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June 29-30, 2013

This weekend, we loaded up our “old school” bikes and headed for the beaches of Ocean Shores, WA to visit Eric’s parents.  Lucky us- they have a home just minutes from the ocean.

Eric’s dad turned the big 8-0 on Saturday.  Happy Birthday, Darrel!

Old School Bikes

Once we arrived, we were eager to get down to the sand.

Elisa & Eric

Eric got busy pulling various toys out of Darrel’s storage shed…


Eric with Skimboard

“My board matches my boardshorts”

Eric on Skimboard


Eric with Surfboard

“My shorts keep falling down, but it’s good out there!”

Meanwhile, I walked the beach…

Ocean Shores, WA
Sunday morning, we enjoyed a 15.5 mile bike ride with Darrel.  This is where the “Fit at Eighty” comes in!

Notice the mother-in-law theme here:

  • Eric rode a Bianchi bike that came from his mother-in-law (my mom).
  • Darrel rides an old Raleigh Colt that belonged to his mother-in-law (Eric’s grandma).

Eric & Darrel

Darrel on the Raleigh Colt

Eric & Darrel

We stopped along the way to enjoy the views.

(Not every summer day at Ocean Shores is quite this perfect!  It can be quite cold and foggy.)


Elisa & Darrel


I didn’t ride my mother-in-law’s bike.  I rode the blue Schwinn beach cruiser that we found several years ago at a thrift store for $14.99.

My back was in perfect comfort, but the seat felt so bulky that it was like I had a big diaper between my legs.  HA!

Elisa on the Cruiser Bike

Bye-bye beach!

Bare Feet on Beach

Finally– no vegan blog post would be complete without some vegan food.  I worked up an appetite!

Here’s the GF (Gluten Free) Power Plate that I had from the Veggie Grill on the way home.

Blackened tempeh-portobello mushroom-caramelized onion stack, steamin' kale, sliced tomato salad, chipotle ranch

Blackened tempeh-portobello mushroom-caramelized onion stack, steamin’ kale, sliced tomato salad, chipotle ranch

Tatonka's Standing Support

Here’s the 6 week Tatonka update!  This is my 3rd blog post about this darling male Nigerian Dwarf goat.

If you missed the first two posts, check them out now:

Tatonka has undergone a 2-part surgery (by Dr. Hannah Muelller, at Cedarbrook Veterinary Care), to attempt to correct his severe limb deformities.  The prognosis is uncertain, but the hope is that Tatonka will gain functional use of his legs.

Surgery #1 was on June 21st– to cut the tendons that were hyperextending Tatonka’s hocks and pulling up the toes of his hind legs.

Surgery #2 was on June 24th– to cut the flexor tendons that were holding his front legs in a bent position.

Immediately post-surgery, Tatonka recovered well from the sedation, and within hours was standing with assistance and grazing.

Here is a video clip from June 26th (from the New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary Facebook page):

Last night was difficult for Tatonka.  He’s still in a lot of pain.  Ellen wrote,

“Baby goat is having a rough time. Flailing around and crying out. Screams every time I put him down, and only settles when I hold him. Hoping the meds kick in soon, poor guy.”

As of today, I’m told that Tatonka wants to be held all the time.  Put him down and he starts to cry!  Can’t blame him, really.  He’s just a baby without his momma.

I really had it rough today, helping do the holding.  (Yeah, right!!)  It was pure joy.

Elisa Holding Tatonka

Elisa Holding Tatonka

Elisa Holding Tatonka

If you would like to make a donation toward Tatonka’s veterinary bills, you can make a donation at the New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary website.  Every bit helps!

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