Monday, June 2, 2014

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Whistler Day 2 Pics

Whistler is BIG, fun, and convenient

Friday, July 5, 2013

Week 1 of 3

It's been a great start to this road trip! Finding good family time in the everyday moments is pretty much the best you can ask for.

So far I've enjoyed just riding my bike to explore a new area... I've kind of forgotten what that was like and just how much I enjoy that.  Not looking for the coolest trail or trying to judge or compare it to somewhere else, but just enjoy riding on paved streets/dirt roads/or very sketchy, steep user-built trails, there is no other better way to explore than a bike.

Also, had a great huge, run out of water 5+ hour day in Ketchum, ID.  Pretty cool riding can't really decide if it was super cool, or pretty much the same we have in CO.  Either way, a cool town and a great place to ride.

I've also been really surprised how similar everything is to the western slope, but we are only as far as central B.C.  Can't wait for the coast!

Typical camping day

Great day in Spokane on the 4th

Maybe it was finding the cool coffee shop but Spokane was growing on me!!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Problem Solving

I would say most of my work life is problem solving, but for the most part it’s not “OK, that problem is solved” kind of solutions.  It’s usually more finding the best solution that balances several different issues and PERSONALITIES.  It’s probably not different than many peoples’ jobs.  With all that said I guess it was kind of nice to have a more clear cut problem with a bike part that only had one solution and a “YES” moment when finding that solution.  Having a completely blown-out pedal left me with a bearing stuck inside that wasn’t going to come out easily.  Luckily my civil engineering mind stepped in, and I was able to use an expansion anchor to extract the bearing housing.  Probably not the way a mechanical engineer/ or bike shop pro would tackle the problem, but it worked all the same. 

I guess I should also say I have a very specific memory that goes along with expansion anchors that involves 3 disgruntled engineers, a free trip to Dallas TX, and more crickets than you would want to imagine (or step on).  It’s not quite a Hangover (the movie) trip but close, and it all centered around expansion anchors.

 A big thanks to Ryan Cranston for some tips and the use of a vice (still can’t believe I sold mine in a yard saleL).

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Learning to Travel

Maybe it’s because we have a longer trip coming up, but there is a very small piece of an interview stuck in my head.  I believe it was on NPR a few years ago and it went something like this; the interviewee was dying and had a small daughter who probably would never know him.  In his planning for the end he set up a deal with three people (I think it was only three).  One was a woman that would teach her how to be a mom;  the other was to teach something like how to have a happy professional life;  the third was going to teach her how to travel.
Our July, 3 week road trip plan
How to travel… it’s kind of amazing that one of the few things he picked to pass on to his kid was learning how to travel.  After giving this too much thought, I really believe that knowing how to travel could really teach you how to live. 
I would bet that the first thing that pops into most people’s head when we hear “learning to travel” is how to connect to local cultures, find unique places, and find some kind of local experience.  While that’s important, that’s really travel 101 and I think there is a lot more to it (did I say I put way too much thought into this?).
If I had to pick one person to teach my kids how to travel it would be my buddy, Lorne.  Not because every trip we did together was spot on and not because we were the most compatible travel partners.  I don’t even think he would say he was a perfect traveler either.  But I do think he would do the best job and probably the one reason he would do the best would be because he wouldn’t try too hard.
A few of things I hope get passed down to my girls about traveling, that I probably learned from Lorne are:
Don’t expect every destination to be completely unique and ultra cool.  You kind find something unique and cool in every destination
Don’t always take your kids where you think they should go, sometimes you have to take them where they want to go.
Have the same enthusiasm as you did as a kid i.e.… climb that hill just to yell at the top, or jump in the river at a rest stop just because now you can.
It’s not a competition;, it’s not about the stories you can tell, just enjoy it for what it is.  Take a nap in the grass and eat outside when it’s really too cold to do so.

Most importantly be ready for that moment, you can’t force it or recreate it, just be open to it.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Spring Shift

Spring has shifted into summer

I don't think I ever put this video I made with Ross Schnell and Landon on my blog. It would have been a much better day if I wouldn’t have crashed shortly after filming!! I think I'm finely 99% over it. 

Spring Shift from Westylivin on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pinon Mesa

I’ve been pretty interested in this chunk of land below.  I will call it Pinon Mesa even though that takes up just a small part of this block.  I guess it’s close to 1000 sq miles; there is only one small “store” in the whole area but the most interesting thing about it, is there are only three ways to enter that big block of land (my border may not be quite right??).  All three roads are close together, right out of GJ and Fruita.  There is one other way but you have to ford the Colorado River.  As you can see there is a pretty big chunk of Utah that for most of the year you can only get to by going through Colorado.  There are other cool things about this area but I won’t try to list them.  This trip was about cooling down on a ride on Pinon Mesa proper.  I’m also getting ready to finish my first project in this area for work and let’s just say the area and people got a lot more “interesting”.