I'm not afraid of heights, but I'm not exactly fond of them. And I really freak out when my kids are up high with nothing between them and a fall. So, if I had seen this sign BEFORE we hiked up... I would have missed out on this... and this.... and this... But I also would not have had to done this... In the bottom right you can see me with my dad and Shoo. We were done with the scary steep part by that point. There were parts where my dad would climb down a bit, make sure he was stable and I'd hand down Shoo. Shoo's propensity to jump into thin air did not help the process. … [Read more...]
Thank goodness for dramamine
Fifteen years ago, I discovered I get seasick. We went on a small boat cruise out of Juneau, Alaska for our honeymoon and it quickly became apparent that I could not drink alcohol AT ALL when on the boat. As long as I didn't drink, I was just a bit queasy. Over the years, I've had a number of opportunities to confirm this, including a boat trip between islands in the Azores with rough seas while suffering from morning sickness with Jones. Last year, I tried a non-drowsy formula of dramamine and managed to survive a boat ride out to the Dry Tortugas. The waves were huge and I think Beer Geek, myself, and the crew were the only ones who didn't get sick. So, when Beer Geek suggested that we take a float plane ride over the glaciers, … [Read more...]
State #11: Alaska!
In addition to my 11th state race report, this is my "Half minus a Half" race report for G and my snapshot of my run for Tonia. Short story: 1:30:42 on a 9.65 mile course (9:24 average pace) Long story (grab your lunch before you start): Once we set our dates for our Alaska trip, I started looking for a race we could do while there. The only race that was near where we were going to be was the Soldotna Unity run. It had two options - a 5k and a 10 miler. I'm trying to avoid 5ks to the extent possible for my state races, so that left us with the 10 mile option. In past years, about 30-40 people run the 10 miles and this year was no different. I consider myself a "middle of the pack" runner, but that was not the case here. … [Read more...]