Skiing, Golf and Eagle Watching on the Same Day??


We were not able to ski today but wanted too….being on call for work got in the way but we did manage to get out for a drive.  How many places do you know where you can ski, play golf and eagle watch all in one if you wanted too?  Dec. 30th 2012 we watched skiers, people playing golf and taking pictures of the eagles that are still around the Fraser River eating dead salmon. 

Here is a few pics from a great day out!  Again, we do believe we live in such a beautiful place here in BC.  There are 4 ski mountains within an hour or so drive from our house and MANY golf courses.  Weather was bright and sunny, around 3 C or 34-36 F.

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worthy of a repost while we are dreaming of being on the road!

Originally posted on Leslie's Motorcycle Adventures by Advgrrl:

All pics can be clicked on for much larger higher resolution versions.  Also, there are over 100 pics in this post.  Hope you make it to the end! ;-)

Summer 2012 although not completely over has been an interesting one.  We did not get away as much as we did last summer (Triumph Alaska Adventure 2011 – 44 days)

We accomplished riding to TWO arctic circles!

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Eight reasons why Justin Bieber is a total squid


I am posting this article not because it’s JB but because it’s about a young stupid boy who might regret the power he owns and not being responsible for his body!  Adults pay attention as well…;-)  Better be warned now before something happens right???
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Like, OMG! Justin Bieber rides a Ducati! Could he get any dreamier?

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WELCOME Curacao Population: 145,834 – 200th Country to VISIT our BLOG!


 Background
Originally settled by Arawak Indians, Curacao was seized by the Dutch in 1634 along with the neighboring island of Bonaire. Once the center of the Caribbean slave trade, Curacao was hard hit economically by the abolition of slavery in 1863. Its prosperity (and that of neighboring Aruba) was restored in the early 20th century with the construction of the Isla Refineria to service the newly discovered Venezuelan oil fields. In 1954, Curacao and several other Dutch Caribbean possessions were reorganized as the Netherlands Antilles, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In referenda in 2005 and 2009, the citizens of Curacao voted to become a self-governing country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The change in status became effective in October 2010 with the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles. Continue reading

Making the Leap from On-to-Off-Road


If we did not ride in the rain we would never ride in BC ;-)

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I get a lot of questions from guys and gals about transitioning from a street bike to a DS.  I like this article but don’t totally agree about choosing bike size.  You can go the route of buying a used smaller, lighter cc bike at first and practice.  Or….you can sort of do what we did which was went with a 2010 BMW F650GS and just learned as we rode.  What I mean is that buying a bike is not cheap.  Most of the Bigger DS bikes are road worthy too.  You can ease your way into the back roads with any bike you choose. 
If you are not into buying used, smaller or lighter at first, go with something you will like for a while and see how it goes.  It worked for us because we both knew in our hearts we wanted to be riding where the pavement ended.  Our 650′s did us WELL.  I got 60,000KM out of mine and Cheryl rode hers for 48,000KM. 
We have bought way too many bikes before we found our passion.  I should have listened to an old colleague of mine back in 2008 when he said to me, “Leslie you are sooooo not a street bike or cruiser grrl, you need to get a BMW 650.”  If I listen to Scott back then we would have not went out and bought bikes that only liked to road and we would be only on our 4th bikes versus 13th.  ;-)

#199th Country to Visit our BLOG! WELCOME Uzbekistan Population: 28,394,180


 Background
Russia conquered the territory of present-day Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after the Bolshevik Revolution was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic established in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of “white gold” (cotton) and grain led to overuse of agrochemicals and the depletion of water supplies, which have left the land degraded and the Aral Sea and certain rivers half dry. Independent since 1991, the country seeks to gradually lessen its dependence on the cotton monoculture by diversifying agricultural production while developing its mineral and petroleum reserves and increasing its manufacturing base. Current concerns include terrorism by Islamic militants, economic stagnation, and the curtailment of human rights and democratization. Continue reading

26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sometimes you need a reminder that people can do wonderful things. After a year like 2012 we need this reminder….most people are indeed GOOD!

Many of these pictures gave us chills…I hope they do to you what they have done for us!  Enjoy the goodness in people around the world!

1. The parents who made their son’s wheelchair into the best Halloween costume ever

The parents who made their son's wheelchair into the best Halloween costume ever

2. The terminally ill man who loves receiving mail… and got more than he ever expected

The terminally ill man who loves receiving mail... and got more than he ever expected

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FIVE OF THE BEST GS ENTHUSIASTS WIN THE RIDE OF THEIR LIVES!


Even though I wish it was one of us going I am really PSYCHED BMW picked at least one grrl for this amazing ride of a lifetime! But, no one from North America?  We know how to ride an adventure ;)

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It has now been decided. Five of the best candidates have won the chance to experience five of the best motorcycling tours imaginable on the new R 1200 GS. BMW Motorrad’s ‘Ride of your Life’ competition attracted thousands of entries from across the globe, making it extremely difficult for the high-profile jury to make their final decision and choose the five candidates who will benefit from this life-changing, money-can’t-buy experience aboard the most eagerly-awaited new motorcycle in a generation. Continue reading