Friday, December 2, 2011

Proud Parents

We are so proud of our hard working bookworms.

Forest - Student of the Month, Distinguished Honor Roll
River - Honor Roll, in 3 Advanced Placement classes
Stephanny - Nearly all A's

 Glowing commendation for all three from their teachers. Way to go guys - Keep It Up!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Slick Rock 50K

I was in Grand Junction CO for my annual run weekend with Matt Heller. As usual, had a blast, beer, and a few adventures. We started the weekend with a hike up Colorado National Monument, saw Ziggy Marley that night, and was off to Moab for the Slick Rock 50K, stopping in Thompson Springs to see the creepy pictographs along the way. Race day was unbelievably cold and rainy, and by virtue of last minute course changes (complete reroute), and wrong turns, ended up being a 37 mile run. I ran the best ultra of my life, finishing in 5th place, with a time of 6:19, just over 10 minute mile pace. Matt ran 19 before being sidelined by IT band troubles. We ended the weekend with Sushi at a local joint, and trivial pursuit.

Full album here: Slick Rock 50K Photos

Results: Results 5th of 47.

Not my route map, but another competitors GPS of the exact route we took: GPS Course Map

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Washington - Oregon Vacation

Our summer vacation to Washington State and Oregon was adventurous and memorable. Below are some select pictures from the trip. For the complete set, see HERE

Highlights from the trip include:
  • Catching up with Charlie, Jackie, and Jennifer Brown in Selah
  • Fishing for (and catching a 100 lb) Sturgeon on the Colombia River
  • Yakima Valley Fruit Stands
  • Ferry Ride (and clam chowder) from Anacortas to Orcas Island
  • Beach Combing for critters on Orcas Island
  • The unique cabins of Northshore Cabins in Orcas
  • Touring Sucia Islands by Kayak
  • The wonderful pebble beach at Obstruction Pass State Park
  • Pike Street Market, Seattle
  • Oyster Shooters (Yech!) at Pike Street Market
  • Dinner with Friends at The Crab Pot in Seattle
  • Hiking Sunset, Mt. Rainier
  • Hiking the snowfields in Paradise
  • Hot tub nights and freezing swims in the Cowslits River
  • Morning run with River, Forest, Solana, Joel on Packwood Lake Trail
  • Magnificent Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR
  • Our first sunset on Manzanita Beach
  • More Critter and beach combing on Manzanita Beach
  • Flying Kites on the beach
  • Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit (and Beer and Tequila) with Joel and Stacey
  • Surfing (or trying), boogie boarding, and the wonder of wet suites
  • Mudd Dog's (Chicago Dogs)
  • Portland Surrey Quad Bike's on the riverfront

  • Colombia River Gorge with Mt. Hood in the background

    Orcas Island

    Orcas Island

    Sunrise, Mount Rainier

    Manzanita Beach

    Colombia River Gorge

    Colombia River Gorge

    Ferry Terminal Sunset in Anacortis

    Orcas Island

    Orcas Sunset

    Sucia Island Seal

    Seattle Skyline from the Space Needle

    Sunrise, Mt. Rainier

    Mt. Rainier

    Mt. Rainier Wildflowers

    Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR

    Manzanita Sunset

    Manzanita Sunset Cartwheels

    Manzanita Sunset

    Mt. Hood from the airplane home.

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Another Summer Photos Dump

    There are times when you don't realize how special periods of your life are until you look back upon them. I think this summer is turning out to be that kind of time. First some awesome guitar recital and soccer videos, then another photo dump. Two weeks and counting until we leave for Washington State for a much deserved 2 week vacation, one of which will be with great friends...

    Rockin' River

    Frettin Forest

    Strummin Stephanny

    Kickin Krem

    Forest at his first rock concert

    Baltimore Arts Festival

    Triathlon Start


    Hirut in Forest's Fort/Rock Garden

    Angler Krem

    Angler Stephanny

    Angler River - His keeper fish!

    My special gal - I don't think she realizes how much she means to me.

    Krem loves water!

    Angler Forest


    Starboard, port, stern, aft, what!?!?!?

    A HOT day on the boat…

    Spooky Swim

    Forest was really brave and participated in the bluegrass jam.

    Ice Cream and Summer!

    Helping on the boat.

    My sweetie

    My gals

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Summer Fun

    Time for a short break from summer excitement to upload some pics of what's going on here. Also, finally gave the frustrating SLR camera the boot and downgraded to a model that just takes great pics - so back to enjoying taking pictures again. We have a 2 week vacation to Washington and Oregon planned for August - so check back then for the latest updates.
    Grandpa Gheen and River's Boat Building Project

    Fire! Fire!

    Backyard Campout

    Pool Movie Night

    Lawn Sports

    Watergun Fight

    Cooling off in the Brandywine

    Water Fun

    Garden Strawberries

    Doing it Right

    Doing it any which way.

    "Daddy Look! I'm being dangerous!"

    Catching Critters

    Being Cute

    Lots of time in the pool