Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 25 2012

Well… a media feeding frenzy called Lance

Thursday August 23rd 2012 will be noted on a lot of calendars for years to come. Some will call it the coming out party of Lance Armstrong, others will mourn the loss of a hero. I spent the evening and following morning trying to get a handle on what was actually happening and now more …

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Aug 23 2012

Babe 101: Monitoring and Supporting

Owning my VW camper has been exactly what I expected it would be… a learning experience. And I’m enjoying it. I’ve gone through some surprise learning curves as well as some I was prepared for and actually capable of dealing with in an informed way. Over the past month or two I’ve been trying to …

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Aug 22 2012

A year ago today… Jack Layton

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” Jack Layton, Aug 20, 2011     It has been a year since this great man passed away. He is still remembered, still missed.

Aug 16 2012

A good workout

It’s been a while since I’ve had a reason to use a sledgehammer, my body is reminding me of that fact today. The occasion was the start of my volunteer time for the Shelter Valley Folk Festival that I mentioned in the previous blog entry. The grass has all been cut so the field looks …

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Aug 14 2012

Volunteer time: SVFF

Last year some VW friends went on about how great the Shelter Valley Folk Festival was and I thought it would be worth checking out. Early bird tickets were gone and camping spots weren’t available any more in the main area so I decided to volunteer. Andrea and our friend Liz bought tickets and came …

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Aug 11 2012

Camping, a little more camping, and a few bike races in between

I’m recently back from the Tour of Elk Grove, or I should say I was home and am already on the road again. This time it’s a VW campout (Buses of the Corn) and the Buckwallow MTB O-Cup race. ToEG was great, and I’m glad I extended the trip for a couple of nights of …

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Aug 07 2012

Yet another pretty picture

While I’m working on getting my Tour of Elk Grove photos uploaded to my website, Facebook and write a wrap-up blog entry, here’s a photo you’re welcome to download as a desktop background (resolution is 1600 pixels). It was taken at Van Buren State Park on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Aug 02 2012

Officially a non-resident

Michigan state parks require a “passport” to use them, a fee they charge on top of the campsite fee and it applies even if you just want to have a picnic it seems. The one day rate isn’t bad, it makes the price about the same as camping in Ontario. They have an annual passport …

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Aug 02 2012

On the road, headed west to Elk Grove

I decided to pack up a day early so I would have time to enjoy the trip and avoid “camping” in rest stops all the way. I didn’t get an early start though, having gotten caught up watching the women’s and men’s time trials in London. But it’s a beautiful day and it felt great …

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