Rock and Roll

I wanted to do something for the college age group in our church this fall so I decided to take them all rock climbing.  We had a good group out for it and ran out of time well before we ran out of people. (Sorry Jess). We drove the hour to Clifton and hiked the ten minutes to the base of the cliff and roped up.  I picked a tricky route because of time restraints of setting up an easier one, but they all gave it a shot.

Hat’s off to Collin, the only one to make the top (besides of course myself).  Ally gets all the other awards.. no matter how many times she rolled off the route, she climbed back on.  We finally kicked her off.  Next time.

Ally working the route.. came within six feet of sticking it.

Ally working the route.. came within six feet of sticking it.

Happy Birthday Mother!

We were very happy to be able to celebrate our Mum’s birthday this year.  Even having gone through cancer this year she’s doing super for her age.  Love you Mum, Happy Birthday.

Nice job on the cake Sandy... and thanks for the photo Buddy!!! {smirk}

Nice job on the cake Sandy... and thanks for the photo Buddy!!! {smirk}

Where the Matt Fern Grows

Matt and Sarah came for a visit today.  We were able to get over to his property to take the typical walk.  Off course this time I made it not so typical by walking down the shallow stream and then losing the rest of them (nobody followed me!).  After cutting back through 4o plus acres of property and locating the Jeep, I realized I had beaten them back out so I had to “radio” for their location.  The cell phones both had a signal and we were reunited much to Jess’ great delight.

Thats right.. over five foot talk ferns

Thats right.. over five foot talk ferns

Open House

Nobody could remember what year it was that we visited GE and took a tour of Al’s work place, but we had the opportunity to do it again.  Every five years or so, GE opens its doors and allows ticketed folks to walk through the plant and see what they do.

It looked a lot like it did the last time I was there!  We had a BBQ before calling it “seen” and I snapped this photo on the way out of the parking lot.

It seems GE does things just like the rest of us... [smirk]

It seems GE does things just like the rest of us... {smirk}

The Farm Fair

We’ve been a few times to the Unity Fair and it’s classic Maine fair.  Horse pulling, goat petting (and every other farm animal), and old worn out carnival rides.  A big ol’ group of thirteen went this year and scattered in all directions when we landed.  Albert went to watch his brothers pull their horses,  Nathan, his friend and Jess split for the “big kid” rides and the City Libby’s tagged all the kiddie rides.  In fair tradition trying foods, this year I grabbed a pail of Ribbon Fries, which were incredibly tasty on the way down, but when they landed… they tore at your gut.

After a few rides we all walked around to see the various displays. Fruits and vegetables, tractors and cars, wool and rugs.  We went through the museum and had just enough daylight to walk through the old buildings.  We scampered off to Augusta for a sandwich before heading it home for another year.

Nathan and Cole try out the rubberball shooting paintball guns

Nathan and Cole try out the rubberball shooting paintball guns

Guide Service Upon Request

Earlier this year I had some folks at church ask me if I’d mind taking them up to Baxter and hike Katahdin with them.  Hmmm, let me think about it. Sure. Absolutely. Any opportunity to hike Katahdin is never wasted.  Having the chance to show someone the mountain for the first time is as incredible to me as it is to them.

Dennis and his son JD were nearly ready to leave when I arrived at their home at 5:30AM.  Earlier in the week I had called ahead and reserved a parking spot, something only Mainers can do, and only a few at that.  With the parking spot reserved there really was no rush to get there besides the never idle sun in the sky was burning away our daylight.

We arrived in good shape and started up the trail just before eight o’clock.  We had discussed trail options during the week and I was glad to hear his friends recommendation was spot on with mine.  The hardest, most exposed route on the mountain!  They were, like I always am, in awe as we entered the basin and received our first close view of the mountain.  We arrived at Chimney Pond in two hours and soaked in the view before striking up Cathedral Trail.  A leg burner for sure, but we were able to top out onto the summit just after noon.

We sat for about an hour enjoying the summit before crossing the Knife Edge and entering the Chimney.  We climbed out of the Chimney and up to Pamola before heading down the long, seemingly never ending, Helon Taylor Trail.  We arrived back at the parking lot at some past five and we’re all jelly legged but happy to have accomplished such a feat.

Thanks for the opportunity guys!

Photo gallery.

Dennis and JD at the Summit sign

Dennis and JD at the Summit sign

Off You Go Now

The First Day of School. The sign that summer is over, the routine anyway… we’ll still hope for some good weather.

Nathan started fourth grade at Bangor Christian Schools today.  He was super hyped for the day, let’s hope that is how things go for a while.

A dress code is enforced, but it is pretty lax compared to years past

A dress code is enforced, but it is pretty lax compared to years past