Saturday, August 30, 2008

Out of hibernation

This will be a picture-less post because I lost our camera. I really want to blame Todd- but, I know it was me. I was pretending that my rest from blogging was because of the missing camera. The truth is that I just haven't made the time to post- we were all the way up to almost twice a week and then fell off the bandwagon. Well, I am back and will buy a new camera if I can't find my old one soon!
Todd gets back into school in a week and 3 days and pre-school starts for both Dal and Hat in about 5 days. They have been asking to go to school since February and kept the requests up all the way to now! They are both VERY excited to start learning with Miss Becky and Miss Whitney. I am a little sad- but also looking forward to having something for them to do outside the house. Hadley does find the fact that she is going to school and Brynn is not pretty pleasing. She actually uses 'You can't come to school with me' as a way of picking on Brynn. Yes, my children pick on each other already. They do have DeArton blood in them- so it was to be expected! Well- I am really going to post within a week, so until then, bye!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

On and around the Middle Teton

Last week DocuTech had the "Teton Challenge" which consisted of a bunch of us getting a day off of work to hike the middle teton. It was alot of fun - though I didn't quite know what I was getting myself into, as you will see shortly. We left Tuesday afternoon and camped at a site between Jackson Hole and the Tetons. By 5:00 AM the next morning, we were on the trail.

These lakes were really pretty, and kept coming in to view from different angles as we switchbacked our way up

It was about a 4-hour hike up to "The Meadows," which is where the word "hike" begins to be less applicable, and "climbing" takes on new meaning. Here are a bunch of pictures of the hike up to the Meadows.

I don't have any real good shots of "The Meadows" - this will have to do.

Needless to say, it is beautiful up there and had a spectacular view. Great place for a picnic. After the Meadows, things get alot more difficult. I think the first time I thought I might just go back down and enjoy the Meadows was when two guys in our group took off over some icy snow

That basically looks like this at the bottom

The rest of us decided to take another route up, but still!

This shot captures my moment of decision. This is where I decided seeing my family again was more important than seeing the peak =)

It was a great time, thanks to Mitch for letting me borrow some of his gear for the hike. And while I can't quite say I climbed the middle Teton, I can accurately say that I have been climbing on and around it!