02 January 2010

catching up

I did a few really cool things since I last posted in September (coincidence? I think not). First, I climbed Mt St Helens. Amazing trip, and I'd do it again. I had essentially zero practice or training, and still did pretty well. Not setting any speed climbing records, but it was a great time. I was joined by my friend Brent and his friend Heather, who was on a flight layover between Nova Scotia and Australia. Most folks I know bring a book or knitting for layovers... this woman climbed a mountain.

just getting started

the fog is clearing

the climbing route: Monitor Ridge

on top of the world, but not yet on top of the mountain (Brent, Heather and me)

making progress

getting closer (the horizon line is the top)

looking north from the cornice -- the 1980 eruption blew the top and north side of the volcano off.

at the top! known to the mountain's climbers as half way


Next up, my parents went on a long road trip that included a visit to Seattle and British Columbia. I loved having them here and I loved the time we spent exploring Vancouver and Victoria, BC. We ate well, laughed much and saw new things.

My mom and me at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park....

Here are my parents on the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria....

My dad, Finn and me canoeing at Green Lake, Seattle.


Then, just as they'd done some 23 years earlier, my parents dropped me off for my first day of school. My first quarter of full-time grad school went wonderfully, and was as much fun as I've had in a long time. Drawing and coloring, cutting and pasting, showing and telling -- I tell you, this is all the fun of kindergarten with all the perks of adulthood. My classmates are awesome, and my grades are good. I am having a blast.


Lastly, a note from Mr Finn. He gained a little fame when the doggie day care we take him to selected his image to paint on the side of their doggie transport truck. How awesome is this?

thanks, Great Dog!

skagit river eagles

I dragged Finn along to the Skagit River today (say SKAJ-it) to see the bald eagles that take up residence there in December-February for the annual salmon feast. According to the Eagle Watchers docents on hand with info and spotting scopes, the high count for this season was on 30DEC09: 255 eagles. I saw nine. I'm sure there were many more there to be seen, but as Finn hasn't yet learned how to drive, I had to keep my eyes on the road, where there weren't any eagles. We went for a rainy walk at Rockport State Park, which we had entirely to ourselves. The outing certainly scratched an itch I had for a hike, and I saw something new, which is an item I need to add to my list of resolutions.

The Skagit, with two eagles (that I know of) in this photo

Just the scenery

01 January 2010

Resolution number one

Blog more (obviously)

Resolutions the rest:
Drive less, bike more (grocery store, school, etc)
Write more (correspondence)
Sew more (2009 was the year of the Knit)
Read more
Establish an advance directive, etc.
Learn how to ... (TBD)

Oldies but goodies:
Volunteer six times
Make a quilt for Eric and me
Learn to knit socks

And in financial news, I collected $8.17 in street change in 2009.