A weekend at 14,000 feet

•September 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Press play on what might be my favorite song from the new Mumford and Sons CD (to be fair, it’s impossible to pick a favorite) before continuing. Language warning.

I had an awesome weekend with my rockstar dad and sister this weekend climbing Mt. Langley. The highlight was most likely Kristi falling over while making dinner, to which dad said “have a seat!” just as he tripped over the tent and fell over. It’s funny now – and even funnier with minor hypoxia 🙂 But aside from a few blisters and bruises, we all summited California’s 9th highest peak (14,032 ft). That’s something to celebrate! Huge thanks to dad and Kristi for coming with – I had a great time. Love you both!

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Too funny not to pass on…

•September 11, 2012 • 2 Comments

Yeah ladies!

•August 9, 2012 • 1 Comment

High fives all around to the ladies of the US soccer team! 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in 5 Olympic appearances. Not too shabby 🙂

PS. Did anyone else think of this when they saw the striped  jerseys?

 

Big Day!

•August 6, 2012 • 2 Comments

Today is a pretty awesome day.

First came Curiosity (ok, that was last night, but waay past my bed time… so I consider it today). Hug your neighborhood rocket scientist. This is a pretty wild accomplishment.

And second, good work ladies! If you have 2 hours to kill, I highly recommend finding a replay of today’s USA-Canada soccer. What a game!

Happy (late) birthday, ME!

•July 6, 2012 • 4 Comments

Quincy and I decided we weren’t doing gifts for birthdays this year. For each other. But then I saw a zozi.com deal for a weekend of mountaineering classes on Mt. Shasta, and decided it was a perfect gift for myself. So, happy birthday me, let’s go climb a mountain! Or learn to, anyway, so next time I see a wall of ice on an ascent it’s not a “shoot, time to turn around” moment, but rather a “time for an ice axe!” moment.

And Q, my mission for you this weekend is to make it a bday present to yourself 🙂

Here’s the plan.
Friday: Take the train from SLO to Mt. Shasta.
Saturday: Take an “Ice Axe and Crampon Technique” class on Mt. Shasta. Topics include ice axes and crampons – “duh” right?. Camp in the awesome town of Mt. Shasta.
Sunday: Take a “Basic Mountaineering” class on Mt. Shasta. Topics to include rope technique, glacier travel, and anchor placement. Hop back on the train to SLO. Sleep like a little baby. Minus the crying.

Cheers with my “delicious” Budweiser (quotes are intentional, I hope the irony isn’t lost) to 27 hours on a train, 18 hours of climbing, and a weekend in the nature. I’m enjoying it already, and I’m only as far as Salinas! Easy to say when entertainment is as cheap as a goofy face…

And yes, I know… an Iceland blog is long overdue. It’ll come. Maybe Q will even do it while I’m out learning. Maybe… 🙂

No flashlight required (Quincy)

•May 23, 2012 • 2 Comments

3am on the road to the SF airport for our next adventure. I’m not sure what the meaning of life is but traveling with my best friend makes it on hell of a ride!

Essential items we packed on our 3 week trip around the ring road of Iceland: 2 cans of Kirkland tuna, Game of Thrones book 1, stack of 15 CDs for the car ride including Queen’s greatest hits, the ipood ( googled it), a fifth of whiskey (in case the sleeping bags don’t keep us warm), and a solar shower. What we didn’t bring – a flashlight! That’s right! Perks of 24 hour daylight.

Until next time!

(half) Iron Man!

•May 8, 2012 • 2 Comments

Saturday was the Wildflower Long Course Triathlon (half Iron Man distance).

Ok. That was hard. Like, really hard. Possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Not only is this more than twice the distance I’ve done several times before, but there isn’t a single flat mile in the whole course (except the swim…) But it feels SO good to have done it! And I KILLED the swim (compared to my usual pace anyway), which is just delicious coconut icing on monster-sized German chocolate cake.

I got some major leg cramps on the run, so bad at times I had to stop to stretch out and walk a bit. So, there are some nutrition bugs to work out for next time. But who cares – I crossed the finish line, in one piece! The idea of an Iron Man is still in my head… but I feel I need a couple more halves under my belt before I feel comfortable making that leap. Some day… some day soon.

A million thanks to my enthusiastic cheering squad, Quincy+Janaye+Charlie. You rock! And a million more to David and Julie for the awesome tri shorts and jersey!