Sunday in Oaxaca

The first day in Oax­a­ca is always a lit­tle slow — we have flight hang­over and a bit of the alti­tude wib­bles. So most­ly we hang out and run a few errands. And It being Sun­day we went to the Zoco­lo for the noon concert.

But first… Duran­go. Who’s grown into quite a nice boy.

Dalmation.
Duran­go — the house dog, Won­der­ing where the ball went.

Any Sun­day trip to the Zoco­lo starts with cof­fee and a bit of breakfast.

Coffee for me!
Cap­puchi­no!

Then you wan­der around for a while. Today we saw some new sculp­tures by Fer­nan­do Andriacci.

Bull.
Bull.
Anatomically Correct Bull.
Anatom­i­cal­ly Cor­rect Bull.
Dragon Fly
Drag­on Fly

The point of Sun­day in the Zoco­lo how­ev­er is the Oax­a­ca State Band con­cert. Here’s a minute of the first piece, a bit of Schu­bert. Pre­ced­ed by the church bells tolling noon.

 

On our way home I stopped to take a anoth­er pic­ture of a lit­tle cat decal. I’ve been tak­ing pic­tures of this for a num­ber of years. It gets tat­ti­er and tat­ti­er but I still love it.

black cat sticker.
Cat Stick­er on the Wall by the Local Market

New to the area is this art work on the wall on Miguel Negrete at Independencia.

Mural on the Wall
About 2/3rds of the Mural

 

Eggs in Muffin Tins

These are a sort of quiche-like things that we make in muf­fin tins in order to have some­thing quick avail­able for break­fast. You can use any sort of cheese, meat or greens that you fan­cy or have hang­ing out at the bot­tom of the fridge.

It’s utter­ly adjustable as long as you keep the egg:milk/cream ration con­sis­tent and don’t over­do the vol­ume of the add-ins.

 

In the Woods

We moved the game cam­eras to new loca­tions two week­ends ago.

This one we thought was a sleep­ing area.

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1150:060515:59F:BDF ONE :5

But a cou­ple of weeks of obser­va­tion reveals nothing.

The oth­er cam­era was placed at the south end of the sep­tic field. An open area sur­round­ed by for­est and home to at least one bun­ny colony. Which explains the pres­ence of this fellow.

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1207:060415:54F:BDF TWO :5

He gets a close up.

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1207:060415:54F:BDF TWO :5

We’ve also got the required butts. This one is espe­cial­ly graphic.

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1905:061315:59F:BDF TWO :7

And a nice shot of the neigh­bor’s dogs hav­ing a bit of a romp. Giv­en the time stamps I’d guess that they had pur­sued the deer from their own yard to our woods.

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1911:061315:59F:BDF TWO :7

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