Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
|Summit of Cap Sante|
It's been five years already since the summer I worked at Island Bicycles in the town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. That summer I passed through Anacortes at least a couple of times a month, on my way to or from the ferry landing. I bicycled and/or rode the bus between Ferndale and Anacortes and by the end of the summer I was in the best shape of my life. But that was five years ago, and now I'm not.
Back then I would walk or ride my bike on the flat land around downtown, looking up to admire the rocky top of Cap Sante. On foot this time, I decided to climb up to the top - only a few hundred feet. I walked the paved pathway by the marina, out to a viewpoint below the bluff. A couple of short cement stairways lead uphill from the paved footpath, which I assumed logically would put me on a trail all the way to the top. But in the pandemic years, the steep hillside has been heavily used by some very enthusiastic frisbee-golf players. Much of the understory plants have been trampled, leaving large areas of bare dirt between the frisbee targets. Although it was hard to distinguish any particular path, I thought as long as I kept going up I would have to arrive at the top eventually. The hillside got steep enough that I had to look for footholds on roots and rocks, and catch on to tree branches for balance. Then I came to some cracked, jagged bare granite where I wedged my feet and fingers into vertical gaps, climbing twenty or thirty feet to the top of the rocks. Once there I scanned the view of the bay and the town, and also . . . a small parking lot with a bench and viewpoint marker. A narrow paved road goes up the far side of the bluff so you can just take the easy way and drive up to the top.
Panorama view from the top of Cap Sante:
Saturday, May 21, 2022
|Fish tacos & americano|
My favorite downtown lunch place, The Bagelry, has reopened. Last week I enjoyed a Saturday brunch sitting indoors out of the rain.This Saturday was a perfect sunny day for a bike ride to Blaine, for lunch at my other favorite place. To make sure my appetite was keen, I rode a little extra on the sandspit by the marina, out to the public fishing dock. After lunch I walked on the boardwalk on Portal Way, where a summer craft fair and farmer's market was underway.
|Seagulls resting on the fishing pier|
Monday, May 2, 2022
|Looking east . . .|
These photos were taken on Sunday, when cars and bicycles were still driving through. On Monday the water was deeper and "road closed" signs were posted at both ends. Maybe someday soon it will be a new bicycle/pedestrian trail, with a nice boardwalk above the marshes . . .
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
|At the turnoff to Farm to Market Road|
The tulip fields aren't as extensive as usual, because many farms lost a lot of bulbs in flooding over the winter. But two of the largest farms had vast fields in bloom, and one smaller new farm had some lovely plantings. Shops and restaurants are re-opening, too, now that pandemic restrictions are easing.
I rode a little more than thirty miles, with a stop for lunch at the Skagit Community Food Co-Op. I'm looking forward to more weekend day-trips, and maybe commuting by bike again, when Bike to Work month comes around in May.
Friday, March 4, 2022
A couple of weeks ago I took my newish TriCross to REI to see if they could add some spacers to raise the handlebars. Turns out they couldn't, but they did swap the stem for one that is angled sharply upwards, and gives me almost an inch more height on the bars.
Today was the first chance I've had to take it for a test ride, and the new stem is just the change I needed. No more numb hands from leaning on the bars, no more stiff neck from riding with my head cocked back too far. I'm much happier now, and ready to travel.
Maybe I'll even start commuting by bike again soon - except that if I don't move my car regularly it tends to get vandalized.
Saturday, January 15, 2022