Monday, August 22, 2011

Long Day

I think she's ready for a break and so am I. What a sweet girl. She hangs with me all day and through the evening.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Close Second

Originally our family had planned a camping trip in the Great Basin of Nevada as we had done in prior years. But a knee surgery was scheduled for John's dad right before we would leave for vacation. Knowing he may not heal in time nor would he be able to enjoy the hiking we would be doing, John's parents had to forgo traveling with us.

Tonight we paid homage to our family camping trip with a barbecue of hot dogs and corn behind the cabin...and finished with ooey-gooey s'mores for dessert.

[ I have to ask you to imagine softened marshmallows smothered by melted chocolate sandwiched between two crispy graham crackers. Pics to come soon! ]

Earlier in the day, John woke up earlier than I did.  He was outside enjoying the morning sun and silence around him...but not for long.

Our stomachs were hungry for breakfast so we made our way down to the Stove for some country cookin'.

Of course everything on the menu looked good. I ordered the waffles (delicious egg batter that is crispy on the outside), ham, and eggs and John tried the french toast (what makes them so good is that they are made with fresh baked cinnamon bread).
Now that we are well fed, it is time to continue with our day. We have a BIG day ahead of us as we ascended the road back towards the cabin. I would soon later ride up this hill [eek!].

Not this cabin...LOL.
This one...which has been in the family for over 60 years. It is small but warm, comfortable, and nestled between the trees for peace and privacy.

Today we will be touring the town of Bishop, CA on our bicycles.

(August 4, 2011)

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Park Tool I-Beam Mini Fold Up Multi-tool Set

I won this neat little multi-tool from Bicycling Magazine (one of my favorite publications) for sending in a creative suggestion for an unusual use of the tool.  It's an I-Beam Mini Fold Up Hex Wrench/Screwdriver/Star Driver Set from Park Tool--great for taking on the road or trail.

The 10 tools-in-one device is compact but strong. 
* 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm hex wrenches
* Star-shaped T25 for fittings of disc rotor bolts
* Straight blade screwdriver

It's about the size of a single serving candy bar and is as light as about a roll of dimes...maybe a little less.  While this tool may not stave off hunger during a bike ride or buy you a cup of coffee, it could save your trip if you need to adjust your saddle, bar, stems, or buckle on your shoes while on the road.  It could also save your manicure. :-P

Sandwich King

John - The Sandwich King's Grilled Chicken Sandwich
We just watched the winner of the Food Network Star but I think my husband can give Jeff a run for the title. ^.^ Congratulations by the way.

John loves making sandwiches and he's earned the nickname in our household.

*Grilled chicken
*Mixed greens
*Artichoke and Olive Oil spread on 7-grain whole wheat bread

I think a dollop of cranberry sauce would also be good.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Back to Bishop

Seventeen years since John left Bishop, CA where he grew up and also lived for a short time in nearby Mammoth Lakes he returns to his old stomping grounds. This time for a vacation and with wife in tow.

Since I have never visited neither of these towns we will be sight-seeing, food tasting, bike riding, and definitely lots of resting time at the family cabin.  From up here and nearly 8,000 feet elevation, the view and weather is a beautiful 77 degrees.

Right off the bat things are off to a good start.  Not only was the drive scenic and pain free but we made it to our destination in good time and met up with uncle Tom and aunt Sue who have been vacationing in Mammoth since last Monday. They took us out to lunch at the Good Life Cafe so we could catch up on our lives. Sadly, today was the last of their stay in Mammoth and so our family time was bittersweet.

After we parted ways, John and I unpacked.  He hopped on his bike while I lounged back at the cabin, not ready to attack the hills just yet. :-P  There will be plenty of time for that.

Follow us through our web album where new photos will be added throughout our trip.  Take care for now.

From HelloDaly's Picasa Web Album: Trip to Mammoth (August 2011)

Monday, August 01, 2011

Quiet Beaches of Lake Mead

One of the first few weekends in July, after a long bike ride in the morning we escaped to the quiet shores of Lake Mead for a picnic and some time to ourselves, away from the music and buzz of people at the pools.  John had read about some neat coves at the end of roads and trails that shot off the same vein on which we ride our bikes so we loaded up our coolers, grabbed our beach towels, and drove off to towards our new adventure!
On the quiet beaches of Lake Mead July 09, 2011
There are marked roads along the way to Callville Bay where we turned off Northshore Road to this cove.  To get to where we were you would need a vehicle with high clearance and 4-wheel drive is recommended.  There are some big and sharp rocks so make sure your car tires are in good condition and you have a spare on board.

This particular afternoon could not have been more perfect. The sun was out, the air was still, and the water was calm.  Across the way we could see cars parked at an old, now closed launch ramp and people on paddle boards floating peacefully.  Where we were, no one was nearby to be heard and all was quiet except for the sound of fish jumping out of the lake.

The water where I stood was shallow and the lake floor slowly descended in to the deeper area for over about 50 feet.  I was quite surprised by the small fish around us.  They appeared to be curious (or hungry) because they hovered around us all day and when I sat in the water, they nipped at the rocks around my feet. A few sought shelter in the shadow I casted on the water.

It was easy to forget how long we were there without music to keep time.  John napped and I had magazines to leaf through and once in a while we swam around to cool off.  We probably could have hung out there all day but it was getting late in the afternoon and we had to be somewhere later that evening...I can't remember where, so we packed up.

On our way out we couldn't ignore the trash scattered across the beautiful desert so we picked up as much as we could fill the garbage bag we brought with us to drop off at the dumpster the park provided near the entrance.  One of the reasons we go out to the lake is to get away from the city and enjoy nature.  People who litter are such lazy dirt bags. Besides seeing all the trash it was a beautiful day and time at the lake!

From the HelloDaly's Picasa Album: 2011-07-09 Lake Mead Private Beach

Kitty Pile

We'll hold him down for you!
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