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A little bit of what has been missing

Everything changed in September.  We moved to the Bay Area.  Scott and I had regularly talked about moving back to the States, but it was always the 3-5 year plan.  I never thought it would actually happen. It happened.  The time between making the decision and crossing the border felt really short although I think it was actually 6 weeks.   The move will be good for us.  We are near family. There are good career opportunities for both of us– always a challenge with 2 professionals. But I spent 15 years in Vancouver.  I had just turned 22 and finished my engineering degree and had no dreams that most of my adult life would be spent in Canada.  Almost exactly 15 years later (within 4-5 days!), I crossed the border again.  It was the longest I have ever lived in one place.

Moves are often hard.  Toss in a couple months of temporary housing (Scott was living with my sister. The kiddo and I were living with my mom about 1.5 hours away), a geriatric cat and two new day cares, and it is a lot of change.  But we are here now.   This isn’t my forever home, but it will be the right place for us right now.

There are a lot of ‘our kind of people’ here.  This is one of the few places in the USA where we can get around every day without using a car.

At gymnastics class

Cargo bike parking at gymnastics class

There is a lot of good beer.

Scott scored some Pliny the Younger because he rode his bike to the bar

Scott scored some Pliny the Younger because he rode his bike to the bar

And we live close enough to the “best single track in the East Bay” at Joaquin Miller Park that we can ride from home.

Short sleeves and knickers on Christmas Day

Short sleeves and knickers on Christmas Day

Camping trips to National Parks.

Thanksgiving hike in Yosemite Valley

Thanksgiving hike in Yosemite Valley

Lots of  cyclocross races.

Some even had cash for women's masters podium!

Some even had cash for Masters Women's A podium! No reason for me NOT to race masters

We got a family membership to the climbing gym.  Scott boulders at Dogpatch during lunch. I do yoga and strength training at Great Western Power in Oakland.  We spend family time at Ironworks in Berkeley (child care and rental kids harnesses!).

Learning to go up

Learning to go up

But it has been the 1 weekend we have spent on snow that really made me smile and soothed my heart.  It might have been seeing Beryl on skis for the first time.

In the tracks

In the tracks

Or it might have been the lack of oxygen and fitness with the first skate of the year at 7000 ft (2100 m).

Trashed

Trashed.

But it felt really good.  Like this really is someplace I want to be for a few years.

Mt Diablo single track

Mt Diablo single track

Commit to the ride and let it go

Commit to the ride and let it go

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If you build it….

I took the Big Dummy cargo bike to the Emeryville box stores yesterday.  I wanted to get Beryl a few new toys and small activities to help keep her entertained on an upcoming flight.

Stop 1.  Michaels.

No bike rack despite the demand even in the mid-afternoon on a work day.

Stop 2. Toys R Us.

I can . . . → Read More: If you build it….

Winter tan lines

Mid-January and pushing 20C (step away from Google, that’s 68F) which means we have no skiing on the weekends, but I can wear short sleeves during lunch rides.

Rode quickly through a few sketchy neighborhoods to ride near a SF icon

There is a little park along the water at Candlestick with a few singletrack loops which . . . → Read More: Winter tan lines