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[2/15/18 08:33] Me: Thanks for all the tutorials yesterday. It really helped. I’m going to work on PowerPoint on the airplane 2 illustrate my plan so I can discuss it with her all next week. I might send it to you to fact-check a few things . The level of drinking the Kool-Aid and understanding the concepts really made this trip worth it for me

[2/15/18 13:44] (201) 681-0099: It was my pleasure. Thanks for organizing that trip. The feedback we received is going to be instrumental.

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Yosemite Sept 2017 – worlds colliding

What was interesting about this trip was the fact that we overlapped for a full day with the DAguillo/Walsh men in Yosemite valley. This meant that Brodie would meet my family… this cannot be good.

We started out with a grotesquely expensive dinner in the “grand Yosemite hotel” (or whatever it is called – I was staying in Curry Village ) . followed the next day by a hike to Taft point and the fissures (3000 ft drops are always interesting). We did well despite the smoky conditions.

After a brief visit to Glacier point (more smoke), Rob, Robert and Mike headed to do the Panorama trail, while Brodie, Tony and I drive back to the valley.. Once in the valley, we left Tony and headed up the Mist Trail to Vernal falls. It never disappoints. After a relaxing time on the Silver Apron, the 3 intrepid travelers emerged and we headed down, for a great meal at the Curry Village cafeteria (at a 10th the cost).

An awesome start

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FRICC – the complete series

The complete series of the “fall risk safety video series” that is sweeping the nation. Including the all new “epilogue” session. And of course the critically acclaimed 2nd episode!

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Paris – July 2017

Well – the best part of Paris was the sweet AirBnb, the sights, and my sweetheart, in a new Paris dress. the experience was dampened a bit by pain in my right foot, which had gotten progressively worse by Paris (I hurt it in the Alps, and then walked on it in Lucerne). And well… falling down the stairs in our loft apartment… sigh

I ended up hobbling around Paris, with a walking stick… Anna preferred me this way.. slow.. and in sight.

Oh well. We made the best of it (It was awesome!)

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Switzerland – hiking the Alps from hut to hut – the glorious day 3 hike out

Well whatever bad luck we had with weather (rain fog) all turned around on day 3 (July 3), as we were treated with blue skies and outstanding views of the mountains. I felt that I was “owed” one totally good weather day (though I was reminded that we actually has ok weather the whole time). Also – it can be argued on the difficult up and down hike days, a sun beating down on you might actually be worse.

Anyways, this day was glorious from start to finish. From the initial start and the views from the hut, to the steep hike down being not as bad as we thought it would be, to a nice detour to the huge waterfall at the end of the valley, to being chased by goats (not as fun), to the long trek down to the cable car. It was all awesome.. with “sound of music views” the whole time. it could not have been better, event including the last 100 yards back in Murren, where Roger of Hotel Alpina took pity on us and put us on floor 1 (less stairs), with a great wraparound deck. When I set out to hike in the Alps, it was days like day 3 I had in mind (again, except for the goats) .







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Switzerland – hiking the Alps from hut to hut – Hut 2 – Obersteinberg

July 2 – it was time to go the “hut to hut” part of the journey. Feeling not too grimy, we descended to a river for the first two hours, and then had a decision to make. To make a right and tough it up and over a huge mountain to reach the hut, or instead make a left, head into Gimmelwald, have soup, and then contemplate how to ascend all the way to the hut Obersteinberg (https://www.alpenwild.com/staticpage/obersteinberg/ . we went left.

After finishing lunch, and feeling in some pain, we descended again to the river, crossed, and then started a relentless ascent to the hut. In all, this days hike took around 7.5 hours, and explained much abouthow I ended up in crutches after the vacation was over. Along the way we say countless waterfalls, glimpses of the mountains around us, and told ourself “we will make it”. We did the final steps in some pain, with crows in the mist in the distance. A job well done, but sets us up for more pain to hike out the next day. But first, some excellent dinner and breakfast. The room was unheated, but that was ok – it had indoor plumbing !

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Switzerland – hiking the Alps from hut to hut – Hut 1 – Rotstockhutte.

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Well – I always wanted to visit the Swiss Alps. Like a life goal And after the Italian Refugio from last year, I wanted to be able to hike from hut to hut in the Alps. And so a plan … Continue reading

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