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Chewin the Fat Boy: October, 2017

After months of wildfire smoke fouling the air here in the NE corner of Washington State, with temps over 90 degrees and the unmistakable smell of burnt wood hanging over us longer than anyone alive could recollect, finally, it cleared a few days ago. The deep orange cast on the sun and moon—an eerie veil lifted, if only for those ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: September, 2017

September is a favorite in most households, I’d wager. It’s a month with many friends’ and family’s birthdays, those celebrants a product of amorous yuletide celebrations gone by; it’s the month when Tamarack (a.k.a. Larch) trees begin to defoliate but offer up a brilliant gold before the needles drop. September in the Northwest finds us looking forward to the Anacortes, ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: August, 2017

Summer doesn’t seem like it’s game-on until the first wienie, the first barbecue, the choke of smoke rising from a grill or open fire. So, any event that ends on the beach, with wienies and burgers (for your kind donation), well, who’d want to miss that? The trick with a lot of things that don’t grade as top dietary drawer, ...

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Chewin the Fat Boy: July, 2017

Before jumping into what’s happening, this goes out to folks who’ve expressed interest in the Pend Orielle River Valley, my home in the middle of nowhere. To preview this wonderful NE Washington riding country, a local Metaline Falls fellow Ted Hawk has created a YouTube channel where he posts drone videos, capturing some exceptional footage of the region. He made ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: June, 2017

It’s a glorious spring day—mild temps, warmer than we’ve seen. From my loft office overlooking the 1912 barn and greening fields I see Matt has the forestry tractor front forks on and is bringing compressor, ladder, nail gun and a pallet of shingles to the pump house. Today is that 10’x12’ building’s sheathing and end to advertising Tyvek house wrap ...

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Chewin the Fat Boy: May, 2017

When anyone of any age suffers loss, it’s a painful ride to find one’s footing. But when it’s a child, there’s no accurate way to gauge the despair, particularly as kids seem to be navigating with resiliency. ABATE of Cowlitz County is honoring a former member who passed in 2004 by doing something about it. They’re welcoming you to join ...

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Chewin the Fat Boy: April, 2017

Bayview, Idaho, is alongside Lake Pend Oreille; the deepest, biggest and least noisy body of water statewide. This makes for the ideal location for research and development on stealth technologies for the US Navy’s submarines, doing this work much more affordably and with greater environmental controls than would be possible in an ocean setting. Bayview, Idaho, is also where a ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: March, 2017

March is here and for riders in coastal climes that’s a fair bit more meaningful than those of us perched (huddled) inland. But there are signs that warmer days are ahead. Right? Having spent the first dozen days of February on the equator side of the Baja Peninsula with about 40 friends, young and old, family and acquaintances thereof, spring ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: February, 2017

Our world seems divided these days and it’s difficult to know what’s real versus imagined. What is worth worrying over, really? What can we do to improve the human condition? Maybe it’s time to shut off the noise and turn our attention to living on purpose… It’s easier than you might think to get involved… I grew up in Seattle, ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: January, 2017

Happy New Year greetings from the Pacific Northwest, where folks on the coast are still enjoying balmy 40-degree days and nights and those in the Inland NW have seen single digits and early snowfall. My Fat Boy, like the scoots of most riders east of the Cascades, is parked for the duration, nicely topped off with special winter sauce—non-ethanol supreme ...

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