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2014 year in review part 1 January to June

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Thanks to SDL for inspiring this blog, she did a great blog reviewing the past year, and I thought this was a great idea, so I'm going to try to do one too!

January 2014: I was about half way through a new training program I bought on the internet: Train to be Awesome, which I finished by the end of the month. Looking back at my training calendar it looks like I was really consistent with this program. I also notice there is NO skiing recorded in this month at all. Which reminds me that last January was very dry. I think we had an early snowfall in December, but after that, nothing until the end of January, which was good for my strength training, but not so good for my skiing!

February 2014: I did ski on the first of this month! emoticon and got in 4 more days in the month. At the end of February, Larry and I flew off to visit his nephew, who was living in Puerto Rico at the time.
This is Larry at El Morro looking over the sea. The first few days we stayed in San Juan, since we didn't have a car, and just wanted to explore the area. These old forts were quite amazing, we spent a couple of days exploring them.
This trip was the start of a year long radio telescope fascination, as the largest radio telescope resides on Puerto Rico. We rented a car and headed out to Arrecibo to tour the telescope Here I am in front of the giant structure.

March 2014: Still in Puerto Rico, we ended up renting a car so we could go out and explore more of the island. On the first of the month, we went hiking in El Yunque rainforest with Clayton. Here's Clayton at the top of the hike, it was quite misty!

Another day we drove down to the dryer side of the island, and enjoyed Mardi Gras walking around Ponce and admiring all the painted lions they have there before heading out to Guilligan's Island for some kayaking in the mangroves

April 2014: My niece, Cassidy, had expressed an interest in running over Thanksgiving, so my sister, Becky, and I (Cassidy's aunts) treated her to a Run or Dye as a Christmas gift. Turns out there was an event in Reno in April, so Becky offered to pick up Cassidy, and drive up to Reno so we could all do the run. I told her there would be no issues coming up the highway, as it had been warm and dry in the weeks leading up to the race, but of course, they ended up having to put on chains to drive through the snow that fell that weekend! emoticon But they made it, and we did the run. Here we are in all our colorful glory!

May 2014: My friend, Lori has an annual party called "Tiki de Mayo" where she and her husband whip up a wonderful feast of luau food, they hire a bartender to make crazy Tiki drinks, and we all have a great time. This was no exception, enjoyed seeing my old friends from Sacramento, and the exotic drink and food! I have no pictures...so you'll just have to imagine all the Hawaiian shirts and lei's! Aside from that, I kept on with my training, getting close to finishing up "Train to be More Awesome" this month.

June 2014: At the beginning of June Larry and I packed up and headed to the Eastern Sierra for the first trip there this year. We did some mountain biking toured another radio telescope array a little hiking some climbing and topped it off with a 3 night backpack trip on an attempt to climb Bear Creek Spire we got a little off route and didn't make it to the top, but after a harrowing rapel, downclimb and hours of kicking steps down a hard packed snowfield, we made it safely back to camp around 11pm. Here we are the next day, no worse for the wear!

I'm going to stop here, and do the rest of the year in another blog, as this is probably getting far too long!
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