Sunday, July 22, 2012

It's Easy With VRE and My Bike

My submission to the VRE 20th annversary video contest.

8 August I was notified my video won first place in the contest. Got a free monthly VRE ticket for my efforts.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Paddle With Teeth

Paddling the Potomac River, at low tide, from Westmoreland State Park and searching for shark's teeth below the Horsehead Cliffs has been on my To-Do list for quite some time. The idea combines so many activities I enjoy; being outdoors, paddling, going to an unknown and new location and beach combing. Oh, and a picnic with family afterwards fits in pretty nicely too.
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Westmoreland State Park is about an hour drive, out Route 3 east from Fredericksburg. There is a $3/car entrance fee and no fee to launch the kayaks from the beach. We got an early start from home and were on the water by 10 am.
We had two tandem kayaks and one single sit-upon. Sam and Molly teamed up on the first leg, Valerie and I were in our Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T (below) and Gretchen paddled the single.
It was an easy one mile, downwind paddle from the put-in beach to Horsehead Cliffs. Fun surfing the 1-2 foot chop.
We arrived at the cliffs, as planned, at low tide to take advantage of the exposed beach to search for shark's teeth.
The day was hot but there was plenty of breeze off the water.
We enjoyed an apple snack watching several Bald Eagles before we tackled the upwind, into the chop return paddle.
The final fruits of our beach combing efforts, four teeth.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mounted Bell

Yes, It's A Pink Bell

I could not find a bike bell to fit my larger 31.8mm handle bars. I rummaged through my bike tool box and found an extra seat post reflector mount that fit perfectly. Next I used my small Exacto saw and cut off the mounting loop on Valerie’s old bell. I was lucky; it used a 4m square nut and all I had to do was stop at the hardware store for a longer bolt.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

FBI Special Agent Oath of Office

"I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."