Wildwood Park is a hop, skip and a jump from the house, but we just recently discovered there are trails we didn't know about. The video pretty much tells the rest of the story.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Camarillo this afternoon. The first stop... Columbia, where I got 4
shirts, 3 pairs of shorts and Donna got 1 shirt, 1 pair if shorts and
1 pair of pants, ALL for $145!!! A stop at the Gap got me 1 pair of
$11 shorts and Donna a $12 blouse. Last but not least, I landed two
pairs if shoes for $35! Finally, clothes that actually fit 5" smaller
in the waist than what I was wearing before.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sunday was extremely hot but extremely awesome. We rode for three hours at Sycamore Canyon just off the Pacific Coast Highway and concluded the ride with a picnic at the beach and a relieving dip in the ocean. While we were cooling off we spotted a few dolphins (in the video) which made the day all the better. We concluded the afternoon, of course, at Swirl frozen yogurt.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I've been getting out of work later and later and my evening rides have frequently been cancelled as a result, so today was the first day I tried getting out for a ride BEFORE going to work at 8am. It wouldn't be bad if I could go to bed early but since Donna works til 10pm every day it's tough to get to sleep much earlier than 11-11:30. Yawn...
Monday, August 24, 2009
The day started at Rolling Pin Donuts, accompanied by a latte from Starbuck's. The best part of it was that breakfast was served promptly at 10am, not long after rolling out of bed.
As if the morning latte wasn't enough, we made another trip to Starbuck's later in the afternoon after browsing around at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks.
Part of my dinner was cooked, the other part wasn't. Donna was thrilled to have the best salmon she's had in ages. My plate consisted of steak, salad, spring rolls, tuna, salmon, shrimp, whitefish and a spicy tuna roll.
After enduring the 80 degree heat in Thousand Oaks we cooled off at the coast. Anything over 76 is too hot... anything under 70 is too cold.
We went to see District 9 at Muvico. After the first 20 minutes I was ready to leave. After 30 minutes I was glad I stayed. It was bit nasty at parts but the story really developed and really turned into something interesting. I love to see new directors crack their way into the industry.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
After climbing up Gridley Trail then riding along the ridge high above Ojai, we finally hit Sisar Canyon Road which dropped us down into upper Ojai. During the last two or three miles we finally started to hit some shade, a welcome relief after riding in the open sun all day. After this it was just another 20-30 minutes of riding a paved road back to the car.
You want to know, if Donna was going so fast, how did I keep getting ahead of her to get these video clips. Truth be told, I have to ask her to hold up for a minute while I get ahead and get the camera ready. Then, after she passes by, she stops and waits up for me.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The dentist's office isn't on the top of my 'favorite places to be' list but Donna and I have found an awesome dentist (& staff) in Camarillo, just down the street from our office. I didn't feel a thing - I still can't for that matter. Turns out I've been grinding my teeth real bad and cracked one of them down below the gum line. Today was the second of three visits to get the matter resolved.
A few minutes of Caddyshack on the iPod helped me de-stress during lunch today. It's amazing what a few laughs can do for your mental health! Plus, how many people get to enjoy roasted turkey with gravy made from scratch on their typical lunch break. Everything is made from scratch as some point in it's creation, right?
Sunday, August 16, 2009
After a long mid-day ride, lunch at Panera, a quick trip to the bike shop and and ever quicker trip to the grocery store, we went to a free concert with Bruce & Julie at Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks. The video isn't much to watch but more so to listen to. It was a great acoustical guitar concert with lots of Peruvian influence... the steel drums didn't make an appearance until the very end during this jam session.
When we left the house this morning it was cool and overcast but 20 minutes when we got to the trailhead, it was blazing hot and sunny. Fortunately a fellow biker gave me some sunblock. We got in a 3-hour ride and I polished off two water bottles and completely emptied my 100oz Camelback reservoir. Donna spent some time working on her technical skills and all-in-all we had a great ride!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday we got out for a heck of a hike on the Matilijah Falls trail. We read that the 9-mile hike would take 5-6 hours which I totally didn't believe, until I saw how rough the 'trail' became as we got closer to the falls. The effort was totally worth it and the falls were beautiful. My feet hate me today! So do my legs and my back.