Sunday, June 7, 2009


Soooo...where was I??

Oh yes. We're lost. Now, back home after this ordeal was over, I was informed that we in fact were not lost but simply off trail. I'm not really sure I understand the difference...

Anyway, since lunch we've been "off trail" and are hiking what I would consider very steep grades trying to find the trail again and moving in what we believe to be the general direction of Diamond Lake which we've now decided is going to be as far as we'll probably get tonight.

Man was it slow going!! The snow that started out as intermittent and refreshing is now several feet deep and quite a challenge to walk through.

A few hours after lunch, still not 100% sure where we are we run into another group of hikers who are similarly "off trail" due to the snow. We decide to join forces continue together, still aiming to make Diamond Lake to make camp.

It is at this point that I begin really feeling the hike. As I mentioned I'm athletic but everyone else with me has done some sort of endurance sport at the collegiate level and suddenly I'm looking really out of shape. Not to mention that I'm at least 6" shorter than everyone else. I wouldn't have ever thought this would be an issue but when you're taking up the rear on a slippery, snow covered trail it's really difficult when your stride is significantly shorter than everyone before you. This is the suck part of the hike. I'll breeze over it.

We hiked, it sucked. We didn't make Diamond Lake before dark. We camped in the snow. For dinner we made pocket stew's and mine didn't get fully cooked so I ate raw potatoes and onions. Well I nibbled on, not really ate. I went to bed early so that my foul mood didn't spoil everyone else's evening.

Everyone else however had an awesome time. They saw the day as an adventure! The only really down side was that they had to camp on snow because no one really packed anything warm enough for that. But in general fun was had by all and they capped off the long day with the tequila K brought.

The next day was much better. I slept off my bad mood and morning brought warm sun shine and promise of a better day. We leisurely got up and had breakfast and I made up for the lack of dinner with lots of oatmeal cocoa and smores :) M got a little more creative. M decided that since she likes apples and she likes marshmallows that she's LOVE a marshmallow stuffed apple!!!


She's a little disappointed that the marshmallow melted out and she ended up with a very sticky baked apple. She said that it was good though.

Here's K tending our incredibly deep fire pit. I think this illustrates just how deep the snow was.

Much happier hikers around the pit. The group that joined us already headed home. We think they were jealous that we had real food. They ate dehydrated MRE type food for every meal (powdered stroganoff was their dinner the night before). It looked like it sucked. We had real food. We might have kind of rubbed that in their face a little

My fiancee, A, in the PIT OF MORDOOR! It was kinda cool.

Next we took a little hike to see if we could spot this mythical Diamond Lake. 5 miles in my tokous!

Legolas what do your elvish eyes see??

Not the lake, that's what!

M! Step away from the edge!!! Your senior design project isn't that bad!!!!

But they think they have good idea where it is...
(Doesn't it look like B's up to something here??)

"Well? Cummon guys!! Lets get movin'!!!!!"

To be continued...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Just Your Average Evening In Fremont!

Just a little note.

Lately Seattle's been having a heat wave!! In fact today's high is supposed to be 92!!! <-- This is very rear in the middle of summer let alone in May. In Seattle May is not a summer month, May is usually, undeniably spring.

This however means that all of our homes, which are not equip with AC, especially in my cute Bohemian neighborhood full of "Vintage" homes (no joke add on craigslist said a home had "vintage charm" but that's for another post), are too hot to actually be in. As a result everyone is out enjoying the weather. Also another thing to note in Seattle this time of year the sun doesn't actually set until about 9:30 a night which is AWESOME!

Last night I am walking my dog in the very beautiful eveing at about 9pm around the block by my house. I encounter belly dancers practicing in full get up at the local elementary school. I also saw an adult kickball game (What?! really this exsists?! Where can I sign up?!) where one team was called "Ball Deep" and the other teams uniform was very elaberate costumes. The catcher was dressed up as Murcury and there was a guy in the infield wearing very small blue shorts but that's ok because he was PAINTED BLUE FROM HEAD TO TOE! It's wednesday. That crap's a pain to get off. You think thursday's are blue days at his work? Like causual Friday but with body paint??

I also get to walk by where they are making the solstice day parade floats. So cool!! If you live in Seattle I really encourage you to go to the Fremont Fair and Parade. The with local organic produce and street performers, "the weirder the better" encouraged to come in this funky little neighborhood it's always a blast. Plus the parade has naked people what more could you ask for??

Well that's all I got time for but an interesting walk no?

Back to the grind....

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So Busy!!!

Gah! The next two (or five) weeks are going to be a little bit overwhelming.... On the 5th I have my Senior Design presentation (crap, that's this Friday isn't it?!) and then on the 14th I GRADUATE!!!!!!!! AND THEN!! On the 16th I go to Africa!! I'll try to post little updates here and there. It will most likely be incoherent, sleep deprived ramblings. Sorry...

To tide you over here are some super fun links:

The Pioneer Woman
Cake Wrecks
Gourmet Amigurumi
My Paper Crane

These are the blogs I would read everyday If I had time. Unfortunately I don't so it's usually a once a week blog binge (and it's ooohhh soo good!). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Sad Day

I just wanted to take a moment to discuss what happened today in California.

In case you weren't aware today the California Supreme Court has ruled to uphold proposition 8 which makes same sex marriage against the states constitution. This is an especially important issue to me as this judgement comes down four months to the day before my wedding.

Please, for a moment, put aside any religious or personal feelings you have toward homosexuality and look at this from a purely legal point of veiw, as those justices were supposed to have done.

The First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. "

This one sentance makes it clear that what the California Supreme Court did today was not just against what this country was founded on but actually against the constitution which they are charged to uphold.

The first amendment lays the foundation for the seperation of church and state which has been further upheld and solidified through Supreme Court decitions dating as far back as 1878. Simply stated, it is unconstitutional to legislate morality which is the only way to define what was done today in California.

There are no valid, legal reasons to ban gay marrage. The only arguments that have been presented are that homosexuality is 'an abomination', 'unnatural', or 'against God'. And while those who argue this way are absolutely entitled to their beliefs, under the first amendment they are not entitled to make these beliefs law.

For the same reason that a Baptist marrage is just as legal as a Catholic, Jewish, Muslim or Athiest marrage or for that matter Inter-Racial marrage, Same-Sex marrage must be allowed. You don't have to like it or believe that it is right but our forefathers made sure that our personal beliefs couldn't impede on the rights of our fellow, equal citizens.

I'll get off my soap box now, just wanted you to be fully and unprejudicedly informed.

*Note, the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution stated in Article VI Paragraph 2, "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. " Makes it so the Federal Government when exercising its constitutional powers has supremacy over all state laws (supported by the Marshall Court in McCulloch v Maryland) What this means is that the when this goes to the Federal Supreme Court, their dicition, which must be made to uphold the constitution, which the California Supreme Court is not so strictly bound by, their decition will have national repercussions and make gay marrage legal in the US not just in certain states. So maybe this is a little backward victory*

Update: My good friend and law student Ak informed me in his infinite genius, "It's unlikely the Supreme Court will agree to hear it given that it's a state constitution issue - really, given some of the jackasses on the court right now that's probably for the best - and they'd only be granting certiorari on the technical issue rather than whether or not banning gay marriage is discriminatory.

More likely is we're just going to overturn it next year. Never say die!"

And there you have it. Note to others, CTY Law and Politics definitely makes it so you can make a logical and informed sounding argument, but it doesn't mean it's going to be correct :)

Monday, May 25, 2009


Hey All!

Hope your Memorial Day Weekend was amazing! Mine was quite the adventure!!!

My soon to be Brother-In-Law, K, suggested that we (and by we he invited my Fiancee, A, and our good friend, W, but of course it was assumed the women folk could tag along) go hiking and threw out the Polallie Ridge Loop as an idea.

We looked it over and really, just relied on experienced hiker K to do all the research heavy lifting and didn't really think twice about it. Silly us!

Now, I should let you know that I would consider myself athletic. I've cheered for over 8 years and don't shy away from activity. It's true I am a little rounder and fluffier than I would like but I didn't think this would impact my ability to hike. In fact I was super excited to go because I felt I was really prepared. I started running a little more than a month ago and now am running 2.8 miles 4 days a week with M and some times a sneak in a bonus run with my honey on the weekends (yes I really did just say bonus run). K described this hike as a fun, summer trail with some elevation change but he didn't think it would be too hard and when A and I mentioned we didn't have hiking boots he said our running shoes would do just fine.

I was ill prepared for this adventure.

We set out Saturday morning, driving about two hours to the trail head and we were all extremely excited! This was the first time I've gone camping with my fiancee, in fact this is the first time I've gone camping since I was 12 and we brought our new puppy, B. It was hot and sunny and it looked like it would stay that way all weekend. Truly perfect.

The plan is to hike as far as we can the first day, trying to conquer all of the elevation change (all three thousand feet of it!!!!<-- we didn't really realize what this meant until we hiked it). The second day we can take it easy if we want or forge ahead and then because we're taking the loop counterclockwise the last seven miles are really easy, all level or downhill for the last day.

Setting out it was just what I expected, hot sunny day with some steep hiking but mostly low grade and lots of fun on the trail. Our friends M and W brought a ton of wildlife books (wildflowers, trees, bugs, something else I can't remember) and we stopped frequently for water and to identify this flower or that. It was a good challenge but not so difficult that I couldn't do it for three days. Things we looking really good!

A little ways in however, we ran into two guys coming down off the hill. We asked them about the trails, as the loop we were taking starts off as one and then forks off into another, so we were trying to gauge how far we had gone. They mention to us that the trail is snowed out and they are turning back.

Now, if this was a book this would be foreshadowing. This is where the characters are receiving useful information but choosing to ignore it.

These guys were wearing shorts and one of them is shirtless. They had small packs are clearly were not going to do the whole loop or were trying to make a day hike of it. We felt the snow they came across was probably just patchy and they were over reacting because they weren't prepared to spend more than a few hours hiking. We forged ahead. And sure enough there was snow.

At this point it's still spotty and intermittent.

No one's really concerned about it.
(There's B, he loved the snow and did really well on the hike, not only staying with us but checking on everyone from time to time. It was awesome and he is a welcome companion on all future hikes!!!)

In fact because of the heat of the day it was actually quite welcome.

We reached a peak at about lunch time and sat down for one of the most scenic meals of my life. It was gorgeous!!!

At this point I am actually pretty sore already. The trail has become completely covered in snow

But that's ok because Diamond lake should be really close and the trail is hilly but more level from here on out.

Should be....

At lunch we realize that the snow has caused us to vere off course and this beautiful veiw point was a detour. It will take us several hours, and lots of extra hiking, to find the trail again....

Even B gets tired. We paused for water and a map check, still off the trail and he decided it was stopping time. Dug himself a den right there a plopped down.

Sorry buddy, it's still hours from stopping time...

To Be Continued.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Wow Wow Wow!

I didn't realize how long it's been since I updated!!! SO! What's new?? A WHOLE LOT, that's what!

Wedding planning:

Save The Dates-sent!

I'm going to sit down soon and make sure I'm all caught up with (and even a little ahead) because I've got so much coming up as crazy as this sounds, wedding planning will have to be on the back burner for a bit!


I'm Graduating!!!!!!!!!(24 days till I walk!!)
I have a job!!!!
I'm going to Africa!!!!!!!!
We have a dog!!!!!


Down to 152!!
Working out more regularly (thanks to M!)
Triathlon this summer??
Half Marathon??
Full Marathon?? <--No this wont happen, this is me getting caught up in things.

Quite an update no??

I'm really excited for the end of May and beginning of June. By this time next month I'll have my degree and be in Zambia working with engineers without boarders!

So yes a lot has been going on and there will be more updates in the future (more regularly too) hope this will tide you over.