2010 News from the Pendletons
Brian and Susan on Harlech Castle wall, Wales
In a nutshell, I worked a little and ran alot; we traveled in Spain with the boys and England
with my parents; Susan and I visited California, Boston, Montana and Cape Cod for marathons and family;
Daniel studied in Spain for a semester and David continued his studies of both fine and liberal
Brian at mile 11 of the Big Sur Marathon
arts at University of Puget Sound in nearby Tacoma.
Big Sur was my first marathon back in 2002. In April we drove down and I ran it again, more slowly
this time but I took lots of pictures
counted lots of birds
On the way home we drove up the coast stopping at
a drive-through tree
On the Queen Mary 2
After 5 months of seeing Daniel only on Skype, Susan, David and I flew over
to visit him in person in Granada, our first trip to Europe in more than 30 years. We thought
the greatest place ever until we went to Paris, then we loved
until we got to
, and the Lake
District, and Wales. It was all (well, mostly) wonderful. Susan loved meeting the people; I
loved meeting the birds
David and Daniel in Oxford
Daniel loved the tapas bars
and David loved Paris. We spent two weeks in England with the family
then accompanied my parents back to New York on the Queen Mary 2 in
Daniel in Paris
celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary. Daniel and David stayed in Europe, visiting London,
Cadair Idris, Wales
Sweden and Sicily with cousin Silas then revisiting Spain and Paris respectively.
Glacier Bighorn Sheep
Meanwhile Susan and I returned home. Weeds had overwhelmed the garden but Puss was still around and
glad to see us. We kept her company for just a few days before driving out to Montana for the Missoula
Marathon followed by several days in Glacier National Park. Back home we put
on the fourth annual Light at the End of the
Marathon in late July then I ran
my first 50 mile run
at the end of the month. In early August I did a brief
Olympic Mountains with a fellow Expedia retiree before returning to New Hampshire to meet the boys again.
Meeting David and Silas at Logan
The boys photographing dinner
Susan's delicious creations
We spent almost two weeks in New Hampshire, savoring tales of the boys' adventures and enjoying
dinners on the porch with all the family. I got to do the Wildman race with my brother Eric and my
ex-brother-in-law's wife Virginia and we won first place in our age group, thanks in part to the
lack of competition. Then on my birthday I ran up Mt Washington and
The boys on Kaleetan
back, 33 miles and 8000 feet up and down though I ended up walking a fair amount of it.
Back in Washington, the boys and I squeezed in a hike
After my run up Washington (background)
up Kaleetan Peak before school resumed.
Grandpa's morning glories
With both boys back in school at UPS (Daniel is a senior, David a junior), Susan and I drove down to
northern California in October. We admired the redwoods around Eureka and relaxed in Mendocino, one
of Susan's favorite places, then dropped by my favorite Mexican restaurant in Santa Rosa before
heading home. In November my parents joined us for a weekend on Cape Cod. I ran a scenic marathon
Daniel in dance performance
then we returned to Jackson with them for a week before flying home in time to see Daniel dance
in the UPS Repertory Dance Group performance.
In late November I turned down a contract programming position and decided that I was pretty much
retired, only to be surprised a few days ago by another offer, a position working with an old friend
at Microsoft. I'll be returning to work in January for at least 6 months and perhaps as long as a
couple of years. Finally, last weekend I ran my 100th marathon/ultra race, the Birch Bay Ghost Marathon.
My time was seriously slow but I did manage to spot 52 species of birds, just 3 shy of my marathon
record, during my run.
Though not without its challenges, it has been a good year and we're grateful to God for His love
and the love of family and friends that we've been able to share this year. God bless you and Merry