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Sep 20, 2017

End of an Era
last update: 09/20 @ 22:32

Robert and I came back from the last class trip to the West Virginia campus. The weather was spectacular and we saw the milky way on top of the bald.

The class of 2018 has a Wilderness Adventure in the spring rather than returning to the West Virginia site. It’s been a whole lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll be back for opening and closing weekends. But it’s sad to think there will be no more class trips there.

Check out big dipper over the campfire…

Sep 10, 2017

Feeling a little like fall…
last update: 09/10 @ 22:34

… but still a very pretty day.

We headed back to our standard Angler’s Inn stretch of the Potomac.

Sarah borrowed Robert’s new inflatable (to show him how it’s done).

And then Robert followed in her footsteps.

I missed Sarah running the Maryland chute on her SUP.

And I had the camera with me when I ran it in the canoe.

It was a very nice end to a pretty weekend (in our part of the country, anyway).

Sep 06, 2017

Speaking of first day of school…
last update: 09/06 @ 21:24

Photo by Sarah of Robert, Andy and Ruby, 2017; first day of last year of middle school.

She was able to go in with Robert today and continue her tradition of the trio photo (and some photos of some more of the class).

See her Facebook page for more.

Photo by SZap
Photo by Sarah of Ruby, Andy and Robert first day of first grade, 2010.

First Day (and last year of Middle School)
last update: 09/06 @ 21:24

The tradition continues… First day of school photo op on the steps.

ere’s a look back:

For those keeping count, this is the third clearly rainy first day of school. I will concede that 2010 may have been rainy and that’s why no steps photo.

There are some in the family who thought it was more common than not that the first day of school was rainy.

Note the steady progression of backpack sizes. I expect in high school, Robert will need a frame for his pack.

Sep 04, 2017

last update: 09/04 @ 17:02

The Coast Guard’s Eagle paid a visit to Alexandria today.

Being a holiday, they opened the bridge at 8:00 in the morning rather than in the middle of the night.

It was a lot of fun to watch the bridge open, the fire boat doing it’s welcome thing and the Eagle came through.

In what was clearly a smart move, they arrived under motor rather than sail power.

There was plenty of room for the ship to get through the bridge.

But it has to harrowing to try something like that under sail — there is little margin for error.

Making this visit extra fun: Steve and Helen are visiting. So they walked down with me to watch the excitement.

We were not the only ones :)

Sep 01, 2017

Summer Coming to a Close
last update: 09/01 @ 22:27

We know summer is winding down when Robert is on stage at Synetic Theater. He’s a “last session” kind of guy (final session of the summer). They put on their show this afternoon, The Wild and Wacky Wizarding World of Wiley Skylar!.

Robert played Delphinius Crux, professor of divination. Again, it is impressive what they can do with two weeks. And clearly the kids had a lot of fun.

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