Do you have one of those friends who convinces you to do things that may not be in your best interest and makes you question your sanity? Katie and I share a friend like this, in my case she is more than a friend, she is my sister, Anne. Because of Anne, Katie and I have bonded in a tent atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, and while eating freeze dried beef and noodles in a shack half-way up Mr. Rainier, and covered with mud while being sprayed by fire hoses by marines during a 10K mud run. Anne recently mentioned something about swimming with sharks in South Africa and I’m pretty sure that Katie and I are going to put our foot down on this one. But you know how these kinds of friends/family members can have such persuasive powers.
We had relaxing visit of domestic tranquility in West Seattle with Katie, her husband Mike and their perpetually smiling 1-year-old, Genevieve. (Note: Mike was also suckered in to the Rainier climb). They have a great view of the city which the weather has allowed us to enjoy. Mike also showed off his culinary skills and made a wonderful salmon that was cooked to perfection. The children provided entertainment in the evening by sharing some presentations they have put together from their trip pictures. We are calling it the public speaking portion of their home-school/on-the-road curriculum.
I don’t want to forget to point out that this is the Katie mentioned in a previous post who made it to the top of Rainier with my brother George. I should also note that Katie and my brother George were convinced by my sister Anne to vacation in Ireland via bicycle and back-pack. So if you are looking for an adventurous person for your next endurance race or kamikaze relay Katie and I know exactly how you can reach Anne.