Monday, June 9, 2014

I'm back!!!!!....

AWE KEVIN!!!! It's so good to have you back......I just LOVE watching you guys work.  YUMM, breakfast casserole with sausage and mushrooms.  Thank you Cousin Charlotte for the recipe!

Hopefully that's a good thing!  I kind of fell off of the grid last summer: we experienced major technical difficulties on the Oregon tour and I never quite got caught up.  Well, I didn't get caught up at all!

Last summers tours all went really well: Oregon Gorge was quite wet for most of the trip: Oregon Coast was awesome: Wine Country went well: Sierra Sampler had it's challenges due to wild fires, but we made it through.  It's now time to start 2014's tours and I promise to do a better job of keeping you informed of the tours!

We spent the winter at home keeping things pretty quiet: well as quiet as I am able to!  Jack did well with his surgery and chemo and the prognosis is good: Aaron has graduated with his doctorate in physical therapy and has landed an amazing job in Portland: Matt is coaching and finished his AA and is on track for his education degree: Scott.......oh Scott.  There is a long story behind Scott, he's quite the unique young man as most of you know.  He finished his training in Mississippi for the Marine Corps and got stationed in Okinawa.  With his wife.  Whom he didn't inform us was his wife until a week after they got married.  Actually, he didn't inform US. He told Jack and asked HIM to tell me. Oh yes I had a few choice words.  But, they seem happy and we hope to meet her this December when we visit Okinawa.

Today we are on the first ride day of Cycle Utah.  OH MY GOSH it's good to be back here!  I really missed coming down here the last two years.  This has always been one of my favorite tours!  We have a great staff with Daryl Patten leading the tribe.  Kevin and Jack are back on the tours as well as Bill.  We have 3 more great staff in addition to these three. Daryl's brother, Doug joined us at the last minute and I shall name him BD for remainder of the tour.  (Bad Dad put his lab Lexi in puppy camp for the week....I will be without puppy kisses for 6 days.  Bad Dad.)  I will have a great time this week photographing the staff as they work hard.....most of the time it's in a chair with an adult beverage in their hand :).  There is no escape you guys!

Our tribe checked in at 36 members last night.  We had the unfortunate news the Leo and Sue, who have worked many many ACA tours had to drop: we hope you are well Leo and we will miss you!
First impressions are that this is a great group and I am looking forward to feeding this tribe, even if it is 102* out!  It will cool down as we gain elevation.

After check in and our first map meeting last night, the tribe feasted on a dinner consisting of : Spring greens with fresh strawberries and toasted almonds with a maple vinegar dressing, Mediterranean baked cod (cod with tomatoes and capers  on a bed of roasted leeks and fennel), stuffed green peppers for the vegimites, steamed basmati rice & quinuoa, fresh asparagus, watermelon slices,  and brownies for dessert.  Yummmm, it was good.

The tribe was up and out early this morning trying to beat the heat as they peddle up the hill to Zion Canyon.  It's a nice ride and once they get up the hill and make the turn to Zion the scenery is breathtaking.

Breakfast this morning was pastries, fresh fruit with cottage cheese, hot 7 grain cereal, baked egg casserole with sausage and mushrooms, cereals and juice and OF COURSE, coffee.  Must have coffee.  And must have coffee early.

I will give you and update tomorrow of the ride and any antics that happen along the way.  It's good to be back and I hope you follow along.

PS: hi to my kiddos at school!  And the staff in room 120 too!  I miss you guys.  Remember: 5 more days!

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