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)
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!