This post is several months in development. I’ve been tossing around getting a teardrop camper for several years now. Don’t get me wrong, I love backpacking and bikepacking, but I actually do more car camping. And I’m just not that comfortable sleeping on the ground anymore. Especially now that I’ve found hammocks. For car camping, I often want a bit more, especially for sleeping.
I recently had my 4 year checkup at MD Anderson to see my progress. It was mostly good. My platelets are still low, but consistent with previous tests. My small “trend” of slightly increasing counts has stopped. I talked to my Dr. and got the report about my brain MRI from 6mo ago, and learned that Harold (my brain stem lesion) is now completely gone. Yay!
This trip has been in the planning stages for quite some time. The wife and I paid a visit to the Costa Rica Yoga Spa in Nosara, on the Nicoya Peninsula. It’s an outstanding resort, and the food was incredible. The retreat was organized and taught by one of my local yoga instructors, so I knew most of the people in attendance. There were a couple people there I had not met before, however, and enjoyed spending time with them.
Last weekend my wife competed in the half marathon in the Nike Women’s Marathon. Some regular readers might recall the fundraising links I posted and some of my readers actually donated (yay!). I thought I’d provide a bit of a trip report.
It was a great trip. My first visit to CA. Not my wife’s, though. Being a military kid, she spent some time in Monterrey growing up. San Francisco is a pretty cool city. In spite of all the recycling bins, though, there was an inordinate amount of trash which was a bit disappointing. But still, the bike culture there is just awesome. Bikes everywhere, even guys in business suits were riding around the city. Plus, more bike rental options than I expected.
The race is not until October, and my wife is already above 10mi for her long run for the week. She’s on pace to do the distance no problem. Her fundraising goal has also been met! As of this writing, her website does not reflect all donations made yet because some cash donations are currently in the mail and they take a few days to show up on the website. Donations are still being accepted, though. We want to blow the goal amount out of the water now!
I can’t believe I forgot to add a map of my mountain bike ride in Hawaii! Shame! Shame! Okay, well here’s a ride report, too. This trail was quite a departure from my local rides. The biggest difference is going to be elevation, of course. This trail starts at around 2800ft and goes up to almost 3500ft, whereas my local trails only have 100ft of change between the lowest and highest points.
This was truly an amazing trip. Trip of a lifetime for me, but with a bit of luck, I’ll be able to take some more trips like this in my lifetime. The photo tour really helped me hone some photography skills. I hope to build on those skills in the future, also. My wife and I love the results! We have so many flower pictures because my wife wanted to have a large collage of flowers. We got a 20×30 collage print made, which is off getting framed and matted as we speak. We have a small collage of our mountain bike ride on the Kaloko Trails and several more individual photos in different sizes. I’m rather disappointed that Snapfish has such a poor selection of photo print sizes. Winkflash has a great selection, and I’ll be using them in the future.
I recently returned from a weeklong vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii to celebrate surviving acute myeloid leukemia. The day I learned of my diagnosis, I told my wife that when I got better, we’d go to Hawaii. She thought I was joking at the time (or perhaps delusional) but I showed her! We made it happen, and had an amazing trip.
My trip report will be coming in a series. This is Part 1, the general summary. Why is this coming as a series? It’s taking a long time to put this together is why. We took about 2,000 photos while we were there and I’ve gotta sort through them to choose the ones I want to use.
March 19-20 was a nice trip to Ratcliff Lake campground to meet some of the Hammockforums personalities and see some different hammocks. Unfortunately, I notice I took fewer pictures of people than I did of the hammocks and stuff. I seem to have that tendency.
Slinky got there sometime on Thursday to do some fishing and snag us a campsite or two. I arrived early Friday afternoon under sunny skies and warm temperatures. I proceeded to set up my Eno Doublenest hammock with its guide gear tarp for my first night of hammock camping.
I had a doctor’s appointment on Thursday last week. The objective was to get another blood test and to get another MRI of my head to see if I was ready to get some low dose follow-up chemo. I got there a bit early, around 9:30am (considering I live 3hrs away, that’s early). I had them print my list of appointments before I got my labs drawn. Ugh…10:30am blood draw and 10:30pm MRI. Who does this kinda crap? So I go to get my blood drawn an hour early while my wife attempts to get my MRI rescheduled later. She has to work Fri morning and leaving Houston sometime after midnight (the MRI itself takes ~45 min) is not cool. My favorite nurse ever, Nurse Glenda pulled some strings and I got my MRI done before noon. Way to go Nurse Glenda!