Perpetual Helmet Hair

I finally got my motorcycle license so it’s safe to say that I’m going to have helmet hair all summer.

IMG_1264Chumstick Mountain (which comes from the Chinook language and means “painted tree”).

Great smells I encountered on my motorcycle ride today:

  • Ocean wind mixed with madrona tree.
  • Freshly tilled soil.
  • Sea salt.
  • Meadow covered w/ yellow flowers.
  • Green grass
  • General fir tree

IMG_1295My personal favorite homemade private parking sign.

The helmet hair is worth it, because the Pacific Northwest is beautiful. It also lacks a subway system, so unless I feel like driving, riding my motorcycle is really the best way to get around. Smells way better than New York, too.


The cool thing about where I live is that riding around in Coupeville alone I can explore so many different environments. I rode to the beach at Ebey’s Landing, then up the side of the cliff and through the forest, which lead me past the ferry dock and into an area of wetlands where I saw two great blue herons take flight. Then I went by some farms and a particularly beautiful meadow which was in total bloom with these bright yellow flowers. I crossed the highway and went through some more forest, saw a deer and then rode along the other side of the island which would have given me a great view of Mt. Baker if it weren’t as cloudy today.

IMG_7617Port Townsend blue beetle. Also, if you haven’t read about Seattle’s recent anti-oil kayaktivism, you really should.

Great animals I encountered on my motorcycle ride today:

  • A deer
  • A bunny
  • Chickens
  • Goats
  • Llamas
  • Two Great Blue Herons
  • Happy cows
  • Horses
  • My cats Mini & Olive.

IMG_1308Très relaxant.

To be honest, these days I’m either eating, sleeping, or riding my motorcycle. Or taking photos of my cats. I feel lazy but I also don’t care because I’m on summer vacation!!

Hope everyone has a happy Wednesday and gets some fresh air into their lungs.


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