More Family Time

I just had Paul and his family out here in the PNW for my nephew’s graduation from UW-Bothell.  I spent last weekend up in the Seattle area to celebrate Travis’s accomplishment and to hang with some of the Rhodes side of my family.  It was nice to see everyone and to also get out on…

Tumalo Falls Fat Bike

In general work conferences are in desirable locations, if they were in crappy locations nobody would go.  Normally I haven’t gone to the OGFOA conferences because of the recurring payroll vendor conference I have gone to in years past. It was anticipated that I would be going to Austin, TX this April when we designed…

Green Lakes Hike

Mia signed up for the Bend, OR GRIT Clinic several months ago, so too bad for us, we had to make a weekend trip down to Bend.  That’s always such a tough decision, and it’s never any fun coming here.  (yes, that is all sarcasm). Since we’d be bringing the dog we wanted to rent…

Thanksgiving 2014

Mia and I were invited to Bend, OR for Thanksgiving this year.  Our friends Juston and Laurel had rented a house, and Laurel’s parents were flying in from West Virginia for a week too.  There was no way we could say no.  We’d received a 17lb turkey through our CSA (community supported agriculture) and it…

Painted Hills

Not that I need a reason to head to Bend, OR for a weekend, but it does help to have a reason to also get Mia to come along.  I had signed up for the Up The Crooked River Duathlon in Prineville, which is about 35 miles from downtown Bend.  All I had to do…

What’s SUP in Bend

Mia and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this past week.  I wanted to surprise Mia, so I had the idea to take her SUPing (stand up paddleboarding).  Mia has wanted to try it for quite some time and my interest has grown over the past year or so too. So, I did a little research and found Tumalo…