The Ink Master

October 23, 2013

I was scrolling through my twitter feed when I saw that Oliver Peck was in town hangin’ with his buddy Mike Herrera. I totally sent him a fan girl tweet about being in my hometown.

I was stoked when he invited me to join them at one of the rad local bars. My awesome wife said “What are you waiting for? Go meet Oliver Peck!”.

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It was easy to find him, being that he was surrounded by all the local tattoo artists. I thought I was a fan girl.

Finally got my photo.

selfie with Oliver Peck in the Manette Saloon Bremerton Washington

Just an average Wednesday night chillin with @OLIVER_PECKer

 

It was Open Mic Night, so he had to get up and sing some Tom Petty.

Jack Parker and Oliver Peck

Not a bad for a regular ass Wednesday in October.

 

 

Trek to Cali

Since starting this project I have reached out to a lot of cool people. Some of the first were the awesome people at the National MS Society. The timing was perfect, they were planning on shooting a video to help people who are newly diagnosed with MS navigate the craziness.

A week after telling them my story they asked me and the family to fly down to Los Angeles and tell our story to the camera. It was a short trip but we had a ton of fun. Hopefully this isn’t the last project we do with the NMSS.

venice BeachWe arrived on a beautiful 82 degree day. We unloaded our bags at the hotel and headed out to Venice Beach.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with b2 presetWe stopped at the Venice Beach Skatepark to watch the dudes shred and pick up chicks, both were great to watch.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBefore we flew out we headed up to Santa Monica to check out the pier.
Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetWell hello PNW it’s nice to see you again!

Big thanks to all the awesome people who made this trip happen. We can’t wait to see you all again soon.

 

-wheels

driftwood along beach point no point hansville washington

Point No Point Adventure

Even in the winter we have to hit the beach.

Looking through our adventures you would think I have a thing for lighthouses. I do not, they just happen to be at beaches.

Hansville, Washington is home to Point No Point.

Lighthouse hansville washington point no point

I love to having access to rad beaches so close to home. We don’t have to pack or plan anything, so I don’t feel as bad when I’m tired and am ready to head out.

We usually just walk along the beach and watch the waves roll in. Tucker loves to fill his pockets with treasures. That just happens to be rocks the size of baseballs.

 

Wood stairs going up through the woods

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Lao-Tzu

Point No Point has a tall staircase that leads into a beautiful wooded area and a lookout over the water. It’s hard to convey just how daunting a simple staircase can be. I managed to slowly climb it with three stops for rest. You just have to keep moving forward.

-wheels

washington beach on straight of jaun de fuca

Trek to Cape Flattery

We had a free weekend last summer and we decided to make the trek to Cape Flattery Washington. You can’t get anymore Northwest in the lower 48 than Cape Flattery.

The drive up there is beautiful. Minus the super windy road that made the dog upchuck. Still worth it.

So many cool spots to hit on the way there. This spot is right before mile marker 40 on Hwy 112. The Straight of Juan De Fuca Hwy is one of the most beautiful drives in Washington State.

 

guy in car with dogs in backseat

Pulled off in downtown Neah Bay. Almost to Capy Flattery

You need to stop at the local store to pick up a Makah Recreation Pass so you can park at the Cape Flattery Trailhead.  It only sets you back ten bucks and is good for a year.

BOOM! Cape Flattery.

The trail down to the lookout is well maintained. There were plenty of places to sit and have a rest along the way. Not a bad trail with a cane or walking stick.

Motion in the ocean.

On the way home we looked for a sweet place to catch the sunset. Pillar Point Recreation Area was perfect.

Family selfie on boat ramp pillar point washington

Getting our nerd on.

 

Pillar Point washington Scion xB at sunset

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

The long day was well worth the good times and the great views.

Load up your favorite playlist and hit the road.

 

field of sea grass with lighthouse in the background

Port Townsend Adventure

Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend is an awesome little hippie town out on the Olympic Peninsula. We usually go up there to hit the food co-op and at least one beach. Gotta hit a beach, even for five minutes…that Puget Sound sea air is addicting. The shops downtown are a great stop as well. Something about the place draws you in.

We started the trip walking around downtown; the place is usually hopping on Saturday but it seemed extra buzzy this time.  We soon learned that the annual Strange BrewFest was happening. We headed to a few shops that we hit on the regular. One of them is Phoenix Rising — one of the largest metaphysical bookstores and shops in the country. You also can’t go wrong hitting the record store or one of the cool used book stores.

We shopped for a little bit, but the beach was calling, as it often does. PT has amazing sandy beaches. This trip we decided to go to Fort Worden State Park, which is full of army bunkers and has a cool old lighthouse. We don’t normally go all the way down to the lighthouse so this time we thought we would finally check it out.  The lighthouse is just over 100 years old. You can walk all the around the lighthouse which gives you great views of the Puget Sound and Whidbey Island. It was a beautiful day to get out and adventure. We had to take advantage of a 60 degree day in January.

Before we left we grabbed some groceries at the PT Food Co-op. I have to say that this co-op is the best one we have found; we head up to Port Townsend a couple times a month just to get awesome fresh, local and sustainable food. Even if you just want to grab lunch, the deli is top notch. After adventuring for about 4 hours it was time to head home. With so many rad people to chat with and cool things to do, leaving Port Townsend in a bad mood is nearly impossible.

car driving on Hood canal bridgeThanks to my amazing lady for taking this photo.  Don’t take photos while driving!
Brick building in downtown port townsend washingtonDowntown Port Townsend
assorted gem stones in dishesThe place with the gems and crystals in Phoenix Rising.  This store encompasses what PT is all about.  Store filled with rad giftsThis is Getables. It’s full of awesome gifts and treasures.  When we are looking for a thoughtful gift this is a great spot to check out.  man sitting with cane looking down at feetIt doesn’t take long for one of us to need a break or the restroom. In this case it was both.  With MS resting is a necessity.  PT has a perfect rest area in the public restrooms.  2 birds , 1 stone.  By this point we were all ready to hit the beach. Off to Fort Worden.
lighthouse at the beach fort wordenLighthouse on the beach at Fort Worden

climbing rocks

Climbing rocks and smelling the sea. photo by @yeahrockout

 

 

field of sea grass with lighthouse in the backgroundselfie of couple with fort worden lighthouse in backgroundGood times!