Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mt. Rainier

Tom and I visited Mt. Rainier for 6 days.  It always restores my soul to be in the mountains.  Rather than a day by day account I am just going to post pictures.  I came away with images of THE mountain, wild flowers, water, waterfalls, tall trees and the smell of pine.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Your are only as happy as your happiest child...

So the saying goes and sometimes I feel it is true.  I do enjoy their successes and suffer through their pains.  I haven't posted in a while because too much has been going on.

Eric returned from 7 weeks studying in Barcelona.  I picked him up at O'Hare and got him to his apartment.  It was wonderful to see him and hug him and hear about all his experiences.  He wrote a blog for the study program IES:   http://blogs.iesabroad.org/author/egrshmgmail-com/.  He's a good writer.  Study abroad is a great growing up experience and also let's young people understand the bigger picture.  He was very happy to be home.

Then Tom and I traveled to Mt. Rainier to see Justin who is working there as a climbing ranger for the NP system.  It's been a tough summer with the loss of Nick Hall, one of the climbing rangers there in an accident at the summit.  Needed to hug my boy out there too.  We spent 5 glorious days hiking, enjoying Justin and his important other, Claire P. and getting away from the Midwest heat. Watch for next post on our travels up and down the trails. 

I am really proud of both my guys.  They are wonderful young men.