Divide and Conquer

Or, a weekend apart..

Carrie and Aven went up for James’ wedding and got to catch up with the Morawski/Talus side of the family. Torsten and I were left to our own devices so decided to have some fun before the end of summer. Torsten came in to work with me on Friday

From there we went out to Western Maryland to spend some fantastic time on the Chaney farm. We had way too much fun, enjoyed catching up with a small part of the family out there, and even helped a bit with the final hay-making (Torsten was proud to get the wrap on the final bail of the 2015 hay making season). Here are a few of our favorite photos, including trips into Pennsylvania to visit the Merle’s cabin, some fantastic ice cream at the Road Kill Cafe (the ice cream place had a separate name.), organ playing (Torsten loved the organ!), a fantastic sunset, and four wheeler fun around the farm.

HAY! and making hay!!

And then hitting hay!

After fantastic family hospitality and not enough time catching up (and not nearly enough four wheeler driving for Torsten!), we went on down to Seneca Rocks for some camping in West Virginia. After a great sunset on the rocks,

Torsten was ready to really hit the hay (in the tent..)

The next day we got some good hiking in around Seneca Rocks and stopped a few times on the drive home..

We missed Carrie and Aven, but had a great father/son weekend and enjoyed the farm and family!

Gone, Forgotten, Privacy?

We’ve really fallen into facebook. Even the t-h photo gallery is getting dusty. I’d like to control our family story and memories — I’m going to try and review both this, and the “rsblog.” I still struggle to find the balance, but I think having a “family blog” with photos (target audience: family) and a “geek blog” (target audience: geeks who run into the same challenges and are googling for solutions). I’m gonna dust ’em both off (having lots of geek fun, as Torsten begins to get into it, so then where does that stuff go? both blogs?) Maybe I need to master blog tags? Hmm.

Aven’s First Turns!

Aven had some great help from Torsten on the slopes! What a great big brother on the hill!

We went to Sipapu for opening day with Gramps — what great fun! It was nice to have the extra adult support, and a fun beautiful, fresh air, outdoor NM snow day (it was almost 50F and the only reason we could ski was because Sipapu worked so hard making snow for the past few weeks. Anyway, here’s the gang:

We got some footage of one of Aven’s runs — enjoy!

Fantastic Weekend, Happy Birthday Carrie

We had a fantastic weekend! It started with no work for Matt on Friday (always a good start) so a nice celebration of Carrie’s birthday with lunch at the Cowgirl, a wander through the Georgia O’Keefe museum, and a babysitter and movie for Matt & Carrie (Moonlight Kingdom, we loved it!). On Saturday it was the Los Alamos rodeo — between the parade and the fun downtown, we didn’t even make it to the animal part of the rodeo!! And we capped it off with climbing with friends in the Jemez on Sunday. Yeah!

The intrepid gang explores the mighty Ashley Pond:

The bouncy water-slide was perfect for the hot day:

Matt sat on the platform while Torsten hit the target to put dad in the dunk tank (again, the water felt so good on the hot day!) — no pictures, sorry..

On the way to the craft market, we wandered by — tie dye, flowers, Oppenheimer, and Groves..

Jemez Climbing

It was a fantastic weekend all around — but we capped it off with a great Sunday of climbing at the East Fork in the Jemez. Here’s several photos to enjoy and remember:

HAARP Technology

We stopped by HAARP to check out the latest technology.

We were amazed with what we found:

And they are definitely leading the free world in big tire production:

Nice big engines:

Ok, actually we just drove by HAARP to get to Emma’s one year old birthday at Mukluk Land in Tok. Mukluk land is awesome and has an amazing collection of good old stuff. But feeding the HAARP conspiracy is so much more fun! 🙂

More photos at the gallery.

Cornell Graduation

We went up to Ithaca (finally!) to see Ben and Gretchen graduate and celebrate the achievement with them. It was a great family visit, for sure.

In addition to celebrating, we had some good family visiting time, and just a little bit of time to explore the Ithaca area.

There are more photos in our gallery.

Don Visits

After CEDAR, Don Hampton came “up the hill” for a visit. We really enjoyed catching up with him. We went out on a hike down behind the golf course, partially on Walnut Rim trail. Don found big rocks to stand on:

Torsten enjoyed exploring rocks and trying to keep up with Don

It was a great hike, and Aven held her own:

But it was also quite hot, and Aven was good at calling the water breaks

After cleaning up from the hike, we went over to celebrate Carrie’s piece in the gallery opening in the Fuller Lodge gallery:

Then we wandered over to the museum (we tested out whether you get more bubbles in a root beer float if you add the root beer to the ice cream or if you add the ice cream to the root beer. Both kids approved of this kind of science.) On the way the museum, we had a little chat with Opie and Leslie

A few more pictures are in the gallery.