Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Off to the river i go

I'm out of here.

Tommorrow morning I'll be watching the sunrise from a plane, traveling up to Oregon, traveling back in time. I will be meeting 9 of my oldest dearest friends. Some of us met when we were five years old. And then we kept together, through grade school, high school, some college. And now over 30 years, 30 years. agggg. Well. It's going to be great, i can't wait!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Put your best foot forward...slowly

First day of school. It went well. The only tears were mom's. Travis started 2nd grade today and Sadie is beginning 1st.

Hannah, my girl, is now a senior in highschool. I coulden't help flashingback to her elementary school days. Wasn't that just the day before yesterday? now, taller than me, running to the car, She: friends getting me Mom! See ya! Me: What? Wait!! just one photo please. She: Your funny Mom, she says, gotta go! Me: Please time slow down just a little so at least the doodles stay small for awhile longer.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mt. Whitney will have to wait

We had to cancel. My DH had an emergency at the beach so we coulden't go.

Here's what happened... DH is a lifeguard at our city beach. He was working in the tower when he recieved a message at around 5 p.m. that a kayak was taken out and the person was attempting a paddle out to some oil derricks several miles offshore. Unless you are prepared this is extremely dangerous, and he had a feeling that this person was not prepared. He coulden't leave his tower. The Coast Guard was on alert and everyone waited. Finally at around 6 p.m. the boat was spotted on the horizon. Because ocean distances are so deceptive, it was another hour before the kayaker pulled up on the beach. After some well chosen words for the offender; did he have any idea of the risk? currents, wind chop, no gps, water, and even sharks... sheesh! DH finally arrived home after 7:30 p.m. way too late for us to go.

My emotions were equal, part relief that the guy was safe and part frustration that the mountain would have to wait.

First day of school tommorrow!

Friday, August 22, 2008

here i go

Summer's over. almost. There are 3 days left for Hannah, 5 for Erik, Jacob and Kim. Kyle's already graduated, Vanessa too, but they are at the start of something new too (careers) so here we all go.

Oh, uh, i forgot to mention two little things... travis and sadie. they live here too now. Since june. And so school starts for them too. They are beginning 2nd and 1st grade.

Yesterday my husband made an impromptu plan, he wants to "do" Mt. Whitney saturday, it's for training , a way to keep in shape .Mt. Whitney is the largest mountain in the contiguous United States, people come from all over the world to climb it. You can't just go up the mountain whenever you please, you need to apply for a permit, which are harder and harder to come by. You first apply, and then wait until you are given a time slot. Unless you don't mind going up the mountaineer's route. This way is rated very difficult, well there is a technical rating but I forget what it is, so just know that it's really hard.. Here is a excerpt from the book Mount Whitney: Mountain Lore from the Whitney Store; The Mountaineer's Route offers a good hike for "well seasoned limbs," according to John Muir; and conquering the East Face, using ropes and special equipment, provides the rush that thrill-seeking climber enjoy. No thanks. He has been trying to talk me into this for a long time. Luckily I kept coming up with really good (lame) excuses to get out of it. I am going to go up the Mt. Whitney trail while my DH goes up the crazies trail. You can only go the approximatly 2 and a half miles to Lone Pine Lake without a permit. It's a beautiful hike. I can't wait!