August 25, 2009 at 6:28 AM
I spent most of the summer getting high, and when I wasn't high, I was pretty trashed. I got some pretty good ideas while I was out, though.
Let me explain. For thirteen weeks, the violin lay in its case, save the intermittent lesson or two. The sun rose and set, and rose again, stringing together rows upon glittering rows of tangerine days. Everyone in the far north rejoiced that the sunshine had returned after its three year sabattical. We grew tan. We grew tall. We grew great big smiles on our faces, like slices of watermelon rind.
When I said I was taking the summer off, I mean I took off. After 92,425 feet of vertical gain, 610 miles, and a dozen or so tumbles, I arrived at the first week of the fall semester exhausted, bedraggled, thick-muscled, and feeling strangely more alive than I had in a long time.
Yeah, overall, I'd say I got some pretty good ideas while I was out.
Sounds like you had a fabulous summer. Enjoy getting back to the rest of life and welcome back here. Your adventures are an inspiration to all of us.
Here's to enjoying life as it is
92,425 feet of vertical gain. Wow! Where is this place?
Welcome back to v.com.
Heheh, that would be somewhere out of the atmosphere if it was all in one go--something like three times higher than Everest. No, that was an entire summer's worth of hiking.
Glad to be back, Pauline!
Beer taste better at those altitudes!
Sounds like a very healthy vacation - beautiful photos!
If I had a head for heights (which I don't...) I'd love to climb up a high mountain with my violin case and play some Bach at the summit. But since I start to panic standing on a chair to change a lightbulb, this won't be happening anytime soon, sadly!
I am so envious - great photos - welcome back!
I love hiking, but I haven't done it in way too long. Robert and I once climbed a "fourteener" (Mt. Bierstat), as we generically call the 14,000 + mountains in Colorado. Despite the fact that we started at, what? 12,000 feet (yes, we totally cheated!) it was still the most difficult climb I've ever done because of the altitude.
These Alaskan peaks look wonderful -- and very challenging. Hey, and I want to hear about your good ideas!
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