Along with the Big Guy, I was a roadside spectator for all but a couple of editions of the annual bike race known as the Amgen Tour of California between in the first edition in February 2006 and its final run in May 2019. I first shared these images from February 2009 soon after the event; Stage 1 took the riders from Davis to Lake Berryessa, then across the Vaca Mountains to Napa County, eventually crossing the finish line in Santa Rosa — a total of 115.9 miles. Two days before the race, Friday, the Big Guy and I drove from Sacramento to Napa to scope everything out and pick a good place to watch. We drove past the first of two King of the Mountains checkpoints, near the Monticello Dam at Lake Berryessa. After accidentally taking the wrong road, we passed through Angwin and came over Howell Mountain, the location of the second KOM, driving in the opposite direction of the race route, then down into Pope Valley. We didn’t drive the race route along the western shore of Berryessa, but we did see some pretty sites on our way back to Route 128. On Sunday, we knew exactly where we wanted to go. And despite the crazy weather we bundled up and made the trip back over to Napa. Narrow bridge near Pope Valley Somerston Vineyards Not part of the peloton! Actually, on race day the wind didn’t […]
I don’t post much about knitting these days, although when I first started my blog that was one of my main topics. I’m making an exception today. Noro Silk Garden is known as a “rustic” yarn. It’s made of a combo of wool, silk and mohair, and a lot of people don’t care for it because it feels a bit […]
I’m in the process of paring down my sizable stash of yarn — most of it is recorded in my Notebook on Ravelry, complete with photos I’ve taken of each yarn entry. I’ve always tended to choose yarn based on colors and soft textures. But I’ve also learned the hard way that balls of yarn full of gorgeous color combinations […]
The theme of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Needs to have at least 5 letters and start with P. Let’s see how creative you can we can be on this challenge. Have fun with this week’s challenge.
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of September 20, 2017. This week, share with us a layered image of your own. The topic is wide open, as long as you focus on the interplay of depth, density, and texture (or just choose one of these elements if you’d like).
The theme this week for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is View from the Back, Bottom, or Underneath. You can take photos of anything as long as we are seeing the back, underneath or bottom. I have always found flower backs to be fascinating. The back of a statue instead of the typical front or side views. The tail lights of […]
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week is Yellows. This week the color is Yellows. You can show off photos you have taken of any yellow colors. Have tons fun with this challenge this week.
I shared in a previous post that I’ve been working away on the Ashton Shawlette, a free pattern by designer Dee O’Keefe, which I found thanks to Ravelry. I’m actually doing it twice over. Since I haven’t had a whole lot of luck knitting lace shawls, I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t come to grief again while using some special yarn. […]
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of June 3, 2016. Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center. As a rule, numbers and I don’t get along very well. Most of the time, the thought of doing any sort of math causes me to break out […]