Monday, July 28, 2008

Ingrid & Xander

Last weekend Amber and Ingrid stayed with us while they where out here for a wedding. I took the opportunity to take a couple of playtime videos. Ingrid is a month younger, but she is definitely a lot more mobile. At the end of the second video, Xander takes a nasty header on the hardwood floor. Ouch! We may need to take up donations for a bigger rug!

Xander & Ingrid Pt. 1
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Xander & Ingrid Pt. 2
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

New baby pictures

By baby, I mean our new 2008.5 Audi A3 S-Line. We're loving how good of gas mileage this gets, not to mention how fun it is to drive.







Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mt. Evans

Today we bagged our first Colorado 14'er, the 14,240 ft. Mt Evans. Of course, by bagging I mean driving up the 14 mile road and then hiking the last 1/4 mile. =) It was pretty hazy so the views suffered a bit, but I got a chance to break-in the new HD Cam and hiking boots.



Mt. Evans - North Side
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Mt. Evans - South Side
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Rochelle & Xander
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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Reunited

Rochelle and Xander finally made it here!

To celebrate the occasion, I've uploaded new pictures to the photo gallery. Welcome home. =)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Rocky mountain high

Last week I had the pleasure of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park in an area called Wild Basin. I was accompanied by the Browns as we tackled the Bluebird Lake Trail (10-12 miles rt). The mountains here are so big and so beautiful. The scale and elevation here is not anything like what I've hiked in the Cascades. Just the approach trail I hiked on was higher than a lot of summits I've bagged in Oregon!

These pics are from a friend's camera (Chelle has all the gear with her at Bass Lake) so the pictures are ho-hum. Umm, hello! Take some pictures of the mountains! Anyhow, here's a few from the trip:


Ouzel Falls


Native Colorado Cutthroat Trout were everywhere!
(note to self, bring pole next time)


Candice laughed at this sign, while I reminisced. "Here kitty, kitty..."

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Life-line(s) restored

Chelle and Xander came out and stayed with me for about a week. It was great to spend time with my family. Xander was pretty sick (cold + pinkeye) but the meds had him feeling pretty good by the time they left. Chelle is going to finish out her tour-of-duty at St. Chucks with a grueling six straight days marathon. After that, they will drive back here via the Reno - Bass Lake - Palm Springs - Tucson route. What, haven't heard of that?

You know how tv junkies can't live without the boob-tube, or how crackberry addicts would die without their phones? Yeah, I'm like that with my 'net connection. Face it, the internet has proliferated our lives. Need directions? Net. Looking for auto repair shops? Net. Keeping in touch with family and friends. Net. I have this interesting personality dichotomy; I want to live out in the remote mountains in my log home with a OC-192 connection. Someday.

While I may have the net now, we're still waiting for the movers to come. Latest estimate will have them here on Monday. I can't wait - besides having our stuff, I'm anxious to diminish the "cave effect" in our house (large, open rooms with vauled ceilings and hardward floors, not a strand of carpet to be found). Until then, I'll read some more. =)

The eclectic list of books I read during the "Great disconnect of 2008":