Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pump it up! Pump it up!

Yesterday Maree and I went to REI to cash in on a member coupon and use our dividends to grab some gear for this summer's adventures. The piece d'resistance was a Coleman camp stove like the one my Uncle Jeff owns. I was impressed with the fact that his stove was refillable, unlike most where you discard or attempt to recycle spent butane/propane fuel canisters. With this stove the fuel is a liquid and you have two choices, regular camp fuel or unleaded gasoline. You simply refill the tank, use the pump to pressurize it, light and cook.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Mt Scott Bike Ride

My quest to look out over this fair city from every hilltop is nearly complete. Today I set out to conquer Mt Scott, the 1050ft beast looming over Clackamas and Happy Valley(what a name!). It's an eight mile ride out, the first 6.5 miles is pretty flat with the first serious climb a half mile before turning left on Johnson Creek Rd, which takes you up the mountain. Johnson Creek is no joke, a 14% grade that quickly had me giving it my all in the shortest gear I had. I searched online and a 14% grade means you gain/lose 14ft in elevation per 100ft of road traveled. After about 150 yards I was losing steam, and I ended up walking my bike up most of the way, riding when I could. A 730ft gain in 1.2 miles...Sheesh! I've got to find a gentler approach next time. The view at the top was amazing, I found a home site that was under construction at the very front of the west face and strolled on in to catch my breath and take some photos. I got cold pretty quick, as I had sweat through the two layers under my windbreaker. The ride down was awfully quick compared to the arduous climb up, but it was fun while it lasted!

The route

Rocky Butte and I-205 Stark/Glisan

Steel, Broadway, Fremont, railroad, St. John's bridges.

The view from the top!

Friday, March 21, 2008

My pals Point Juncture graced us with their presence Thursday night at Mississippi Studios. They've got a new album due out soon, and they played some tracks from the LP, along with some new songs I hadn't heard. Sadly, I didn't record my favorite song of the night, which involves a ukulele of all things. Here are the eight songs that I did manage to capture.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

"I love technology..."

A gathering of videos from different local bands. Lots of Portland scenery.