Get Away

Last week we had a little get-away to Pacific City Oregon. We have been there several times and Cape Kiwanda is one of our favorite spots.  The weather was fabulous!  So many people around and honestly, just as good as some July visits!   It was so good to be by the ocean, walk and run on the beach, see daffodils! We also saw seals in the water, a free range chicken farm (seriously) and a …..LAMB!!!  Is that the ultimate sign of spring or what?

The past few Valentine’s Days we have indulged in our craft beer love at local breweries.  Since this was close to that holiday we stopped at Heathen Brewing’s Feral pub house in Vancouver WA.  Great beer, friendly service and good bites to eat.  We walked out with a growler of a Mojito Sour Ale….yes, Mojito. SO tasty…  Their tap list is impressive and I will happily visit again as there is something for everyone no matter what your taste tends to. They also have bottles available to go and we grabbed a couple “Graveyard of the Pacific” bombers.  Certainly one of the better beers I’ve had this year and tops my list for Imperial Red Ale .  But the label art?  Damn!  That’s fine!!  This is a collaboration with North Jetty Brewing, located in the Long Beach WA area.  When I get to Long Beach, where am I going to go?  yup.

Mae, beach lover
Cape Kiwanda, OR

We also took a drive through Tillamook OR for a second visit to DeGarde Brewing.  DeGarde is an amazing place. Aged beers….  They pretty much blow me away every time I get my hands on them.   Sitting in the sun, drinking DeGarde.  That’s a great day!
Of course we also were in Pelican Brewery which is always a great stop for food and fabulous beer!  It was, all around, a lovely vacation.

Monday Things, 12/29

A few snapshots to sum up our holiday season….

Coffee in Seattle @ Voula’s Offshore Cafe


tree decorating went well!


Unwelcome Christmas guest….the flu!


DRU BRU, our new LOCAL brewery has opened!!

We had a “big storm” forecasted for this past weekend, up to 22 new inches….well, we ended up with a bit of slush. We got maybe one inch here at the bottom of Hyak.  The ski area has partially opened despite the ruts, rocks, brush and bare spots.  You won’t find me up there until the coverage is WAY better!!  It’s very disappointing….but nothing a little post-holiday shopping didn’t help….

New socks, a foam roller, and margarita bloks!

Enjoy the rest of the Holiday week!!  If you’ve got snow?  Ride for me!!


Monday morning when I took the dog out it was 42 degrees. I actually put on my puffy down jacket. The leaves are changing in the hills. We had had a few days of rain, mist and clouds. It’s that comfy grey blanket that many of us in the NW like to pull up over ourselves!  It’s a “relief”, so “relaxing” and we “love it”. Yes, those are the things I heard, this is what we say about the rain…. And just like that, snap! summer is over.   I’m gonna say, here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?…. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!…It wasn’t my favorite summer, that’s for sure.

A few final images of the season, and then?  On to Fall!  I am looking forward to pleasant temps for running, some trips to the coast, flannels and hoodies, just enough sunny days and pumpkin ales!


You need rain for rainbows!


1956 23-window VW Micro Bus at the Lucky Car Collector auction

Scout, one more stick. I’m so glad he had this season of fetching sticks in the lake!


No more waiting, they’re here!



Monday Things

My Mother’s Day flowers are wilting as I type but that’s ok; it was a wonderful day!  Grilled fish tacos, a family walk up the hill through town and a Black Forest cake from the local bakery.  It’s become our go to cake for every  occasion (like birthdays) and sometimes we make up occasions….

In case you weren’t aware of this fact, it’s American Craft Beer Week! (no I didn’t make it up).   I am going to celebrate with one of my favorite local craft beers from Two Beers Brewing Co. in Seattle, the EVO IPA.  It was the IPA that made me a believer in the whole IPA thing.  I finally GET IT!

And last on my list this Monday….I am incredibly tired of eating the same old healthy grain cluster stuff that I have eaten for what seems like forever (okay, just for a few months).  It’s not that it isn’t delicious but I am just burned out on it.  So, I made my own granola!  It’s a delicious recipe from Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics by Ina Garten.  I have 6 or 7 of her cook books and I love them.  This recipe is fairly simple, the ingredients are easy to find and it tastes really great.  it also ends up being about half the price of the brand I buy.  It’s such a 70’s thing to do! Seriously, I actually remember the first time I ever had home made granola and it was 1972.  Enjoy your week!  Run strong, eat well, drink some craft beer~


Monday Things

Finally, it feels like spring to me and I got out for the first trail run of the year!  Thought I would share a few things…..Monday things, to get the week going….

For lazy evening watching Dallas craft beer night: Stone, Enjoy by 04.20.14 IPA.  Good stuff.

I bought new socks in Portland last week.  I have to say these Icebreaker merino socks?  Are way smarter than the other merino socks I usually wear.  Love the fit!  Like nothing on my feet.  Great spring color.  I also got a pair in orange (men’s).  They may well move to the head of the smarty pants socks class.

In LOVE with these trail shoes….The Brooks PUREGRIT.. Damn fine running shoe.  The trails I run are sandy to hardpack without a lot of rocks. The tread is grippy as hell!  Minimal feel but not super thin.  Seriously, I LOVE them.

Tomorrow is APRIL.  Happy Spring.  Get outside!