Category Archives: summer

Xtracycle Bike Camping (with Kids)

Lopez Island Campsite

For those of you who were wondering, no, the heat wave hasn’t lasted three weeks. We’ve just been lazy bloggers of late!

We recently returned from a fantastic short bike camping trip with our kids. Tim and I haven’t been bike touring in 15 years. Not sure why, I guess we just haven’t made it a priority. Our kids are now old enough to carry some of their own weight (both on and off the bike) so we decided to give it a whirl.

Huge success.

Our destination:  Lopez island in the San Juan Islands, a classic Northwest bike tour. The San Juan Islands are touring gems, and for good reason. Scenery is beautiful, the ferries make it fun and convenient to shuttle between the islands, people are friendly, and if you choose the right islands and the right route, the hills aren’t too bad.  Best of all, once you’ve unloaded from the ferry and lets the high-speed hordes roar past, you’re free to roam on relatively traffic-free roads. Continue reading


Saturday Morning Ride to the Market

Heading Home from the Farmers Market

Summer in Seattle is in full swing. We’re taking advantage of a streak of near perfect weather by drinking a few of Tim’s Mojitos , swimming and kayaking in the lake, enjoying backyard BBQs, visits with out-of-town friends, staying up late, reading lots of books and neglecting our blog.

Here are a few photos of our summer adventures so far. I hope you’re enjoying your summer too!

– Anne

Tim's Famous Mojitos

Tim's famous Mojitos, always worth waiting for

Kayaking on Lake Washington

3rd of July Kayaking on Lake Washington

I think Jim might be hooked

Jim Needs an Xtracycle

4th of July Bike Parade

4th of July Neighborhood Bike Parade

Bounty from the Backyard Raspberry Patch

17lbs of Backyard Raspberries