Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Newport Harbor Pizza Paddle - January 2016

January 13th, 2016
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About once a month a group of us get together and paddle Newport Harbor after work. We launch from the beach at the Newport Aquatic Center and paddle over to Pizza Nova in the main harbor in a combination of kayaks and SUPs. There we dock our boats, partake in feast of pizza and beer, and then paddling back to the cars. We do this all year round and in pretty much all conditions.  Light, dark, rain, and the dead of SoCal winter where you're tempted to put a sweater on with your flip flops.

You can find writeups of other pizza paddles here.

If you'd like to join us just ask. We sometimes have loaner boats available and while admittedly some of us do bite most of us have had our shots.

This was our first pizza paddle since my knee surgery back on November 5th but hopefully we'll be doing them again regularly now. We're currently in that time of year where it's dark even when we arrive at the beach.  This actually has it's advantages as the water in the harbor is usually smoother after dark and there is plenty of ambient light from all the surrounding houses but I do miss the sunsets we get other times of the year.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Benton Hot Springs - Bungalow Cabin

Yet another hot spring posts since that's about all I'm able to do for another month or so due to Knee Surgery 2015.

During the stay at Conway House on Halloween the caretaker recommended the Bungalow Cabin as being even more private with an even better view of the mountains so that's what we went for this time.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

2015 Newport Harbor Christmas Light Parade Slightly Soggy Edition

Each year Newport throws a Christmas Light Boat Parade for a few nights around the holidays.  Boats get decked out with lights and decorations and cruise around the harbor while the unwashed and slightly tipsy holiday masses watch from the shore.

I'd seen before but the crowds and general pain getting in and out of the area meant I usually either went towards the end or would do something different like the year I joined a bicycle tour of the parade.  Then last year we'd been paddling out in the harbor after work and I had the brilliant idea of going out to see the parade from our kayaks.  

We all had a blast and found it far less terrifying than we'd imagined to paddle along with the parade so we promptly made plans to do it again this year.

This year we tried to make it so even more people could come switching it to a Saturday and advertising it far in advance.  But after my knee surgery put my own attendance in jeopardy and a storm came in we ended up with 5 hearty souls unloading boats after dark in the rain...

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Knee Surgery 2015: Post Op Weeks 5 & 6


This is part of a series of entries covering my fall back in 2011, surgery in 2015, and my recovery immediately afterwards. If you came here directly the rest of the entries can be found here.

The 6 week post op visit was another milestone with the doctor clearing me to finally start bending past 90 degrees (which is a bigger deal than you'd think if you haven't had this sort of surgery...)

Knee Surgery 2015: What It Cost (So Far)

See below the break for a running total of the costs associated with the procedure.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

El Dorado Hot Springs In Tonopah Arizona - Sunset Pool


I've been going slightly stir crazy after my recent knee surgery and the fact I can't hike or do any other sort of outdoor activity has greatly altered how I spend the average weekend.

Hot springs I can still do and we know a few that offer overnight accommodations.  El Dorado is one of our favorite though it's a big of a drive being located in Tonopah Az.

This time we reserved the Sunset Pool since we've only ever stayed at the Desert View Pool.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Knee Surgery 2015: Surgery And The First Five Days

This is part of a series of entries covering my fall back in 2011, surgery in 2015, and my recovery immediately afterwards.  If you came here directly the rest of the entries can be found here.

Below covers the day of the surgery and the first five days of recovery.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Benton Hot Springs - Halloween Weekend In Conway House

This was a part of Matt's Right Kneecap Farewell Tour in the weekends leading up to Knee Surgery 2015.  I was going to be laid up for months so I was desperate to get out even if the swelling meant I couldn't hike.

Benton Hot Springs is located near the Eastern Sierra and offers overnight camping spots.  They also offer cabins but we'd reserved pool #5 since it was advertised as private and only #5.

Due to a mix up on their end we ended up getting the much nicer Conway House for the same price.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Knee Surgery 2015: Injury, Pre-Surgery Decisions, Prep

This is the first in a series of entries I'm planning to write about my experience (hopefully) recovering from a knee injury I sustained back in 2011.  Since I'm going to be recovering from surgery any new trip reports will just be from the backlog I haven't had time to finish (of which there are unfortunately a large number)

Newport Harbor Pizza Paddle - October 2015 Pre-Surgery Paddle

October 28th, 2015
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About once a month a group of us get together and paddle Newport Harbor after work.  We launch from the beach at the Newport Aquatic Center and paddle over to Pizza Nova in the main harbor where we dock our boats, partake in pizza and beer, and then paddling back to the cars.  We do this all year round and in pretty much all conditions.  You can find writeups of other pizza paddles here.

This was to be the last pizza paddle for the immediate future due to an impending knee surgery.  I was a fun one though with several friends joining us for the first time.