Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Visit to Mt. Rainier - 35th Birthday

I like to visit Mt. Rainier at least every other year. I think I have been there about 7 times since we m0ved to the state of Washington. The

last time I was there over labor day 2004 before I lost the majority of my balance. I recall my dad and I walked across a glacier which I would no longer be able to do. Yet the mountain still calls to me and it was my wish to visit it again for my birthday (September 22nd).

I am pictured here the highest I was able to hike that day. Harley and I think I could have gone farther but the trail got steeper and more challenging which would have been incredibly difficult to walk back down and not to mention would take me a long time.

I could not help myself though and as our journey progressed I wanted to go higher up the mountain and further up the trail.


Angel said...

Happy Belated Birthday Becky!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous picture, beautiful day! I'm sure it was exhilarating in its own right. I can almost breathe the fresh air through the screen!

I hope your birthday was splendid.

Wishing you all the best!!!

Anonymous said...

Hope, you don't mind I browse through your blog, I found it through Yvonne Foong's website. My name is Keisha btw and I have NF 2 too! I think those pictures are gorgeous, the background is just spectacular!

Rebecca said...

Jamie and Angel - THANKS for the birthday well wishes!

Jamie and Keisha - We just got back from visiting Arizona and Utah. We went to Sedona, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park. We have some awesome photos from there but it will be hard to choose as I think we literally have near 1000 or more photos.

Zion is MASSIVE! I had a hard time with balance on a trail that really got me down and put me back in my place. We still had a great time and I got out and did what I could do.

I do however have a great yearning to do the things I was capable of doing before. On Mt. Rainier (viewed in the background of this photo) I hiked over glaciers and rocks to 8600 feet with my sister. I can't do that now with my balance but I explore other easier trails that I never saw or would have gone on prior.

The photos are on Harley's laptop so when he has a chance to download a few to me I will post them. I really need to make another blog about our travels because I have so many but I am very busy with preparing for the Seattle marathon right now.

Keisha you probably do not know but I think I told Jamie, I will be walking 26.2 miles in the Seattle marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. I am doing the marathon as to raise money for blood cancers (I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the age of 2 and my grandfather passed away in August from Myeloma - both are blood cancers). The marathon is special to me as I am dedicating it in honor and memory of my grandfather and it is something I wanted to do in my life while I still can and am capable.

Rebecca said...

oops....that should say I had cancer at the age of 21 and not 2.
:o) I am not the world's best typist!

Anonymous said...

Hey Beck!

I'm looking forward to your photos--I know how easy it is to snap tons in that area. I hope your travels were refreshing.

Wishing you all the best with the final stretch of training, and for the day of the marathon. Awesome!!!

Rebecca said...

Hey Jamie!

The photos of the trip are awesome! It is just so incredibly beautiful there!

I took some pictures at practice on Saturday which was kind of hard because it was dark when we started out and foggy. Geez I did not plan on it being night out still. I was all over the place and the last one! Luckily I was able to see which direction everyone headed on the trail. I sure could have used my pole! Fortunately it got light out within the hour and I was able to pick up the pace.

Later on in the day it got sunny and I took the dogs for a walk on one of our regular trails and snapped lots of fall photos which are sort of cool. I need to learn more about the options on the camera.

In any case, I will be posting the training pictures (from practice and the trail that I walk on with the dogs) on my marathon blog.

Good to hear from you and thanks for your well wishes and vote of confidence! I REALLY appreciate it! :o)

Oh by the way, we carved our pumpkins last night and I will try to have Harley help me post the photos of them on this blog today.


Angel said...

I remember when you and I visited Mt Ranier. It was awesome! I alos remember you took me to a spot near Darrinton or Oso, or something like that. We could seethe valley below. I wish I could find that spot again. I would like to take Melinda there. My shift will be changing soon to Sunday and Mondays off. Hopefully in between breaks at school (yes I have returned to school), I can go out and get you, then maybe we can go out to Deception Pass, or even Deception Falls. We'll get together and do somthing. I have not seen you in a long time and miss both you and Harley. Sound good!?
I love the pictures you guys have taken on recent trips. The pumpkins are cool too!

Rebecca said...

yeah I remember that spot and I think I remember the forest road to get there. That would be great to go there! I LOVE it up there!

We went to Sedona, AZ, Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon national park in October. YOu will LOVE the photos. I will try to get them up in December.

Did you know I made another blog for the marathon? It is on yahoo 360. I have taken some photos of a few walks out here (3 places) and one training session (last SAturday at Matthews beach in Seattle). I will try to get them up on the site tonight. The link to the new blog is in my signature at the bottom of my emails.

I was thinking about you all today too!

Guess what? I found some costumes for the dogs today at Target. I hope to successfully dress them up and bring them to a dog halloween costume judging and festival next year.

Post your halloween pictures and pumpkins!

Love, Beck