Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse, October 8, 2014

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse, October 8, 2014

Bicycle Bookseller Zigzag

Books in a Bike Basket

I've been selling used curricula on eBay again all summer.  This has brought in enough funds to buy the curricula we need for this coming year, and hopefully will pay for registration and tuition four ballet classes and music lessons.  When selling books on eBay, you have to keep track of the cost of acquiring … Continue reading Bicycle Bookseller Zigzag

Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles

Solar System Model

The Eugene, Oregon Scale Model of the Solar System was created by a father and son to show relative sizes and distances between the planets and the Sun.  The planets are steel balls set upon pyramids with information panels positioned along Eugene's Willamette river Riverbank bike path.  The scale is 1:1 billion and dimensions are taken from the … Continue reading Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles

Over Bridge and Under Fountain

Fountain at EWEB's River Edge Plaza

Peter DeFazio Bicycle Bridge Fountain at EWEB's River Edge Plaza My new bike set-up Sidalcea oregana (Oregon Checker Mallow) Aquilegia Formosa (Red Columbine )

Sand Dunes and Coastal Native Plants

Sand Dunes and Coastal Native Plants

Gaultheria shallon (Salal) native Rubus ursinus (Pacific Blackberry) native Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) native Maianthemum dilatatum (False Lily-of-The Valley) native Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) native Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern) native Typha latifolia (Cattail) native   Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) native

Skunk Cabbage, and Cobra Lilies, and Man-eating Plants! Oh, my!

darlingtonia cobra lily, skunk cabbage, salal, deer fern, man eating plant

Our visit to Darlingtonia State Natural Site was the perfect supplement to Apologia's Exploring Creation with Botany Lesson #3 section about carnivorous plants.  This place happens to be the only Oregon State Park for the purpose of preserving a single species.  Darlingtonia californica (cobra lily) is very rare and the only carnivorous plant in Oregon. Lysichiton americanus (skunk cabbage) is a Pacific Northwest native plant that … Continue reading Skunk Cabbage, and Cobra Lilies, and Man-eating Plants! Oh, my!

Local Bike Shop: Simply named “The Bike Shop”

Little Bike Shop: Bicycles Skateboards & Repairs, Eugene, Or

This local bike shop, simply named, is just over a mile from my house.  They've done quite a few repairs on our bikes recently.  They fixed a broken chain, secured a Piccolo rack mount, and quite a few other things. A couple of weeks ago my oldest daughter rode away toward a rehearsal for a dance recital.  When she … Continue reading Local Bike Shop: Simply named “The Bike Shop”

Almost a Backyard Campout: Trying to Watch the Camelopardalids Meteor Shower

Mom & Kids reading Astronomy book under the stars

We tried to observe the Camelopardalids Meteor Shower last night.  NASA's information was clear that since nobody has seen the shower from this comet before, there was no way to know what to expect.  Also, the viewing map was clear that in our area of the Pacific Northwest, the weather wasn't optimal.  We couldn't make a little … Continue reading Almost a Backyard Campout: Trying to Watch the Camelopardalids Meteor Shower

Gateway I-5 Bridge

Gateway I-5 Bike Bridge

Last week, coming home from a music lesson, we had the chance to ride across the Gateway I-5 bike bridge for the first time.  The bridge spans I-5, connecting Eugene and Springfield at Gateway Mall.  It's quite an impressive structure, offers a nice view, and made for some neat pics as the sun was starting to go down.