July 2014: Larry's friend Steve came out for a visit, so we packed up the Subaru, and headed back to the Eastern Sierra!
Larry was hoping Steve could help get some of his nemeses conquered, starting with an attempt on Mt. Humpries. They did not make it. But the next day we did get out hiking
to Longley Lake, which was where I had hiked the day before. Since I hadn't made it all the way to the lake, the guys were kind enough to join me and we made it all the way. Over the next week we did some more hiking
this is on top of Chocolate Peak, we climbed Crystal Crag, this time with Steve
(we forgot our camera that day, but this is Steve with Crystal Crag in the background) and did more hiking!
This is me and Steve, who was fascinated with my new Suunto GPS watch. My Polar had finally bit the dust (well, the watch band broke off completely, and the battery covers were shredded), so I replaced it with this Suunto. It's still going pretty well, and is easier to use than the Polar was.
August 2014: This is Larry's birthday month, and he really wanted to do this mountain bike ride for his birthday. He had wanted to do it back in June, again in July, but the stars never quite aligned to make it happen, so I agreed for his birthday that we could do this ride! So we headed back down to the Eastern Sierra, to ride Coyote Ridge. We (thankfully) had arranged a shuttle ride to pick us up at the end of the ride, since we had no way to get our own shuttle going.
Parts of this ride were spectacular! Parts were fun, parts were harrowing, parts were WAY out of my abilities....and those parts were, of course, at the end! So while I rode a lot the first half of the day, the last half was walking my bike downhill (yes, downhill!) because the trails were so steep, rocky, and beyond my ability to ride safely. Larry even came face to face with a rattlesnake after falling on one of the downhills....luckily it just slithered off.
Larry! We were about an hour late for the shuttle, but were able to call them from the trail when we finally go to a spot that had cell service. Once we got to the more developed roads, it was a nice coast down to the meeting place, but what a day!
September 2014: Pretty much just a get back to the routine month. We didn't go anywhere, I got more training done, walked to and from work a lot, just the usual.
October 2014: Time for another trip! This was to Larry's niece's wedding.
They got married in Washington D.C. so Larry and I went back for the wedding. This is from the rehearsal dinner.
the day of the wedding, Larry and I went for a walk to Georgetown, so of course we had to take the hiking trail we found!
It was a beautiful ceremony, and a great reception, lots of fun, dancing, drinking, wonderful food! Congratulations to Caroline and Miguel! After the wedding Larry and I headed off to West Virginia for some more hiking
-a rainy day in Dolly Sods, climbing
(yep, that's 5.3 and we climbed it!) and, of course a radio telescope tour!
This was another rainy day, and we were headed back to visit Larry's SIL in Virginia, but we made a stop at the Greenbank radiotelescope in West Virginia.
This is Nancy and I enjoying a glass of wine our last night back east!
November 2014: Well, what can I say. Back to my normal routine, or trying to figure out what my normal routine should be! Of course, Thanksgiving is in there...we went down to my dad's for the family celebration, and got in a nice mountain bike ride in Auburn on the way back.
December 2014: Still trying to find a good routine, and this month I think I have it figured out! I train with Iain on Monday evening, jog to work and walk home Tuesdays and Thursdays, Pilates reformer on Wednesday, and my own strength training on Friday. That leaves the weekends free for mountain biking, hiking, climbing and skiing with Larry, so I think this works for both of us! We did go to my sister's on Christmas day, and got in a ski on the way home. So far, I've been skiing 3 days in December, so it's starting off well!
And that's it. My year in review! We did a lot more traveling this year than we normally do, and had a lot of fun doing it. I can only hope 2015 brings more of the same!