Welcome new readers, and welcome back to our regulars. It has been 2 1/2 years since we've written a blog post. That one broke from our earlier focus on descriptions of our various adventures, mostly on our tandem bike. But the pandemic changed life for all of us, and we took the opportunity in our last blog to illustrate how we stayed active in the first year of the pandemic by walking, cycling and canoeing in and around our home in Seattle.
And we kept biking. On one trip in April we drove our tandem up to the Skagit Valley for the annual Tulip Festival, where entire fields become blocks of brilliant color and one of the visitors captured this equally bright photo of us.
Soon after getting home we started walking along the marina next to our condo, going maybe a tenth of a mile to a bench and resting, then another tenth, then back. Next time, a little further, with fewer stops. Day after, further and steadier, and so on. By early December we walked 3 miles to the end of Golden Gardens Park and back, and in January 2022 we were up to 4 and then 5 miles, with rest stops of course.Our next goal was to get back into the canoe, which happened the first week of March, just over 6 months after the accident. Canoeing became in fact our favorite activity in 2022. Here's a sampling. First, the two of us on the Snohomish River. You can't tell from the photo, but we're moving at about 5 mph, thanks to a 2 mph current as we ride the ebb tide toward Puget Sound. Then a photo of us next to a log ship at the mouth of the Snohomish.
We know two couples who have made that conversion of their tandems, and we wanted time to "sleep on" the decision, and also needed time to get some info from those two couples. The information they provided and the enthusiasm they had for having made the change went a long way to helping us decide to proceed. The ride in Olympia moved us the rest of the way toward the decision. Mind you, we're not about to do any century (100 mile) or metric century (62 miles /100 km) rides, but we also want to be able to do more than 32 miles with maximum effort, to tackle at least moderate hills that currently look like walls to us when we're on our bike, and to enjoy our riding more.