Jackie has left Grand Junction on an ambitious project; she plans to hike the entire Pacific Crest trail from Mexico to Canada. But not alone. It’s through Warrior Expeditions, an organization of returned soldiers and Marines who served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and who need to work out the stresses of warfare. She met someone who had gone through this program when she was in South Carolina a couple of months ago. He urged her to apply and we’re honored that she was selected, since she is the only woman on this trip. Since it’s a charitable organization, they provide all the support and gear at no cost to her. Here’s a picture of the others she will be hiking with. See if you can pick her out without looking at the names….
We wish all of our friends and acquaintances a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2018. Or at least a year that doesn’t have as much dismal national news as 2017.
Georgia and I have spent the year doing the usual things that retired people do; if you follow us on Facebook, you know probably more than we remember! You can scroll down the posts here to see what some of our activities have included. I’ve been riding my bike a lot (achieving a goal of 2000 miles this year) and working with my amateur radio (my call is KØGUZ). Terry also has a ham radio license (KEØHNW) and he has had a lot of fun packing it in to mountaintops and contacting other hams, using battery power. I’m not into climbing a 14,000 foot peak, but if you can drive most of the way there, I’m game. This is me, my radio and antenna and computer, on an unnamed peak in Utah:
Georgia, with the help of friends, has learned how to quilt, use her sewing machine and play the addictive and very complex game of Mah Jong. She hosts regular games with three neighbors.
And of course we’ve spent as much time as possible with our grandchildren – three live nearby in Grand Junction, and the youngest lives near Durban, South Africa. Our oldest just started high school.
We took a couple of weeks to visit friends in North Carolina, and a week with Sue and Charlie Fienning and their friends in Pawley’s Island,
and we went to Wyoming to view the solar eclipse. Paula (Georgia’s sister) saw 90% of it from Cheyenne, but Paula’s husband Michael and I drove north about 75 miles to see the 100% eclipse. It was awesome.
Above: Michael and me just before we we were abducted by space aliens during the total eclipse.
The population of Wyoming more than doubled as hundreds of thousands of Colorado residents streamed northward to view the event. It was really worth it.
Our year is ending with a visit from our South African granddaughter and her mommy. After a couple of days here, they flew to San Diego to be with Jackie.
We hope that this is a sign that 2018 will be a good year.
I spent the better part of the morning at the local LDS church poring over an old book on their computers. Although it’s been digitized, you can’t get it online directly, but only in their libraries, under the watchful supervision of church members. There were several of them there, and I fit in the age demographic perfectly; they must have been bored because they all loved sharing my discovery. Putting the pieces together is very much like finishing a jigsaw puzzle, and it gives me the same satisfaction that Georgia gets when her 1000 piece puzzle is finished. I’d like to share this.
My family is related to the Beebes, who migrated in the 1830’s from Vermont to Illinois, but the documents I found) certainly fleshed out the story. Continue reading
2015 was a year of memorable events. Please scroll down the blog to see what we’ve been doing. Here are a few highlights:
Georgia had a hip replacement in late February, which was successful beyond our wildest dreams. Just a few short weeks after the operation, we took a sightseeing trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park:
We had visits from several friends and family, including Cathy’s husband Greg, and Mike and Carol Snyder,
We took a trip to Oregon to visit Cathy and Greg (and her dog Sadie), and came back by way of Sacramento where we had dinner with my Aunt Mary and all but one of my cousins from my dad’s side of the family.
Finally, at the end of the month we’re going to celebrate our (glub) 40th anniversary!