Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Trip to San Diego and Mission Gorge

We went to San Diego last weekend. It was sweet.

We went down to the Book Project (where we sort through book that going to get trashed and send the good ones to people who need books: schools, nursing homes, etc.) and did a little work.

Here Karen, Marty, and Mom show pose among the palettes:

Patrick and Jack take a lunch break:

Then we went home for some dinner and Scrabble.

Mom makes a delicious signature salad:

Dad pretends he's diving the Great Barrier Reef:

Patrick and Jack playing der Scrabble:

Jack enjoys our al fresco family dinner:

Then we woke up early on Sunday to go climbing at Mission Gorge.

This was my first time setting my own anchors and climbing on them. Thanks to the advice of friend John Vawter and John Long's book on anchors, we all survived. It was a little harrowing, though, rappelling off an 80-foot cliff on the first anchor I ever tied, when the last time I rappelled was 15 years ago in the Boy Scouts!

Patrick looks like he might still be a little groggy:

"You tie in rope...and knots...I think."

View looking down from near the top of The Tower:

Same view with telephoto:

Thomas on The Tower:

View of Patrick and Mission Gorge midmorning. I wonder where the creek is...:

Not sure what Jack's pointing at here...maybe he saw a spider:

Jack cranks through the tough first few moves on The Steps:

Thomas demonstrates how not to never take your eyes off your climber while belaying:

Jack gives a thumbs up on The Steps:

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