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Twin Falls Hike

Up until this year, I’ve been carrying Elijah in a hiking backpack when I go on hikes. He finally got too big for it, so this is the year he transitions to walking. While I enjoyed being able to take more adventurous hikes last year, I’m excited to see if he’s still interested in hiking when he has to do the walking.

I decided to start off with Twin Falls for his first hike. I believe I’ve done it three times before and there is a lot to see along the whole trail. It starts off following a river, climbs up a hill through some big rocks and then quickly ends up at the falls. He did great on the entire hike, never complaining. I had told him that he could say when he wants to turn around and he asked for that about a tenth of a mile from the first waterfall. I encouraged him to keep going and we made it. That first set of falls has about 100 stairs going down to a great lookout, so I told him that if he walked down, I’d carry him back up. We didn’t make it to the bridge a little farther up the trail but I’m still calling it a success because, other than the stairs, I never had to carry him. He hiked quite a bit faster than some older kids who started at the same time as us too. I didn’t have my Garmin watch with me, but I’d guess we covered about 2.5 miles.

He hasn’t asked for another hike yet, but I’m hoping to get him out at least once more. I picked up a hiking with kids book to get some good ideas. Maybe next time I’ll work on picking out clothing that doesn’t clash so badly.

Good Brewing Company Taproom

“My neighbor brews beer in his garage.” When I say that, people usually have a picture in their head that doesn’t equate to what is really happening. Five houses down from me, Kevin is making some epic beer. He has over a dozen taps in his garage and some fancy brewing equipment. He’s had his license for a little over a year and he’s already won second place at the Washington Beer Awards for his Pink Boots Double IPA. He makes a lot of great beers, but that one is my favorite.

His garage is a very convenient walk from my house and Elijah loves taking bike rides to see “Mr. Kevin”, but now his garage door is closed a lot more frequently. That’s because he has taken a big step and opened his first taproom! It’s located northwest of the Woodinville Costco and we headed there for the grand opening. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it certainly was NOT what we actually witnessed. There were well over 100 people there with live music, a BBQ trailer and tons of people in line for beer. Kevin seemed happily in awe of the turnout.

I’ve been back a couple times since then and he always seems to have a good crowd on hand. In addition to a big variety of beers on tap, he also has some limited food (pizza and pretzel bread) available for sale. I’ll have to see if I can convince Tyla that this is a viable dinner location. Pizza, beer and cornhole? How could she say no?

Congrats to Kevin for an incredible start to his taproom. I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing what the next year brings!

Web: https://goodbrewingco.com
Instagram: @goodbrewingco
Facebook: facebook.com/goodbrewingco

Four Sheets

I first stumbled across Zane Lamprey when he had his Three Sheets show on a now-defunct cable channel called MojoHD. If you’re a Hulu subscriber, you can still watch the whole series and I highly recommend it. After Three Sheets, he had a show called Drinking Made Easy and then a Kickstarter show called Chug. All of them are travel/alcohol shows that mix comedy and learning about other cultures and their drinking customs. It’s a great formula that never seems to quite stick with the people writing the checks.

Now he’s off filming again for something he’s referring to as Four Sheets.There’s a Facebook page for it, but I can’t find a lot of other details. I know a few of you are fans as well, so you might want to follow that page and his Instagram account in hopes of finding out how we’ll be able to watch these new episodes.

Cheers!

Wooden Pixel Mario

A couple years ago, David Picciuto made a Super Mario picture using 1″ square “pixels” cut out of three types of wood. That has stuck in my head as a fun idea and it ended up being the first project that I completed since April. (My shop has been used for storage during the siding and window project on our house.)

I chose maple, walnut and paduk for the white, brown and red pieces. The key to this project is getting all ~150 squares to be totally identical in size so that when you build them into Mario, the lines stay straight. The next trick was getting a chamfer cut on all four sides of the squares. This helps to define the edges and made each square look more like a pixel. I cut two of the sides with a router when the wood was still in 1″ strips. After cross cutting those strips into squares, I set the table on my small disc sander to a 45 degree angle and sanded the rest. Then I had to hand sand each square to clean them up.

David put his on to a square piece of plywood and made a frame for it, but I wanted to make mine frameless. I cut out a piece of plywood on the bandsaw that would be just smaller than the assembled Mario. I picked a row near the center and carefully glued it as straight as I could. From there I glued two or three rows at a time working out toward the top and bottom. I took my time and let the various rows dry before getting too far so that I could make sure I was staying straight.

I love this project! Thank you David for the inspiration!

Elijah’s Birthday Photos

Every year Tyla has convinced me that we should take birthday photos of Elijah and every year I’ve been happy that we have done it. She usually gets a giant number for him to hold. The last two years I’ve cut one out on a laser cutter, mostly because I’m too cheap to pay $10 for one from the craft store. Here are some of the better shots from this year. He loves climbing he magnolia tree in our back yard so it seemed like a natural spot to take the photos… especially because the rest of the house is a wreck from the big siding project.