New Camera

When I first started my YouTube channel I purchased an inexpensive camera, the SJ4000. It was a good camera for the money, but nowhere near the quality of a Gopro. Of course I did not know the quality difference until I received the Hero 3+ Wifi.

I’ve used this SJ4000 for many hours. I’ve gone from Coos Bay, Oregon all the way to the Washington end of Highway 101. I have some footage from my Olympic Penninsula trip a couple of weeks ago I will put together soon. It was a great 600 mile ride.

I also have some footage from today’s Rider Skills Practice I completed.

Here is some video of me trying out the camera. The images do seem crisper to me. Let me know what you think.

Some Changes Here

I am making changes. Joshua Smith Fitness does not fit what I am doing now.

I started Joshua Smith Fitness when I was a Beachbody Coach. I liked the company and what they were trying to do, but the product, Shakeology, does not treat my body well. I have hyperthyroidism and the super herbs in Shakeology is bad for me.

I am treating my conditions not with lots of exercise and one-size-fits-all nutritional supplements, but with two wheels and doctor regulated supplements. I’m still exercising, but its not the same and for another post.

So, Joshua Smith Fitness is fading and Adventures With Redbeard is here. This is also the name of my YouTube channel and Facebook page. YouTube has some traction, but the Facebook page is brand new.

There may be more changes, but this is the start.

A Little Happy a Little Sad

Today I sold my truck. Now you should really understand something about me before I go on. Vehicles to me are more than something to get you from one place to another. Vehicles become an extension of myself. I often can better recognize someone by their car than their face. I know, I’m weird. I’ve had this truck for close to 7 years. That’s a long time to be part of the family.

I’ve done a lot with this truck. I camped with my oldest in it.

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I purchased this tent off craigslist and used it as many times as the previous owner, twice times. It worked well, but a little tight for two of us.

I’ve done some off-roading with the kids.

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Wow, that is an old picture.

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She even moved our trailer around a time or two.

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Don’t worry, I only moved it around, I never took hauled the trailer on the road.

I’ve driven this truck to Missoula, Montana and Temecula, California. What wonderful times I have had with this truck.

In October, when Sonus entered my life, I stopped driving this truck. There was no need. I don’t need a truck on a daily basis, and 18-20 mpg, although not bad, is a little tough for my 40+ mile commute. Sonus gets around 70 mpg and is…well you can see my videos and other posts for that. This post is about my Purple Truck.

I had dreams of putting a 302 in this truck, but settled for a mild rebuild of the engine. I’ve lifted it, put oversized tires on it, fog lights, LED flashers. I’ve hauled sand, firewood, home repair items, garbage, you name it. This has been a great truck for me.

I have been considering selling this truck, but haven’t had the nerve to place her on the market. A few weeks ago I mentioned I had some vehicles I needed to sell to a coworker and he asked. I have a 1971 AMC Javelin, a 1996 Ford Explorer, and this truck. I’ve had the Javelin longer, but I’ve driven the truck more.

I’ve been needing to get rid of some vehicles and with the addition of my motorcycle, I feel it is time to let go of the four wheeled adventures and embrace the two wheeled ones.

It is a sad parting, but I will see her in my office parking lot from time to time. I trust she will be as good a truck to the new owner as she was to me. Goodbye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refresh 2017

This weekend I was with about 1,600 crazy people. We all share some very hard things in common. We are all foster/adoptive parents. This is the Refresh ConferenceThere are lots of “Me Too” moments at this conference. It is great to see we are not alone.

My wife and I skipped the Thursday morning and afternoon sessions, choosing instead to spend the time with some great friends we rarely see. They moved to Kent, Washington about 5 years ago and we haven’t connected very often since they moved. It was great to see them. We did attend the Thursday evening marriage talk by Mike and Kristen Berry from Confessions of an Adoptive Parent.

The opening general session was something else. Being in the same room with 1,600 caring adults all praising the Creator was overwhelming. Then hearing people’s stories and Mike and Kristen speak again it was all I could take. I needed some time to absorb it all and get ready for more. I sat out the first breakout session, then there was lunch, then I skipped the next two breakout sessions. I did make it to Ducati Redmond, but that for a different post.

I attended two breakout sessions on Saturday, A field Guide to Fathering Foster & Adoptive Children, and Raising a Child with FAS. Both were what I needed, reminders of things to do to help my kids. It boils down to things which would help every child, patience, understanding, structure, and love. How these play out are different for each child. It is our job as parents to learn what best helps a kid thrive.

I was introduced to a new name, Dr. Ira Chasnoff with NTI Upstream. I will be looking him up and studying his material. On his website is a video about teens with FASD. I have not watched it yet, but I will.

This was my weekend in a nutshell. If you are or are thinking about becoming a foster/adoptive parent you owe it to yourself to attend Refresh. They have two locations, Seattle and Chicago. Pick one and begin gaining valuable resources. It is not an easy thing, but as we learned from Jedd Medefind, in this life joy and pain are wrapped together

 

Drive-Through on a Motorcycle

Motorcycles are a lot of fun for a lot of reasons. I’ve seen some videos of motorcyclist going through drive-throughs and wondered if I would have a similar fun experience.

I think it was similar to what I have seen in other videos. I pull up and the girl taking the order says she doesn’t get motorcycles very often and states that she has seen two come through. She also mentioned my camera, that is what she is pointing at.

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 The guy at the window, pictured top, told me not to eat and drive and everyone inside started laughing . They are a happy bunch at Chick-Fil-A.

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I have a great tank bag and was able to place the order quickly inside. This bag is like a home to me. Even when I travel without my bike I take it with me, but that’s for another post.

Here is a video of the whole thing, see what you think.

Team Oregon

I spent this weekend with 14 strangers, and we may have only one thing in common, motorcycles!

I would like to become a Team Oregon instructor and have applied for that very thing. These strangers were a motorcycle safety class and I was auditing.

Team Oregon is Oregon’s motorcycle rider training and education provider.

In this class were many people who had never been on a motorcycle before. It was exciting to to watch as the course transformed these people into riders.

The Basic Rider Training begins very basic. They learn where the controls are, how to start, and how to use the friction zone. They also work on safe cornering and maneuvering. One of the finial tests was an offset cone weave, very nice.

After the test is complete, a intersection is set up with a one-way circle around it. It was, as one instructor put it, “Controlled chaos.” Here is a picture.

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If you are in Oregon and want to earn your motorcycle endorsement, want to develop your skills, or just understand motorcyclist better, sign up for a class with Team Oregon.

A Little History and a Storm

Not long ago, I was a runner. I have two marathons, two Hood-to-Coasts, one Klondike Road Relay, some half-marathons, and a quite a few other races under my belt. That, however, was another life. Currently I have no idea if I will ever be able to return to running. Last weekend I spent a little time working in the yard and it took a few hours before I could get my thyroid to settle down. That was not confidence inspiring.

So what is this picture of Tophill? Tophill is a trailhead on the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail. It is a 21 mile trail that, who would have guessed, goes from Banks to Vernonia. It is a rails to trails park. I have spent many hours running this trail, but it was many years ago. My favorite long distance, think 10 or 20 miles, runs were on this trail. Over the years they have paved it. I have also spent a little time riding a bicycle on this trail and I have dodged horse manure too. Let’s just say I have fond memories.

I have gone for a couple of different rides where I end up on Highway 47 south of Vernonia at this trailhead, it has a pit toilet which can be helpful at times. I take a break here and remember a previous life. Here is a video, a snapshot of that area.