The Hoppy Okapi

A 2012 Pacific Crest Trail Adventure

Happy Birthday, Zephyr! July 30, 2009

Filed under: home,kitties — Amanda @ 20:11
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One month after Athena’s birthday, it’s Zephyr’s turn to celebrate! (Mostly he celebrates by demanding to play fetch a lot, and chasing Athena around the house…kind of like every other day, actually.)

Zephyr on his first day at home

Zephyr on his first day at home

Still a shy kitten, hiding behind the furniture

Still a shy kitten, hiding behind the furniture

Showing off his white stripes

Showing off his white stripes

Playing in the first-ever box fortress

Playing in the first-ever box fortress

taking a nap after a loooong day

taking a nap after a loooong day

helping to wrap Christmas presents

helping to wrap Christmas presents

Playing with cork "fishes"

Playing with cork "fishes"

more fun with floating corks

more fun with floating corks

Attacking a new toy

Attacking a new toy

sharing a nap with Athena

sharing a nap with Athena

resting on his favorite rug

resting on his favorite rug

Zephyr fetches!

Zephyr fetches!

I always wanted a black cat, and I’m so happy to have Zephyr! I’ve nicknamed him El Tigre, because he sulks around like a jaguar pacing in it’s cage (or, I assume, stalking its prey). I also call him The Shadow, since he likes to find dark patches of floor where he can lie down, blend in, and almost trip anyone who tries to cross his path. Happy Birthday, Zephyr!

 

Now With 30% More Zip! July 12, 2009

Filed under: biking,San Diego — Amanda @ 20:43
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Ruby!

Ruby!

Ever since Chuck got his road bike, I have been very jealous. When we go riding together, he works half as hard to go so fast that I can still barely keep up, and when I commute to work on my heavy mountain bike I get passed by every road bike that somes along. I rode Chuck’s Felt for a mile or so once, and even though it was a bit scary because I was too stretched out on the Chuck-sized frameset, I was quite impressed by it’s speed and ease of handling.

And so after two months of twice-weekly commuting on my mountain bike for an hour fifteen minutes in the morning and an hour in the evening, I spent yesterday trying out road bikes all over San Diego. After two bike shops and test runs on Trek, Specialized, Felt and Giant bikes, we swung by UC Cyclery (conveniently located quite close to my office) where I did a little more extensive road testing and tried an alternate frame size on the Specialized models, and finally ended up with the Specialized Ruby Elite in gloss white.

During my test run I got to ride up the main hill of my commute, up Gilman Drive and Villa La Jolla Drive – it’s only about 200 ft of elevation gain over 1.5 miles according to MapMyRide, so a small hill in the grand scheme of things, but it is the most prolonged uphill on my normal ride. On the Ruby though, it went by like a dream – I was barely working up the stretch on Gilman, and the section with 6% grade up Villa La Jolla was far easier than on my mountain bike too, even with the higher gearing on the Ruby’s compact crankset.

Zephyr checks out the new bile

Zephyr checks out the new bike

Even after getting the bike fitted at the shop, there are a lot of changes to get used to between my old bike and my new one. I took it out for a practice spin this morning, and covered 7.75 miles in 35 minutes, as compared with one hour that I recorded for that route on my mountain bike in April – zippy! I can’t wait to try it out on my commute on Tuesday.

Specialized Lithia Saddle

Specialized Lithia Saddle

My Ruby basking in the sunlight

My Ruby basking in the sunlight

 

Fluffy Clouds

Filed under: vacation — Amanda @ 19:10
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I always like to sit in the window seat on airplanes, and on my flight back home to San Diego last week I was richly rewarded. We were chasing the sunset as we flew west, and going from rainy skies in Atlanta to fluffy cloud cover as we moved west. I got some cool pictures as we rode above the clouds:

 

 
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