Mar 052017
 

We were sidetracked by a quick road trip but we are now back at the WatermanAtWork.com World Headquarters, where we are happy to report that the weather is warming up and most of the winter snow has melted! We thought this day would never come, it’s been a tough winter. We flew back east for a few days where the temperature one day actually reached the high seventies, which broke weather records by a long ways. It didn’t last long because the following day it was snowing, nearly a fifty degree temperature drop! On the way back to the Pacific Northwest, there was still plenty of snow in the Rocky Mountains.

The snowy Rocky Mountains of Idaho

It’s always nice flying west around sunset because the setting sun takes a long time to dip into the clouds.

Headed west towards the Pacific Northwest

We are back to work editing video and are hopeful the the snow in the weather forecast does not materialize so we can finally get outside.

Feb 182017
 

We’ve got more work in progress, this time around will be a couple more kayak fishing videos. We are seriously hoping we’ve turned the corner on this record cold and snowy winter. It’s warmed up a bit, but there is still a foot of snow on the ground in most places. We have seen the sun a couple times and the temperature has been above 40° a few days, so we look to be headed in the right direction.

Stay tuned for progress reports and video release dates. Who knows, we may actually get outside for some fun sometime soon.

Feb 072017
 

The 1995 Grundig World Cup downhill mountain bike race video has been uploaded to the watermanatwork.com website. From analog Hi-8 video tape in 1995 to the internet in 2017, finally got around to it.

These were the glory days of mountain bike racing. Full suspension mountain bikes were just coming out, but the inch or two of suspension wasn’t much by today’s standards. Clipless pedals and primitive disc brakes appeared. Full face helmets, but not too much body armor. Not super technical by modern standards, but the Snow Summit downhill course was plenty challenging with rocky, dusty trails, off camber turns, sudden steep sections and peddling(imagine that) for two timed runs down Bear Mountain.

Check out the video HERE or click on the photo below:

Click HERE for 1995 Grundig World Cup downhill MTB video

We will be uploading the video to YouTube, but the video quality is always better on the watermanatwork.com website.

We’ve had plenty of time to work on these videos because the winter here in the PacNW remains challenging. Lots of snow for winter activities is what you want, but there is a point when there is so much snow and/or cold, when the novelty wears off. If you can’t get out of the driveway, you can’t do much else. More snow today, but not as cold as it’s been, so we are hoping for a blizzard-melting deal.

Pacific Northwest blizzard 2-7-17

Work continues here at the watermanatwork.com World Headquarters. We have more mountain bike videos in the chute and kayak fishing videos and photos to get the 2017 fishing season going, whenever winter cuts loose of us. Stay tuned…

Jan 302017
 

The relentless winter weather has eased a bit so we’ve been working on a classic Grundig World Cup DH Mountain Bike video. Many people, including us, have been essentially snowed in for about a month. Lots of time we would spend working on photos and videos has been spent instead with endless snow shoveling sessions and clearing snow off the roof so it didn’t collapse. We are hoping the worst is behind us so we can get on with things. Anyway, the mountain bike video has a lot of great footage of some of the early generation downhill mountain bike racers like Myles Rockwell

Myles Rockwell-1995 Grunding World Cup-Big Bear CA

and John Tomac

John Tomac-1995 Grundig World Cup-Big Bear CA

Looks like another few days of crappy weather so we should be able to get a lot editing done. We really need to get outside and get some exercise, use the snowshoes for a walk in the woods instead of getting from the house to the truck. Stay tuned.

Jan 142017
 

We have had a series of winter storms here in the Pacific Northwest with intense cold and heavy snow. It’s been called the worst winter in twenty years. People around here expect snow and cold in the winter, but this prolonged stretch of winter weather is more like you might find in the Rocky Mountains, not a hundred miles from the Pacific Ocean at 700′ elevation. It’s been one blizzard after another leaving about three feet of snow on the ground.

Heavy snow for winter 2017 in the Pacific Northwest

Since a few days before Christmas, getting around has been very tough. The interstate through the area has been closed a number of times because of dangerous conditions, county roads remain anywhere from impassable to dangerous, with plenty of snow and black ice because the temperature has not been above freezing for more than a week. There were a couple storms that dumped about a foot of snow each just a few hours apart, burying the area with snow.

Heavy snow in the Pacific Northwest January 2017

It’s been difficult to get to the WatermanAtWork World HQ because it is on a hill. Snow, ice, vehicles and hills do not work that well together. When we finally are able to make it up the road, we must use snowshoes to get up to the office.

Snowshoe tracks up to WatermanAtWork HQ

Needless to say, work on the watermanatwork.com website has slowed down a bit. We’ve been mostly digging out, which is more work than one might think. We are hoping the life threatening weather will taper off and we can get back to work.

Jan 062017
 

We’ve added closed captions for the Voyager Albacore Fishing 2003 video on the watermanatwork.com website and on YouTube.

Closed captioning is a time consuming and tedious part of video production. Most viewers won’t use it, but we want people who may have hearing problems or can’t listen to the sound for some reason to enjoy the video just like everybody else. All the watermanatwork.com videos have closed captions except for the older video clips, we are in the process of updating those videos and when we do, they will be closed captioned.

The winter work sessions here at the Hood River office have slowed a bit due to the very nasty winter weather. We’ve had an unusually long stretch of cold, snow and ice. We do have significant winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but for the past month or so, it’s been more like Alaska. We are still getting work done, but we have to take time to do the things you need to do to prevent becoming a frozen meat patty. Keep checking in for new stuff.

Jan 012017
 

Happy New Year from the cold and snowy Pacific Northwest! 2016 was OK, a bit of a bumpy ride at times, but we looking forward to a great 2017.

We here at watermanatwork.com have been enjoying the holidays, but we’ll be back in the workshop tomorrow.

Dec 242016
 

We here at watermanatwork.com want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas from watermanatwork.com

Whether you are walking on the beach or trudging through snow, home with family and friends or on the road, we hope you can find a bit of joy this Christmas.

Dec 212016
 

Not a lot of outdoor activity has been happening for the past few weeks, unless you count shoveling snow. Lots of snow. Around here, weather is a major factor in daily life, especially when the weather is bad. Heavy snow and ice storms have closed highways and knocked out power. It’s been pretty cold as well. Even when the weather is not so good, the Pacific Northwest is a breathtaking place, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

A short break in the 2016 winter storms near Mt. Hood in Oregon

The WatermanAtWork Hood River office has been snowed in for about ten days. The first day I was able to get into town to check the mail and restock supplies, I made a two foot error in judgement, slid off the road and got stuck in the snow and frozen mud underneath.

Stuck up to the axles in snow and mud

We still have lots of projects in the works and when we aren’t trying not to become Donner Party 2016, we are working to get them on the watermanatwork.com website. Working on videos where we are in shorts and T shirts can take it’s toll when it’s 20° and snowing.