Grandma

It was a blessing to spend the weekend with my family, celebrating my grandmother’s 80th birthday.

IMG_1102 IMG_1118 IMG_1144_2I wouldn’t be surprised if this beautiful woman has another 30 years left in her.

/farmerrobbie

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UC Santa Cruz Crit 2013

Hang out with me for any length of time and you will eventually learn that I love bikes. I love riding them. I love talking about them. I love reading about them, looking at pictures of them, and watching professional cycling.

For me, cycling was the first sport where being skinny was a bonus. I could not cut it in football or rugby, but cycling is where I fitted in. For once people saw how skinny I was and would compliment me, saying I must be a good climber.

Since finding cycling, I’ve spent a lot of time riding and even raced a few seasons. Racing is not my passion, but it was fun and I got to meet some awesome people who were as excited about bikes as I was. Since then I’ve distanced myself from racing, but I still love watching people race, and I try to house my old teammates whenever I can.

Back in February I was lucky to have my old team (UC Irvine) stay with me during the UCSC race weekend. Below is some footage I took during the crit race.

It’s never a bad time to ride.

/farmerrobbie

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ZACH.MACH

I met Zach back in high school, and we’ve remained good friends since then. His story is one that I’ve wanted to tell for a while because it has a lot of highs and lows, but nonetheless he’s kept his eyes on his goal and done what needs to be done to get there.

I remember when he auditioned for Berklee College of Music, and when he got accepted, and when he found out that he didn’t get enough financial aid and thus couldn’t attend. What I admire most about Zach, is that he understood what had to be done to reach his goal of being a professional musician, and he is doing it. He saved up money and quit his day job to focus all of his attention on drumming. Risky? Yes. Necessary? Yes.

I could ramble on, but I’ll spare you. Here’s the video:

Check out more of Zach’s work at: www.soundcloud.com/zachmcdaniel 

/farmerrobbie

 

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“It’s Not Enough” – Dustin Kensrue

whoa.

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On Safety.

I’ve lived a pretty safe life. What I mean by that is ever since I was born my life has always had a next step.

From elementary school through high school it was always expected of me to enjoy a summer break then go back to school. Safe.

Post high school I lived at home and attended community college for two years. While there I took all of my general ed classes and transferred to UC Irvine. Safe.

I spent the next two years of my life at UCI and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Safe.

After my graduation I interned for a summer at a film festival, then found a job at a marketing company filming and editing, all while living with my parents. Safe.

As my first anniversary of post-college living approached I decided to leave my marketing job and spend my summer working at Sugar Pine Christian Camps. Safe…well kinda. You see, I could have very well stayed in Monterey working the same job and living the same life feeling good and safe. There was not some great inciting incident propelling me to change my life and take chances. It wasn’t until this summer that I actually stepped back, looked at my life, and realized I was not pursuing my dreams. Rather, I had followed my path of safety.

As my summer comes to an end I find myself in a precarious situation. I can either move home and go back to a marketing job, or I can take a chance, step out from what I have come to considered safe, and work toward the life I dream of.

I think Yvon Chouinard said it best, “the fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.” I don’t know what is next and it scares me, but beyond these sensations of fear and doubt lie deeper feelings of excitement and anticipation.

I don’t know much, but what I do know is God is good and He cares for my future and me, and that comforts me in these times of uncertainty.

/farmerrobbie

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Mountain Air Memories

Mountain Air

Scent is the strongest memory triggering sense, but as I left Oakhurst in my rearview mirror and headed back to camp, I hung my hand out the window and the cool evening air poured in through my windows, brushing across my face, while the sun cast it’s coral pink rays on the granite faces of the eastward mountain faces. Immediately I was transported back in time to numerous evenings spent in Yosemite sitting around campfires and lakes watching the exact same spectacle. I remember the taste of cheap ramen mixed with canned tuna and fresh spring water. Its palate a delicacy when one is a three day hike away from civilization. I remember the sound of creeks blending with the rustling of leaves, and the way it feels to hold snow in your hands, despite it being the middle of July.

But what I remember most about my times in Yosemite are the evenings spent sitting around fires trading stories and wisdom with my dad, the early mornings rising with the sun and quietly chewing our oatmeal, as if we were afraid to break the silence, and the late nights lying in our tent howling with laughter, not giving a thought about what was going on back in “civilization”.

Those are quality memories. Memories worth saving. Memories that I’m glad get triggered by mountain air, setting suns, and hanging my hand out the window.

/farmerrobbie

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Sentinel Dome

I now live about 30 minutes away from Yosemite. My friend Tyler once described Yosemite as “the pearl of California.” Well put Tyler, well put.

My coworkers and I piled into as few cars as possible and made the twisty drive to the south gate of Yosemite. We turned north, then west, and north again. Finally we crested a hill and pulled into the trail head for Sentinel Dome. We unloaded, and hiked.

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We marched along the trail as the sun slowly receded to our left. Our goal was to reach the top of the dome by sunset.
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From atop Sentinel Dome you get a 360 degree view of some of the choicest attractions Yosemite has to offer, including El Capitan and Half Dome.IMG_7510 IMG_7534 IMG_7578 IMG_7539

Sometimes I think to myself that Half Dome is overrated. I’m a fool. Half Dome sits perfectly sculpted within the bed of the Sierras. It’s majestic to say the least.
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Yosemite always reminds me of how nature exists to dazzle us, and the worst thing we can do is take this creation for granted.

/farmerrobbie

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