Summer Blogination and Junk Avalanches

Post by blogger | July 16, 2010      

Wow, after a few weeks of unpacking and re-organizing from almost two months on the road, I’m finally feeling like sitting down here at the computer and getting something done. But summer in the lowlands sure is hot — I should be in flipflops on a beach, not here in the office, or at least that’s where my mind keeps creeping.

We’ve got the usual slew of crazed technology and blog related projects kicking around here. Louie took over my workshop to build a tent prototype. Lisa and I are planning our OR Show trip, coming up soon the first week of August (that’ll be a nice re-entry into the WildSnow business world, after being gone so long). We’re still taking care of the last Denali gear details, such as shipping loaner gear back, figuring out where to store the additional junk we now possess, and so on. Oh, and did I mention we’re painting the house, or I should say, Louie is painting the house?

The painting seems to be coming along, though our employee is AWOL today. Word is he’s rock climbing somewhere.

Speaking of junk, for some time now I’ve been doing the old “one thing in, one thing out” routine to try and keep myself from becoming a slave to my possessions. That was going great till the big Alaskan blogathon. Now I’ve regressed at least a year in the zen of junk, and find myself wracking my brain for things to sell, give away, or stuff in the trashcan. Yesterday I was in the shop and ran across my Jeep axle spare parts pile. I have no idea why I kept most of that stuff. Throwing the bulk of it away took me back to about an eight month regression in the possession clearing process. Oh the joy.

Speaking of extra stuff, if any of you WildSnowers want a bed liner for a full-size 2009 Silverado pickup it is yours for the hauling (came with the truck, but doesn’t work with the camper).

Beyond all that, I’m working hard on a few more Denali related writing projects that I think you all will enjoy. So keep your eyes open.

Meanwhile, have a good weekend!



5 Responses to “Summer Blogination and Junk Avalanches”

  1. Kelly July 18th, 2010 7:55 am

    Lou – have been reading ‘Wild Snow’ and your description of the history of Denali ski alpinism.
    I was thinking how great it would be if you were able to show us your recent ascent and descent routes on a photo similar to the one on page 110 (camps would be great too!). It’s difficult for some of us (me at least) to imagine how you guys linked this whole trip together on that huge mountain…… ;^)

  2. Marion Varner July 18th, 2010 9:23 am

    Damned summer ! Where goes the white when the snow melted ?

  3. Lou July 18th, 2010 3:36 pm

    Kelly, good point, I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Barbara Collins July 20th, 2010 9:37 am

    Hey I know we are like miles apart, but when I read your blog I can hear your voice. Is that weird or just that I know you? I can see your sweet family and your house being painted, your incredible deck and the shop filled with boyish treasures…..cause you never know. Have you see they have solar powered garland patio lights that you can string up? Very retro and very festive. A great addition to your evening get together’s on the back porch. Wish I could be there to bring my cornbread and enjoy a tasty salad with yall….Miss the band jams in the living room although now my fingers probably would have to be immersed in rubbing alcohol to get through just one evening.
    I will be driving across the country with my Paige as they relocate to NC. Literally coast to coast trip from Carlsbad CA to Jacksonville NC. We have several routes planned, but one that might actually bring us to the valley. If we do we will call. Take care and all my love to you and your sweet family.

  5. Lou July 20th, 2010 10:16 am

    Hi Barbara, thanks for the words! That’s not weird, just nice. Stop by and visit when you guys are traveling, grab Lisa and go for a horseback ride up in the highcountry, or something like that!

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