So I know that I’ve been lagging on updating this thing.  I do have a couple of reasons: summer school has been in full swing, I finally went back to work about three week ago, and I have a new wonderful woman in my life.  With all of these things going on I have had wanted to post some things but instead have just journalled the old fashion way with pen and paper, I know that makes me a sinner against the digital age but what can I say sometimes it’s just easier.  As a sacrifice to the digital gods I went out and bought a laptop today and now I’m posting from it; furthermore, I would like to take this oppurtunity to curse Costco for carrying such a good deal on a great computer.

 lake under chocolate peakbishop sunset

view from chocolate mountainanother view from chocolate peak

view from my tent

So a couple weekends ago I was lucky enough to be able to go to Bishop and backpack up to the long lake area.  The hike up was amazing and well worth every heavy step.  As always I over packed,  so I ended up carrying more things on my back than I needed.  I always bring more food than I’ll ever eat.  I keep tellig myself that buying the lighter tent, sleeping pad, and stove will make my pack lighter, but I just end up with more food.  I premade a dish I like to call the ultimate hamburger helper its real name is picadillo and I had no problem getting rid of all of it.  S made quesidillas with chicken and chillies which were a big hit with everybody. 

The area surrounding our campsite was awesome.  We camped next to a stream connecting two lakes, I know only the name of the larger one which is Long Lake.  The water was clear as glass and just warmer than freezing.  A few people on the trip were able to catch a trout , rainbow I believe, right out of the lake. The air tempurature was a comfortabe 75 to 80 degrees during the day and at night it might have gotten down to 45 degrees.  The only draw back to the weekend was the mosquitos.  I left after two and a half days in the wilderness with probably over 150 bites, most of them were concentrated on my shoulder blades.  I imagine the mosquitos hanging out in between my pack and shoulders partying down with a full bar, disco ball, dance floor, and dj; I thought it was weird to hear Crosby Stills and Nash miles from any radio or cd player. 

Since that trip I have mostly been trying to keep up on homework.  My college essay class ends here in a day or two so I’ll get a break for three weeks before the winter fall semester starts up.  I think I’m losing my wits as I’m going to attempt to take three classes: English composition, arguemetation and debate, and retake precalculus.  It is a little strange for me to schedule so many things that will take me away from work.  Up until my accident work had always taken a priority for me and now I’m trying to shift that focus into other areas such as school, yoga, and hiking.  I know it will be better for me; it is going to take some getting used to doing both school and work. 

Another wonderful new focus of mine has been this woman:sanam at the zen center

Take a minute and check out her website .  She has been a real blessing for me.  I have a hard time putting into words all of the ways she makes me feel special.  She is inspirational and extremely supportive of me going back to school, especially since it is for my own self improvement.  We share the love of cooking and hiking.  There is nothing better than being able to share my passions with her, and have her be as excited about a new hiking spot or dish as I am.  And being able to create wonderful food with someone I am falling for is great!!!  She has been a awesome and refreshing in every way. 

S organized a sierra club trip to the Self-Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades.  It was an amazing place covered in beautiful flowers zen center flowers, swans zen center swan, koi fish, temples, and a shrine with Ghandi’s ashes in it.  Another amazing and wonderful day.

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So until next time enjoy your life and laugh freely.