My mom is the bomb, that’s her behind my wife Hannah(my wife is the bomb also😎).
I know, I know, I know. I’m biased as hell…. but she’s “dope” by all accounts, not just mine.
Her and my father(also a BOSS) meet at Bakersfield High School and married in Japan. I was born in San Francisco while both went to school and worked. I was given two stellar parents.
They parted when I was two, and before you even think about getting sad, STOP. I was gifted with two great additions. My stepdad and mom on both sides are the best ever. Couldn’t have planed it better myself.
As anyone with kids knows, checking off the “taking the kids” to see there grandparents box is a duty not to be taken lightly. Chrismas, Thanksgiving, Spring and summer vacations are often the times we do them.
This summer we were living on a tight budget but needed to check the boxes. With Cambria California and Ashland Oregon being the two locations for grandparents. It really wasn’t a terrible burden to have to go to these beautiful utopias.
First Stop Cambria!
We headed over to Cambria the 2nd week of July. Packed up the car and the family, along with my nephew Caleb Fassbender.
Sometimes it can be cold even in the warmest summer months in Cambria, not this time.
We got a day in at the Hearst pier enjoying the sun, sand and surf. People from all over California, the U.S. and the world were enjoying all that the central coast has to offer.
Great food and a nice trip to San Luis Obispo to pick up dads 550. Caleb enjoyed the ride in the Ferrari back to Cambria.
Off the Ashland!
My mom and her husband Bill had there home custom built here in the Ashland hills. It sits at about 2600′ ft in a quite little neighborhood.
Ashland is home to theWest coasts oldest Shakespearian theater and festival. More than just Shakespeare, it’s home to countless modern primers and classic adaptations. A true cultural gem.
The first day I busted out a great 85mile ride, heading east on the 66 looping around several lakes and back onto Dead Indian Memorial Road.
The first climb out of Ashland has you climbing Southeastern with a great view of Mt. Ashland, Ashland and Emigrant Lake.
I got off the grid onto “Old Hyatt Lake Rd” a great 6 mile dirt road to little Hyatt Lake and some beautiful pasture land and Farm Mansons(with Clydesdales).
Mt Mcloughlin in the background at Howard Prairie Lake
Burton Flat road next to the Klamath County line.
Great day on the bike, I had misjudged the water but not bad. Made it back to the 66/I5 area and got H2O and grub.
The next day was family time exploring the valley I grew up in. Lush and green, the Rogue Valley is a beautiful area especially in the summer.
That evening my mother and wife attended Beauty and the Beast while my son Jacob and I attended a premier, UniSin. UniSin is Inspired by August Wilson’s Poetry.
Next day I was back on the bike heading up to the Mt Ashland Ski area. Took the Old 99 climb to the end Ski area road. All in all, it’s about 5k in 25 miles oneway. A quality climb for sure.
All good thing come to an end……
Made it back home safe and sound. In reflecting I am very proud of my son Jacob for tolerating his parents and grandparents so well on both trips! He’s a great kid, getting ready for his senior year. I’m pumped for him!
Now back to work…