8 posts published in November 2018

Gasparilla Half Marathon

Posted:November 26, 2018

All legit distance running fans knows that Joan Benoit is the 1984 Olympic Marathon gold medalist. I had the privilege of running with her in the Gasparilla Half Marathon from mile 5 to about mile 11. She was very nice and had the stamina to carry a conversation while running much better than me. At mile 11, she speed up and finished in 1:29:16. I struggled to finish in 1:30:11.

This race hurt, but I needed to build fitness for my summer backpacking.

John Muir Trail Trip #3

Posted:November 26, 2018

2017 was a prolific year for snowpack, and this trip was early in the season. The planned route was Bishop to Mt. Whitney and exit at Whitney Portal. The rangers were correct when they told us that we didn't have a chance of completing the planned route. Due to many hardships and dangerous conditions, we turned around at Palisade Lakes and exited at South Lake.

I'll never plan a trip in these conditions again. Since everyone made it out safely, I'm glad that we did it this time and saw the...

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John Muir Trail Trip #4

Posted:November 26, 2018

This was a wonderful 3 x father+son trip. Our route was Agnew Meadows over Donohue Pass and to Tuolumne Meadows. We had a blast after the hike in San Francisco for a few days. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

The picture is at Donohue Pass. That's me in green rain shell holding selfie stick w/ my youngest son on my left.

Breckenridge

Posted:November 28, 2018

This was a great family ski trip to our favorite ski town. This is a picture of me with my sons at the top of Peak 8. Hiking up there from the Imperial Chair was quite the workout. Shannon was relaxing in the lodge with hot cocoa at the time.

Havana

Posted:November 28, 2018

Dad's last visit to Cuba was during one of his Amherst College spring breaks in the late 1950s. He had a good time then and an equally good time on this father & son trip. The highlight of his first trip was seeing the show at the Tropicana Club, and it was the highlight again.

The Cuban people are terrific. If anyone wants help planning a trip to Cuba and getting travel authorization, just let me know.

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