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An abandoned building and the GC1EWZ9 Tunnel of Fun Geocache!

An abandoned building and the GC1EWZ9 Tunnel of Fun Geocache!

on Jan 26, 2014

This Saturday after breakfast, Heisenbaker and I decided it was time for a roadtrip and a little adventure.  Along our way we found a really cool abandoned old building, drove on a very scenic road, then met up with Stalker and Bones and risked our life for what I would have to classify as the best geocache I have ever gone after! So this week I have been researching interesting abandoned things in Oregon and found this really cool old abandoned fuel storage building in Vernonia.  Stalker and I enjoy finding old abandoned things but he had to work in the morning so I grabbed Heisenbaker and off we went to go explore this cool looking old abandoned building.  We didn’t really have any solid plans or time schedule, so after a late breakfast we headed out. To get to this neat building you pretty much just drive to Vernonia, go to the city park and you can see it from the parking lot.  It costs $5 to park there for the day use fee. (We didn’t pay it ’cause we didn’t have $5 and were fine but during the busy season when things are open there I would definitely pay the fee.)  Once you pay for parking, you take the path arond the pond to the right and you will see this big looming abandoned looking thing. There are some other things around there that look pretty neat but they were pretty well overgrown with blackberry bushes and we didn’t feel like being sliced to death by thorns on this particular adventure. Once we got to the structure we noticed that there were a couple of “No Trespassing” signs above the door that we (and obviously everyone else) ignored and we went inside.  It was pretty cool inside, both literally and figuratively.  I could feel the temperature drop and it was really neat to be in a building that had trees growing in it.  It almost seemed like we had stepped into some ruins in Narnia or something. We poked around for a while and got some pictures.  As you can see we both had a lot of fun.  Me being a dork, and her being creepy.  (It...

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Sometimes you just have to wonder…

Sometimes you just have to wonder…

on Jan 23, 2014

So this evening I recieved an email from REI.  Not such an odd thing really, I am a member, I spend way too much money there and I get a lot of email from them. Tonight’s email however made me laugh, and for once I could not resist doing a product review. I guess I should preface this by saying that I love reading reviews of things.  I will spend hours on Amazon, c-net, REI, Best Buy, or really anywhere that has a great review system in place so I can read honest reviews and also read through all the idiot reviews that people put up.  I am someone that does a ton of research before buying anything and find using these reviews to be very helpful. There is also comedy gold in some of these reviews.  I am sure a lot of you are familiar with the Haribo Gummy Candy, Sugarless Gummy Bears, 5-Pound Bag review that has been going around facebook lately. Here is the link in case you are unfamiliar. http://www.amazon.com/review/R3FTHSH0UNRHOH/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R3FTHSH0UNRHOH Yep, pretty funny stuff right there.  There are plenty more of these and you can find many of them at a guilty pleasure site I go to from time to time. http://www.uhpinions.com/ But really you should wait until after reading the rest of my blog post before you click on the links… (You already clicked them, didn’t you?) Well if you have made it back here that is good.  You can finish reading about my review at REI. So I suppose you are wondering what it was they wanted me to review that spurned this blog entry.  Well if you are ready to have your mind blown… here you go. Yep!  That’s right.  REI wanted me to review my purchase of my Annual, Northwest Forest Pass. I found this amusing enough on its own, but if you throw in the fact that I spend a lot of money at REI buying many different things, (I will admit, I may have a problem.) and then add the fact that this is the first time I have ever gotten an email asking me to review a product, it makes it hilarious. Of all the things they pick,...

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What the heck!  I am gonna do a triathlon!

What the heck! I am gonna do a triathlon!

on Jan 16, 2014

So its 2014 and I have set my goals for myself for this year.  There are 5k’s scattered about, some obstacle runs, a lot of hiking and fun things of that nature… but the big one for me this year is going to be my first triathlon! “What makes you crazy enough to want to do a triathlon?” you may ask. Well I have a few different reasons. Reason #1:  In 2012 I was tired of being fat and lazy and bought a bike.  I rode it and went from 260lbs to 225lbs from October to July and then have stayed there.  I admittedly have not been really great about eating proper all the time and have since been slacking more than I should on the bike because I have had no goals.  Last year my goal was to ride a century (100 miles) and after I was done… meh, I just kinda lost motivation I guess.  (That, and I was tired.  Don’t tell anyone.)  This year I would like to get down to at least 200lbs and I figure this is a great goal to set to do it.  This goal will force me to eat right and exercise, and it adds more to the workouts than just my legs. Reason #2:  It sounds like fun.  This last year and few months I have discovered a fun world of exercise that I never knew existed and have made new friends with it and I like it a lot.  My favorite run last year was the Warrior Dash and had so much fun that as soon as I could sign up for the 2014 one I did.  I like to mix things up a bit; I get bored easily so this has three different things so I will keep entertained. Reason #3:  Honestly, how many people can say they have done a triathlon??  I totally want the bragging rights. Reason #4: Lately, I feel the need to challenge myself more and more mentally and physically and this to me seems like a very good way of accomplishing that goal. Reason #5:  Apparently I had just too much free time in my schedule and felt the need to fill it...

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So what if the weather is crappy, it makes it more fun!

So what if the weather is crappy, it makes it more fun!

on Jan 12, 2014

Living in the Pacific Northwest we have more than a few not so great weather days.  This last weekend we had lots of rain, plenty of wind and just general crappiness in the weather department. I had plans to take a hike up the Salmon River but was afraid of snowy conditions so Stalker and I got together and made a plan B. We thought about it throughout the week and came up with a plan to go to Friend, Oregon.  Stalker has been there quite a few times and claimed there was lots of neat stuff to photograph.  I took his word on this and we headed out late Saturday morning towards the eastern side of Mt Hood. As we went up the Gorge we marveled at the fallen tree debris from the previous night’s windstorm, and discussed the falling rocks at Multnomah Falls that had destroyed part of the bridge, thus closing parts of this all too popular attraction for months to come.  We also discussed supposed hikes and rock climbing opportunities throughout our beautiful Columbia River Gorge. As we passed through Hood River and started towards The Dalles he asked me if I had ever been to the Twin Tunnels.  My response was… “Twin Tunnels??  What are those?  Who cares let’s go!” He assured me that they were cool and it would be a very short walk to get to them and I would be pleased.  (He promised a lot of things on this trip… hmm that didn’t sound right…) We parked at the park for the tunnels and started our short walk.  Really I would say it was about 1/2 a mile to get to the tunnels but it was an easy walk.  The only problem I faced was that I wasn’t really dressed for rain and we were walking, in the rain.  It wasn’t that bad and I tried to stay in the dry areas under trees as much as I could.  I was having fun so I wasn’t complaining. In not much time we came upon the tunnels. I haven’t really looked up the history on these tunnels so I cannot tell you much about them other than they are really cool. It...

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Out with the old, in with the new!

Out with the old, in with the new!

on Jan 1, 2014

So it has finally come time to say goodbye to my old friends.  My first pair of legitimate running shoes. When I first decided I wanted to try this running thing Princess and Biker #2 insisted that I go get actual running shoes from Portland Running Company.  Up to this point in life I had just gone to Big 5 or Gart or some other retailer that had shoes and found what was on sale and looked good, tried them on and walked around.  If they were squishy I was good.  Apparently there is a lot more that goes into finding a proper running shoe and I am glad I took my friend’s advice and got shoes that were fitted to me and dealt with my pronation. (I am still not sure what that is but I am sure it is important and I am glad I have shoes that help with it.) After my last race I decided it was time to retire my first set of shoes.  They had served me well for over a year, through training for races and just casual running but I knew it was time to retire them because my knees were starting to hurt when I ran, and because Princess told me so. So off to Portland Runnign Company again I went and picked up these beauties!  I call this stealth mode because they just look like ordinary black shoes.  Nothing special… maybe a little design on the top but nothing crazy.  I will say that they are water resistant and have a sock liner inside so they hug your feet pretty nicely.  But now we get to the best part of the new shoes… These suckers light up like fireworks when hit with light.  I of course had to add my trademark safety orange shoelaces as well.  I am not sure why they went with the leopard print but it is growing on me.  So that is how I ended 2013, with some new shoes! Now its time for 2014!  This is going to be an epic year and I have some big plans for races and adventures and stuff and to kick it off Heisenbaker signed us up for...

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