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Sandra heads for
Sweden to attend her ten-year middle-school reunion. She
was gone two weeks this time. This is the second trip for
her in two years without me.
the screening of Warren Miller's new film,
Warren was on hand for the first time in a couple of years, to
give us the lowdown. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall was
sold out for the show, as everyone (including us) got revved up
for the upcoming ski season!
I took a trip
to Denver, Colorado to sit for my Land
Surveyor's Exam. The test went well, and I got a chance to
explore the city I hadn't been to in twelve years. What a
We headed out
to the coast, doing some crabbing with Craig and Denise, and
staying with them at their place in Naselle. We all
watched Sweden almost pull out a victory over Germany in the
World Cup, and feasted on the 25 crabs we caught on a pretty
blustery, choppy day on the Columbia River. Thanks, guys,
for a great time and for your true hospitality!
the girls celebrated Jeannie's 40th birthday with a limo ride
around Portland, along with dancing at Alexander's in the
Hilton, dining and McCormick and Schmick's at Riverplace, and
lots of fun! We'll get photos up here as soon as we can!
the semifinals of the World Cup soccer match between the U.S.
and Germany as well as Sweden vs. Canada. Sweden made it
through with flying colors, but we were sitting in the Canadian
section, so we were quite unpopular in the stands. Oh
well! Go Sweden!
south to Bend, Oregon for a night at the
Crest Resort and some great mountain biking at Phil's Trail.
We headed most of the way to the Helipad before turning around.
We spent a
wonderful weekend camping at Trillium Lake on Mt. Hood.
Mary and Dan, Mei and Brian, Candy and John, and Ken and
Jeannette were along to make this a great trip. We had a
great campsite, lots of food and drink, great friends, and
wonderful weather. A great time was had by all.
We went for a
hike at Wahkeena Falls in the
Columbia River Gorge. We hiked from
Wahkeena Falls, past Fairy
Falls, all the way to Multnomah Falls and back. We had
excellent weather for a great trail, and had a good time.
day, we finally made the long-awaited trek through the Goat
Rocks Wilderness. For 25 miles, with around 5,000 feet of
elevation gain, we trekked through the highest part of the
Pacific Crest Trail in Washington. The weather was
spectacular, and so were the views! We'll be posting our
photos here soon!
Gabe and I
went caving at Deadhorse Cave near
Mt. Adams! With some belly crawling through Masochist
Maze, we discovered some new territory!
We hiked with
Jeannie & Brian to Mt. Hood's Mirror Lake. A little
swimming, some incredible views (five snow peaks and what a view
of Mt. Hood!), and some sunshine was just what we needed.
I passed my
Washington PLS Exam! What's next? Colorado or
Hawaii, I think. Just planning ahead...
We spent a
week in Miami Beach and the Florida Keys, hitting Fort
Lauderdale and Key West, as well as getting in lots of sun and
some scuba diving!
We spent the
night at the Paramount Hotel in Portland, catching
the broadway musical featuring the songs of ABBA, and hit the
town for dining, drinking, and dancing! What a great time!
family heads for home. After being denied boarding on
their flight, they end up flying first-class back home with an
extra $400 each in their pocket. They arrived home 6 hours
later than expected, but it was worth it!
Graduation! It's Finally Over! After finishing
graduate school with a 3.9 GPA, Sandra took the walk, and we all
cheered her on. Afterward, it was party time!
As the high
temperatures hit 95°F, we all headed for the coast. We
drove the coast from Seaside to Newport, hitting the
Cheese Factory and Cape Lookout on the way. We stayed a
night in a condo on the beach in
Gleneden Beach, did some
shopping, eating, and sightseeing (even some
bodysurfing!), and headed home to more moderate temperatures.
5/31 - 6/3/03
The five of
us travelled up to Vancouver for a night and Victoria for two
nights. We got a penthouse suite in Victoria overlooking
the harbor (jacuzzi on the deck and Olympic Mountains in the
background), and the best weather you could hope for. Look
for our photos and Vancouver and Victoria sections soon!
grandmother, and sister came to visit us for a month! We
all had a great time, and can't wait to see them again.
Next time, it's our turn! Keep an eye out for photos!
Washington's Wind River for some Class V white water rafting!
The river was outstanding, but our trip was overcast by tragedy.
Find out more about our Wind River
trip by clicking here.
with our neighbor, Matt, at Mt. Hood Meadows. A beautiful,
sunny day with great spring corn snow and views of Mt. Jefferson
and Three Sisters! See photos here!
We head up
for a hike at Gillette Lake
in the Columbia River Gorge.
The 5-mile round-trip was enjoyable, though not monumental,
terminating at the lake bearing its name. The way back was
marked by a massive thunder and lightning festival, with
torrential rain. The rain was no big deal, but that
lightning was not cool! Photos are now included in the
slide show, as well as some
Bonneville Dam shots.
Impressions of Denver. After a
trip out there, I had a few things to say about how the city
has grown. We also added more information about
Denver, and the ability to save big
on your next reservation!
Idaho section to our site. This
is a small portion, since we didn't get to spend much time
there, but you can read about our trip in March, 2002 with
Brian, Jeannie, Jeff, and Salima to snowboard Silver Mountain
changes to the Columbia River Gorge
pages! We've added trail guides, complete with topo
quads, trail reports, to-reach descriptions, GPS coordinates
and more! We've also added pages detailing the history
and culture of the Columbia River Gorge. Check out the
new pages here!
dozens of new stores to our site! Now you can shop for
books, outdoor gear, magazines, software, and much more!
The stores can be found by clicking on the links in the
left-hand margin of the subject page. They are still
under construction, but they're getting close!
Molokai, Hawaii site is
finally here! The Molokai portion of our site is set up
similar to our Maui site, complete with a photo gallery and a
sponsored links and pages for better report tracking.
We add The
to our Land Surveying Bookstore. Here you can shop for
your new calculator, accessories, books, and software, plus
find free downloads and HP48 tips!
changes are under way! We are phasing out frames on our
site. The new system using tables will allow you to
never have to worry about being able to use your back button,
and will make the layout much more consistent in all screen
resolutions. We had to remove the background texture
from the side, top, and bottom border, because Netscape
doesn't support background pictures in tables. We also
embedded our fonts in most of our pages so that everyone could
see the pages as they were meant to be seen, without having to
download any fonts. All of these changes mean a little
longer initial download time, but a much more pleasant viewing
Let us know what you think! So far the main site is
all updated, but the slide shows may be awhile yet.