We Love Our New Rad Power Bikes

I'm pretty sure investing in a couple Rad Power Bikes just changed our lives for the good. What a grand way to get exercise but also get a "power assist" when needed! It's genius!

  Mary's Maiden Voyage on Rad Mini Electric Folding Fat Bike   I'd just test ridden the electric folding "fat bike" at the Rad Power Bike Store in Ballard, WA. Before leaving that day, Mark and I ordered one each - one white, one black. They were delivered the same week. This was the maiden voyage I made on mine down to Cook's Cove on Guemes Island. So fun! Tires are 4" -- thus FAT.

Mary's Maiden Voyage on Rad Mini Electric Folding Fat Bike

I'd just test ridden the electric folding "fat bike" at the Rad Power Bike Store in Ballard, WA. Before leaving that day, Mark and I ordered one each - one white, one black. They were delivered the same week. This was the maiden voyage I made on mine down to Cook's Cove on Guemes Island. So fun! Tires are 4" -- thus FAT.

ENJOYING EXCERCISE in the GREAT OUTDOORS (Hills No Longer Scare Me)

Many of you know (but not all, so forgive if repeating) we retired two years ago May and promptly did a motorhome tour for 15 months around the USA. It was one of the best things we've ever done. We had bikes and kayaks along for exercise. So much fun!

As much as I dislike admitting it, hills are simply a big ol' deterrent anymore for me when it comes to cycling. A member of the Baby Boomer generation, who is with me on that?

Hey! We had a YOUNG couple book into our BnB a month ago who brought eBikes to use in their explorations in the San Juan Islands. They work hard during the week and this made tremendous sense as a great way to have a mini-vacation, get exercise without killing themselves, breathe in fresh air and go back to work rested! 

  RAD MINI FAT BIKE on the GUEMES FERRY   Is that the coolest sight? This is "his" bike (mine is white) but these bikes are now our mode of transport from home to the ferry and from the ferry to wherever across the Guemes Channel - not every time but frequently. It makes good sense and it's fun!

RAD MINI FAT BIKE on the GUEMES FERRY

Is that the coolest sight? This is "his" bike (mine is white) but these bikes are now our mode of transport from home to the ferry and from the ferry to wherever across the Guemes Channel - not every time but frequently. It makes good sense and it's fun!

  M&M's RAD MINI BIKES ATOP CAP SANTE   Our first destination when we crossed the Guemes Channel was to the top of Cap Sante to overlook Anacortes. What a sight! We've hiked up here but usually drive our car and hike around once there. Being able to ride bike up the steep grade feels an achievement! 

M&M's RAD MINI BIKES ATOP CAP SANTE

Our first destination when we crossed the Guemes Channel was to the top of Cap Sante to overlook Anacortes. What a sight! We've hiked up here but usually drive our car and hike around once there. Being able to ride bike up the steep grade feels an achievement! 

EXPLORING our GREATER NEIGHBORHOOD on BIKES

The Pacific Northwest and the San Juan Islands are worth exploring. Islands, mountains, the ocean, forests, rivers...endless. We're looking forward to hopping ferries to get to some other islands along with checking out country roads in Skagit County as there are over 90 crops grown throughout the year and there is ALWAYS something interesting going on. 

 

  LOTS to EXPLORE in the SAN JUAN ISLANDS   These cool boat bows happen to be on "our island" and we discovered them while doing a circle tour of it. Our plan is to hop ferries in the San Juans and discover other islands as well - via our bikes. The power assist makes it FUN rather than daunting.

LOTS to EXPLORE in the SAN JUAN ISLANDS

These cool boat bows happen to be on "our island" and we discovered them while doing a circle tour of it. Our plan is to hop ferries in the San Juans and discover other islands as well - via our bikes. The power assist makes it FUN rather than daunting.

  RAD MINI EBIKE vs CHOPPER on GUEMES ISLAND FERRY   Back on the ferry (we ride it often now with our bikes), it was a shot I had to take. My bike and a Chopper. There's speed enough in my bike -- it goes faster than I need, sometimes 30mph unless I throttle it down.

RAD MINI EBIKE vs CHOPPER on GUEMES ISLAND FERRY

Back on the ferry (we ride it often now with our bikes), it was a shot I had to take. My bike and a Chopper. There's speed enough in my bike -- it goes faster than I need, sometimes 30mph unless I throttle it down.

  RAD MINI EBIKES at DAD'S DINER in ANACORTES, WA   One of our favorite places on Sunday is Dad's Diner. It's always packed so we go on the waiting list. Our order is always the same. Biscuits and gravy (tomato and green chile version) with 2 eggs over medium (his) and one huge pancake with two slices of crisp bacon (her), no butter thanks. Have you been?

RAD MINI EBIKES at DAD'S DINER in ANACORTES, WA

One of our favorite places on Sunday is Dad's Diner. It's always packed so we go on the waiting list. Our order is always the same. Biscuits and gravy (tomato and green chile version) with 2 eggs over medium (his) and one huge pancake with two slices of crisp bacon (her), no butter thanks. Have you been?

  ANACORTES, WA CRUISE   After our Dad's Diner brunch (today), we road through some of the great neighborhoods in Anacortes and went down to an old cannery no longer operational. Traffic was swift in the Guemes Channel while we were there - it was apparent the tide was coming in as boats were cruising along swiftly.

ANACORTES, WA CRUISE

After our Dad's Diner brunch (today), we road through some of the great neighborhoods in Anacortes and went down to an old cannery no longer operational. Traffic was swift in the Guemes Channel while we were there - it was apparent the tide was coming in as boats were cruising along swiftly.

  RAD POWER BIKES STORE in BALLARD, WA   This is where we purchased our bikes which were then shipped to us. We rode a couple different styles but both went for the FAT FOLDING MINIS as we LOVE the fact they fold for transport. While we have a pickup they can fit into, it is possible to also transport via SUV's. (

RAD POWER BIKES STORE in BALLARD, WA

This is where we purchased our bikes which were then shipped to us. We rode a couple different styles but both went for the FAT FOLDING MINIS as we LOVE the fact they fold for transport. While we have a pickup they can fit into, it is possible to also transport via SUV's. (

  JOE SAMSEL at RAD POWER BIKES in BALLARD, WA   This is Joe who was ever so helpful to us when purchasing our bikes. Thanks, Joe!

JOE SAMSEL at RAD POWER BIKES in BALLARD, WA

This is Joe who was ever so helpful to us when purchasing our bikes. Thanks, Joe!

PRICE POINT of RAD POWER BIKES

Rad Power Bikes, at this stage, have kept the pricing very consistent. All models but the Rad Wagon are $1499. If you can find a pal to purchase one, too, they will give you $100 each when you use a code listed on their website. ONE MORE WAY TO SAVE - tell them you heard about them through me. Fill in my name when they asked who referred you. At this time, they have a program where both you and I will get a $50 AMAZON PRIME GIFT CARD. 

  RAD POWER BIKE COUPON for YOU   If you purchase a bike at   RadPowerBikes.com  , you can earn a$50 Amazon gift card with their current program if you give them my name as the one who referred you (you heard about it here, right?). Where they asked who referred you, write in " Mary Lascelles ." You will get a gift card and so will I. A win-win!

RAD POWER BIKE COUPON for YOU

If you purchase a bike at RadPowerBikes.com, you can earn a$50 Amazon gift card with their current program if you give them my name as the one who referred you (you heard about it here, right?). Where they asked who referred you, write in "Mary Lascelles." You will get a gift card and so will I. A win-win!

EBIKES are HERE NOW! 

EBikes are quickly gaining popularity. So many people have stopped us and asked about ours. Our neighbors ordered two after we returned from our test ride in Ballard. The deal going on right now is $100 off each if you buy TWO. Not bad!! (Plus another $50 gift card if you give my name...MARY LASCELLES.)

Give it some thought. There are several EBike brands. We like our folding EBikes. Yay! If you've got questions, please message me. I'll answer or try to find out for you.

Happy cycling with a little POWER ASSIST!!  The link, one more time, to learn more: RadPowerBikes.com ~Mary

ZeKiwi BnB - Big Water View on Guemes Island

ZeKiwi BnB opened Memorial Day Week-End 2018

 ZeKiwi BnB is on the ground floor with three large windows (on the right) looking out at bald eagles, ships, tugs, sailboats and Cap Sante along the Guemes Channel. Outside there is a large patio for BBQing and just enjoying being outside.

ZeKiwi BnB is on the ground floor with three large windows (on the right) looking out at bald eagles, ships, tugs, sailboats and Cap Sante along the Guemes Channel. Outside there is a large patio for BBQing and just enjoying being outside.

Ze Kiwi BnB - Built with Guests in Mind

Meant for two people, the kitchen has a full size refrigerator, 24" oven with stovetop, and full size microwave along with assorted pots, pans, utensils. You also will have the use of a BBQ on the large patio. We actually live upstairs but your own private entrance keeps things as private as you wish. The spacious bathroom is for your use only. Everything is new as our house had an unfinished ground floor when we moved in September of last year. It was the big winter project to complete it by summer. We did it! Now we have had our first guests who have given us glowing feedback:

"Love the colors you chose."
"It lacks for nothing."
"The kitchen island is so cool."
"Great artwork."
"That view!"
"I saw the EAGLES!"
"I didn't know tugs went backwards when guiding ships?!"
"Look at all those sailboats."
"Great spot to just chill..."
"We didn't know what to expect but it turned out to be wonderful!"
"Guemes...what a find!"

Behind the Name ZeKiwi BnB

I married a Kiwi in New Zealand in 1982. Once a Kiwi, always a Kiwi. Mark is a dual citizen and so are our two sons - USA and New Zealand. Before we officially moved to the Pacific Northwest last September, our home had been in Shasta County in Northern California where some friends affectionately called him "Kiwi". It became his handle and "ZeKiwi" was his license plate for years. In real estate, it was good to stand out in this way. His Kiwi accent is apparent to many in the USA. Funny how when we visit New Zealand, his American accent is what stands out. You know how that goes. 

Anyway...the name for our BnB hails from our ties to New Zealand. Our ties remain strong there with a son and daughter-in-law living in Wanaka -- when they aren't globe hopping for their work (adventure videography). 

 A view from the bedroom / sitting area of ZeKiwi BnB into the kitchen. The door into the unit is from the outside affording complete privacy to anyone who books the unit. 

A view from the bedroom / sitting area of ZeKiwi BnB into the kitchen. The door into the unit is from the outside affording complete privacy to anyone who books the unit. 

Never Heard of Guemes Island?

Guemes Island is a gem. It is a 5 minute car ferry ride from Anacortes, Washington which is Gateway to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. The population in winter is around 600 and this "swells" by 1000 in the summer months. There are no reservations to be made for the ferry. Best thing to do is check the Guemes Island Ferry Schedule as it varies season to season -- and then get in line. Sometimes there is no wait. Usually there is no more than a half hour wait. 

 Guemes Island ahead, this image was taken from the Guemes Island Ferry. A crab boat heads towards Mt. Baker in the distance. How captivating is this? 

Guemes Island ahead, this image was taken from the Guemes Island Ferry. A crab boat heads towards Mt. Baker in the distance. How captivating is this? 

Kayaking, Cycling, Hiking, Birding, and More

There is so much or nothing at all to do on Guemes Island. Your choice, really.  We are happy to fill you in on local details so you get the best out of your experience while in the area.

Kayaking

Are you kayakers? Guemes Island is a good place to do some and we can help you get organized on this or bring your own. It's different to lake paddling -- currents and tides and all.

Cycling

If you like to cycle, bring your bikes over as there is good riding on the island and you can easily return to "the mainland" via ferry and do more cycling throughout Skagit County. The farmland roads provide beautiful cruising. NOTE: You could leave your vehicle in the ferry parking (it's free) on the Anacortes side and bring your bikes over on the ferry. If you need assist with bags, we can meet you at the ferry.

Hiking

Guemes Mountain Trail is a hike well worth doing. It takes no more than 90 minutes from ZeKiwi BnB to hike to the trailhead, up and down. The views at the top are of Anacortes, Mt. Baker, and some of the other area islands. If you're lucky, you might almost be able to touch an eagle while at the top. Walking sticks are helpful. What's nice is several are left on the sign at the beginning of the trail for anyone's use. 

Birding

One of the thrills of our location is the ritual of two Bald Eagles who sit on a tree within easy view of our place. It is where they hunt for their next meal below in the Guemes Channel.  All of a sudden they will take off diving into the water below to catch a fish. Here is a Guemes Island Bird List by a more serious Birder than myself.

...and More

Check out the Skagit Valley and all its beautiful farmland and variety of crops throughout the year, do a foodie tour for farm-to-table goodies (we've made a list of some awesome places), breweries, wineries, re-purposing places to scope out, reading, sleeping, watch the ships/tugs/sailboats drift by, collect agates from island beaches, observe the stars, enjoy the quiet, go for walks, visit the Guemes Island General Store for a coffee or cold beverage and light food from within 20 miles. (Their seafood chowder is amazing!)

 "Our" two Bald Eagles perched in the tree they love to hunt from. We don't even have to leave home to enjoy them! Grab a cup of coffee and take it in at  ZeKiwi BnB .  <-- We are on Instagram!

"Our" two Bald Eagles perched in the tree they love to hunt from. We don't even have to leave home to enjoy them! Grab a cup of coffee and take it in at ZeKiwi BnB.  <-- We are on Instagram!

Are You Ready to Book ZeKiwi BnB?


Are you familiar with Air BnB? We are there and you can book through the site. You can see more photos and learn more about us. If you are signed in and verified, you can be booked in automatically if the dates you want are available. Of course, you can message me here, if you have questions.  Find ZeKiwi BnB on Air BnB 

  Come play on Guemes Island!! -  Mary and Mark, ZeKiwi BnB

Come play on Guemes Island!! - Mary and Mark, ZeKiwi BnB




 

 






 

College Pals Eye Skagit Valley Bald Eagles

Yesterday wouldn't have come together had it not been for Facebook. A long lost college pal of mine from the University of Minnesota, Morris (decades ago) and I went in search of Bald Eagles in the Skagit Valley of Washington. So. Darn. Cool!

  SKAGIT VALLEY BALD EAGLES   January is a great month to get out and see  Skagit Valley Bald Eagles &nbsp;high up in the trees or swooping down to dine on fish or fowl. There seems to be food aplenty for them and that's why we get to enjoy watching them!

SKAGIT VALLEY BALD EAGLES

January is a great month to get out and see Skagit Valley Bald Eagles high up in the trees or swooping down to dine on fish or fowl. There seems to be food aplenty for them and that's why we get to enjoy watching them!

A Little Facebook Miracle

Just before Christmas, Mark and I had some business to do in Seattle. On our return to Skagit County (where we moved after road tripping around the USA for 15 months in our motorhome) I thought of Pat. She had been a very good friend my first two years of college before we went our separate ways.

I knew Pat had lived in Seattle quite some time ago. Did she still? Losing touch years ago, (life gets busy, I'm sure you get that) what were the chances of finding her?

A Facebook search pulled her up in less than 5 minutes. I messaged her. She responded THE SAME DAY! Nothing short of a miracle, I'm telling you.

She and I, two "shy Minnesota gals", have each lived in Minnesota, California, and now Washington. Kind of crazy that we find ourselves now living within an hour of each other in retirement. So much to catch up on -- family and work lives -- and all those names and faces from UMM (University of Minnesota, Morris --  sounds like a Zen chant, yes?) We are having fun filling in some gaps for each other having been in touch with different people.

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FOR NOW, here's a little of what we saw when we perused Skagit Valley and River on a winter's day... It turned out to be about more than Bald Eagles. 

  SKAGIT EAGLES RIVER BOAT   We spotted this drift boat and realized it would likely give a vantage point to spot Bald Eagles:&nbsp;&nbsp; SkagitEagles.com .&nbsp;The best months to spot eagles are December and January (early winter) which wraps up the end of the fall salmon run.

SKAGIT EAGLES RIVER BOAT

We spotted this drift boat and realized it would likely give a vantage point to spot Bald Eagles:  SkagitEagles.com. The best months to spot eagles are December and January (early winter) which wraps up the end of the fall salmon run.

  WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM - NEAR CONCRETE   Caught totally by surprise by a herd of buffalo at the end of a rainbow near Concrete. Really? :-) This was something we HAD to pull over for.

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM - NEAR CONCRETE

Caught totally by surprise by a herd of buffalo at the end of a rainbow near Concrete. Really? :-) This was something we HAD to pull over for.

  WINTER FIELDS in SKAGIT COUNTY   The fields in Skagit County have been a fascination to us. Every month, they look different. One individual told us there are over 200 different crops grown here. I haven't confirmed that but I don't doubt it from what we see. Love it, love it, love it. The palate of colors and textures are so rich!

WINTER FIELDS in SKAGIT COUNTY

The fields in Skagit County have been a fascination to us. Every month, they look different. One individual told us there are over 200 different crops grown here. I haven't confirmed that but I don't doubt it from what we see. Love it, love it, love it. The palate of colors and textures are so rich!

  TRUMPTER SWANS, TOO!    Skagit County is a bird mecca . My one wish was that the roads were wider to pull over when I see something as we're driving along. It isn't always feasible.&nbsp;

TRUMPTER SWANS, TOO!

Skagit County is a bird mecca. My one wish was that the roads were wider to pull over when I see something as we're driving along. It isn't always feasible. 

  SAMISH FLATS BIRDING   Calling all birders, there's plenty to see around the  Samish Flats  in Skagit County. The light was superb around 4pm on this January day.&nbsp;

SAMISH FLATS BIRDING

Calling all birders, there's plenty to see around the Samish Flats in Skagit County. The light was superb around 4pm on this January day. 

  SNOW GEESE in SKAGIT VALLEY   One of the delights of being in Skagit County in the Pacific Northwest during winter are sights like this -- 1000's of Snow Geese making their way to another feeding ground. I mentioned the fields and many crops in the area so they have many to choose from. I see these GEESE making a DOVE formation. Do you?&nbsp;

SNOW GEESE in SKAGIT VALLEY

One of the delights of being in Skagit County in the Pacific Northwest during winter are sights like this -- 1000's of Snow Geese making their way to another feeding ground. I mentioned the fields and many crops in the area so they have many to choose from. I see these GEESE making a DOVE formation. Do you? 

Birding First, Lunch Second

Forecast for this day we'd set aside to rendezvous to look for Bald Eagles was suppose to rain and maybe even provide some lightning. Windless, a few sprinkles, no lightning, and some sunshine. That's what really happened. You saw the rainbow, right?

The Skagit River was running full. We walked a trail in Rasar State Park, located 8 miles west of Concrete, and a place definitely worth checking out if you like amazing trees, ferns, moss, ducks. Truth? We didn't see any Bald Eagles here. Who cares? We had a blast catching up and taking in all that was surrounding us and seeing them up river.

We had lunch in Rockport and then headed back to Burlington where we parted ways -- until next time. Thanks, Pat, and Skagit Valley! It was a most delightful day! Looking forward to the next venture...

THANKS!

Thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated. If interested, check out my Facebook and Instagram pages.  ~Mary / @BoomerEye

December is Upon Us!

Recent inquiries about getting just the right gift for a special someone is prompting this post. Too often that special someone in your life has all they need but could use just a little more art in their life! What a great gift a canvas or metal print would be for Christmas or Hanukkah! Here are a few that are favs of mine and might spark your imagination. If interested in ordering, please contact me soon. Order two and save! 12x12 and 12x18 are popular sizes -- just depends on whether you want square or rectangular.  Larger and smaller sizes work, too. I can get specific on price when I know what you're interested in.

 

  Redding Rain - (square format, black and white version)   The black and white version of 'Redding Rain' has been one of my most popular images over time. I found myself waiting for my son at the Redding Amtrak station int he middle of a rainy night. I looked up through my windshield and saw this marvelous sight. I'm so glad I thought to pick up my camera and play with those rain drops!

Redding Rain - (square format, black and white version)

The black and white version of 'Redding Rain' has been one of my most popular images over time. I found myself waiting for my son at the Redding Amtrak station int he middle of a rainy night. I looked up through my windshield and saw this marvelous sight. I'm so glad I thought to pick up my camera and play with those rain drops!

  Redding Rain - © Mary Lascelles (square format, sepia version)   Another version of 'Redding Rain' is this in sepia tones. I love the little splash of red in the right corner -- maybe it was the train coming!

Redding Rain - © Mary Lascelles (square format, sepia version)

Another version of 'Redding Rain' is this in sepia tones. I love the little splash of red in the right corner -- maybe it was the train coming!

  Bird's Eye View © Mary Lascelles (square format,&nbsp;black and white version)   An old, formidable valley oak tree captivated my imagination daily at our last home. A spectacular tree with so much character, it gave us much pleasure throughout the year watching it go through the seasonal changes. Here it is in its fine winter attire -- with a bird sitting on top of the world on the top of it.

Bird's Eye View © Mary Lascelles (square format, black and white version)

An old, formidable valley oak tree captivated my imagination daily at our last home. A spectacular tree with so much character, it gave us much pleasure throughout the year watching it go through the seasonal changes. Here it is in its fine winter attire -- with a bird sitting on top of the world on the top of it.

  Good Night Moon © Mary Lascelles&nbsp; (square format, black and white version)   If you know Millville Plains Road in Shasta County, you probably are familiar with this tree. It seems the world is as I've seen it posted on Instagram by people who don't live in the area but they've heard about the tree. It's amazing. On this evening, I was saying 'good night' to the moon as it rose and I was headed home.

Good Night Moon © Mary Lascelles  (square format, black and white version)

If you know Millville Plains Road in Shasta County, you probably are familiar with this tree. It seems the world is as I've seen it posted on Instagram by people who don't live in the area but they've heard about the tree. It's amazing. On this evening, I was saying 'good night' to the moon as it rose and I was headed home.

  The 3 Shastas - © Mary Lascelles (rectangular format, color version)   Taken in the autumn of 2014, this was before the rains returned and the water level was down a bit. What a sight to behold! Mt. Shasta, Shasta Dam, and Lake Shasta.

The 3 Shastas - © Mary Lascelles (rectangular format, color version)

Taken in the autumn of 2014, this was before the rains returned and the water level was down a bit. What a sight to behold! Mt. Shasta, Shasta Dam, and Lake Shasta.

  Shasta View Color - (square format, color version)   Redding, CA seems to get more colorful annually. This curve of maple trees is tremendous to observe in the autumn on Shasta View near the entrance to the McConnell Foundation and Mountain View Middle School.

Shasta View Color - (square format, color version)

Redding, CA seems to get more colorful annually. This curve of maple trees is tremendous to observe in the autumn on Shasta View near the entrance to the McConnell Foundation and Mountain View Middle School.

  View of Redding © Mary Lascelles (rectangular format, color version)   This image actually hung in the Redding airport for a few months. It was printed on metal and looked stunning but I've also had it printed on canvas and have seen it framed and it was awesome. (framing optional, of course)  Does anyone else think Redding is one of the prettiest towns in California??

View of Redding © Mary Lascelles (rectangular format, color version)

This image actually hung in the Redding airport for a few months. It was printed on metal and looked stunning but I've also had it printed on canvas and have seen it framed and it was awesome. (framing optional, of course)

Does anyone else think Redding is one of the prettiest towns in California??

Ten Thousand More Images Tucked Away

It is very hard to pick favorites for a blogpost -- to encourage people to start thinking about special gifts for special people. Or maybe filling a spot at home on the wall that's been BEGGING for some artwork. Why not a favorite BOOMEREYE (aka Mary Lascelles) photograph? I'd love to help you out on that!!

If there's one thing I'm not, it's a good self promoter. I love photography and have since I was young. There are few things that get me more excited than working with folks to come up with the right image in the right size in the right format. There are a lot of options but they can be narrowed down quickly. 

Here's to a wonderful last few weeks of 2017. Goodness knows we're all ready for it.

My best,

Mary Lascelles
boomereye@gmail.com


P.S. Please check out more images via my BoomerEye Instagram account.