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Desolation (not!) Sound 2012

What did you do on your summer vacation? Went to school. Boat school, that julietta casino online is! We passed all our exams (Bruce is now a qualified skipper), and cruised the most beautiful waters available, and rafted up with dear friends too. Wow. We need to do this again soon.

Desolation Sound 2012 photos: Click Here!

Boating Friends: more photos here!



happy Thanksgiving!


RSVP 2011

Jake and dad completed their third-in-a-row RSVP ride from Seattle to Vancouver BC (and party). This made Jake the youngest rider in the event for three years running (as far as we know) at age 12 this past summer. His first was age 10. Bruce survived the ride with a broken finger, road rash, and separated shoulder all healing from his crash six weeks earlier :/ 


Lake Colchuck

Boy Scout Troop 600 hiked up the ice-glazed stone steps toward the lake and the Dragontail, and the enjoyed the beautiful last weekend of October with vistas of the peaks and Colchuck Glacier. Bruce was one of the lucky dads to make the trip (and this may be a first–was the oldest (!) dad on the outing).


Skyscraper Pass 2011

the Baker Boys made their second annual trek to Skyscraper Pass on the Wonderland Trail at Mt Rainier National Park. This time we went further into the park and camped on the other side of the pass in cold fog and mist. We awoke to an unexpected view of the top of the moun tain from our campsite, and hiked out in sunbreaks revealing the mountain and wildflowers in all their glory.


Grand Canyon

We had perfect weather and a perfectly hot 128 F temp at the bottom of the canyon. Linda & Jake rode the mules, and Bruce went on his own two feet. We stayed in a rustic cabin at Phantom Ranch down there, with an air conditioner that dropped the temp in the cabin all the way down to about 99 degrees, which never felt so good. What a spectacular place on earth. We drove back for another look even after moving into a room at Sedona.




Missions Tour 2010

end (beginning) of the road: San Francisco de SolanoReady to Roll! We’ve converged upon Sonoma, in the heart of wine country, and at the end of the Mission Trail, where Padre Junipero Serra’s dream ends, and ours begins. The adventure awaits, as we dine tonight and in the morning ride through our first three missions, beginning with the local one here, San Francisco de Solano.

click here for more Tour coverage: MISSIONS TOUR 2010


I-5 weekend

Another father-son bonding experience–23 hours in the car together, from Nana’s house in Rancho PV, to Seattle. Did the In-N-Out Burger vs. Burgermaster taste test.  Good ol’  Burg’master won hands down, though In-N-Out gets an honorable mention for real potato tasting fries.


Transitional weather

Transitional weather. This is a euphemism for snow crystals in August. But we also had sunshine. Cold sunshine. The mountain played peek-a-boo with the clouds & we were treated to the wonders of Wonderland yet again. Awesome! Thank God for father-son times liket this.


RSVP 2010 edition

                For the second year in a row, Jake earned the white jersey as the best youngest rider. This year we had brilliant sun and brutal headwinds, which turned Chuckanut Drive into a welcome respite. We snapped a shift cable Saturday morning, and did a roadside MacGiver fix which got us up and down the hills stuck in middle gear until we found the mechanic to give us a new cable just before reaching Vancouver. We celebrated with the traditional bottomless root beer float, Jake’s post-ride favorite.  Perhaps this regimen will carry him to Le Tour in 2025… who knows?  We had the pleasure of teaming up with great traveling companions, Ron & Jan for this ride, which added to the fun.

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