Thursday, April 2, 2009

Live Beyond The Norm

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Amy is in school from 5 to 9 or so. Tristan and I hang out and watch movies or play games or something, and I am really enjoying this extra time that we are spending together.
I think I'm going to get our fishing licenses and some fishing gear and start making Tuesday afternoon a "fishing day". Of course we can go on the weekends too, but we're usually doing something as a family. This will be fun to just be the youngun' n' me. I'm not sure if Amy would want to touch a slimy fish, but if she does, well, I'll hook her up with a license too.
Anyway, I need to be a more proactive dad. I try. I do. It's just that I work so much. Two jobs even. As I've said before, that's all going to change pretty soon if things go as planned.
In the meantime, I'm going to take advantage of our "father son time".
He'll love it.

In other news, our mountain expedition planning committee of two has finally come up with a tentative itinerary for the "Guy's Trip" coming up in July. I'll just paste it here for you and for me.
It's going to be a spectacular trip. I just KNOW it!

Sunday, June 28

Arrive Denver International around 4:00 pm (haven’t got my ticket. Looks like most flights come in at 4 and 8 pm. Continental has some for $266)
Rent car, eat dinner, and pick up any latecomers at airport
Drive to Boulder around 8:30 pm (arrive 9:30)
Stay @ Boulder Twin Lakes Inn (I have made reservations - 3 star - $70 for a room that sleeps 6 !!! - good reviews)
6485 Twin Lakes Road, Boulder, CO 80301
Toll Free: (800) 322-2939

Monday-Thursday, June 29- July 2

Get onto the trailhead and start packin’ it in
Try not to get eaten by any bear
Summit Long's Peak
See some unforgettable scenery
Don’t forget the tent poles
Bring the bear mace
Swim in an ice cold lake
Take some pictures
Relax with good friends and have good times

Thursday, July 2

Exit the trailhead and stay in Boulder
Anyone who needs to can fly out
(Haven’t got hotel reservations yet. Twin Lakes was booked. Plenty to choose from. None as nice for the money though)

Friday, July 3

Grab breakfast and head for the airport
(Early or late flight?)

And finally, I would just like to mention this:

A man, Paul Ridley, has rowed a modified rowboat 2950 miles across the Atlantic, from the Canary Islands to Antigua, in 88 days. I saw his story on Yahoo news, and followed up at the website and blog. The website is:
It was all done for fund-raising and to create awareness for cancer research, a worthy cause if ever there was one.
His mother died from skin cancer a while back.
His blog site can be found right HERE on Blogger where he blogged about the trip day by day from his computer. He got power from a solar panel and communication through a satellite phone. During the trip he ate freeze-dried food like the Astronauts. It was all pretty high tech and well organized.

I wish I would have known about it from the beginning. It would have been cool to track his progress from day to day.
More importantly, it makes me want to DO something... I mean, THAT is an adventure. Who thinks to row a boat across the Atlantic ocean?? A crazy person? Or maybe someone with a desire in life to go beyond just existing.
I want to do that... it's why I train and race, to go beyond the "norm".
How much more so to do something like this guy?
What adventure awaits you?

Think about it.