Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Hound

We got a dog. Luna lived chained up in a backyard, then at the pound for her first year. We don't know exactly what she did at those places, but at our place she has pretty much chewed up everything in the back yard that she can get her mouth around.

Lots of energy and no manners, but she is a nice and gentle animal. We are civilizing her.

The boys and Luna at the dog park

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Tuolumne Meadows '08

We went to Tuolumne Meadows in the first week of August. This is becoming an annual tradition and we meet a bunch of friends up there. This year the weather was perfect and the company was outstanding.

We did all the usual things - hiking, climbing, playing in the river and visiting with friends.

Kitty and I did climbed a nice 5.7 400' route called "Holdless Horror".

Kitty leading the first pitch and following the second

We climbed at the DAFF south flank area. Steve led one of the Guide Cracks, I did Alimony Crack (5.8+) for the first time in about 25 years and Kitty followed (maybe her hardest outdoor climb to date).

Steve leading guide crack and Kitty following

We checked out a new area called the "Bunny Slopes". We did something there called "Ride a Wild Streak" -- the kids got in the act and had fun.

John and Shaun

We messed around at Puppy Dome

Drove home via 140 and got that beautiful view of the Valley