29 July, 2010

Yosemite Proposal

On the 10,000 ft peak of Clouds Rest I asked for Heather's hand.

The camping and hiking was amazing. We hiked to the top of Yosemite Falls from Yosemite Creek. Then we did an all day hike to Clouds Rest and Sunrise Lakes from Tenaya Lake.

Sunrise Lakes

-Wedding Planned for Summer 2011-

23 July, 2010

SR2S, Crockett

I am pleased to announce that...
I am the new Marin Safe Routes to Schools Instructor!

SR2S is a perfect blend of my two passions: education and bicycles.
Marin (background) as seen from Crocket Hills today

21 July, 2010

Fairfax

Heather and I drove to Fairfax for my interview with Marin SR2S.

Afterwards we hit up Camp Tamarancho mountain bike trail.
don't be fooled, the terrain was rocky!

We strolled through the enchanting farmers market and ate dinner before the short drive home.

18 July, 2010

Access


Amtrak now allows bikes on DC-Chicago trains. Unfortunately the service started a few weeks after our tour from West Virginia to DC!



Closing the Roads

Bogota started an awesome trend of closing the main roads on certain weekends to allow the public to make use of the concrete for recreation and fitness.
Cities such as NY & SF soon followed. This year San Jose and Oakland started their own events, ViaVelo and Oaklavia.

This is not a road closure but instead a road opening!


Bike Curriculum

StreetFilms now offers StreetsEducation with access to grade appropriate lesson that reinforce core-subjects (PreK-8).

15 July, 2010

Briones, SR2S

I went for a ride in Briones this afternoon. The weather was hot but wonderfully dry after the humidity of Virginia!

I love riding out the front door to be on a trail only a few miles later.
"aerobic hill"




I'm very excited to be applying for a positions with Marin Safe Routes to Schools as an instructor of safe bicycling and walking. This Marin organization is one of the original SR2S programs.

12 July, 2010

Jamestown

We took a 22 mile spin to Historic Jamestown National Park, the first permanent English settlement in America (1607). There is a scenic road around the island and archeological excavations.
Jamestown Island

My favorite part of Jamestown is the Glasshouse where items are handmade today as they were 400 years ago.

The Glasshouse

08 July, 2010

Virginia Capital Trail

Heather and I rode a liesurely 32 mile round-trip to the current end of the Virginia Capital Trail. When completed next summer the path will stretch 60 car-free miles to Richmond.
we saw a Fisher outside its known range

04 July, 2010

Summer in Virginia

It is nice spending time in Virginia this summer.

some photomemories

In Yorktown we found lots of history. It was a turning point in the revolution.
cannon ball shot at Lord Cornwallis

Yorktown Victory Monument
The fireworks were spectacular in Williamsburg.

01 July, 2010

C & O Canal + Mt Vernon Day 5

Day 5: DC, Alexandria, Mount Vernon

Thursday July 1, 2010, 31 miles (50 km) - Total so far: 210 miles (338 km)

We woke up from a perfect sleep. The weather is actually cool and there are no mosquitoes at the Marsden Tract Group Campground.As soon as we got back onto the canal I noticed splashing about 100 yards away. We quickly rode down to witness an epic turtle fight! A mean snapping turtle was harassing a smaller turtle. After a few minutes the smaller escaped in a cloud of dirt into the algae.

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A paved path started up as we approached the city. I was impressed by the number and diversity of cyclists in DC. We stayed on the dirt to avoid the traffic.

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Maryland has lots of bugs. We saw daddy-long-legs everywhere we looked and many large wasp looking insects.

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After asking directions we took the Key Bridge over the Potomac and into Arlington, Virginia. I love having separated bike/ped infrastructure!

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The Mount Vernon Trail was equally safe and scenic. I imagine it gets crowded on a nice weekend.

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We stopped to enjoy historic Alexandria. Thanks to a local we found the Old Town Deli on Washington St. It had great food and the owner even walked out to recommend choices for vegetarians.
At another location we got amazing homemade ice cream before returning to the Mount Vernon Trail. It's really a PATH and not a trail since it is paved.
The difference between a bike PATH and a bike LANE is that a path is separated from traffic. I love bike paths!

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We were both reluctant to reach our destination. Nothing is more fun than exploring our planet safely from the seat of a bicycle.

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My parents drove up and we got a change of clothes before entering George Washington's estate. The house and grounds were comparable to other colonial visits such as Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.

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Click here for a larger version of the pictureWashington's house, Mt Vernon

The new museum may change people's preconceptions about museums. The first few rooms are boring and traditional but the rest is a maze of fun for all ages. Interactive displays, movies, cartoons, comics, life size models, and even a state-of-the-art theater takes it over the top.
http://www.mountvernon.org/
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