Cathedral Traverse

“I’d better do this before I get too old!” That was my logic several months ago when I decided to commit to doing the Cathedral Traverse. The Cathedral Traverse is a climb of the three peaks that make up the Cathedral Group in the Tetons. The route starts by climbing up the East Face of Teewinot and climbing across a ridge to the top of Mt Owen. You then cross the ridge between Mt Owen and the Grand Teton. Finally you are placed to climb the Grand Teton by one of the North Ridge routes. The descent takes you off the south side of the Grand and back to your starting point through Garnet Canyon.

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Canyonlands White Rim Trail Ride

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In September 2014, as part of Shane’s “60th Orbit Adventures”, he organized a group of eight friends to join us to bike/drive the White Rim Trail — 100 miles of treacherous road in Canyonlands National Park. Seven of us live in Colorado Springs: Shane, Stormy, Charlie, Beth, Karen, Bill, Mary. Three traveled from the Seattle area: Val, Leslie, Eric. We gathered in Moab, Utah on Wednesday evening and began the adventure on Thursday morning. Continue reading

Back home and ‘best of’ Italy list

Back in Colorado, back to work, back to a routine of days… but Italy (Rome especially) keeps popping up in my head. So here’s a random list of what has stuck in my memory:
Best outdoor vista: The view from our agriturismo terrace at La Selva. (The ruins of Pompeii are a close second.)

Nancy takes in the view from our terrace at the farm.

Nancy takes in the view from our terrace at the farm.

 

Best indoor space: The Pantheon. As mathematically perfect as humanly possible. A perfect spherical space with only one light source. And built 2,000 years ago.

The Pantheon oculus with afternoon light.

The Pantheon oculus with afternoon light.

Best ruins: A toss-up between the Forum and the Diocletian Baths. Both are charged with history and prey on my imagination (“How did they really look? Am I really standing here?”).

Shirley creates her own shade against the relentless Roman sun.

Shirley creates her own shade against the relentless Roman sun.

These baths covered many thousand square meters.

These baths covered many thousand square meters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best art: I am still trying to absorb everything I saw. Any opinions out there? (Here’s a picture of the Libyan Sybil from the Sistine Chapel — one of my favorites. Her foot is as long as one’s forearm.)

The Libyan Sibyl from the Sistine Chapel.

The Libyan Sibyl from the Sistine Chapel.

 

 

Best umbrella: Cathe’s “dome”.

Cathe poses with her best find -- "Il Duomo" as an umbrella.

Cathe poses with her best find — “Il Duomo” as an umbrella.

Best on-the-fly supper in Rome: On the Pantheon Piazza… notice the different strategies for eating.

Stormy's supper.

Stormy’s supper.

 

Shirley's supper.

Shirley’s supper.

 

 

 

 

 

Best pasta: Fresh made in Giula’s kitchen.

Giulia places the pasta through the 'wringer' as Nancy watches.

Giulia places the pasta through the ‘wringer’ as Nancy watches.

 

Nancy and Cathe prepare the pasta for cutting.

Nancy and Cathe prepare the pasta for cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll add more things to this list as they occur to me. Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback and comments!