While I usually like to run on the beach, for this trip I decided to ride my bike. It is a sandy and salty trip for the bike, but I had a good time!
This trip was also a clam digging trip. I love razor clams, and clam digging was open for the weekend. But it was at night, and the video wasn’t very good, so instead you get views of my kitchen! Just for fun I tried three different recipes to cook these razor clams. One was my usual fried clams, one was a broiled clam recipe from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the third one was a Beer-Battered recipe from Sunset magazine. Razor clams have a unique flavor and I loved them all, but I did have a favorite that I will probably embrace in the future!
The first full weekend in January the city of Lincoln City Oregon had a “Special Drop” of glass floats. During the course of the year they put out about 3,000 glass floats, but on occasional weekends they drop extras. So I went down to see if I could catch one.
As long as I was there, I wanted to do some long runs, so I ran and walked a total of 38.8 miles over the course of three days and 12 hours of actual moving time. As a result, I had lots of video, so here it is!
For New Year’s day in 2023 I did a run and Polar Plunge at Magnuson Park in Seattle. This is an annual event, and I did it once before. But for this video I decided to try something different, and I took the red pill.
There has been so much written about the use of AI that I wanted to try it for myself. I used ChatGPT to create a story to follow with the video, and I used DALL-E to create some images. I explored briefly a couple of systems that are used to detect work done by AI. Finally I used the AI Art Generator in my video editing software to revise some of the video.
I present the results of that research and the final video product here for you.
I have to say that I enjoyed to process of figuring out how to use this stuff. Seems like it might even be a useful skill, it appears to be taking over the world!
This video details the process I used to convert a rowing boat, a big wherry, from fixed seats (thwarts) to a sliding seat rowing system.
The conversion was difficult. It was accomplished mostly by copying the existing setup I have in my existing boat, an Oxford Wherry designed by Colin Angus. I took the sliding seat rig out of the Oxford Wherry and put it into the new big wherry to be able to measure and decide where things go. The major challenge initially was to determine where the rig should sit fore and aft in the boat. There was a lot of guesswork involved and then I launched the boat to see what the actual results were. The next major challenge was to set up the outriggers and the oars, for which I used the Nuts and Bolts Guide to Rigging by Mike Davenport (maxrigging.com).
There is a lot of work I did on cosmetic repairs, varnishing, and painting the outside of the boat that I did not show in this video. You can thank me when you see me!
Necessarily there is a lot of detail I have left out. I would be happy to answer any questions.
No exercise in this video!
In late November of 2022 my daughter and I rode and ran the MTB Trail at Naylor Mill Park in Salisbury MD, which is right on the border of Delaware and Maryland, about a half hour from my daughter’s house in Milton, DE.
The ride is technically challenging for those of us without good mountain biking skills, and makes a great place to improve your mountain biking skills…. Which we attempted to do!
In September of 2022 I went to Forest Grove OR two different times, on two different back-to-back weekends. Itwas kind of weird because I hadn't been there in ages so to have it hit twice was funny.
While I was there on one weekend I went to the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival and did a run on my own around Hagg Lake. The next weekend Iwent for the Harvest Century which is an organized bicycle ride with many options, and I did the 40 mile ride at that event.