How is this even remotely possible?

Hy husband and….gulp….Justin Bieber have the same hair-do. As you can see, at close to the same age they HAD the same coif;

(Art is on the left)

However, you’ll note I used the word ‘have’. This is because Art still has the same cut. I’m married to a 46 year old Justin Bieber. I hold out little hope that the bowl my husbands hair cutter wields will ever produce anything short of this windswept carefree Ramone/Bieber-esque look.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Yes.

(Thank you Paula for informing me of this moderately distressing factoid)

Goodbye Granny

About three weeks ago, we got a call from Aunt Ruthie telling us that Granny had suffered a severe stroke and was in the hospital. I snagged Greg and we flew back east to PA to see her. I always find it sad to see folks in a hospital bed when all your memories of them are of them running around, full of life. Granny was always on fire, running from one place to another, fiercely independent. She helped us a lot to get thru the death of Mom and we always thought Granny would last forever. Time finally caught up with her this year… she passed away last nite peacefully in her sleep. It was good to see her before she passed, and even tho she has suffered of advanced Alzheimer’s in recent years, I kinda like to hope at the end she knew we were there.

RIP Granny.

Granny and Gramps sometime in the early 70s

Granny loved going to Atlantic City – always hoping to hit it big, but never pushing her luck 🙂

Granny with me, Dave and Greg (I figure this is around 1969/70.

Rubicon trail

I got the chance this summer to run the Rubicon Trail – for those who don’t know, this is known to be one of the toughest/most challenging and very scenic off road trails in the US. Its officially a county ‘road’ tho once your on it, any sense of ‘road’ quickly disappears amongst the boulders and granite hills.

Loon Lake

We started off at Loon Lake near Georgetown the night before. Its a really nice lake – supposedly good fishing, so I’ll have to come back here with Lisa sometime with a canoe and try it. Didn’t see any loons tho 🙁

Jeff welding Zack's steering arm

Zack and the rest of gang with Jeff arrived into camp having run the trail in reverse the day before. Lots of folks had damage that needed some repairs before we started the trail again the next day. Its a long trip (3 days) and breaking down is common, so folks carry lots of spare parts and tools (like welders).

Cresting the top of the Granite Bowl

The first big formation is this large glacier carved granite ‘bowl’ – its pretty spectacular in its enormity.

A nice view of Buck Lake

Climbing up away from Buck Lake after lunch

We stopped here at Buck Lake on the first day for lunch. Another nice lake in the High Sierra. Lots of trout, but we brought boxes lunches.

A little tippy here

Coming down an area known as Big Sluicebox, it got a little tippy in some places. These folks didn’t listen to the spotter and put their Jeep on its side. No biggy – they weren’t hurt nor were they in any danger.

Crossing the bridge of the Rubicon River

Coming into Rubicon Springs (at the turn of the century, this place was the location of a big resort around the native hot springs). Now its mostly a destination along the Rubicon Trail for offroaders and folks coming back to fish/hike.

Our campsite in Rubicon Springs

Jeff scored a premo camping spot right along the river. We had a great swimming hole and spent all of Saturday floating around, relaxing, fixing stuff and having a cold beer.

Mechanics area - these guys worked hard to keep everyone rolling

The nice thing with doing the Rubicon as part of the Jeep Jamboree is that there is a group of mechanics that come along and get folks fixed up for a nominal donation and cost of parts. I didn’t break anything (knock on wood this time)

Climbing Cadillac Hill out of Rubicon Springs

Cadillac Hill is a nice steep climb out the north end of Rubicon Springs. Much easier going up than coming down (particularly when its wet – I imagine coming down when its wet is kind of like an amusement park ride …)

Top of Cadillac Hill - nice view of the Sierra

The view at the top was worth the whole trip – you could see forever from the top here.

A few lilly pad covered lakes on the way to the end of the trail up near Lake Tahoe

Lisa and I fished a bunch of these lakes several years ago near Tahoe – they are full of crawdads – we gave up trying to bass/trout and just took home a pile of crawdads to make some gumbo.