I’m curious to know how some of you are doing. Alex – where’s the big update? James, how you been, man? Jake, what’s the word?
Ben, I heard about the post-July 4th mohawk. Awesome. I hope the wedding planning is going well, too.
Things are pretty good on this end. I had a short run in with a stress fracture in my right foot several weeks ago, but that seems to have gone away now. Kate and I were training for the Royal Victoria Marathon, but that won’t work out for me. She’s still determining whether she’s going to do it. She had a 17 mile training run on Sunday, so she’s certainly working her way up to it.
Kate and I had a weeklong trail maintenance vacation at the beginning of the month. It was awesome – we had Mount Baker right outside our tent flap and the beautiful (read: mostly rainy and windy) North Cascades weather to comfort us. The group included 12 people, all of which were good folks. We did a 300′ trail reroute on the approach to Anderson Lake, which included grubbing and chopping out lots of roots and rocks and moving a couple of sizable logs and rocks. It was hard work, but we really enjoyed it. On the third night or so, we had a hell of a storm – we were camped on a logging road, with clearcut below us, so we were pretty exposed – and our cook tent blew down the road to be found the next morning. I got up at midnight to see how bad the damage was, and it was one of the eeriest experiences I’ve had. It was during a lull in the storm, so it was scary quiet, and there was this thick swirling fog in camp. Add in a weak headlamp and food simply packed into pack-animal panniers, and you have the makings of a good bear attack story.
Jeff, I’m looking forward to the Yosemite trip coming up. I think we’re going to spend some time this weekend making sure we have the stuff on Paul’s list. I’ll also do some research on the Diamox goodness.
I hope everyone is doing well.