Saturday, August 20, 2011
I forgot to tell you about a funny thing that happened on our Welcome Pass hike. Since the 67 switchbacks were challenging for five of us, Fred and Mike went on ahead (armed with walkie talkies to keep us connected) and charged up while the rest of us trudged more slowly. They ran into another hiker who was heading down, and he said, "Hey, it's the Senior Trailblazers. You're Fred." He was nowhere near old enough to be known to us by age; he told them that he reads this blog. Fred said that I was behind them with the others, and if he wanted to surprise me, he could call me by name when he saw us coming up the trail. And that's exactly what he did. After a few moments of confusion (do I know you?), we chatted briefly. I didn't think to ask him where he heard about the blog, but he found it somewhere and made my day. (Dave, say hello in the comments if you feel like it, and welcome!)
After the morning walk and a quick trip to the market, I headed over to the Y to swim a half mile. The pool is open again after having been emptied, painted, and filled with fresh clear water. The difference is astounding. Since I started using the pool in April, I didn't have any idea how nice the water could be. After a shower and noticing more smiling faces, I am now home and writing a post. This interlude of a wonderful day, filled with perfect weather (it's 76 degrees and still sunny), a blog post written in a very grateful frame of mind... it's hard to ask for much more.
However, in an hour or so I'm heading off to the movies with my friend Judy to see "The Help." Tomorrow I'll spend in Snohomish jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. Not to mention the good friends I have made here in the blogosphere. The depth and breadth of my life these days fills me with several magnitudes of thankfulness.
Labels: blogosphere, farmers market, hiking
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Great story! Hi Dave, I hope you do post a comment.ReplyDelete
A Hello from me too, Dave!ReplyDelete
I want to hear your opinion of the movie The Help. We were thinking of going.ReplyDelete
Fun to meet someone on a hiking trail who reads your blog. Life is full of little adventures and you are so much fun for sharing with us.
It is amazing the sense of community that exists here in the blogosphere. It enriches my life. Hope your residual soreness eases off quickly.ReplyDelete
Hope your Dave says Hi..you are getting to be a famous blogger/hiker/jumping out of planes gal.ReplyDelete
That is one interesting tomato..uneven watering...I hope it tastes ok:)
nice...bet you will love The Help...and how cool to run into a reader...that is awesome!ReplyDelete
You live such an exciting life and it sounds like you love almost every minute of it. I hope the tomato is yummy.. and that you enjoy the movie. You're a famous blogging star now. Hi, Dave!ReplyDelete
What a lovely life you lead, DJan. Congratulations on many levels.ReplyDelete
Hi, it's Dave from Welcome Pass. Thursday was my fourth trip up Welcome Pass since the beginning of August. I learned about your blog when I was doing a google search on a hiking trail. I always enjoy reading your trail reports and looking at your pictures. I'm impressed by the great hikes that your group does every week. I look forward to joining the Senior Trailblazers in the not too distant future.
Yeah, Dave! What fun for you, Jan to run across a fellow hiker who reads your blog! "Serendipity" at its best, the Universe in action. I love it. Hope you have fun jumping out of "perfectly good airplanes."ReplyDelete
Meeting a blog reader on the trail is quite a story! That is just too cool.ReplyDelete
You are a breath of fresh air with every post. Enjoy the movie. I'll be interested to know what you think of it.
It is such fun to meet someone you don't know that reads your blog because they want to and not because they feel like they should as family and friends.ReplyDelete
Jan, I so admire you for making such an interesting life. In retirement.
Busy is the way to be. I'm surprised they sell tomatoes like that. Some of mine are that way . They taste every bit as good as the ones with no marks on the skin. Have a great day tomorrow jumping from the airplanes.ReplyDelete
I've never seen a tomato like that. Your photos definitely make it look artistic.ReplyDelete
I will also be waiting to read your review of the movie. It sure sounds like a lot of fun.
Those heirloom tomatoes look so weird but they taste so good! What a great story. And how shocking to run into someone on the trail. Do you think that he will follow you on the plane though?? Dave? What do you think? Up for a jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Me either!!!ReplyDelete
Sometimes the lack of water causes tomatoes to look like this. Too much water will turn them black in spots. I would guess it will turn out to be a good tasting tomato.ReplyDelete
Nothing beats the artwork found in nature. It almost looks like someone decorated the tomato with jewelry. Such a fascinating life you live.ReplyDelete
Saucy here - HI DAVE from Atlantic Canada - WOW, OMGOLLY HUGE tomato - u will have to let us know how it tastes. Great to meet a reader - that's gotta make ur day - and your day sounded BLISSFUL - thanks for sharing - GREAT POST !ReplyDelete
That tomatoe is beautiful and yes, truly a work of art. How exciting to meet someone on your Hike. You must have been really chuffed with that!ReplyDelete
Your gratitude and gorgeous writing have just made my nearly perfect summer Sunday even better. I love that you met a fan on one of your trails.ReplyDelete
There is NOTHING like a sunny summer day in the Pacific Northwest! Hope your jumps were glorious.ReplyDelete
Wow, this tomato looks like something grown in Findhorn, Scotland. Two pounds?!ReplyDelete
Love the encounter with your blog reader! I have lunch with former school colleagues every month or so, and I'm always taken aback when, in telling about something, one of them will say "I know. I read it on your blog." They never leave comments, so I had no idea. I guess we never know where we might have an impact.ReplyDelete
I got me with the first tomato pic, but sure, when i see the whole thing, it's very familiar. Hope it tastes yummy.
I love it that you are so content.
I recognized the heirloom tomato the second I saw it on my dashboard. I'll bet it was delicious1ReplyDelete
How cool to run into a blog reader on the trail. That is amazing and what a surprise you must have had.
Hope you enjoyed the movie.
Ohhh, food photography! About time you got some of that on here! That's what I'm talking about! :) I've never tried one of those tomatoes, but now I want to! Next time I visit the market I'll grab one, and think of you!ReplyDelete
talk about a random encounter atop a mountain! FUN!!! :o)ReplyDelete