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


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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.


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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.


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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!

8 comments:

Holly said...

WOW! I am impressed with your climb, your dog's celebrity status, and getting to go to adult kindergarten!

froghair said...

thanks! i'm having such fun these days!

Sooze said...

Sounds awesome! Have seen the truck driving around, or just parked? It would be awesome to just randomly see it on the road!

Emily said...

so i loved the eyeball yarn but i was getting kind of sick of seeing it *every* time i logged into your blog -- so i'm happy for the update - lovely pics!

froghair said...

sooze -- no, I haven't seen it driving around yet. hopefully someday!

emily -- yeah, me too. I'm going to try to post at least two or three times per week. my posts might get sorta boring if I do that though.

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Laura said...

Love that your parents dropped you off for your first day of school. I can picture you with your freshly sharpened pencils ready to go!

Primitive Rob said...

Hello! Just bloghopping. Great blog!

Happy blogging! :)