July 31, 2010

A nice day for a ride.

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Randy Harlem Valley RT.jpg   Today was a beautiful day for a bike ride on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  It’s in the area of the three corners of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts–about an hour’s drive from here.  Fun!  We’re planning a September bike adventure in Maine, so we thought we’d try to get a little more weekend riding in.  Today’s 22 mile ride was a keeper. 

July 24, 2010

The 2010 Tour of the West, Part Two: California.

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flamingo_low.jpg   What’s a visit with little ones without a trip to the Zoo?  Here’s a resident flamingo in the L.A. Zoo.

gavin in boat_low.jpg  A hot day required a spin in a boat.  Gavin paddling around the pool in Woodland Hills.

gavin swimming_low.jpg  Hot enough for a real swim.  LA Raicharts, Gavin standing_low.jpg  The whole family.

LA zoo waterfall_low.jpg    Nicholas, Ta, Randy at Tapirs_low.jpg   More fun at the zoo.  The tapirs were hilarious.

Nick and Gavin swim_low.jpg  Nick and Gavin.  




July 23, 2010

Seattle. It doesn’t get any better than this.

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Recently, we visited Patrick and Libby for a few days.  Libby’s mother, Ginny, just moved into a new (to her) barn home on Bainbridge Island, and we all spent July 4th at the new homestead.  Sparkler photos to come.  The next day we went to Snoqualmie Falls and the Ballard Locks, and had a great time visiting the Seattle kinfolk.  A perfect visit!  Unfortunately, Libby had to work on the 6th, but Patrick, Randy and I took the ferry out of Anacortes and visited Orcas Island.  What a beautiful, inspiring Northwest visit.  Thanks, Patrick, and Libby! 

Pat on Bainbridge Ferry.jpg  Patrick on the Bainbridge Ferry.    Pat & Libby July 4,2010.jpg   ginnys barn house_low.jpg  July 4th at Ginny Matheson’s home.

Randy & Joanne, Baker_low.jpg  Randy and Joanne on Mt. Constitution, Orcas Island, Washington.  Mt. Baker is in the background.

Eagle Flying over MC_low.jpg  Eagle in the air.     Beautiful NW_low.jpg              

St. Helens from air_low.jpg  Mount St. Helens taken while we were on the next leg of the trip–Los Angeles bound to see Nicholas, Tiffany-Ann and Gavin.  

July 1, 2010

A Little of This, a Little of That.

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My students gave their spring recital on June 21st.  Here’s Chaundre’s tune.  I’ve got some great students–though I have to admit I am enjoying a little break at the moment.  Ginny, Noah and Claire were here for five days.  What’s a visit with the Beisels without a trip around a Putt Putt golf course?  Ginny and I followed Claire and Noah, who are a little too good at mini golf–it was hard to keep up.  Everyone got at least one ace… The kids especially liked the fire-breathing dragon.  Real fire.  The weather was pretty hot, so we also did a day of indoor sports:  bowling.  The kids loved getting in the Hot Tub, or rather, the Cool Tub, and had several sessions.  Noah proved his prowess at wii, and even Claire got in on the act.  I asked Noah which activity he liked the best this trip, and the spin around the GoKart course was his favorite.  Here’s a few pics.  I miss them already.

Noah GoKart.jpg      G&C driving.jpg   Claire great form.jpg   IMG00014-20100626-1048.jpg  two in a hot tub.jpg