Betsy Blog

Monday, February 26, 2007

Chilly Hilly Ride On - Ride On!

Great day for a bike ride. Rainy, wet, cold, thousands of bikes, tons of hills... I loved it!
Our friends Joe and Kristy met up at our house at 8am and we biked down to the ferry where we met up with more friends, Emily, Daphne, and Seth. We had a good'ol gang of bikers to encourage each other for the 33 miles ahead of us. The ferry was packed with bikes. I mean packed. It was awesome to see all the people who turned out on such a cold, dreary and wet day.

For the love of bikes, there were thousands of bikes and bikers packed on the ferry. Everyone headed over to Bainbridge Island to participate in the 33rd annual Chilly Hilly bike ride. I was proud to be a part of the event. Biking promotes a healthy lifestyle, a environmentally friendly way to travel and commute, and a community of common interest.

Besides the few crazy people on the ride, everyone was in good spirits. My spirits were almost shattered as I ended up with 3 flat tires. Yes three. I know, bummer for me. Within the first 2 miles I had to pull over and pump, change tubes, apply patches, pump and pump pump pump. Luckily on the third flat I noticed a tiny piece of glass embedded in the tire. Thanks Emily and Birddog for the technical support. After that, it was smooth riding! Well smooth up up up and down down down and up up up. The hills were leg burners. It was GREAT!

After our 4 hour, 33 mile ride a few headed home and the hard core stayed on the island to shop. Yes the wonderful Churchmouse Yarn and Teas and Esther's Fabric shop were hit long and hard by the bikers. We also enjoyed a good rest stop at the Black Bird Bakery-yum!

The day after the ride my neck is sore, my bum is tender and my thighs feel like lead. I can't wait till next year, maybe I will have better luck with only one flat tire!

Waiting for pictures from our photo gurus Seth and Daphne!
Bike on friends- Bike On!
Special Thanks to Megan for her amazing bicycle donation last fall. I couldn't have done it without you!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hello My Name is Yellowstone

I am a 2 year old Yellow Lab. I might not look like I'm two, but I have the energy of a young pup, don't let my size fool you. This is my trip to Rialto Beach, on the Olympic coast of Washington. We had fun in the wet wet rain.

I got to climb all over logs and run around the beach for hours.

The tide was high, the waves were fierce and I almost got gobbled up by the surf. I'm so fast, that wouldn't happen, I hope!

After the long trip and the fun time at the beach I was happy to relax in the truck... ssshhh beauty rest in action.

Yellowstone, or "Stoney" the wonder Lab, is available for adoption through the Seattle Animal Shelter. He is a good, very good, dog. Sit and Stay are easy for him and he'll be working on some other fantastic skills -tricks- soon. If you like to hike, camp, swim, run and be cuddled, Yellowstone is your boy! click here for a link to Yellowstone's online bio.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Seattle Sundy-Training Day

We headed out late in the morning from Queen Anne and biked to the Ballard Locks. We were going to the Value Village in North Seattle to look at a couch, someone had gotten there before us, no new couch. After a few rounds at the thrift store we started to head back south for our ride over to West Seattle.

Slow Go-
I got a flat tire, bummer.

I looked across the street and there were flat tires everywhere. What is with the roads today?

Birddog to the rescue!
I am stuck on band aides, cuz band aides saved my day!

We had a nice ride through the Seattle sculpture garden. There were tons of people out on this beautiful Sunday! We even saw a giant rainbow!

We made it to West Seattle and stopped over at Sam's house to see Broham and their new Frasselpants, 6 month old ferret.
We actually biked to Alki Beach and couldn't move another muscle. Broham picked us up and was our hero as he drove us home too! It was raining and even though I wanted to complete the training circuit for today, I totally appreciated the ride. Thanks for the ride Sam-Bro!

Our distance traveled today= 26 miles. Click here and look for the Neighborhood Names of our bike ride, Queen Anne- central left side of map, to Ballard- North of Queen Anne, to Green Wood- (value village) top of map, and then down to Alki- West Seattle lower left .

We are training for the Chilly Hilly on Sunday, Feb 25. It's a 33 mile ride around Bainbridge Island. Sweet-Sweet. My butt is sore. My legs feel like jelly noodle butter. My shoulders are tweaked, my back is tight, but it was worth the distance. Riding around with Birdy is a true adventure. If I only had my camera out when he took a head dive over his handle bars and missed a rock wall by one inch. He walked away with his handle bars sideways, his bike light blinking and a bloody scratch on his palm- Tough guy.

Anyone want to join the Chilly Hilly? It'll be all fun and games with this crew! See ya there!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Bye Bye Lil'Buddy

My Knitting Buddy, foster doggy Sam, was adopted last week!

He was the best dog yet! Super cute, cuddly and will be loved by a new family in Seattle.
For more information on nice dogs like Sam looking for a home, visit Seattle Animal Shelter. There are big eyes and soft hearts who need you!