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Carpe Diem: Skyscraper Peak

On the last weekend before Ryan hits the road for Cali and law school (with Jacob in tow as his traveling companion for the road trip), I craved some time with my sons. So after a leisurely Sunday morning I suggested a nice little day hike.  But where? My favorite trail, of course–The Wonderland, at Mt Rainier. By noon we were on the road. By 4:00 p.m. we were standing on top of Skyscraper Peak (7,078′) on the south side of Rainier. What a spectacular day with my sons!

That’s Mt Rainier behind us. It sure is nice to have a volcano in your backyard, so to speak.

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El Salvador

San Diego de Tenango 2010

We spent a week in this village sponsored by Agros and UPC, getting to know the people, preparing the Corn Festival (more ways to eat and drink corn than I ever imagined), hand-mixing and spreading concrete floors, learning each other’s languages, praying, and admiring the beauty of life and this land.

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Mauna Kea (aka ‘paradise’)

tropical breezes

what a day! got back from my bike ride before Jake & Linda got out of bed. then tennis clinic, swimming in pool, kayaking in ocean, swimming in ocean, lounging at beach, then throwing fish on the BBQ. not bad for a long day’s work!

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June wedding

Great family affair

The skies shone beautifully on Katie & Mikhael’s wedding in Issaquah. Bruce officiated. We danced into the long summer evening. Jake’s sneakers fit right in with the tuxedoed and canvas-soled groom and men. Then he even snagged the garter, thanks to a quick-thinking manoeuver by his older brother who tossed him up like a rugby catcher.

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RSVP 2009

all smiles at the finish line

all smiles at the finish line

Jake kept the Baker dynasty intact, after 15 years, 4 children, 4 STP’s (Ryan did 3 of them, Natalie the 4th), 2 RSVP’s (Jillian & Jake), and over 1,000 miles of cycling.  Jake & I did the 185-mile ride from Seattle to Vancouver B.C. this past weekend.  He was awesome, full of willpower and leg power to spare, and ready to party at the end.  We celebrated with burgers, fajitas, and a huge root beer float (with refills!).  “Hey, Jake, you can have unlimited root beer floats anytime you want after riding 185 miles!”  Linda provided exquisite road support, did all the driving, and even gave back rubs.  At age 10, Jake was by far the youngest rider, provoking endless admiration and exclamations from the huffing & puffing adults out there.  Of course, it was the same for his siblings, as each of them also did their big rides when they were 10.  They each set the bar high, and Jake came through to keep their string intact.   I am so proud of my children.  Ryan, Natalie, Jillian & Jake, you are the best and most priceless gift I have.  It’s an honor to be your dad.

all the root beer floats you can drink!

all the root beer floats you can drink!at the border

 

passport, please!

passport, please!

 

start line on a gray rainy day

 

start line on a gray rainy day

rsvp-breakaway

and previous years of glory…

Natalie's STP 1998

Natalie's STP 1998

Jillian's RSVP 2000

Jillian's RSVP 2000


 

Ryan STP 1995

Ryan STP 1995

Ryan STP 1996

Ryan STP 1996

Ryan STP 1997

Ryan STP 1997

hey, kids, i’m counting on you to keep supporting me in my old age!

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School’s Out for Summer!

schools-out-summer-2009

Last day of school in Scotland. First stop: Janetta's for ice cream!

at Ruth & Ben's wedding at UPC

at Ruth & Ben's wedding at UPC

 

 

 

 

 

Linda & Granma

Linda & Granma

Sunrise, Mt Rainier. 4 friends. 120 miles.  9900' of climbing. One awesome day.
Sunrise, Mt Rainier. 4 friends. 120 miles. 9900′ of climbing. One awesome day.

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Happy Birthday, Ryan!

happy birthday crowd surrounds big brother

happy birthday crowd surrounds big brother

BBQ, and chocolate cake, on a perfect summer evening.

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Iona

Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey

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Bethlehem

Shepherd's cave, Bethlehem

Shepherd's cave, Bethlehem

We stayed at Bethlehem Bible College… passed through the check point in the Wall every day…
Site at Bethlehem UN Refugee camp, where the Palestinians were ordered to tear down the Pope's dias, because it was too close to the wall.

Site at Bethlehem UN Refugee camp, where the Palestinians were ordered to tear down the Pope's dias, because it was too close to the wall.

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Jerusalem

Western Wall

Western Wall

yad vashem

yad vashem

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