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Laura and I hooked up with Tom Lehman & Co. for some outdoor enjoyment in early August when she was visiting from Nashville for a few weeks. We’d wanted to do some camping while she was here and I was finally able to simply take a day off work to accomplish the necessary freedom of time to spend some of it in the wilderness.
The afore-mentioned Tom happened to be camping that same weekend and invited us to enjoy with his crew what is quite possibly the most amazing camping spot I’ve ever seen. The view of the Hood River valley and Mt. Hood itself was amazing, and enjoying the weekend with friends and especially with Laura was perfect.
For the past two years my brother and I have organized a group of men who travel into the [somewhat] wilderness to spend four days in communion with nature and each other. These trips originated out of a desire to organize a non-traditional bachelor party as well as an intention to foster some of the most important relationships in our lives (i.e., friends, family, nature) during the days we would otherwise be caught up in the parade of life. The trips usually coincide with the late summer, hurry-up-and-do-this-before-everyone-goes-back-to-school heat wave that hits the western-midwest. The reaches of the Rocky Mountains have been our destinations, and this year will be no different.
Last year we made a trek strait west from Colorado Springs near the Southpark region of Colorado. (See posts from last year’s trip here and here and here and some photos from the 2007 Mantrip here.) In fact upon summitting one foreboding peak range we could see the miles and miles across Southpark as well as back east towards Pike’s Peak. This year’s trip will venture further north into the Estes Park area and will include several confirmed veteran participants from the last few years as well as a number of friends who I’m excited will be joining us for the first time. This is an open invitation to anyone who may be in the area or may want to travel the weekend of Labor Day. (email me if interested) There are only a few stipulations, beginning with the following rules:
First, stop shaving your beard. Right now. Until you return home. The only shaving allowed from now until then is that which is done with a bowie knife.
Second, plan on leaving your cell phone and/or computer at home.
Third, bring your tobacco pipe or cigars.
Fourth, girls are welcome if they too can grow beards.
I sincerely hope you all can come along.
Earlier this month my sister Andie and her husband Jason visited the NW again (as they did last year). I spent a day with them in Seattle where Andie had been taking some further education classes for her job and I gave them a ride back to Portland from there. We had thought about doing something crazy like climbing Mount St. Helens but ended up toning it down a bit due to time. We did make it through Astoria on the way south from Seattle and then a camping trip up into the Cascades the next night and a back yard bar-b-que on the last night they were in town.