Mt. Charleston

Mt. Charleston is the place to be in the middle of the summer. The roads across the mountain reach above 8000ft, so it’s typically around 20 degrees cooler up there than down in the Las Vegas valley. It’s a great break from the heat, and it’s a fun ride. (more…)

Red Rock Scenic Loop

Red Rock Canyon is a place I know well. I’ve been here many, many times, and it’s fun every time. This is probably the closest ride around Las Vegas, and it’s a great one-way 13-mile loop. It’s real scenic, the roads are usually very clean and good, there are some nice curves inside the loop, and it’s a great place for people to learn and get the hang of some turns. (more…)

YouTube Channels

YouTube is an awesome place to learn from. In recent years there has been a lot of great content created there, with some real smart people jumping into the site. There are a lot of things that can’t be conveyed well in any format other than video. You have to be careful though, as anyone can put things on the internet; as always, it’s best not to follow and take advice from only one place. Subscribe to these dudes below, check back every couple days and learn some new stuff. (more…)

Articles to Help Those New to Motorcycling

I’m going to start writing a few articles/posts to try to help people that are just coming into motorcycling. I think there’s a lot of questions that new folks have, and some of those answers are not easy to find. These are only going to be my opinion of course, but there’s a lot of things around bikes that are simply that. Most of this won’t be stuff that’s new to anyone that’s been on two wheels for a while, but hopefully it will save new guys some time, money, or accidents.

There’s Nothing Like a Day at the Track

There’s something special about being at the track, something I can’t quite explain. Everyone there shares the same passion, and we’re all there to have fun. It’s the noise, the smells, the feels, the people; the whole experience is something that can’t quite be explained in words. I spent the morning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Apex Assassins and 2WheelsTrackDays on 13Apr2019 taking a few photos.
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Camera Upgrade (D7000 to D7200)

After four years, I finally found a time I was able to upgrade my camera. I have been shooting with a Nikon D7000 since I started in the hobby, and it’s been great to me. It’s what I learned on, I have traveled all over the world to a couple different continents with it, and it’s never given me any trouble. I treat it well, and it treats me well. I don’t recall exactly how many, but I’ve taken at least 25,000 photos with it, probably more. I love it, but I’ve been reaching the camera’s limits. I wanted more.
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Roundover and Sanding

Today I got around to sanding all the top edges flat. They weren’t too bad, but they did need a little work. Sanding is one of my, and I think anyone’s, least favorite parts of any woodworking project. I also routed a 1/8″ roundover on the top outside edge, just to give it a little warmer appeal.

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Still need to sand the bottoms flat. I need to glue a piece of sandpaper onto a piece of wood, and then just flatten that way by hand. Pretty much from here on out it’s all by hand. Power sanders will take off too much material. I like to feel the wood as I go at this point, you get a feel for exactly where and how much you need to change.

Hinges are in the mail, and I should be cutting the tops off this weekend. Then finally I get to apply some finish.

 

Been a While

I find that interest in my hobbies is revolving. I’ll be really into one hobby for a few months, then get a little bored with it and move on to another, but I typically come back to each one at some point. Some periods last longer than others though. For example, I started playing guitar back in my teens. Was very into that. Due to certain life circumstances, I put it down for a couple years. Then, I started back into it and was playing daily, and in a band playing shows every weekend with 3 hour sets of music. Then about 5 years ago, I moved out of the area where that band was. I dabbled around with the guitar playing just for me for a couple years. But now, I haven’t seriously picked up my guitar in about 3 years. I’ve done a couple week-long stints, but nothing worth noting. I’m waiting for the day when it will come back to the forefront.

Now, photography is along those lines, albeit not as long. My camera has been sitting in its bag for two months now. In the roughly three and half years I’ve owned my Nikon D7000, this is the longest I haven’t picked it up. Maybe just laziness, maybe my recent interest in woodworking has taken precedence, I’m not really sure why. It’s not that I don’t like it any more, because I love creating images, it’s just kind of fizzled out. But the itch is coming back. I need to get back out there.

Anyone else do this with their interests?