Ski the Beav ’17

After a few years off it was good to meet up with the guys for another “dudes weekend” of inappropriate jokes, great food by chef Jimmy and enjoying The Beav. 

Day 1

As usual the long weekend trip started with all of us flying into Salt Lake City meeting up and eating at The Red Iguana to Pre-Game the weekend of skiing on Beaver Mountain with some amazing Mexican food and local hospitality. 

Can you find us in this picture?

Then the drive to the Idaho… let the games begin…


After a couple of hours of verbal jousting and bad jokes we arrive at the little log cabin (okay not so little… but it is made out of logs). 

Dinner… As usual Jim did not disappoint with a home made Italian sausage and pasta with a tasty red sauce and a field greens salad. 

Day 2

Chef Jimmy breaks out some home cured bacon and eggs for breakfast. And we head to the Beav for our “first run”… 

The snow was wet and deep the day was cloudy and cold which made for a challenging day when you have not been skiing for a few years… But all in all it was an awesome day and just good to be in it (so to speak).

After a day of skiing back to the cabin for yet another treat for the tastebuds. 

Tonight it’s a pork roast, polenta with sautรฉed spinach and mushrooms. 

Not sure if it’s the skiing or the food that is the best part of the trip.  ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Day 3 

Wow!!! Just perfect. 

Papa John wells cooked up some of his world famous pancakes and home cured bacon and we were off to Beaver Mountain again for some skiing. 

The pictures say it all. 

Perfectly, incredible day of skiing or riding … the sun was out, 5+ inches of fresh powder and no more than a 3-5min wait in lift lines. Oh and did I mention the runs were practically empty. 

Just perfect. 


Shared info (you kinda had to be there) :

1) Never accuse someone of a leak… wearing Austin power type straight pants with your zipper open.

2) The value of Patina 

3) How to fork a lime

4) NBWCCPC

4 Days on the high seas around Caribbeanย 

I feel very lucky to have been able to share an incredible motorcycle ride adventure with my brother and now able to share a cruising adventure with my sister, my niece, and my mom in the same year.

Day 1

The day started off taking a redeye flight from Los Angeles only to have a tug hit the plane and experiencing a two hour delay.

It all worked out as we got into Miami this morning and  got on the boat as planned. 

 

We just left South Beach and are now on our way out to sea. 

If you can call 10 floors of floating luxury little Empress of the Seas is one of the smallest in the fleet, but still manages to have a very cool outdoor theater to fully take advantage of the perfectly warm 80s degree evening. Midnight movie of Batman v. Superman anyone? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 

Day 2The 

Awesome sight to wake up to….

Dawn rocks the house at karaoke night singing some Christina Aguileraโ€ฆ Note she’s not even reading the lyrics to sing the song. ๐Ÿ™‚


Wanda up $100s, mom just swinging for the fences with every pull of the one armed bandit and me… Well let’s just say I have trown in the towel as “the big loser” ๐Ÿ˜ž 


The good news… So we are now headed to Nassau Bahamas. 

The bad news… We were supposed to headed to the keys… Re-routing due to “tropical storm activity”

This is the main pool… Might not look like much in this video but trust me you don’t want to be in it… Gonna be some sea sick folks tonight. 

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Day 3

Arrived into Nassau safe and sound. We had an awesome day with a local driver that took us all around to see the local and tourist sights… 



Road to Canadian Grand Prix 2016

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It’s been a long time coming but my brother and I decided to not only explore an international F1 race, but turn it into a motorcycle adventureโ€ฆ

We are leaving Chicago on two wheel American Iron bound for Montreal for a weekend of F1 racing.

Go Lewis! Let’s do this.image

My trusted partner to get me there and back… Thank you Eagle Riders for renting me this.

Stay tuned daily updates and photographs to follow…

Day 0

Landed in Chicago last night after a 1 hr delay at LAX. No worries… Got here safe and am ready for the adventure to begin. 

Re-thinking what I can fit on the motorcycle…  10 days. Can I really fit 10 pair of clean undies…. Hummm…. 

Day 1

1760 mile roundtrip route planned. L

The goal by the end of the day is Canadian border. Although we are not going though Detroit we are going through Flint… So we will need to pack our own water. ๐Ÿ˜ž

Not sure if its the kid in my brother, but we agreed “wheels up” at 10am last night… And I hear “milton, milton… Wake up” at 5am? Really? Go back to sleep!!!! LOL ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Weather in route looks great. Bit chilly, but no rain… although race day might be a bit wet… ๐Ÿ˜ž 

Got off without a hitch this morning. 

100 miles into the ride all is great. 

We just hit the 200 mile mark hangin with Big Boy for like lunch…

End of day 1

400 mile ride is completed. No issues, no concerns… perfect day. It was nip and tuck but luckily we did not get rained onโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜

Bedding for the night at the luxurious “Best Western” at the US/Canadian border (last time Freddy makes the hotel planning).

Tomorrow we will do it again.

Day 2

We are heading out to Canada. First stop London then Toronto.

Freddy packing up and getting ready for another awesome day of highway boogie with Bluetooth technology. 

On the road to London Ontario Canada. Man 55 degrees at 70 miles an hour for hours at a time is cold!

We had to pull at the town of Milton to warm up. Funny thing… we sneezed and almost missed it. LOL ๐Ÿ˜Š Yup even milton has a McDonald’s… Thank goodness… So much for the Palio diet… ROFLMAO ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

End of day two we arrived in Toronto.

I turned left on the highway Freddy turned right. I waited and waited but…

But as we do we met up and ended up at the coolest hotel and the only one attached to a baseball stadium.

Day 3

Kingston and perhaps Montreal… We’ll see how it goes…

Breakfast… And we’re off…

Well… the road to Montreal today was just awesome!  Nice warm day beautifully & smooth highways. 

That’s Freddy trying to get past me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ really fun running hard for 375 miles on these bikes. Now I’m fully understanding the Harley / Indian obsession. 

Arrived in Cornwall safe and sound…

 71 miles to Montreal. We will hit that in the morning and then… It’s F1 baby!!!

We arrived safe and sound!

Those “Smart” Canadianians! I love the SMART Car dedicated space. ROFLMAO ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

Well after checking in, meeting up with Our gracious city host Lise and making our way to the track we all enjoyed a beautiful sunny day watching the cars try out tires and set up adjustments. 

Gotta love that fact you can put transitions in video snippets on your iPhone. 

Enjoy the very sweet sounding 6-Cylinders of 2016 F1 Cars. โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹

Slept in today… and apparently I snore… “very loudly” according to my brother. (He has video but I’ll spare you all)

I can honestly say that the one thing better than a day of riding might be a good night of sleeping. LOL ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Or… Maybe I was just dreaming of the race cars and imitating the sound they make (like the Volkswagen commercial with the dog)….

Well anyway we missed round 3 of practice this morning, but qualifying is at 1pm so hopefully it’s not raining and we can find out way to the track via the metro…

Great day of qualifying! 

5th time Q1 at the Canadian Grand Prix… Hopefully it’s is a charm for Hamilton. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพโ€‹โ€‹

Well, for us F1 fans… It think this says it all… 


And yes… This is a good thing from where I sit… Which is in Port Huron Michigan looking back at Canada. 


We had a great 359 mile ride back to the USA today… 

A tad bit of rain hence the bright yellow rain suit (which Freddy calls my space suit) but I was dry… 


Tomorrow is the bitter sweet end of an awesome 1800+ mile journey and fantastic destination F1 experience.

I’m going to close this blog with the dedication of this trip to Tom Edwards. One of my best friends (20+ years)… an awesome friend, a true car guy, F1 (and Lewis Hamilton) fan, husband & father, and just a great person. Sadly he died of a heart attack just prior to the start of my trip. 

I felt his sprit with me on this journey as I was texting with him just weeks prior to the start of this trip… RIP my friend.