The Things You See in the Woods

For Christmas this year we got ourselves a couple of game camaras so that we could get a better look at the animals ( including neighbors) who are using the network of trails that goes through our woods. (People out here in the West usually call what we’ve got forest. But I’m old school and from the East, where the 20 acres that we’ve got would be called a Woods. So Woods it is for me.)

The cameras are a pair of Browning Strike Force (BTC-5). We got a two pack on sale. They take daylight color photos and nighttime infra-red. They can also shoot video but we haven’t experimented with that yet.

Each photo comes with a bunch of data at the bottom. Temperature, moonphase (useful at night) date and time, as well as a settable camera name. We have one that’s unnamed and one that’s named BDF TWO.

Pretty typical in the daytime photos are the deer. This was taken at the intersection of the two main paths to the immediate south of the logging road.

This spot at is at the intersection of two main paths.

Typical Deer Shot

We also get other people’s dogs. Anyone know this fellow?

run, run, they're coming

Running Dog

The night pictures can be pretty –  shots of the deer browsing or traveling to sleeping spots. I’m thinking that the next time we move the cameras I’ll try to find a frequently used sleeping spot for one of them.

This spot is off of the path back to the garage. It’s at the junction of two deer trails that can’t easily be walked by humans.

Maybe she stepped on a slug?

Tiny Steps

Who's there?

Looking Up

A few minutes later another deer comes by.

Yummy fern shoots

Night Browser

Late in April we had a new night visitor.

It’s the first sighting of the bobcat that we thought might be hanging around. (Look at the lower center of the frame.)

well hello kitty.

Bobcat!

Note the short tail with the dark tip.

padding along in the night

Cat Butt

bye!

Parting Shot

We’ve had no sign of the bear that was here last winter. Maybe he and the bobcat aren’t amenable to sharing turf?

Well, we did find this Bear.

Jim on a trials bike.

The Papa Bear Out Riding

And here Jim is walking the dog in the morning before it’s light enough for the camera to switch to daytime. (Yeah, it says 8:45 but I think the camera missed daylight savings time – besides it stays dark in the woods.)

hurry up Dad

Are You Coming?

For some reason (camera timing?) we get lots of butts.

tails up!

Lots of These Butts.

Jim on the trials bike.

Moto Butt

The two most common butts in the woods. Me and the Big G.

oof, not flattering.

Let’s Go!

 

A New Space Ship!

Last year, I caught the Sport-Touring bike bug again. I have owned several over the years, and a quick ride on a friend’s ’09 BMW R1200RT really reminded me what I was missing on  my long-legged ‘Turbo Giraffe’ (KTM 950 Adventure). So I began listing bikes I might want and researching them. One by one they got crossed off the list, the Triumph Trophy SE being the last non-BMW to be crossed off; nice bike, but a bit boring in the motor department.

So it was, I found myself on 8 march 2014 at South Sound BMW looking at  a left-over 2013 K1600GT. I’ve always wanted to own an inline  six-cylinder motorcycle and a 12-cylinder car. I’m now 1 for 2 in that area. :-)

A quick test ride and a handshake deal was agreed to. The next day saw me take delivery of said beast and then ride it 65 miles home in a monsoon of a downpour. Yesterday, I finally got a chance to wash her off and take a few pics, so here we are.

K1600GT-1
front view. don’t look now but something is gaining on you!

 

 

 

K1600GT-2
Left side. all clean and shiny. 685 miles at this point
2013 K1600GT Montego Blue
2013 K1600GT Montego Blue
K1600GT-6
The view from the bridge. When the loud handle is twisted, you’d better be hanging on!
K1600GT-4
right side, rear. the pipes are sorta silly looking, but they don’t sound bad, and a set of Akra’s cost big bucks.
K1600GT-5
right side, showing off the mighty inline-6, and it’s forward cant. Is this the new Slant-6?

 

and now, for something completely different…

On Saturday January 19th, I helped a buddy get his (unique) motorcycle down to Downtown HD in Renton for a Vintage Bike show. Focus was on dirt bikes, and motorcrossers, but all sorts of interesting things came out of the woodwork. Here are a few of the pictures I took. Grab a tasty beverage for a nice stroll down memory’s pit lane here.

ready to head for the show

 

brag sticker on a Penton-Wassel trials bike

 

Ducati swingarm detail

 

Ducati Scrambler

 

Bultaco Pursang, in the frozen fog

 

an Aermacchi-harley 350 Road Racer

 

exhaust detail on a Triumph 500cc Moto-crosser

 

a Hodaka Super Rat – my first bike

 

CJ-Framed Honda 4-stroker

 

a Penton 125 Six-Days

 

a 1955 Maico taifun 400. just wow.

 

Hodaka Super Wombat

 

with wombat

anyone who would like larger versions of these, or anything else that was there that I might have on film (so to speak), please just let me know. rubber side down!

<em>blackdog</em>

 

Back from the wilderness…

Hi Gang! It’s been two years since I posted here, and nearly that long since i had ridden an event until the 13th of January, 2013. No excuses, just a hectic life, spiced up with a mangled left knee in August of 2012, that has kept me off the loop and out of the sections.

Rode the first PST event of the year, the Plastered Purple Penguin, at Marysville. Two stories dominated the day: my tender left knee, which it turned out, acquitted itself quite well, and the bitterly cold weather, and accompanying frozen tundra. In many sections, the line was polished smooth due to the action of trials tires on frozen dirt. Very challenging. But my knee and I survived, I didn’t take home last place, and I had fun, so there will be more events in my future, and more postings here.

blackdog

2nd Away Game

after obedience class. no he’s not very good at it. an before a boring car rode to lynnwood to retrieve a forgotten credit card we did a quick 2 searches on a loading dock behind the Barnes and noble in Woodinville. we had an audience for the second search. G was unimpressed.

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1st Away Game

before we can switch from puppy nose work (cookies and boxes) Gizmo needs to do 6 searches away from home or the training facility.

this is location one. the park next to the train depot and the police station in Duvall. we did two searches one along the path and one along the rock wall. shown here.

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