Father’s Day 2014

Okay so this post is a little late… Sorry… Our previous family blog was nuked by GoDaddy so we had to start over with this one.   But this one’s gonna be better. So I guess it’s not all bad news.  And okay, so I woulda been late with this post on the old blog anyway.  But that’s my excuse.

So this year for Father’s Day, someone had the brilliant idea (probably me – genius huh?) of hiking the San Lorenzo River from The Buckeye Trail to the train trestle.  Didn’t seem like all that far…  But it turned out to be 8.8 miles… Oy!


And the river was higher than I thought it would be… double Oy… Isn’t there supposed to be a raging drought happening right now?  What’s with all this water?  But I digress….

Brief summary of the day… We drove down to the parking lot near the Buckeye Trail head, parked and proceeded on foot… Was a pleasant hike down to the river… longer than I thought it would be but still pleasant.  Then it was time to enter the water… Oy… cold… but we were on a mission and quickly got used to the water… Then it was time to hike… Wading wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be… rocks, rocks, rocks… bushes, hardly any sand or anything smooth anywhere… good heavens!  Things weren’t going very fast, or fast enough.  We had dinner reservations… So way sooner than planned we exited the water and took to the trails to dash back to one of our cars and waiting showers… and of course… our dinner reservation.   I could definitely belabor all this… but I’ll let some of the pictures do the talking… My biggest joy (and it was a big one) was getting to spend this time with Donna and the boys.

Jack is Off to Whistler for the Month

At the crack of dawn this morning… (maybe even before), Jack left the driveway and stole off to Whistler, BC for 2014 episode of Crankworx.  He’ll be gone until the 25th when we’re all gonna reconvene at home for a Shasta climb later that week (if all goes well).   I’m sure that there’ll be more on this Shasta climb in later posts so I won’t carry on about it now.

After that week, both Spencer and Jack will be going back to school.  I’m sure that they’re just thrilled.

More Pictures of our Hyatt Lake Backpacking Trip


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Our butt imprints on the beach where we watched the sunset.

Additional pictures



Rainwater Catchment System

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Recently installed a rainwater catchment system here at Casa Fogelquist.  It wasn’t quite finished when this video was done.  However now it’s completely functional.  Of course during the drought there has been no rain to initially fill the tanks.  However the water we use to water the plants on our patio is collected and directed into the tanks.  So we now have over 1000 gallons of this recycled water to use for watering.

I’m still working out the bugs… For instance recently we had a pipe burst and lost about 400 gallons… Doh!