School’s In Session!

Almost 2 weeks ago Will and Stewart BOTH headed off to the same school for 2nd Grade and Kindergarten respectively.  WHERE DID THE TIME GO?!?!  Watching my little girl climb from the car in the carpool drop off in the morning, hug my neck from the back seat and walk out of the car without ever looking back almost made me pull the car over and take a moment.  It is amazing to see how proud she is to be joining Will as she walks into elementary school.  Outside of the normal first week bus shenanigans where they sent our kids home on separate buses the first day, then reversed the situation and sent them home on separate buses (the other bus for each of them) the 2nd day and then delivered them home 30 minutes later than expected, but on the SAME bus, the 3rd day.  Smooth sailing ever since Cindy put in a call to the head honchos.  Everything seems to be going well now except Stewart may not be following the rules to the exact letter that Will tends to – this is cause for some interesting conversations between the two of them about walking in a line, or talking when the cups in the cafeteria are on red or screaming with the rest of the bus when the bus heads down the huge hill in the neighborhood.  Oh yeah, there’s some pics of Charlie mixed within as well.  Enjoy!

Click here for a slideshow of the 1st days of school and other late August happenings.

Click here to see all of our pictures a la Flickr.

August 2010 – John Muir Trail Hike

Unbelievable.  Amazing. Hard to put into words.  Not the fact that it had been THREE years since my last hike out west, but of the true natural wonderment that being in the Sierras puts into me.  It is healing.  Tom and I left on Friday, August 13th from Bishop Pass after getting one of the last walk-up back country permits from the Lee Vining Nature Center for Saturday.  We went as far as we could on Friday (5 miles) without breaking the spirit of the permit which allowed us to enter the back country via Bishop Pass.  From there we connected to the John Muir Trail (JMT) 7 miles later via LeConte Canyon where we proceeded south to the fitting end of the trail at the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,995 feet).  Just under 100 miles in 6 nights, 1 summit of tallest mountain in the continental US, five 11,000 foot plus passes crossed (Bishop Pass – 11,900 feet, Mather Pass – 12,100 feet, Pinchot Pass – 12,400 feet, Glen Pass – 11,900 feet, and Forester Pass – 13,200 feet), 15 freeze dried dinners eaten (even one dinner each for breakfast), roughly 30 32 ounce Nalgenes of water consumed, 2 jars of peanut butter spread/dipped/spooned, 1 WAG bag used (which made up several of our countless laughs) and we made our goal.  With our 2007 JMT hike to the Yosemite Happy Isles terminus we have completed the trail.

Each day during the hike Tom and I recorded a video for our kids to watch when we returned.  The 2nd link below should take you to the playlist on YouTube.

Click here for a slide show of this John Muir Trail Hike.
Click here to see the videos I made each day for the kids.

Click here to see all of our pictures a la flickr.