Maui Vacation Highlights – Water

Benji in the water

Benji has never been in deep water if any sort, not a pool, the ocean, or a lake. I’m sorry to say that swimming doesn’t hold much allure for me, and although Ian enjoys it, usually mommy ends up being the one responsible for this kind of activity. But on this trip, Ian has patiently been spending many hours in the pool, helping Benji slowly get comfortable in increasingly deep water.

Benji at the beach the day we arrived. No water here.

This slow introduction to water actually started at a very fun pirate ship toy that has 6″ to 1.5′ of water around it, and water shooting out of various places. We took pictures of that on a “waterproof” camera that leaked and broke the next day. Wonderful. Continue Reading >>

Katie Versus the Volcano

We got to Hawaii Sunday afternoon late. That’s another story – a long story, to go with an extra-long flight – but I wanted to note that today, Ian heroically made it possible for me to do the Cycle to the Sun, the big ride up Mt. Haleakala. This blog post is a summary of my impressions and highlights, and is not intended to be a blow-by-blow account of each stage of the ride.

The night before, I slept really badly, and kept waking up, thinking it was time to get up. I was concerned about waking up Benji and Ian when my alarm went off at 4 am. So I ended up waking up at 3 am, dozing lightly until 3:45, and finally getting up. On the bright side, my alarm didn’t disturb my family; on the downside, I didn’t rest very well before a big ride that I really wanted to go well. Continue Reading >>


Sometimes if I’m not sure it’s raining, I’ll check the “weather porch” to see if drops are actually falling (ie, making splashes on the porch), or if it’s just standing water left over from a previous rainshower. Today, however, that isn’t a problem.

I have to admit – I’m looking forward to leaving this weather behind for a week.

Today I got word that the bike shop on Maui received my bike and they’re putting it together. I’m getting over my brief cold, and hoping that won’t set me back too much when I try to ride Haleakala. My goal is to do it as soon as possible after we get there, Monday or Tuesday, to be sure I do it. After all the logistics and cost of figuring out how to bike there, and all the extra baggage of bike gear, and all those thousands of feet Dad and I rode, I’d better do it! Continue Reading >>

…Said No Financial Advisor, Ever

As you may be aware, I work for a financial advisor, and naturally this gives me some extra insight into financial matters. In this post I’m going to share with you some of the secret savings techniques never discussed by financial advisors, and examine some pros and cons for each. Remember, past returns are not indicative of future gains, and always check with your own financial advisor and/or tax consultant before embarking on a new exercise regimen, especially after a long sedentary period, like a Netflix binge. Continue Reading >>

Strange Fears

Today, riding home through thick fog after dropping Benji at school, I realized that I’m afraid of strange things. Normally when you talk to people about biking fears, they fear:

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Buses
  • Other motorized vehicles

Any other concerns get subsumed in the fear of cars. But I’ve ridden so much, I know how to handle riding around cars, especially in my area. It’s not that I don’t respect the danger posed by vehicles; I’m just confident in my own ability to (a) Proactively choose safe places for myself on the road; and (b) React quickly and correctly if a vehicle pose a threat. My fears go more like this: Continue Reading >>

Cycle to the Sun: A Seattle Cyclist’s Dream

I haven’t talked about biking much at all here. In real life I pretty much never talk with people about my biking because I know I get so excessively excited that two hours later I’ll still be talking while my victim has glazed over and slowly slipped into a boredom coma. Also I haven’t mentioned it because normally biking for me in the winter is pretty low-key, a time to recharge, rest, and build some base miles before the crazy spring/summer season starts.

But this year, we’re doing a big family trip to Maui at the end of this month, and I’ve made it my goal to “Cycle to the Sun” — ride to the top of Mt. Haleakala (it hasn’t escaped me that, coming from Seattle, my goal is pretty much always to cycle to the sun). This is about the only place in the world there’s a paved road that goes from 0 to 10,000 feet all in one continuous stretch, and it’s on the bucket list of many a hill climbing cyclist. In preparation for that, Dad has been generously helping me do rides of duration and elevation that are more appropriate to August than February. Continue Reading >>

Family Christmas Photo

Ferguson Family, Christmas 2015
Here’s a picture of us at Christmas. My favorite part of the picture is that Benji has the smudgy black booger/dirt/fuzz smear on his nose. This has become an almost permanent feature lately. Real life.