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Bike riding without a cause, just for the fun of it!

By now you know that I have been enjoying bike riding with my friends. We logged over 800 miles together between April and August this year. It is not just the riding; we have also begun sharing some fellowship over dinner and a beer after our rides.

Last year, my now retired friend Mike and I rode three century rides together. This year, due to so many events being cancelled, we are just riding for fun.

Early this year, we signed up for a Kentucky ride, only to see it cancelled until 2021. We have found that due to all of the cancellations, we are not as focused in riding distances or particular terrain as in years past. We are doing more out and back rides on the flats not needing to do so many hill repeats or long distance riding.

One of the casualties of the pandemic was my teaching indoor cycling. I really did enjoy teaching the classes and the work out was terrific.

We have ridden in the typical summer weather. We try to get out early to beat the heat and the traffic. Since I live in a county that has a lot of farms, we can go for miles and see other bikers and no cars. It is great. The flip side of going early in the morning is we are riding along the Ohio River and we sometimes encounter fog and have to shut down our ride for the day.

Other Fun

Strava now has a category of rides where you can be a local legend. Good news, it does not mean you are the fastest on that segment; it is an honor that you have done that segment more than anyone else locally in the last 90 days. This summer I managed to become a local legend on 4 segments. My riding friends joked that they will now have to call me Sir Waterloo as I have become a legend on two segments from Waterloo Road. I guess we ride that road often.

We found this sign on Victory School House road:

We are staying on the path!

It is time to turn around on the bike when you a sign about Big Foot. I hope we see you on the road enjoying travel.

Our friend and fellow biker, former airline pilot Captain Mike, retired. It was special to see what they do for a final flight and to visit in the cockpit. It is important to celebrate life’s milestones.

Lessons learned

We only train long and hard when we have an event to train for and a goal to achieve. We never did tackle the biggest hills in our area saying we did not need to this year.

Bike riding, just for the fun of it!

On the road

By now you know that I have been enjoying bike riding with my friends. We logged over 800 miles together between April and August this year. It is not just the riding; we have also begun sharing some fellowship over dinner and a beer after our rides.

Last year, my now retired friend Mike and I rode three century rides together. This year, due to so many events being cancelled, we are just riding for fun.

Early this year, we signed up for a Kentucky ride, only to see it cancelled until 2021. We have found that due to all of the cancellations, we are not as focused in riding distances or particular terrain as in years past. We are doing more out and back rides on the flats not needing to do so many hill repeats or long distance riding.

One of the casualties of the pandemic was my teaching indoor cycling. I really did enjoy teaching the classes and the work out was terrific.

We have ridden in the typical summer weather. We try to get out early to beat the heat and the traffic. Since I live in a county that has a lot of farms, we can go for miles and see other bikers and no cars. It is great. The flip side of going early in the morning is we are riding along the Ohio River and we sometimes encounter fog and have to shut down our ride for the day.

Other Fun

Strava now has a category of rides where you can be a local legend. Good news, it does not mean you are the fastest on that segment; it is an honor that you have done that segment more than anyone else locally in the last 90 days. This summer I managed to become a local legend on 4 segments. My riding friends joked that they will now have to call me Sir Waterloo as I have become a legend on two segments from Waterloo Road. I guess we ride that road often.

We found this sign on Victory School House road:

We are staying on the path!

It is time to turn around on the bike when you a sign about Big Foot. I hope we see you on the road enjoying travel.

Our friend and fellow biker, former airline pilot Captain Mike, retired. It was special to see what they do for a final flight and to visit in the cockpit. It is important to celebrate life’s milestones.

Lessons learned

We only train long and hard when we have an event to train for and a goal to achieve. We never did tackle the biggest hills in our area saying we did not need to this year.

Walking into the Past at Shaker Village

A fun get away for us, not involving a plane, train or even a bike, was a visit to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.

Main Street

Each day we walked along the main street from our East Family dwelling to the Trustees’ office. As we walked the former highway, we looked back at what life was like for the inhabitants at the time and what life is like now in the Shaker Village.

Each building was equal reflecting one of the primary values of the society that all, male and female, regardless of race, are equal with each other. All of the main buildings had two doors and sets of stairs for the separation of the sexes even though they were living in the same house. One side of the buildings were designated for the males and the other for the females. Both were under the same roof, equal and not together. Anything one had, the other did, down to the square feet of each room and the furnishings.  

Our group of friends decided that the Shaker Village would be the place to gather and celebrate life.

One of our highlights was the Hard Cider Bash put on by the Village. It was a lively time in the old barn on the property. We enjoyed the band and the food. Some of the offerings were local dishes and most of the food was from the area. I had never heard of or seen Kentucky Burgoo prior to the bash. Many of my friends really enjoyed it. The hard cider was not all that great for my tastes. My friends did find several beverages they liked.

We walked the grounds of the village. When it was thriving, and the village was thriving at one time, it was hard work farming and keeping men and women apart all while making the village profitable. The grounds are very attractive; we enjoyed our hikes around the grounds.

Walking in the village we learned about how the Shakers lived and worked. It was a fascinating tour. Unfortunately for us, no crafts or displays were in operation due to Covid-19. We still had a great time exploring. I would like to have learned how they made the stone walls.

Our hike on the morning of the hard cider bash led us to the barn for our evening activity. We had fun walking with friends and taking a pleasant walking tour for several miles along the property.

We did manage to have good food and we got into the music on the lawn near the restaurant. We ate at the trustee’s Office. All of the settings were well done and the meals were locally sourced. The spiral staircase in the main dining area was really well done and an example of the skill their craftsmen employed.

We stayed at the East Family Dwelling. That building was over 200 years old and very well built. I liked the craftsmanship.

Lessons learned

The Shakers were a group committed to their ideals and had several things going for them. They did not survive because their utopian society was an idea humans can never put into practice. All utopian societies have succumbed to similar fates as we are all human.

The Shakers were unable to adapt their strict belief system as society changed and opportunities for work grew.  How different will we look 20 years from now looking back on the things we do, like wearing masks while walking on a main street and other odd Covid practices? No bike riding on this trip. We had plenty of hiking and exploring as well as learning some history.

Summer Sledding in Colorado

I have wanted to go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve for a few years. It was more fun than I would have thought thanks to my daughter-in-law who recommended we rent sleds for the dunes. Who knew you could rent sleds and “sand” boards and go sledding on the sand?

This is a relatively new national park (2004) and is only a few hours drive from Colorado Springs. For me the drive down was well worth it. We rented our sleds at the Oasis store just outside of the park entrance.

Outside the Park–Next to the Oasis store

The dunes look big close up. As you are driving to them, they look small in comparison to the mountains. Even the mountains look small from a distance. Once you are on the dunes and realize just how big the dunes are it is startling. This is the biggest dune field in North America.

 It took a while to hike out to a good spot for our sledding adventure.

Walking to the dunes

We had good instructions; more wax makes the board go fast.  Going downhill was fun. The hard part of the day was walking back up hill after the downhill run. Too bad there was no ski lift for us.

Walking back up to the start after a good downhill ride on the sled
Sled Ride on the dunes

A side benefit was that it was not too hot. The sand, according to the NPS, is much hotter than the air. Since it was cooler outside the sand was not too hot to touch. We know as we all fell off of our sleds.

After a hard day of sledding

The entrance to the dunes is over Medano Creek that apparently runs right across the only way to the dunes. We did not have to cross the creek; it was dried up in August. It would have been a nice relief to our feet to wade through the creek on the way back.

Traveling during COVID

Glen at the airport

It has been a while since I was on an airplane, okay, early in March. I remember that after September 11, 2001, I took a business flight right after the skies re-opened. I was flying to Denver from Boston and saw a lot of changes mainly with security. The military was out in force at Logan and hardly anyone was flying. At the gate there was a large collection of pocket knives and nail clippers that travelers were still used to carrying on board. The airport in Denver after 9-11 was almost deserted. More people were waiting to get us through security on the return trip than we saw going through security.

In the same way, we experienced several changes on our flight in August to Denver. Everyone was wearing a mask and the Public Address system talked about cleaning. Markers were on the floor to give us a distance marking. Everyone appeared to do their best, although at times (think trains in the Denver airport) circumstances do not allow for the distances being asked for.  We were happy not all seats in our row on the airplane were filled. It was a good experience and I again felt safe flying.

I did fly direct to Denver and then drive to Colorado Springs to avoid more time in airports. I will look to fly again directly as much as possible. We were handed sanitizer for the seat and given a beverage and a snack in a plastic bag along with more sanitizer. I appreciate the front line workers at the airline and the airport. You are all coming into contact with a lot of us each day. Some can work from home but the hospitality business must show up. Thank you for showing up for us.

Bike Riding in Garden of the Gods

First time riding a bike to this spot!

We have visited Garden of the Gods more than once. I think our kids all love the location as do I. Prior to this trip I had not ridden a bike in the park. That all changed thanks to Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours. We had a beautiful clear morning riding in the park with our guide. We have been on bike tours before. This is our first tour with just a guide and me and my wife. It was enjoyable riding as we went at our pace and saw the sights we wanted to see.  We rode over 20 miles in about 3 hours.

Our guide, Nate, was very knowledgeable and friendly. The highlight for me was taking the mountain bike trail in the park (Ute trail) that I had used for an indoor biking class. We had hiked this trail before. This was a better experience than I had described to my class. We managed to go on the trail a few times.

On the Ute Trail in the Garden of the Gods–Mountain Biking

After our ride we went to the gift shop to have an ice cream. What a nice location and the ice cream was good as well.

 Paint Mines Interpretive Park

I had never been to Paint Mines in Colorado before. This is a local (El Paso County) park. We were amazed at the rock formations and the colors. The picture I took does not do it justice. Once you have biked in Garden of the Gods Park, also in El Paso County Colorado, taking a hike in the Paint Mines is the next best adventure to tackle.

On the trail

We enjoyed our hike among the painted rocks. The rock colors were hard to believe. It was an easy hike and a well-marked path.

Other Fun

This was funny to us, as we have never experienced a hail storm like they do in Colorado Springs. We were out for a walk around the block and it was cloudy. I guess you can buy anything. I had never seen a hail protector before.

We think it is a pick up truck–not sure

It was nice to see our son dressed up for the day—someone has to work.

Going out to breakfast in downtown Colorado Springs during the week was a treat. We were safe while enjoying a good breakfast.

Downtown Colorado Springs

The city has closed several streets to allow people to get around downtown. Much different from our last visit to downtown Colorado Springs.

We enjoyed walking along in the Fountain Creek Regional Park. This has several miles of walking, horse, and mountain or gravel bike trails.  This was an enjoyable park for all sorts of athletic activities.

We had a couple of hikes in the nearby Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Each hike was enjoyable and moderate. It was good to get out and hike. We found this park the best marked park we have hiked in yet. Every time we came to an intersection, we found a marker.

Cheyenne Mountain
Out for a hike!

Our travel to Colorado was very relaxing. We did manage to play bridge, laugh and enjoy spending time with family.

Retired Man with the Axe

What would you have said way back in 2019 if a group got together with masks and sharp axes? You are probably not thinking about a bunch of retired friends who are generally agreeable and not too competitive. Fast forward to 2020 and put on a mask, sharpen a few axes and bring them to an axe throwing establishment.  We know that real men and women can have a blast throwing axes.

Even in the state of Kentucky, the rules under Covid -19 have been loosened to the point where a group of 10 can get together in a public place and throw axes. Thanks to our friends David and Sherri who bid on the event at a charity auction, we were able to join them as fellow first time axe throwers.

Our group after throwing axes and even hitting the target!

After some excellent ground rules and teaching for us on how to properly throw an axe by the staff, we divided into teams to play a few games. My team did not win but we all had fun. After our team competition, we divided into a “throw off” to determine the group’s best thrower.  The winner for the group was Jerry. He threw nice and easy and almost always hit the target.

We are exploring other things we can do to get out, appropriately distancing and wearing a mask. For some in the group, going out to dinner after throwing axes was a new experience. I appreciate that businesses were opening back up and we were able to support them.

Enjoying the day throwing axes with the one I love.

Other Fun

During the shutdown we were able to connect with our family and friends on zoom. Not the same as being with them but it was great to see everyone.

During the month of April I put more miles on my running shoes (95 miles) than I did in my car.

We started riding outside as the weather got nicer and I was able to get out for 98 miles of bike riding in April.

Ohio River looking toward Indiana. Taken from Lower River Road near Rabbit Hash

A virtual run requires running

Last year one of our sons ran the flying pig marathon and I thought based on running a triathlon with him that I could run the half-marathon as well with him (okay—he could wait for me at the finish line). I joined a running group and began a training program in January 2020, in part so I could finish my planned 5k triathlon actually running the whole time.

The group I joined was motivational for me. I met several runners who ran at my pace; although they had more experience, we were all training for the same goals. Part of the training program was to run the frozen 5k in February and in March we were scheduled to run the Heart mini marathon (a 15k).

 

Forming up as a group prior to the training run. About 200 in the store–prior to social distancing!
With my running group out for a run

The global pandemic had some other ideas for group events and all of the events scheduled for me became virtual as did my running group. Without the training program I would not have contemplated or finished the now virtual runs that I have completed.

As much as I am happy to have completed these runs, I know that it would have been much more fun with the crowd. I ran all of these events in my neighborhood with limited running area; running the same loop can get challenging. Fortunately for me, my wife came out and cheered me on and provided water about every 20-30 minutes as I made another loop. She even wrote with sidewalk chalk some congratulatory notes.

Encouragement with sidewalk chalk

My times are nothing to brag about, but I am pleased with my results. Each week in the training program I would say, this is the farthest I have ever run. Now that I have completed a half-marathon, I think a 10K is a good distance for me.

You still have to run to participate in a virtual running event.

Virtual runs:

Heart Mini: 15k

Flying Pig half Marathon

Real half marathon finishing medal

Big 10, 10k for Michigan State University

After finishing the Big Ten–Michigan State University 10k

Lessons learned:

I have been enjoying running. As the gyms were closed, this was a great way to stay in shape and meet some of my neighbors. Running with others is so much easier the running solo. I will look forward to being in a group if we can figure out how to do it safely.

Walk and warm up. Who cares how fast? My goal was to finish the half marathon.

No bike riding discussed in this blog. I am now able to bike one day and run another day. This has been a good mix as the weather has warmed up and it is better on a bike in the heat, at least for me, than running. I am sure running will pick up in the fall again. 

Speaking at a Conference—Before the shutdown

We never know where the next turn will take us. A week after my travel to California, the entire country was shut down due to Covid-19. On the plane ride home, a lady sat next to me with a mask on and said she did not want to catch anything prior to visiting her relatives. Now we are all wearing masks to go out in public. Who would have thought the bank would want to have customers wear a mask to enter the building?

I received an email from BetterUp! the coaching service that my company employed as I was transitioning from working to retirement. I have previously written about my photo shoot and that fun experience. This time, I was asked to speak on a panel to discuss my experiences with coaching for one of their conferences.

Of course I went. It was a chance to visit with family and connect with some old friends, including my coach Rob, and I was excited to make several new friends including my fellow panelists.

I knew this conference would be different from other I attended. The head of the company began on Monday night by insisting we refrain from shaking hands and just bumping elbows.

Monday, I was able to go to lunch with my youngest and spend some time prior to the conference kick off.

Glen and Jette

At the conference, I met the other speakers in the morning to go over our parts. What a great group of people. I was pleased to be included in the group. Our BetterUp! representative was Damian Vaughn, a former NFL player. What a supper nice guy to have as a moderator and facilitator for our part of the program.

The Claremont Club and Spa Berkeley we were staying at for the conference was really a treat. I loved the view from the room overlooking the bay.

When I say the hotel was top notch, the California primary election was on Tuesday and Michael Bloomberg who was a candidate (and is a billionaire) was staying at our hotel.

Other Fun

As part of my running program, I was out of town and missed the group run, so I took the opportunity to run into the campus at UC Berkley. The campus was full of students , but I was not the only older man running through campus. I assume the others were local residents or professors. The hotel had a running route that you can listen to while it gives directions and points out some of the features on campus which was a fun way to run around town.

I got to have Leslie Odom, Jr. sign a copy of his book “Failing Up” back stage after hearing him speak and sing for us. He is super guy and easy to speak with. I was happy BetterUp had him at the end of the program. It was well worth sticking around to hear him speak and sing. I recently had the chance (thank you Disney + and the Berns) to see Hamilton with Leslie playing Burr. It put it all together for me. The book was good; one of my kids also read it and enjoyed it. Take a chance and read it too.

Rob (my BetterUp! coach) took me for a hike to the Siesta Valley Recreation Area near the hotel and near where he grew up. We had a great view of San Francisco and walk around the area.

 

Siesta Valley Recreation Area sunset

Siesta Valley Recreation Area looking at the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge

Lessons learned:

Take opportunities when you can. I did not know that a week after my return home, St. Patrick ’s Day, would be the day we would go into what I would call seclusion and the travel industry would be shutting down for a while.

I enjoy speaking with others about my experiences, like all of us; it is nice to have others care.

Hiring a coach to assist you in life is a good deal; it really makes a difference. A coach will get you to where you are going faster and on target. My journey in retirement is richer because I was coachable. I hope you are coachable as well.

Siesta Valley Recreation Area Glen and Rob

No bike riding on this trip.  I will get the bike out of the basement in the spring.

Ohio River near Rabbit Hash--side

Ohio River looking toward Indiana. Taken from Lower River Road near Rabbit Hash

 

Touring Louisville, Kentucky

I enjoyed our travels last year to Bardstown so much that I suggested that we all travel to Louisville as a group. Like at the office, when you make a suggestion, you often have to carry out the implementation. At first I thought just the guys would want to go.

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Making good decisions as a group.

We soon found out that the entire group was interested in traveling to Louisville. Some in our group, including me, had been before and even had kids attend the University. This was a first-time visit for some of the group. I had not put together a travel itinerary for a group of friends before, so I went to some blog posts and pulled out a few ideas. It turned out wonderful. It was not as hard as I thought, and my friends all helped with some suggestions of their own.

We began our tour of Louisville by getting one of the rare treats, a bourbon milk shake from Royal’s Hot Chicken. The place was packed near noon and we could see why; the chicken delicious and so were the milkshakes. I had a smooth tasting, cold milk shake that hit the spot with my hot chicken tenders. I was interested that they put a test tube filled with bourbon in the glass along with a spoon and a big straw. This allowed me and the others with the bourbon shooter to add the bourbon as we went. The bourbon in the milkshake was a good combination and one I will look for again.

After a satisfying lunch we had tickets to Angel’s Envy Distillery, a few short blocks away from Royal’s.

 

We were impressed with Angel’s Envy and the tour. They have their own unique take on emptying the bourbon into other spirit containers, including port wine barrels. The distillery was clean and, for an old factory, amazingly modern. The distillery has done a good job in laying out their process.

Taking risks and being bold was a good combination for the taste in my opinion and the opinion of others. We did enjoy the tour guide, the general tour and the product. I found the flavor enhanced by the re-barreling process that is unique for them.

After a wonderful dinner out at Jack Fry’s, where the service was great for our party of 8 and we enjoyed very good cooking and a piano player setting the mood, we went to our B&B to dream about our next day’s tour.  We enjoyed the charm and warmth provided at the DuPont Mansion B&B in Louisville. We were able to sit in the parlor and chat or play games. The breakfasts were very tasty as were the cookies when we got back at night.

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The DuPont Mansion B&B

 

Since we had a large group, I was interested in allowing us to explore the city as well as see the sights together and on our own, depending on what we liked to do.  Some of us purchased the Museum Center (six in one) tickets. I thought it was a great value. Our group made it to these sites: Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Muhammad Ali Center, and Peerless Distilling Co.

I spent the most time in the Frazier History Museum; they were showing a bourbon exhibit with the history and shaping of bourbon in America, especially Kentucky.

Being a baseball fan, we noticed several improvements at the Louisville Slugger museum over our last visit about 5 years earlier. The tour was on point and ran us through their bat making facility, starting with the forest and the trees and how they work on growing and identifying trees.

The Slugger Museum did a good job of explaining the process of bat making and letting us feel the product in various stages. I am still in awe of holding a major league bat that could be used in a game (I hope so!) later this year.

Several in our group went to the Muhammad Ali Center and were impressed by the presentation in the museum and the life story and values of this great fighter. This is a stop we will need to go back to and experience. We foolishly thought that we could do a museum in about 30 minutes and then we were drawn into the stories setup inside and spent longer at each stop.

The surprising stop for me was the Peerless Distilling Company. It does not look like much from the outside and is in an old building.

The product was very good and we came away from our tour with a favorable impression of their product and the way this craft maker distills their bourbon. We enjoyed the tour and our tour guide. Peerless uses a sweet mash and they would not share the mash percentages, the corn, rye or wheat, unlike other tours we have been on before.

 

Peerless takes pride in their heritage as an old line (placed in barrels beginning in 1889) Kentucky distilling company. They have modeled their bottle and the re-start of this distillery on the original distilling company. The history was a good story and made the tour worthwhile to hear.

The distilling process and the inside of the building is clean and new in appearance. We did not find a rundown bottler but an up to date modern facility with a good product to sell.

 

We were unable to tour the Even Williams shop, although we stopped in for a visit to the gift shop. Several in our group knew what they liked and found it in the shop.

Our second dinner out at RYEs  was a bigger party for us, with 10 at the table we had the best waitress and service. The food was delicious and I would say you should try it out for yourself. A long time ago, I waited on tables and discovered that big parties like a group of 10 friends, was a big pain to wait on. No one is ready and then everyone is ready. This restaurant must do a great job training their staff because we had no hassles and excellent service.IMG-0583

On our way out of town, the day after Leap Day, we visited the historic Brown Hotel, a landmark in Louisville.

The hotel is known for their grand style and inventing a unique Kentucky dish called the Hot Brown. I thought I had had hot brown before that day, and I now know that it was a poor imitation of the real thing.

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Brown hotel Hot Brown

Everyone at the table ordered the hot brown and we all loved it!

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This is a hotel that properly prides itself on service and satisfaction. We were happy with the meal, our service and the ambiance.  We were visiting on a Sunday and the place was packed. We had the feeling that we were special, just because we showed up and enjoyed a hearty meal.

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After the hot brown at the Brown Hotel, we needed a walk. We had planned a walk to Indiana on the Big 4 Bridge over the Ohio River. We picked the perfect day, the sun was out and the weather was a hint of early spring.

Other Fun

On the first of February I ran the “Frozen 5k” and my son and his friends ran the “Frozen 10k.” This event is put on by our local minor league ice hockey team, the Cincinnati Cyclones. They were kind enough to open their arena prior to the race for us to stay warm and get ready for the event.

 

It was cold (about 36 degrees when we started) in the morning, not as cold as it could be with the historic average of 23 on February 1 in Cincinnati.  My running group suggested that we sign up for several races or running events to get use to running in large events. The run was sold out with about 2,200 runners.

This was my best run (I finished in 32 minutes and 2 seconds), as I ran the whole 5k instead of my unusual running and walking and then running some more. I managed to finish faster than my son and his friends and was able to see them cross the finish line. Yes—they ran twice as far as I did and I am twice their age.

 

Lessons learned:

Always plan ahead. A plan can change, but as we saw with Evan Williams, we do not always get to visit a place without planning ahead for a limited tour. IMG-0580

Take advantage of the local opportunities. We could have gone almost anywhere with our group. A quick ride down the road was like being a world away.

No bike riding on this trip.  I will get the bike out of the basement in the spring.Glen and Kim at Louisville walking bridge

Wabash bike

 

December in Cincinnati & Christmas in California

Before Christmas, I was able to watch the New England Patriots with Tom Brady as quarterback playing the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. I shared that I thought it may be the last time we see Tom Brady in person in a Patriots uniform and as events unfolded, we were correct. I thought he would retire.

My son joined me for a “fun run” in Northern Kentucky put on by the Arthritis Foundation. The Jingle Bell 5k Run was fun and a challenge (for me). My son ran with me the whole time giving me moral support and slowing down his pace for mine. One of the pictures he took while running backwards.

After a Christmas Eve church service we had a lovely Christmas day dinner in downtown Cincinnati, complete with a walk around town with wonderful December weather.

 

On Boxing Day I flew to California to enjoy the continued nice weather and live out my desire to spend time with family and friends. Our youngest lives in San Jose and we had a great visit. Besides spending time together, watching the MSU Spartans win a bowl game on TV and seeing the latest Star Wars movie, just spending time together was the highlight. We also had a day in San Francisco where we toured Golden Gate Park, visiting the California Academy of Sciences and enjoying the wonderful late December day. We ended up at Ghiradelli Square for some ice cream and good memories.

 

Lessons learned:

Just being together is enough. Listening and respect is also good. I love all our kids!

Other activity:

I did get in my running preparation while visiting prior to joining the running club for the Flying Pig half marathon I plan to run virtually in May of 2020. No bike riding on this adventure.

SFO ending shot bike