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Citibikes on 10th St, September 2, 2013

Citibikes on 10th St, September 2, 2013

It might be a little hard to tell from the angle of this shot, but there’re quite a few empty docks in this bike station … which makes sense since in my ambling about today, I saw lots of people riding these bright blue bikes around! Alas, so many of them weren’t wearing helmets … for shame for shame!! ):

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At the sign of the bike ~

Downtown Berkeley Bike Station, June 30, 2012

Two years old this coming July 13, Berkeley’s Bike Station (as the Berkeleyside blog explains) is the product of a partnership between BART and the city and “offers convenient, free valet-parking space for cyclists commuting via the Downtown Berkeley BART, as well as repair facilities, a retail store and amenities designed to turn novice cyclists into enthusiasts.” It has 268 bike parking spaces and costs three cents an hour!

June First- Amy and Elizabeth’s birthday, Roads Scholar report

These reports just in from Dick:
When Nancy and Beah went back to the hospital to get “the second one,” Mike, at age two, couldn’t believe it. Coming to 2011, We enjoyed the birthday a little early, last Saturday, May 29, in the company of the honorees and their next older sibling and his adored spouse, at Lopez. Nancy concocted a delightful chicken dish, Dick the usual humungous salad, and Brent the very acceptable Chardonnay to go with. Amy and Lib bicycled on to the island, made their fist stop at the pasture, where Mike and Julia were exercising Louie and Flash. An alternative home has been found for Chester!

Going backward, we arrived Friday evening, coming from Usk, Washington. Who knows where Usk is? (For a map of places referred to in this post, click here.)We had gone there to a “Roads Scholar” weekend ( formerly Elderhostel, or Exploritas). Going all the way back, we drove to Wenatchee on Sunday, arrived at Clearwater Lodge outside of Usk, along the Pend Orielle River. the program began at 2:00 PM Monday, with an afternoon of delightful entertainment by the only music teacher in the Selkirk School district. The topic was US Popular Music of the Twentieth Century. He was a gritty teacher, brought a quartet of his high school girls to sing great show tunes of the mid century. We got another afternoon of his knowledge the next day and “Music Man” movie on Tuesday evening. The next expert was Jack Nisbet, Naturalist. Journalist, Author (The Source of the River about David Thompson and his exploration of the Columbia- much more extensive than Lewis and Clarke, about 5 years later). His new book, and subject of his program, is about David Douglas, the “collector” of all things botanical and natural. Think douglas fir, douglas maple, etc. We had two sessions with him, one out in the rain along the river, and associated wetlands- truly delightful. The third program was a local geologist, with in-depth information about volcanos, Missoula lake floods, the channelled scablands, and tectonic plate movement. He was a short, overweight droll man with a full beard, a wonderful sense of humor, and an easy delivery that precluded falling asleep. All told a worthwhile interlude.

On our way back to the west coast, of course we had to spend a night at Sun Mountain. From there we hurried directly to Lopez, over the “North Gollydarn” opened for the summer on the day before our travel.

Back in Shoreline, the grass is long, the local politics are percolating, the schedule is full enough, and summer may happen sooner or later. At least, the days are longer! We look forward to the ingathering forecasted.

Fall solstice news round-up

“Indian Summer” is definitely in full force here in NYC–lots of sunny days in the 70s (ahh!)–which, along with the onset of Fall semester, must mean it’s about officially Fall. So this post is a wrap-up of end-of-the summer goings-on, as reported, mostly, by Dick and David and Nancy (the end of summer birthday kids, in fact!). Dick reported on a mini family gathering at Lopez:

As we were getting ready to leave for Lopez, David called to let us know that they would anchor in Mud Bay Friday, and Saturday. (They ended up staying Sunday night also, because of heavy winds in the open water of Puget Sound.) So they toured the Art Tour on Saturday; Nancy and I did it Sunday. Mike and Julia had separate shows, both  really good. Julia’s show was in the 100+ year old house at Gary Buffum’s farm, while Mike’s was at his studio at “The Wood Lot.” Mike and Julia came over Sunday evening to share abundant crabs, and “Meatloaf For The Marquis” Sunday. Also served, Lopez Winery Siegeriebe, and Malbec. Janice insisted that I learn how, so we put out our crab pot Sunday night, and picked it up, with Alexa’s expert help Monday morning. We caught three–two that were two small and a female–so all went back to the water. But David caught 6–two too small, the rest male, so we had plenty of food for Sunday night’s unplanned dinner.

I had a note from David about this gathering too:

Last week we spent Labor Day weekend holed up in Mud Bay avoiding storms and enjoying Nancy’s and Dick’s hospitality.  On Monday morning, when the storms subsided, we left Lopez Island for a long one day trip to Seattle, we crossed paths with two outbound Oil tankers escorted by two Foss Tugs as we rounded the south east end of Lopez Island.  Seeing escorting Tugs are always a reminder of Nancy’s work to protect Puget Sound from the possibilities of an oil spill. (Happy Birthday again Nancy!)

Dick’s note went on to mention an opening at Chimera Gallery for Mike on September 12 (congrats Mike!). The show runs through October 9 and features the painting showcased here (among others!).Ober
It sounds like Nancy and Dick had a great celebration of her birthday! It included biking on the Burke-Gillman trail, lunch at Ray’s Boathouse, and dinner at Ten Mercer before seeing A Year of Magical Thinking. And oh right, a couple book and book-related presents!

Dick also reported on the bird-banders who are using Nancy and Dick’s yard to do some of their census taking (very exciting!):

Last evening the bird-banders were here at dusk to plan there project. While they were here, they identified a hawk (in the big maple down in back), a mourning dove, and a towhee. While we were standing in the yard they pointed out bats flying hither and yon in the dying sunset. Wow!

Wow indeed — happy fall!