Monday, July 22, 2013

Climb Every Mountain!

Mount Rainier in Washington
Good morning everyone! It’s early here Monday morning at the shore. Just got everyone out the door to where they need to be. I’ll do my regular post weekend ritual of stripping beds, washing beach towels and putting the house back in order and then I'll head back home for the week. Next weekend we will repeat the process!

It was a testosterone filled weekend with me and eight men. My two sons came and brought a few friends each. If you want to see a fridge full of food disappear fast, invite seven growing men between the ages of 23-25 to your shore house for the weekend.I tried to eat as well as I could. Lots of grilled chicken and salads. There was a few slips here and there, but for the most part I tried to maintain a healthy eating pattern.

My son John just completed his climb of Mount Rainier on Wednesday and flew home from Washington State on Thursday night. After climbing 14,400 feet with sixty pounds of gear on his back over six days, he was ready for some real food that you didn't have to prepare with water. I am so proud of him and he made the climb in memory of my sister in law Beth who died suddenly last year at 42 year of age. He recorded his name on a book that they keep in a box on the summit of the mountain.

John and his best buddy Andrew at the summit of Mount Rainier!

John logged his name in the book that they keep in a box on the summit.

This is no walk in the part, Some serious climbing going on.

The group and their guides carried everything on their backs and set up camps along the way.

I hope everyone is doing well. Have a great week! Sending hugs and love.XO!

Thought for the day: Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.” -Harold V. Melchert


  1. I am not sure how you did that with so many adult men and then YOU!! I love all the pictures and congrats to him for doing that - very sweet.
    and LOVE your thought. Have a great day :-)

  2. Wow, to your weekend with so many guys! I bet you cooked the whole time :) And I thought my 11 yr old boy could eat...LOL.
    Also, Wow, to your son! What an amazing accomplishment!

    I hope your cleaning goes fast!

  3. What a great accomplishment, I bet you are proud of him! Sounds like you are having a fabulous summer- Have a great week!

  4. That is such a cool tribute to Beth. Congrats for raising a very good son:) I'm glad they made it safely!
    We will get this Pattie, I just know it!!!