clawed my way up the bike path to cross the Columbia River into Pasco.
The 5-mile mark was at Chiawana Park where I rode the bike path along the north bank of the Columbia River to the Blue Bridge which would mark the 10-mile mark and bring me back to Kennewick.
I had to take a quick break in Columbia Park to soak my feet in the river before continuing back to my starting point at the Wye Park.
15.66 miles round trip in a little over 2 hours. Wow!
I won’t be able to ride this route often since it does take 2+ hours and is quite a workout but hopefully I can attempt it at least once each weekend.
By tracking my time and overall speed I will also be able to watch my improvement.
2nd day of my challenge to see how many consecutive days I can ride my Trikke 10+ miles.
Columbia Park is a much more difficult ride.
The first half of the the trail is in Columbia Park and this portion of the trail is not maintained as well as some of the other portions of the river trail in the Tri-Cities.
Half of the trail in Columbia Park is on the edge of the road and is one of the roughest road surfaces in the Tri-Cities.
The portions of the trail that loop down to the river are narrow and have grass overgrowing the path in many areas.
The second half of the ride, from the Blue Bridge to the Cable Bridge is along the dike top and is much wider and smoother.
This portion of the trail was much easier to ride on.
Some day soon I will attempt to cross the Cable Bridge on the bike path.
I am getting much better at climbing hills and bridges are just another form of hill climb.
It is that time of year again!
On Saturday, June 29-30, 2013 the three cities of the Tri-Cities are once again hosting a Geocaching Challenge that awards those who complete their quest a 3-part coin.
This will be the 4th GeoCoin Challenge to be put on in the Tri-Cities and it should be a doozie.
Find 10 geocaches in each of the 3 cities, Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, to earn each of the three trackable geocoin puzzle pieces.
You must find all 30 geocaches to complete the puzzle.
Geocoins are limited. There are only 300 trackable geocoins per city.
Once they are gone you will have to try again next year.
Due the limited number of coins, there is a limit of one set of coins per household but if your family member really really needs to have their own, you can purchase additional coins for household family members who also successfully complete the challenge.
Kids 10 and under who complete the challenge will receive a special trackable item
As I was coming home this evening I saw the rain clouds over Pasco and decided to drive down to the banks of the Columbia River to see if I could get an interesting photo.
I did not have my ‘good’ camera with me so instead just used my camera phone, a Galaxy Nexus, to capture what I could.
The rain cloud photos did not turn out as I hoped but towards Rattlesnake Mountain I caught this photo of the sunset which I thought was worth sharing.
Was fun to get together last night with a room full of geocachers for a white elephant gift exchange. It brought back many memories since it was held at the site of our original cache meetings way back in 2002.
I have cut way back on my geocaching addiction but there a better group of people to hang out with and what a clever ‘log’ for everyone to sign.
Here is the ‘forum notice’ that “Sluggo” posted to the Geocaching.com forums to announce the first meeting for the Geocachers of Southeastern Washington (GCSEWA):
I just sent out this e-mail to all the cachers that I can contact east of the cascades. Of course we would love to have anyone join us.
Those of you who know me (and that isn’t many) know that I have a motto that I always live by: “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing”. Well I fear that is what I have been doing with the East Cascade Geocaching Society. I wanted something informal, simple and relaxing, so that I didn’t have to put in a lot of work on it. Well… I did right the opposite. I tried to find the perfect meeting place, in the perfect city, at the perfect time to meet everyone’s needs. Man! That’s a lot of work. So, (at Sugar’s insistence) I have come to the understanding that “it’s time to get the show on the road”. So let’s get rolling.
Beginning November 07, 2002 and on the first Thursday of every month thereafter, we will hold Geocaching Therapy Sessions at Sterling’s Restaurant in Richland, Washington (N 46deg 16.724min; W 119deg 16.403min) from around 6:00 pm until around 9:00 pm.
Bring yourself, your spouse, your non-geocaching friends, your kids, but not your dog (unless it is a guide/assistance dog).
Sugar and I will probably eat while we are there, but it is not a dinner gathering. I talked with the manager and he is cool with people just getting coffee, pie, snacks, etc. He is NOT reserving a table for us, so we will just fill in as we arrive. They have a section that is rather isolated and ideal for a group to just sit and talk. Once again, nothing formal, nothing planned, just a chance to meet each other and chat.
I want to put in a special note for the under 18 crowd (especially my friends from Oasis School), this is for YOU TOO! So, be sure you try to attend (with or without your parents)when you can.
I am going to put a post on the geocaching.com forum so maybe we can draw a few travelers in while we are at it. If you know of a local geocacher that isn’t included in this e-mail, feel free to forward it to them and ask them to drop me a line so I can include them in future mailings.
Sugar and I are looking forward to meeting all of you,