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Great Christmas

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

I had a great four-day weekend, since I took the 24th off and the office was closed on Christmas day. I did a fun road ride on Christmas Eve Day, once again doing the Shilo Road route of which I am so fond. That was a good length, about 25 miles. Sarah and I exchanged our gifts on Christmas Eve. Her gifts to me followed a bicycle touring theme, including a book and a backpacking sleeping pad and sleeping bag.

They are incredibly compact and lightweight, the sleeping bag weighing exactly 1 kilogram. I’ve been talking about doing a bicycle tour for a while now and I’m feeling more and more confident that I’ll be able to do one sometime in 2008. Last year, fitness would have been the biggest concern but hopefully I can stay in some semblance of shape over the winter and be in better shape next year. And now I have a lot of the gear I’ll need to do some sub 24-hour overnight trips and/or a longer tour. Thanks, hot stuff!

Christmas morning, we went over to mom’s house to exchange gifts with my family. We had a great time. Mom made lasagna for dinner as is becoming a tradition, and after dinner, I proposed a hike. The high was 47 degrees, and it was sunny — an incredibly beautiful day and surprisingly warm. After some discussion, everyone decided to come. We decided to hike the Wolf Cave trail (trail #5) at McCormick’s Creek State Park. It’s an easy two-mile trail.

Everyone really seemed to enjoy the hike, including my sister Becky, who hasn’t gone on the past few family hikes. I was really glad that everyone went and had a good time. In fact, it had been a long time since Sarah and I went hiking, and I think I had forgotten just how much I enjoy it. Here are some photos from the hike. Sarah took some of these.

Shadows
Shadows

Us
Sarah and me

There's a hiding place in there!
Avery (my nephew) showing me a hiding place in Wolf Cave

ORDER BY height ASC
Avery, mom, and me

Wolf cave
Rock bridge with icicles

Fording the river
Avery and mom crossing the creek

Becky and me
Becky (my sister) and me

Aloof
Becky, looking aloof

Hiding in a tree
Avery, hiding in a tree

Hiking into the sun II
Hiking into the sun

3 Responses to “Great Christmas”

  1. furiousBall Says:

    that’s a nice shot of you and sarah. that hike looked fun! merry christmas bro

  2. John Says:

    A tour? I have my choices narrowed to either the C&O/Allegheny from Washington to Pittsburg, (Or part of it), and the Erie Canal towpath from Buffalo to Albany.

    It’s be a cheap motel tour, but we’ll be taking along a small tent just in case there is one of those great nights to sleep under the stars.

  3. John Kennedy Says:

    I just finished reading a number of your posts and enjoyed them a lot. I especially like your pictures. I also liked the report of the security workshop. It reminded me to nudge a couple of our staff who attended to get a report.

    I write another Bloomington bicycling blog – http://bikingbloom.wordpress.com/. Do mind if I link to your blog?

    John Kennedy

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