Saturday, July 26, 2014

I Want To Ride My Bicycle! Bicycle! Bicycle!

Did you know... 

A good indicator of bicycle safety in a city is women who bike? True story. Read more here.

That biking isn't just for some, it's for all? People around the world are trying to promote that message AND those behaviors (they aren't one in the same). Read more here.

What else can I tell you? I've had the luxury of riding my bike to work every day for almost two months now. Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage (soon to be known by a new, shorter name) host the annual Summer Commuter Challenge and I'm participating with a team from work. We're in 7th place for medium teams in Anchorage - hell yea! 

Once in a while, we hit Alaskan-style roadblocks:

Mama Moose & two calves, blocking my way to yoga!

I'm also working to expand my rides outside of work and home. Yoga, dinners, social outings, foraging and Costco (that one time) are all fair game for me and the wheels. My hope is to make it such a habit that come snowfall, it's second nature to ride to work and I can continue commuting via bike!

Don't leave home without the essentials.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Biz Review: Captain Greg's Charters

Fish on, baby!

A few weeks ago our friends set up two groups for halibut charters out of Homer, AK. So, Saturday morning we show up at the harbor (6 AM... yeesh) and meet up with Captain Greg for a day in Kachemak Bay, fishing for Alaskan Halibut.

I've never been on a halibut charter before, or caught a halibut, or even seen one close to alive. So, this was a pretty awesome experience. I love in in Homer and a beautiful day with a new adventure is tops.

6 people, 6 rods, 6 Halibut on!

Without further ado, here's my firs stab at a business review in AK. Happy reading!

The Details: Personable, knowledgable and funny - Captain Greg is pretty great. We lucked out with beautiful weather and calm seas, so fish or not, we would have been happy. But, to make the day even sweeter we stopped at a few different fishing spots and each of the folks on the boat (6 in total) limited out (2 fish, per rules). And lucky us, Captain Greg docked us in Seldovia for a quick break before heading back to Homer.

My Take: Captain Greg really knows his stuff (you would hope, right?). He has a clean boat, good gear and knew all the fishing haunts. He's an active member of the National Association of Charterboat Operators and took time to explain changes in regulations, the effects on sportfishers and charterboats. It gave us some very interesting conversation and I appreciated the education. 

Perks:
- Catching halibut
- Blue skies
- Kachemak Bay
'nuff said

Downside:
- Holding a fishing rod with a halibut on it in your hip flex is a little painful
- Potential for seasickness (it didn't happen, but I was a little queasy in the cabin)
- Kachemak Bay spray in your face as you glide across the water
... yea, rough life, right?

Bottom Line:
If you're looking for a fishing charter out of Homer, AK. Give Captain Greg a call. He knows where the fish are, is a pretty nice guy and the price isn't bad. 

Check out his website:
Give him a call:
907.235.4756
Or email:


I should mention, the friends who set up the halibut charter got married and it was lovely, so true to them and a very happy occasion. Here's to a lifetime of love and adventure!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bib #831, Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon

Eek! Less then two weeks until Mayor's Marathon, Alaska's biggest and my first marathon. 

I am so excited. There's only one goal for my first marathon - finish on my feet. Snacks, fluids and running outfit (I'm serious) have all been settled upon and are ready to go. Adam will be at the finish line with chocolate milk, peanut butter and a banana (oh yea.... I'm salivating just thinking about it). I am as ready as I am going to be.




Special shout outs to my mom Sara, stepmom Liz and Aunt Stephanie for being my biggest cheerleaders from registration through 20 miles to the finish. You are excellent role models and set the bar pretty high for a gal like me to do things like this.