Friday, December 19, 2014

'Twas the night before Christmas

The stockings & moto boots where hung by the chimney with care in, hopes that Moto Claus soon would be there.

Wishing you all good tidings of the season and may your New Year bring you gifts of love, joy, health, and lots of twisties to ride on sunny days!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Parked motorcycle syndrome?!

Not quite yet, but soon.  I couldn't resist posing by this little beastie in Costco today.  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Evening Autumn tootle

We have had the most amazing summer and it has stretched through to October.  Today we reached a spectacular 20C, normally we are in the low teens.  
Tonight I was on my way to a meeting, and the views were stunning at the meeting venue. So I took a few minutes to catch the sunset and capture the totems in the twilight.
There are spectacularly carved totem poles by Songhees First Nations carvers. This is their rendition of a loon. 
I love Vancouver Island we have a rich diverse history and cultural melting pot. 

The sunset was breathtaking.
This is one of the exquisitely carved chief's poles.  The Songhees culture is beautiful and their carving is beautiful.  I was told that each totem is blessed and captures the spirit of the people, a prayer is said at the beginning of the carving and at the conclusion.  Also First Nations peoples think of the cedar trees the poles are carved from are alive and filled with spirit.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Adventures of ScooterBob

ScooterBob ready for a road trip. (Photo credit David Masse The Scoot Commute blog)

The moto blogging community lost a very special person last month, BobSkoot.  It was quite a loss to the little tight-knit community of motobloggers.  We've followed each others blogs through our escapdes, adventures, trials, tribulations, glorious moments and everyday living. 

Last year Bob rode coast to coast on his Beemer (Nu2Me), and was planning further bike adventures in the future. This year he and Mrs. Skoot were on a 4 wheel adventure travelling in his corvette and doing the things Bob did best, taking pictures and enjoying life. We in blog land were wondering where the Skoot family was and how they were making out on their adventure. Through a few posts on Scoot Commute our blog friend David found out the sad news, Bob passed away in his sleep. David relayed this sad news to the rest of  us, and we felt lost and bereft.

As a group of motobloggers we want to honour our friend and have been thinking of ways to do this and David of Scoot Commute struck on this lovely idea.  Bob had given David a little wooden vespa scooter and now it is going to travel the world and motobloggers are going to take pictures of it and see how far a field the little scooter can go, so far it is on a whirlwind tour with destinations in the US, Canada and Europe (take that hitchbot).  I know BobSkoot would've loved the adventure of all of this!

To find out more about click this link and if you would like to participate follow the directions ---->   The Adventures of ScooterBob  Let see what type of an epic journey we can send ScooterBob on!

As you read this the little intrepid ScooterBob is in Key West Florida soaking up some sun!  Check it out!
Key West Diary - Conch scooter

Future Destinations 

The Black Forest, Germany 
London, England
Tampa, Florida, USA
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - That's me!
Corvallis, Oregon, USA 
Centennial, Colorado, USA

Stay tuned!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Might as well be comfy

It's a gorgeous warm fall day on the island.  We are out running errands and I decided to kick back & chill out in the shade while hubs is in Home Depot.  Hardware stores aren't my cup of tea.  I can't believe how comfy Scarlet is for Moto lounging :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

My grand scooter/motorcycle adventure with Bobskoot and the RTE Scooter Crew

As I reminisce, I sit here in disbelief and still can't get my head around his being gone. I remember this adventure with a smile and think how wonderful Bob was at bringing complete strangers together who shared the passion of riding scooters and motorcycles.  And contrary to popular belief the two groups of riders can blend and ride harmoniously together and have fun. The famous pink crocs are in this video.  

Here is the link to Bob's post on his blog after our riding weekend. A girl feels pretty special when she is surrounded by 20 men and them following behind her on her bike. Little did they know I am directionally impaired and was winging it all day long.   Yup it was a blessed day and as Bob said "I wish I could ride Saturday again, again and again.", I do too, you are gone too soon.   (and yup I am Mistress Scooterpie) 

Bob is the man in the middle of all the scooter peeps.  

Goodbye Bob my dear friend - Bobscoot of West Coast Scooting blog

Today my heart is heavy and sad.  I found out my friend passed away while on a trip of a lifetime.  I am sad and still in disbelief at his passing.  My condolences to His wife and family.  Your husband was a kind, gentle and generous soul and will be deeply missed by all who knew him and those who followed his intrepid adventures on his blog.  I will greatly miss his friendship.  
This was May 2012 when Bob brought over the Ride To Eat Scooter Crew to ride the Island with me.  Oh what a fun time we had! 
Bob was known for his signature pink crocs.  I will always think of him when I see pink crocs.  

Farewell dear friend, you will be greatly missed and I know you are in heaven and getting everyone up there to wear pink crocs, and riding scooters or motorcycles.  xo miss you already.

**I found this link when I was remembering my ride with Bob & the RTE scooterists.  I remember this day fondly and as Bob said in his blog post "I want to ride Saturday, again, again, and again" 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sunsets galore!

I was recently on vacation in beautiful Tofino which is the end of the official terminus of the Trans-Canada Highway. So in essence it's the proverbial 'end of the road'.  Every year we venture forth to refresh, relax, and recharge or work weary souls.  I usually amble down to MacKenzie Beach at sunset and take in the spectacular show to end the day, here are some of my favourite pics from our recent trip.

The sky is spectacular!

Not bad for an iPhone!

Moonrise - it's teeny, but it's there.

 I love Tofino! If you haven't been there you should venture to Vancouver Island and drive the lovely winding road in, the scenery is breathtaking!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kayak Adventure Clayoquot Sound - Paddles West Kayak Tours

Every year when we make the trek to Tofino we always rent kayaks and go paddling with a guide.  We book our tours through Paddle West Kayaking Tours, their guides are excellent and very knowledgeable about the area.  We decided to do a paddle we had previously done, the trip to Meares Island. It is simply stunning! It is a small island with old growth forest and a rugged cedar hiking trail.  
The kids all loaded up in their single boats waiting to get going. The Hub and I decided to rent a double kayak, I seem to have done more paddling though, because he was trying to get the GoPro to work or so I'm told.  (Next time it's a single) 
The trip to Meares took about an hour and a bit, and then we hiked for about an hour. Beautiful!  All total we were gone for a good 4 hours.  I think a few kayaks are going to be on the wish list in the future. We've talked about it before. But I think this is something we need to make happen, as there are so many places on the island to paddle.

Jr is a water baby and paddled effortlessly.

All of the trees for the walkway are harvested on the island. 
There were beautiful stairways with bent cedar rails.
The stairs were a little sketchy, so if you aren't sure footed, it's not a great walking trail.
The trees are spectacular, it's old growth forest that has never been harvested. There was quite a controversy  a few years ago because one of the local logging company's wanted to log the island. Protests ensued and thankfully it was stopped and is still pristine.  It is one of the most beautiful spots in Clayoquot Sound. It is ancient rain forest, and if you listen close enough you can hear the trees tell the stories of the ages. 
This is the largest tree on the island. 
My niece showing how big the tree is.
The lovely Scooterpie Jr. 
Mini moto was out for adventure.
More shots of the beautiful pathway, it was a wee bit treacherous, a tad slippery.  I was surprised by an elderly couple navigating the trail, but it was with great difficulty. I was pretty concerned how they were going to get back as neither of them where having an easy time of it when we crossed paths. The gentleman was complaining about how rugged the trail was and "not good for old folks". 
Our afternoon was drawing to a close because we were following the tide and had to get back to the kayaks and return to Tofino or we would have been going against the current.
Random trail pics.
This lovely boat was moored at the island when we paddled in. 

Kayak parking.
Heading out!
The cellphone battery was starting to die and I was busy working the rudder on the return trip and paddling.
Floating village in Clayoquot Sound.
Almost back to Jamie's Whaling station and kayak dock.
Our lovely guide Tasha from Paddle West Kayaking tours.  Thanks for the great day!