Archive for April, 2009

Tip-Toe through the Tulips

| April 26, 2009 10:06 pm
Tip-Toe through the Tulips

Yesterday we visited Deception Pass and today we were anxious to see the Skagit Tulip Festival.  It was about a 10 mile drive from our hotel.  There were several places to stop but we picked one place where there looked like vast fields of tulips to view.

Until you see such a large expanse of tulips it is difficult to realize how breathtaking they are.  There were several different sections, each with it’s own color of tulilps.  There is little I can add, so I will let the photos speak for themselves.

Peter

Peter

Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival

It was fun taking photographs while Sara was also taking them.  I could take advantage of what she had visualized.

Emma

Emma

Abby and Mike

Abby and Mike

Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival

Andrew

Andrew

Emma, Andrew and Peter

Emma, Andrew and Peter

Anne wanted me to take a photo of this yellow tulip that was in the middle of red ones.  She was sure she could use it for a talk some time.

Standing Out in a Crowd

Standing Out in a Crowd

Mother and Daughter

Mother and Daughter

One more shot of that barn as we were leaving to return home.

Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival

Deception Pass

| April 25, 2009 10:04 pm
Deception Pass

We had a chance to visit Sara and her family who live south of Seattle.  Mike was taking Sara out for her birthday so we watched the grand kids overnight on Friday.  On Saturday morning we got the whole gang ready and headed up to Seattle to meet up with Mike and Sara.  We then drover further north to Deception Pass State Park.  It is Washington’s favorite state park with a spectacular Bridge and Pass.   It is a straight connecting the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the west with Skagit Bay to the east. Whidbey Island is on the south side of Deception Pass.

After parking we hiked down the the waterline.

Peter tried to scare us as we were walking down the trail.

From the coast you could see the famous bridge.

Andrew decided to play with the rocks on the beach while Franz took even more pictures of that bridge.

Mike and the boys then hiked up a trail that went to the bridge.  The rest of us drove our cars there and to meet in the parking area.

It was then to the motel where we were going to stay and out to dinner at the Olive Garden.  It was a great day and we were looking forward to going to the tulip festival the next day.

Monday Morning Metcalf

| April 7, 2009 2:00 am

It was only two days ago when we did a long club ride up Mt. Diablo.  Having taken yesterday off so we were anxious to get in a good ride today.  The weather was beautiful.  With a storm coming in tomorrow we felt it was a good day for another long ride.  What a better way to spent Monday morning than to climb Metcalf.  We made our way along Uvas up to Bailey and then headed over to climb up Metcalf road.  It is a climb we have made on the tandem many times in the past, but we didn’t push the pace too much today.  Then it was down the backside and then over to San Felipe, were we stopped to take some pictures.  The hills are very green and the flowers are out.

Franz

Franz

Then it was on to Farnsworth and then over to Silver Creek were we stopped to eat some lunch.  We had now biked about 40 miles and had 30 more to go to get home.  We decided to go back on the bike trail.  The sky was a deep blue and there were wondrous cloud formations.  This one looked like the work of Zorro.

Mark of Zorro

Mark of Zorro

While I was off the bike to take the above picture, I grabbed this shot of Ann.

Anne on bike trail

Anne on bike trail

We eventually made it back home, but without the aid of the typical tailwind.  We ended up with 70 miles and about 3,500 feet of climbing.  A bit further than two days ago, but less climbing.  It was a fun day.

Mt. Diablo and Morgan Territory

| April 5, 2009 1:50 am

Saturday was a long ride for us and the first time Anne had a chance to go up Mt. Diablo.  We drove to the ride start up off of Crow Canyon Road and started with a good size group of club members.  After a few miles we started to make the climb.  From the South Gate to the summit it is over 11 miles and a climb of 3,700 vertical feet.  Being  our first time on the tandem, of course I had to time it.  We took just over 1 hour and 21 minutes.  Not bad for part of a long ride.

From a summit of over 3,800 feet elevation there is a beautiful view of the valley below.

Anne and Franz on top of Mt. Diablo

Anne and Franz on top of Mt. Diablo

It was a rather nice day in the valley but by the time we got to the top it was quite a bit cooler due to the higher elevation.  The descent down was very cold and we were glad to make it down closer to sea level.  We then continued on route and made a stop for lunch.

By the time we were finished eating most of the rest of the group arrived.  About 6 of us decided to go on ahead and we made our way over to Morgan Territory.  That is another climb, a bit steeper than Mt. Diablo but not nearly as many feet of climbing.  At the top we possed for a group photo.

Group at top of Morgan Territory

Group at top of Morgan Territory

On the way back to the start we came upon the route being used by the Cinderella classic ride that day and even caught a few of the tail end of those riders.  By the time we got back to the car we had biked 64 miles and climbed over 6,000 feet.  It was fun day.