Saturday, April 4, 2015

I Didn’t Know She Had It In Her . . .

Talked with Mom and Dad last night on my way home from the bowling alley – Dad spent much of the time adding details to some pictures he texted to Blake and me during the week.


Mom has started hiking with him.  Not the “All-Day-20-Mile-Hikes-With-4,000-Feet-In-Elevation-Changes” kind of hikes that he subjects us to – but much more challenging than I expected.  You need to understand – my mom loves to walk and often walks several miles at a time, but she prefers her walking paths to be paved.  So she has rarely joined Dad on the trails – until now.

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Dad, Blake and I walked past these rocks about a month ago, going and coming from “The Dome”.  This is one of my favorite spots around Tucson . . .


I have climbed up on those rocks several times over the years (this one was taken last year).  It’s not an overly strenuous hike to this spot, so I assumed that Mom was just humoring Dad with short stints on the trails.


And then he sent me this . . . and I went into shock.


Blake and I stood between these rocks in a howling wind five years ago.  This is the Bug Springs Trail off Mount Lemmon Highway well above Tucson . . .

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And getting to that spot involves doing stuff like this!  When we hiked this trail, Dad hadn’t discovered hiking poles yet.

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Thankfully, Mom was able to take advantage of them – Blake and I have seen those rocks as well.  But she said her thighs were really sore the next day. 

I really wish we had been there to see this in person – the words I have typed here really don’t express my astonishment (and pride).


  1. Way to go, Mom! That's how they keep their youthful physiques! Awesome.

  2. Love hearing the stories of your parents' adventures. After your Mom's medical issues last year or so, I can imagine how proud of her/them you are. What a way to live their lives; hope I can be as active in another 15-20 years from now. Happy Easter!

  3. Go, Mom!!! Your mom is an inspiration!

  4. YAY, MOM! Your Mom is an incredible woman. (Your Dad is pretty neat too). After her health scare she probably didn't think she'd be doing this either. Hope that she's enjoying herself. No wonder they are both so slim and trim. Happy Easter to the entire family.
    P.S. loved the pic of them going down the street with the laundry basket between them.

  5. I look forward to your blog posts on family and travel! What a model your parents set for all of us! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos and heartwarming narrative.