Archive for January, 2014

Finally – A Little Rain!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Raindrops on branches and ...

Northern California is having a record dry year. We had ZERO rain in December, and finally yesterday we just had our first January rain. The air this morning feels moist, clean, and delightful!

We have some serious rain catching up to do. The next 10 days are forecast to be a mix of sun, clouds, and rain. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some cycling in, but if not … walking, hiking, and gym time will have to do. I’m looking for a new gym, a trainer, and a new routine to help me get ready for the 2014 cycling season!

Good Morning!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Sunrise in Davis this morning.

I think it is going to be a warm one today!

Daylight hours are getting noticeably longer. It’s almost light enough in the morning to grab a quick ride before work. Yes!


Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Monday, January 20th, 2014

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Short Training Ride

Monday, January 20th, 2014

I had a fun training ride with a friend today. There was just enough of a breeze to burn a few extra calories, but not enough to make it uncomfortable. I do need to start getting some longer rides in and soon! The 2014 Tour de Cure ride will be here before we know it!

I’ve been noticing lately that the daylight hours are starting to get a little longer again. It’s not quite dark at 5pm, and it’s getting light before 7am. Sweet! I am so looking forward to my pre- and post-work rides again!

Balloons Over Wine Country

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Along the bike trail ...

Yesterday was an absolutely glorious day for outdoor activities. I saw dozens of cyclists on the trails, but I did not have a bike with me. I did, however, have a camera and I was at least able to get out for a couple of nice walks and enjoy some lovely scenery.

Hot air balloons are a common sight in Northern California Wine Country, and they were out yesterday morning. It was a calm, sunny, but chilly morning. Maybe someday I’ll try a Hot Air Balloon adventure …

Balloons Over Wine Country


Coming down for a vineyard peek ...


heading back up ... and now closer ...

The wires! Watch out for the wires!

A lovely pop of green in the vineyards!

Looking North towards Healdsburg

This photo doesn't quite capture the way the sunlight made this horse's coat glisten. I should show this to my hair guy!

Well, I am back in Davis today with a huge to-do list so I had better get to it!

Blog. Ride. Chores. A little work catch up. More chores. Get caught up on some recipe stuff.

I have to get some longer rides in very soon. The 2014 Napa Valley Tour de Cure will be here before you know it! This will be my 6th Napa Valley Tour de Cure – if you would like to donate to my ride, please click here. I am far from reaching my goal this year, so please consider making a donation. It’s a great cause and every bit helps!

Just a Quick Ride This Morning

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Wow, oh, wow! Is it beautiful out there this morning or what?!

I am so happy that I got to grab a quick ride this morning before heading out to take care of some family stuff today. Oh how I wish I could just get on my bike and ride a century today. If you’re out there riding, please ride a few extra miles and enjoy today enough for me, too.

I have to get some miles in very soon. The 2014 Napa Valley Tour de Cure will be here before you know it! It is time to get out and do some training. This will be my 6th Napa Valley Tour de Cure – if you would like to donate to my ride, please click here. I am far from reaching my goal this year, so please consider making a donation. It’s a great cause and every bit helps!

Full Moon … This Explains A Lot About My Day!

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Today was … interesting …
Full moon … that explains a LOT!

Lovely Full Moon Walk This Morning

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I was all packed up and ready to hit the gym this morning, but as soon as I walked outside, I knew I had to be outside and not cooped up inside at the gym!

Morning Full Moon

Morning Walk in Davis

I don't know. I just really like this picture ...

... and this one, too.

Today would have been an ideal day to ride. I wish I could have! I hope to get at least a little riding in this weekend, but life is a little crazy right now and I’ve got some family stuff I need to take care of. If nothing else, I’ll be dreaming of cycling. If you ride this weekend, could you please ride a few miles for me, too?

Time to get back to cooking dinner (Irish Cheddar Ravioli with pesto, with broccolini, crimini mushrooms, and artichoke hearts.

I’ve got a loaf of Banocha Oat Bread in the oven – I’ve been promising to bake something for work, so this is for tomorrow!


Hiking in Napa

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

This was a Klein kind of day.

This  morning started out with a quick ride in Davis. I got about 20 miles in and got home before the winds picked up too much, but they definitely added a little work to my ride. I planned it so that I did get a lovely tailwind on the way home, so it was well worth it.

Today I got to hike with a friend at Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa, California. It was a perfect day for a hike – loads of sunshine, clean air, and just a hint of chill in the air that warmed quickly as we worked our way up to Lake Marie. After hiking, a home cooked dinner at a friend’s in the hills of Napa.

I think this was a pretty good way to spend the last Saturday of my vacation. Hiking will be great cross training for my Napa Valley Tour de Cure! Please consider sponsoring my ride – proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.

On our way up to the lake.

Lake Marie

The rules ...

Hmm ... perhaps a group picnic next time?

I hope you had a wonderful Saturday and got to enjoy some great time with family and friends.

Quick Ride, Then Hike

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

It is a beautiful, blustery, chilly morning in Davis. The air quality in Davis is much better this morning – so thankful! I got in a quick 20-mile ride this morning and will be hiking later with a friend. Have a great day – I hope you get to enjoy some fun exercise today!