events of today. July 26th 2009
photo has a story to tell.
morning I got out of bed at 4 and as
prearranged, son-in-law Mike who lives in the nearby city of
Redmond arrived on the doorstep to pick me
up at 4:45 am. It was not yet daylight. Our mission for the day
was to climb to the summit of Black Crater about ten miles from
home. Home is a few miles distant from the village of Sisters in Central Oregon, USA. Our plan when we got to the
4100 foot level was to hike/climb for 7 miles horizontally and 3100
feet vertically until we reached the 7200 foot summit of the crater.
This we accomplished in 5 hours. What made the climb more difficult
than normal was that many huge trees had fallen over the trail
during the months of winter that had to be skirted around and a
steeply sloping snowfield had to be traversed. When we reached the
summit Mike took out his Blackberry and took this photo and still using his Blackberry he e-mailed the photo to
his home in Redmond where in a few more seconds it was forwarded by e-mail to
my home in Sisters.
After 14 miles and
9 hours on the slopes I was ready to call it a day but when I got
home Barbara had other news for me. "Hop into the shower and
change real fast as we're going to an outdoor musical evening
concert in the Sisters Village Green park that starts at
4." C'est la vie---but the concert had more than 50
musicians and it was great.