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Cycling in Yellowstone [Day Trip]

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This spring I finally had the timing right and was able to bike in Yellowstone before the park opened to motor vehicles. Every spring, depending on the snow melt and clearing, there is a two to four week window where you can ride your bike in the park from the west entrance. That means the dates are never the same, but typically in April. For the first time since moving back to Montana, I was able to make a ride happen this year.

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It was awesome. The Sexy Master Electrician and I loaded up our road bikes, a picnic, beers and our tiny camp chairs and headed to West Yellowstone. There was a larger group of people who had talked about going but couldn’t for one reason or another when the day came. I maybe shouldn’t have gone because I was still trying to kick this endless cold. It was worth the hacking cough afterward. We were worried the weather was going to suck, and it was a bit chilly, but layers fixed everything and the sun was sun was shining. I will admit the last couple miles with a head wind did suck, but it was great for a 30ish mile ride in to Madison Junction and back out.

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It was so wonderful to be in the park without cars or motor homes and big fifth wheels. There were several people out biking. Most probably doing the same ride we did. It’s pretty flat and easy and with all the stopping to look around and what not, it only took about three hours. Next time we want to go a bit farther up to Norris or maybe try to make a one way run up to the north entrance, but that is not a flat ride and its pretty long. I need to get back into better biking shape for that.

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The road follows the Madison River and buffalo were all over. I was surprised we didn’t see more elk. The scenery was breathtaking. The mountains were still snowy and the ground was green. We didn’t spend much time at the junction before turning around to claim a picnic spot at one of the turnouts. On the way back, TSME had to race who ever he could catch on the road. I took a slightly lazier approach. It was a great way to spend the early afternoon.

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Sunday Afternoon Virtual Coffee Date | Seven

George Washington Bridge this morning

George Washington Bridge this morning

If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you that I had an awesome ride up the West side to the George Washington Bridge and back this morning. I was out the door by 7am and back by 9am. Perfect timing, barely any traffic or people in the way. Though there was one little dog not on a lease who had slight suicidal tendencies. He did get out of the way though. Don’t worry.

Bike docks!

Bike docks!

Speaking of biking, if we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you I am super excited for the bike share that is about to launch in New York! I don’t really need it since I ride my own bike everywhere, but I am excited to see others on bikes. Some of my friends don’t ride everywhere like some the rest but would like to do so after work as we move from place to place. One big bike gang!

Lomography

Photo by Paola, Director of Events for AFHny

If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you that Architecture for Humanity New York had a great happy hour with Lomography last week. They are an awesome store you should totally check them out. I think I would like to do one of their day trips.  We also launch a collaboration/competition with Lomography. We are looking for sites for our next art installation which will be a piece designed by a well known artist and we get to help create it. Do you know the perfect spot for it? Let us know, details here.

If we were having coffee this afternoon we would talk about another successful beer book Friday in Williamsburg last weekend. We started at The Gibson and after a delicious taco break headed to Soft Spot. We were suppose to go to K&M, but some of our friends who met up with us half way came from there and got into trouble there or didn’t like the service or something. We like the place so who knows what they did. Either way the rain was coming so we hightailed it home before we got soaked.

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Melissa and her new love

My new case via

My new case via

If we were having coffee this afternoon I would show you my new Rifle iphone case. Melissa and I couldn’t wait for them to come out and each got one as soon as we could last weekend. And we absolutely love them. We had to instagram them right away.

If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you that I am getting pretty busy at work with three projects now under construction! The first one will be completed in June and is moving into the finishes phase. The second just finished demo and has been repair the floor structure and is getting ready to layout the walls. The third is right behind it, completing demo this week and next week we will be doing some fireproofing before starting the subfloors. Needless to say, I’ve been spending a lot more time on site, which is a nice break from the office all the time. I love the more collaborative relationship we have with the contractors. So much better than how it was working at my old firm where it felt like we were always fighting with them.

Manhattan bridge from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Manhattan bridge from Brooklyn Bridge Park

If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would be sitting outside because it is finally spring in Brooklyn and absolutely perfect weather. Yesterday I meet up with a friend in Brooklyn Bridge park and I think I’m going back this afternoon. Maybe we will dare to have ice cream instead of coffee…

Spring planting: Will They Survive?

My latest potential victims.

I am ready for summer.  I rarely say that, maybe it’s more I am ready for the end of spring/very start of summer in New York, because I will probably hate summer when it gets here.  Hot, humid weather is not my cup of tea.  Western South Dakota or Montana summers, I will take in a heart beat.  In any case, since we didn’t really have much of a winter here, it has felt like spring has been going on forever and I am ready for some warmth in the mornings and evenings.  I am also ready for the early spring produce like rhubarb.  In reality I probably have another month and a half before I will see it.

Never-the-less, I am trying to decide what plants I will attempt to keep alive in my little garden.  My hope is that my roommate will have a major green thumb that concurs my black one.  The only things I have been able to get to survive back here are the crocuses and daffodils that just planted one November.  They do the rest ever spring.  No watering required.  The hydrangea and day lily plants that were well established when I moved in also survive with no care.  Chances are if I tried to care for them, they would die.  So really we are looking for some low maintenance plants that I don’t have to touch much.

I wanted to get an idea of price and think about what I wanted to grow, so my neighbor, Kurt, and I ran down the farmer’s market on Saturday to see what they had.  Of course we went a bit late in the day, so most of the booths were down or in the process of tearing down, but we found a couple that still had some plants.  Mostly there was only flowers and herbs to pick from.  We both decided we would get some herbs.  I have a couple long box planters and four plants fit nicely in each one.  I did try the herb thing once before in these boxes.  It failed because the cat  I was fostering at the time destroyed them.  Stupid Cat.  So I like to think I will get these to survive and actually be able to use them in recipes.  I bought dill, oregano, rosemary and english thyme.  If these make it two weeks, I will go back for some chives, basil, cilantro, and parsley, I think, to fill the other box.

Dill, Thyme, Rosemary and Oregano

I biked them home and re-potted them right away.  Didn’t want to loose my enthusiasm.  My favorite part is the little tags I made with old tile samples I saved from the office garbage.  If I only had better hand writing, the would be perfect.  As for the plants, we shall see if they survive me, the raccoons, various birds, and whatever else mother nature has to throw at them.

Old tile sample turned plant marker.

Time to Ride my Bicycle!

Considering how nice March has been, I should have been riding to work sooner.  Now it’s gone back to being kinda crappy cold, but today was the first day of this years bike commuting season for me.  The lovely Miss. Stravers at Cubicle 57 shared this video with me and I think it was the perfect way to kick off the commuting season.

I promise to try my best to not be this terrible of a rider.  I also promise to work on my balancing coffee cups on my bike frame skills.

Happy Biking!