Category Archives: Other

Back in Austin

We are back in Austin now, but I wanted to add the last picture of BV – Tracy at the dog park at sunrise.

Saturday night, the 3 of us met some friends at the Planned Parenthood dinner.

Alan and I used to work together at Dell.

Helen is his mom and Cara, his wife.

Isn’t that a group of strong women.

The event honored Cecile Richards who is the outgoing CEO of Planned Parenthood.

A surprise guest was Nancy Pelosi, who introduced Cecile.

Afterwards, in the park next to the hotel, there was a Beto rally that featured a concert by Willy Nelson.  It’s estimated that 10k people showed up.  We were a long ways back, but Tracy managed to get close enough for a zoomed in picture.

Tracy Here

Tracy came last week and one of the mornings had an incredible sunrise.  The picture I took was amazing but Google made the colors a little more vivid.

We took the dogs on the trails.

Darby won’t jump on the swing, but Izzy has no problem hanging out.

House Stuff and Leadville

The last couple weeks have been filled with house duties.  I feel like a logistics company with the amount of stuff coming in.  I’ve put a lot of furniture together and the picture below is the new couch and fire table on the patio.

I spent all of Sunday in the garage putting in shelves and organizing all the building stuff the previous owner left and our camping stuff.

On Saturday, I met Mike at Winfield and paced him over Twin Lakes to Hope Pass.  We were a little slow on the uphill, but Mike lit it up on the way town and we beat the time he wanted.

Google magic helped the picture looking South from Hope.  Huron Peak is to the left in the distance.

The dogs and I went back to Leadville to watch Mike finish with his best time ever – sub 29 hours.

The dogs and I have developed a routine of going to the dogs park before sunrise.  Some days we are treated with incredible views.  The weather and fires make for interesting cloud formations – a couple of them are below.

Tracy arrives tomorrow.  We are excited to see her.

Taking it Easy

One thing I forgot to post was that Tracy’s sister came to visit us.  It was a short visit but we had a great time.  We were able to climb to the shoulder of Mt. Yale.

Last night they began setting up for the Trans Rockies race in the square across from our new house.  The dogs and I went out and watched the start this morning.

 

More visitors

Preston has been here a week and we’ve been busy.  We climbed Midland hill with the dogs.  If you look closely above the mountains, you can see one the tanker helicopters loading up to fight the fires.

Preston wanted to climb this rock, but had a hard time getting down.

Resting on the summit.

Izzy needed a dip to cool down – check out the guy in the canoe going through the rapids.

Mike and Tina came in for a visit.  We did a quick climb on the 4th of July and then went to meet CW for a resupply.

When we got back we walked downtown.  The park had an art fair going on.  They also had they bubbles that little kids get in and bounce off each other in the water.

Preston is a giant.

We still played Frisbee, but Preston managed to get it stuck high in the tree.

This morning I took Mike and Tina up Midland hill.  Tina snapped a shot of Izzy posing.

Some random stuff

I thought I’d add some random stuff…  the picture below is on top of Midland hill.  I’m brave enough to let the dogs off leash on this trail since there really isn’t any place they can go.  Unfortunately, about 1 minute after I took this picture, Izzy found a bird’s nest and of course Darby pounced.  It took me a couple minutes to get the birds out of their mouths.

Tracy had to head back to Austin today but yesterday we went to Leadville.  We started climbing Mt Sherman, but the weather was not good so we turned back about a mile in.  However, we did watch some of our friends finish the Leadville marathon.  D and Mike both won entries into next years Leadville 100.

I also got a text from my friend Dave in Michigan.  When I was there this winter he showed me all the bee hive stuff he’d bought.  In just a month, check out how well the hive is doing.  Also, his garden is booming probably because of the bees.

 

April

April has been beautiful in Austin.  This weekend Tracy had the Texas rowing championship.  I ran down and met her on Saturday and on Sunday we all met at a restaurant for brunch.

Tracy is in the bow of the boat.

Izzy and Darby have been getting a lot of exercise.  The problem with spring is all the animals are out which makes the dogs crazy.  They can’t get over their instincts to terrorize little creatures.  Izzy still checks this spot for turtles.  All the exercise means that the dogs hurt themselves.  Izzy can be seen below with a wrapped paw due to a swelling between her toes.  Darby also has a mouth issue – it looks like she bit her lip so hard that she almost put a full hole in her cheek.

Spring is here

Tracy took her sister to Mexico last week to celebrate Jenn’s birthday.  The dogs and I spent a lot of time together and did some grilling.  Izzy loves to eat anything and it’s pretty funny to watch her nibble on scraps of corn on the cob.

I put in 50 miles last week in an effort to get back in shape for the spring races.  I’ve got a 30k, trail marathon, and the Jemez 52 miler coming up in the next 6 weeks.  On Sunday morning, I did a long run to the pool and back and had to cross the creek at “stoner falls”.   The moon was setting above the trees.

RIP Barbara Skelding

Mom passed away on the 14th.  We’d known the day was coming and I’m so thankful that all of us got to spend time with her before she got bad.  Per her wish, we spread her ashes in the flower garden of the pet cemetery where her dogs, Teddy and Freddy, are buried.  Here’s a picture of Barb’s resting place.

Here’s a link to Barb’s obituary: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=barbara-skelding&pid=188473286&fhid=5484

At her service, we played a video all the kids made for her 80th birthday and her favorite song by Kid Rock.  Here’s a link to both: