The 28th Day

Today is the last and final post of the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 that was challenged and hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com. When I first came across the Facebook post by FuzzyGalore, I thought why not. I needed a kick in the butt to get my writing mojo back. Boy, it sure had me kicking and screaming some nights. Some prompt were an emotional challenge for me. Other nights, I just wanted to curl up on the couch after a long day at work and veg mindlessly. However, since I can be stubborn, I got every post written on time.

This challenge made me realize I do miss writing. However, writing every day can be exhausting. So, I will try my hardest to get back to writing weekly. To help me to come up with prompt for the weekly post, I’m giving my audience a chance to ask me questions or pick topic they would like me to write about. I can be anything about solo traveling, motorcycle, grief or local history in Southern California. Post your questions in the comment section. This idea is stolen from FuzzyGalore as well but I have to say I will not do video presentation in response to your questions (too self-conscious to watch myself on the video).

Oh, you may wonder what today’s prompt was? “The February image on your wall calendar”. I do have a wall calendar but it has no pictures on it. 🙂

Cajon Summit

Since I work from home, I try to take a walk every day at lunch time to get some fresh air and exercise to avoid cabin fever. I don’t have far to travel to find trails to hike on. We’re the last house on our road before you transverse into an area called Cajon Summit but it is more commonly known as the Cajon Pass to the local. The most famous hiking trail in our area is the Pacific Crest Trail which is just five mile south of our house.

I tend to take the same three trails over and over again. I got to the point where I gave them names, the Tree Loop, the Skyline Loop and the Lookout Point. Of the three, my favorite is the Lookout point. It over look the Interstate 15, Highway 138 and four railroad tracks that is operated by BNSF Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad.

The Lookout Point also over look the cross as a reminder of a Mercy Helicopter crashed where the pilot and two medical crew lost their life due to bad weather.

It is where I rode out to see where the Blue Cut fire heading to and watched how the wind shifted and headed north toward to where I live. It is also where I can watch the storm rolls in and skirt along the mountain range and not even quench the desert’s thirst for water near the house.

There are endless trails that I can traverse on via my motorcycle, horse or just for a short hike.


Today is day 27 of the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com

Road Songs

“Oh, give me the beat boys, and free my soul
I want to get lost in your rock and roll and drift away”
Dobie Gray

Whenever I hop onto the bike for a long road trip, I always bring along my mp3 player to soothe my soul as I ride. The play list range from classic rock, soft rock to country. I pretty much listen to anything but really despise rap and opera. However, the majority of the songs on my mp3 player are country.

It all really depend on my mood which song I will sing along with on the road. As you can see, I only sing when I’m by myself. I do not want to torture anyone with my awful singing. Anyway, back to my play list, the top three songs that I tend to sing along with are:

  • Life’s a Dance by John Micheal Montgomery
  • Highway 20 Ride by Zach Brown Band
  • Walking in Memphis by Lonestar

So, what road songs that you find yourself singing to when you are out riding?

Today is day 26 of the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com

The Range

Mark and I has planned a get away for President’s Day weekend. After the storm, we had been tasked to clean up the damage. So, we weren’t sure that we would be able to get away like we hoped. On Saturday morning, we got up early and tackled dismantling the mangled horse shelter. Once we were done, we looked at each other and knew that we’re going to on our mini get away. So, we quickly got cleaned up, packed and jump onto the bike to head out to Desert Hot Springs.

Our original plan was to go to the Living Desert on Saturday, Salvation Mountains with a ride through Box Canyon on Sunday and Cabot’s Pueblo museum on Monday. Since, we had a late start on Saturday, Living Desert was out the window. On Sunday, we sat down with our friend, Jeff Bowman on his opinion of Box Canyon which runs through a ravine between Interstate 10 and Highway 111. After this storm, we didn’t know the condition of the roads and opt not to take our chance. So instead, we decided to ride around Salton Sea and with a stop at Salvation Mountain. Next to Salvation Mountain is a snowbird community known as Slab City. It’s take it name from the concrete slab that remained from a decommissioned World War II Marine base.

Today’s challenge is to post the 25th picture from your phone or camera. It happened to be the picture we took next to The Range at Slab City. It is an open-air nightclub complete with stage, home made lights, amplifiers, speakers with ratty couches for seating. Every Saturday night at around dusk, locals and visitors meet for a talent show that features permanent resident musicians and anyone else who wants to get up on stage and perform.


Today is day 25 of the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com

What’s for Breakfast?

I tend to be a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast. Every morning, I always have a peanut butter granola bar, greek yogurt with granola, a tangerine and coffee.


According to the USDA guidelines, there are four basics categories that consist of a healthy breakfast:

1. Whole grains – whole-grain rolls and bagels, hot or cold whole-grain cereals, whole-grain English muffins, and whole-grain waffles.

2. Lean protein – include eggs, lean meat, legumes and nuts.

3. Low-fat dairy – milk, plain or lower sugar yogurts, and low-fat cheeses, such as cottage cheese and natural cheeses.

4. Fruits and vegetables – fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, 100 percent juice drinks without added sugar, and fruit and vegetable smoothies.

So based on the above categories, I think I meet the requirement for a healthy breakfast except maybe for coffee. Hey at least I’m down to 3 cups a day. I used to drink a whole pot a day. So that’s a start! 🙂

And, yes it is cold outside!  Jack Frost decided to pay a visit again, it was 24 degrees this morning.

Today is day 24 of the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com

Sunrise

Today’s challenge is to take a picture from your front door. Luckily for us, our front door has an amazing view.  Especially at sunrise and sunset.  Our front door face southwest to overlook the Cajon Pass and the San Gabriel Mountain range which host Mountain High ski resort and Angeles Crest Scenic Byway (Hwy 2).  This highway is a haven for motorcycle riders with lots of twisting mountain roads, sweeping curves and switchbacks. After the ride, then you can rest at Newcomb’s Ranch which serves great food, weekend bbq and lots of classic and new bikes to view in the lot. A very congenial atmosphere and beyond biker-friendly. Our favorite road to travel during the summer.

Today is day 23 of the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com

Purple

When I bought my first motorcycle, it was a 1991 Yamaha TW200 Trailway. The color scheme for that year as I call it “Barbie Purple”. Russ suggested I come up with a name for my bike. I decided to come up with a name based the color since I didn’t think I would be changing the look anytime soon. When I first started looking into name of characters that were purple. Upon research, I could only find a handful of characters that were purple; Barney (oh heck no!), Cheshire Cat (a tongue twister for me), Grimace (eh?), and the Purple People Eater (that is the one I decided on). So that became my handle which is kind of long winded. Most people either call me Purple or PPE for short.
Which hence why I choose the color Purple for our today’s blogger challenge.

Original version of Purple

Purple playing peek-a-boo

Purple trying to play hide-n-seek

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Purple with wildflower

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Purple with Lizrdbrth

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Purple sunset over Cajon Pass

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Purple Gears Gas Tank