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. 🙂
“Oh, give me the beat boys, and free my soul
I want to get lost in your rock and roll and drift away”
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
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
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
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
Purple with wildflower
Purple with Lizrdbrth
Purple sunset over Cajon Pass
Purple Gears Gas Tank
A friend of mine, who is also a widower, shared my blog post about “A Widow’s Romantic Predicament” and received several comments asking if “he has moved on”. I replied that we really don’t move on, we just learn how to carry on with their memories in our heart.
Sadly, until you have loss a loved one, there is a lot of misinformation about grief. The biggest one for me, is that you’re not just mourning for the loss of a loved one but you’re also mourning the loss of who you were with the loved one. You lose the life that was created together. You lose half of who you were all of those years. You also lose all of the hopes and dreams you had for and with your loved one.
As you try to learn how to carry on with those memories, your perceptions of the world around you changes. Everything you once believed in also changes. Your belief in God, your security in the world, and your expectations about life being predictable and fair is no longer the same.
However, the world around you still evolves as it used to. When families and friends think its time that you move on or thinks that you already have, assumed that everything goes on like it was before the loved one has passed. The reality is that nothing is the same as it was before. What was important before, no longer is. Other things in life becomes more important. A lot of times, it will seems like its a “mid life crisis” type of behavior to the friends and families. To us, we learned that life is precious and should not be taken for granted.
As my friend, Jeff wrote in a poem, “I am driven by death to live”
Today is day 21 of the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com
One of my favorite back roads in the high desert is Highway 247, also known as Old Woman Springs Road, runs between Apple Valley and Yucca Valley. It’s the road that I travel a lot when I go visit my friends in Desert Hot Springs. In between, it host a lot of local history which I have written previously. Today, I will share how the road got it’s name as Old Woman Springs Road.
In 1850’s, a surveyor, Colonel Henry Washington, who was the nephew of our first president George Washington was hired by the government to survey the West. As the story goes, when he passed through conducting his survey, there were several elderly Native American women living at the spring, thus he named it Old Woman Springs. It is said the Indians used to leave them behind at while the young ones went into the mountains after pinion nuts.
Then in the early 1900’s, the pioneer came along and it became a prominent grazing area for the cattle during the winters. During the peak of the area, even Cottonwood and Southern Railroad created a train depot at the Springs. At some point someone built a landing strip.
To this day, Historic Old Woman Springs Ranch remains as private property. The ranch consists of over 400 acres of deeded land with water and grazing rights to another 1600 acres.
Today is day 20 of the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com