Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

This year instead of heading to a destination for the holiday we all instead decided to save our money and just do Thanksgiving in Corvallis.  As I mentioned in the previous post it was a sad start to the weekend watching our friend be buried at his family farm but the rest of the weekend was a good time with friends.  

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Emily and I lost a friend this weekend.  Shiloh Sundstrom.  I’m writing this post months later catching up on my blog so there has been conclusion to this story.  Our friend was walking home very late at night after a football game at OSU.  He was struck by a vehicle which then drove away leaving him in a ditch.  Mercifully, he was killed on impact.  The driver later broke down on the side of the road from the impact.  He was coming home from drinks at the local Elks club.  His story was that he believed he hit an animal.  The next morning upon hearing someone had been killed he phoned the police and told them the story.  After a few months the case went to court and unfortunately, because of what happened and the man “waiting”.. yes I said waiting… 12 hours to call police there was not enough evidence to convict.  

So, this year our Thanksgiving began by watching his family bury him at his farm in Deadwood, OR surrounded by hundreds of his family and friends.  The outpouring of love that day was touching and the sheer volume of messages to his Facebook page proved that his caring and loving personality had touched hundreds more.  Not only was he a fellow Red Sox fan, he was one of the most loving people I’ve ever encountered and we will greatly miss him.  Thankfully, there are T-Shirts, Beer Mugs and a special Brew from SkyHigh Brewing, the Shiloh IPA, to keep this incident from fading from the minds of the locals in Corvallis.  We love you Shiloh, rest in peace brother.  

Silver Star Mountain with Eric

Today we went on a terrific hike up Silver Star Mountain with Eric McNeill.  This peak is about 45 minutes from home just across the border and just east of Battleground, WA.  I had been wanting to check this out for a long time and with nice weather and no significant snow it was a perfect opportunity, and also another good way for me to keep breaking in my new boots for Africa and Emily got get practice with her new camera.  Read on….

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sauvie Island Ride and FZ1000 Testing

Today Emily and I rode our bikes out to Sauvie Island.  It was a rare beautiful weekend and I recently bought a new commuter bike, a Specialized AWOL Comp so I proper day of riding was definitely in order.  We had also picked up a new 1” sensor zoom camera with 4K video capabilities for Emily to use our on Africa trip, less than a month away.  Read on

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Eagle Creek 2015

This Sunday Emily and I decided we needed to get out of the house regardless of the weather.  So we packed up Leo and headed off to one of our favorite hikes in the Gorge, Eagle Creek.  It was a rainy day but on this hike that means spectacular waterfalls… and also a very wet dog… Read on…