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May 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Nicholas

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Cycling is Life.jpg  Nicholas standing in front of the antler arch in Jackson, around 1995, I think. Happy birthday to you, Nick! And best of luck on the Rockwell Relay next month. You’ve been training well and are ready for the big dance.  Wish I could watch you cross the finish line with your buds.  I was just thinking about how you started cycling, how fun it was to “fool you” on the Tour des Lacs that year I took a shortcut and you didn’t know it. You were an animal from the start. I hope your birthday is fabulous. Love you.

April 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Audrey, and Happy Anniversary to the Beisels.

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Audrey and Patrick Abt 1984.jpg  Happy Birthday to Audrey on April 10th. She was about 3 when I took this cute photo of Patrick playing with his little sister at our home on Milclay Street in Boise, Idaho.

Ginny and Craig wedding.jpg And Happy Anniversary on April 10th, too, to Ginny and Craig. They were married on Audrey’s 16th birthday, 18 years ago on Friday. Holy cow do they look young.

January 19, 2015

Music, Beautiful Music

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Randy at Recital.jpg  Randy decided in the late fall that he wanted to play at the annual holiday recital.  Here he is, proof that he is a man of his word. I about had a heart attack when he sat down. He did a great job. He’s downstairs practicing right now. I admire him for taking up an instrument as an adult, and I think he enjoys it a lot.

NYPhil.jpg  In mid December we met my friend Elizabeth in the city for brunch and then attended the NY Philharmonic Brass concert. In the lobby about twenty Julliard trombone students were playing Auld Lang Syne before the event. The first half of the program was all old music–including a frantic arrangement for brass of Bach’s Brandenburg 3rd. It was a great way to celebrate the holiday.

December 10, 2014

Happy almost Christmas

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Family1 web.jpg  Here’s mostly everyone on the beach last December. Happy Christmas to all!

July 25, 2014

Charles W. Morgan: the 38th Voyage

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We ran up to Boston last weekend to see the Charles W. Morgan while she was docked next to the U.S.S. Constitution. The last (only) surviving wooden whaling ship shared the dock with America’s oldest naval vessel in Charlestown. History buffs take note!  The Morgan was built in 1841 in New Bedford (perhaps with help from the Driggs clan?) at a cost of $52,000 dollars.  She made 37 voyages, whaled for 80 years, and earned over $1.4 Million dollars.  She traveled to the Azores, Cape Verde Islands, Oahu, the Sandwich Islands, Madagascar, the Galapagos, and other ports. In 1967 she became a National Historic Landmark.

We watched her restoration, which took place at her home since 1941, Mystic Seaport, Connecticut.  I thought I would post a few pictures taken while she was in the process of being restored, and some photos from last weekend.

Charles Morgan bow web.jpg In drydock this ship was intimidatingly large. A four-story stairway took us to her deck.

trying out furnace.jpg  This is the tryworks, a large brick oven used to boil blubber into oil. Slabs of blubber were cut into small pieces called “horse pieces” and then sliced into “bibles” that opened into leaves like a book.  This exposed more surface area so the blubber could melt quickly.  The tryworks were fired with pieces of skin and tissue leftover after the blubber had been rendered into oil.  This photo was taken during the restoration.  Yes, that’s me in the back.

JD Driggs shopweb.jpg  The Driggs Whalecraft shop made harpoons and fittings for whale boats.

morgan whale fire 2014.jpg  This is the restored tryworks on board the Charles Morgan in Boston.

Boston Harbor Morgan 2014.jpg  Here she is in port.

sailing again.jpg  Here she is sailing again.  (photo courtesy Mystic Seaport).  Her 38th voyage began in May 2014 and will last 12 weeks.  She will visit 7 ports of call.  The most exciting part of her voyage was undoubtedly a few days on the Stellwagen Banks, whale watching.  Many whales were spotted curiously swimming near her, breaching and having the last word.

We visited with the Captain of the Morgan while we were on deck last weekend.  He told us the restoration and 38th voyage cost over $12 Million dollars, and unfortunately because of financial constraints, it is her last planned voyage.  What a thrill it was to see her on the water!  She will return to Mystic Seaport where she will remain.

July 9, 2014

Some Drive-By photos of Driggs, and other things.

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looking south.jpg Driggs, looking south on Main Street.looking north .jpg Looking North.

top of Teton Pass .jpg  The top of Teton Pass   dads store.jpg  Dad’s store.

Corner Drug.jpg  The Corner Drug Store and giant farm equipment.jpg  Giant Farm Equipment.

Nicholas asked for some photos of Driggs now, since they upgraded the street and put in new streetlights downtown. I took these drive-bys on our way out of town. Except for the top of Teton Pass, of course.

And a note about the farm equipment. I took this on the dry farms as Randy passed this massive machine. I probably broke some weird Idaho law that says its illegal to take pictures of farming. Yes, there is such a law. Oh, those paranoid Idahoans. It would be fun to drive this behemoth, though. Lastly, a photo to show how much snow was in the mountains on June 2, 2014.

june 2nd, 2014.jpg

June 24, 2014

Patrick had a birthday, and it was a big one.

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Patrick at Heceta Head.jpg Happiest of birthdays to Patrick. Holy cow, I can remember when my dad turned 40. I hope Patrick has as long and happy a life as Dad did.

March 31, 2014

Out like a lamb.

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5307661722_6c6e8c601d_b.jpg Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day. I especially miss Dad on April Fool’s Day. Dad loved a good practical joke. I could always count on him to do something to the sugar or salt shaker or tell me some outlandish story and hope that I would believe it on April Fool’s Day. Maybe that’s where I learned the “practical arts”.  I also miss Jeanette, my partner in crime, on the fool’s holiday. Nowadays I’m a little lazy with the jokes, but we still manage to get a few doozies in now and then. I think Dad would be proud. For now though, I’m mostly retired. It’s been a rough winter, but it looks like she’s going out like a lamb after all.

March 2, 2014

Meeting Gideon.

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Ginny started it. It was her idea that eventually grew into a great plan. So the Beisels, Wrights, San Diego Raicharts and Randy and I met on the Oregon Coast for Christmas week, 2013.  What a great week it was! Audrey and James welcomed little Gideon on December 2nd, so they had time to get acquainted with the little fellow before the whole family descended on their party.  Beisels arrived first, on December 22nd, and we followed the next day.  This is the first thing we saw when we walked in the door.

Christmas Tree LC.jpg  We rented the Jetty House in Lincoln City, and the landlord had the place decorated nicely for the holidays before we arrived.

front view jetty house.jpg  This is the view out the front window. The weather was perfect every day and the ocean provided lots of fun, from walks and running on the beach to ’smores and campfire.

Craig and Claire on the beach.jpg   Craig and Claire on the beach.  Sadie Jane with Rock.jpg  Sadie Jane and a rock.

Nick meets Gideon.jpg  Gideon was a big attraction.  Here he is meeting Nicholas.

Three cousins.jpg  Three cousins spending some rare quiet down time in the evening.

ginny hanging out.jpg  Ginny just hanging out.  That’s Gavin walking away.

Audrey and Gideon.jpg  Here’s the main attraction with his mama Audrey.

Randy on deck.jpg  Randy taking in some rays.  Notice the shirtsleeves in December on the Oregon coast.  Not bad.

apples to apples.jpg We put the lovely large family-size table to good use. Here we are playing Apples to Apples.  Claire usually wins.

cheese factory.jpg  Here Nick, Tiffany-Ann, Gavin and Sadie Jane are watching the cheesemakers at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

These are just a few of the photos.  Thanks to Audrey for taking nice individual family photos and entire family photos on the beach one evening.  Thanks to everyone for all of the fun playing ping pong, pool, air hockey, foosball, running on the beach, ’smores, hot tubbing, swimming at the community center, games, eating Christmas Dinner together, the wii, touristing around Lincoln City, the cheese factory, etc. etc.  Thanks to Audrey and James for being good sports about driving the 45 minutes to the beach each day.  It was the best Christmas we’ve ever had.  And we’re old, so that’s saying a lot. Sadly, Patrick was missing, but maybe someday.

September 11, 2013

Maine Lighthouse Ride 2013

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Nubble Sep 2013.jpg  Once again, Randy and I headed to Maine to participate in the Maine Lighthouse Ride.  This year’s event was the 10th annual, and this is our third year pedaling around South Portland, Scarborough, and Cape Elizabeth.  Ginny joined us for the first time this year, and we plan to make it an annual Beisel-Raichart event in the future.  Over 1000 riders rode the coast in clear, beautiful weather.  We stopped at one of our favorite lights on the way up to Portland.

MLR 2013 Ginny.jpg  Here’s Ginny moments before we started out.

MLR Randy.jpg  And Randy removing his bike from the rack so he could join us.  What a fun day!

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