Archive for June, 2008

Sunfish …

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008


Looking at this fish, where would you guess it’s from? Note the blue gill plate, the pink underbody body, the black “ears” behind the eye … if you click on the picture and look closely you’ll see iridescent flecks of gold and silver. If you guessed Tanzania, Kenya, or South America I wouldn’t blame you. This fish is from the lake (Starlight lake), right here out our front door. It’s called a Bluegill, also called Panfish or Sunfish. The fish is very common, and in some lakes (mainly trophy trout lakes) considered a pest. But they fight well on light tackle and supposedly taste great (we’ll let you know how that goes). We’ve seen some amazing animals in Africa, but it’s great to remember that we have our own animals to appreciate right here at home. (Note: this picture is unaltered, it just happen to come out this vividly. We used our little waterproof Olympus Stylus 850SW)

Father’s Day

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Yesterday we had a great time on Dad’s day. We spent it biking around town, eating good food, and just good ol’ hangin’ out kind of fun. Hope everyone else out there had a great day as well!

Multiple Sclerosis

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Currently there are approximately 400,000 people living with Multiple Sclerosis in the United States and 200 more are diagnosed every week. The Pacific Northwest has the highest rate of MS in the country and yet no one knows why.  I’d like to help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society eliminate MS…wouldn’t you?

Why am I supporting MS? As some of you may know, my uncle, Ray Heacox, was diagnosed with MS in 1998.  Mark and I have been living with Ray and Cynthia for the last six months and have gotten to see first hand the challenges that Ray has to overcome every day. Symptoms vary greatly from one person to the next and include: fatigue, numbness, vision problems, coordination problems, and many others. Wouldn’t it be better if no one ever had to live with MS?

In order to raise money for MS, this fall (September 13-14) I’m riding 175 miles in the MS Ride. The ride takes place over two days in the Skagit Valley (North of Seattle). I’ll be riding with 2,000 other people who are also committed to raising money for MS. My goal is to keep up an average rate of 15 mph and to complete each day in 8 hours (plus one more hour to walk 5 ft. from the bike to the car!)

My goal is to raise at least $4,000 this year. In order to jump start the donations my mom (Deborah Schenk) and my aunt (Diana Huffman), Ray’s sisters-in-law, have agreed to provide challenge donations. Deborah will match the first $1,000 pledged and Diana will match the second $1,000.  Please help me reach that goal with your pledge. Your donation is tax deductible. You can donate through the MS Society’s website via my fundraising page ( You can also mail a check to me made out to “National MS Society”.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the Group Health Bike MS Ride not only to support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs that address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we can fight this disease by simply riding a bike, because we have chosen to help thousands of people through a contribution to the Bike MS Ride, we are now getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, “You have MS.”


Clinton Canoe Regatta 2008

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Every Memorial Day, an event takes place in Oneonta NY, the Clinton Canoe Regatta. There are many divisions, but none so illustrious as the Coed Aluminum Relay division. The race is generally on Sunday with the our teams (Red Lining and Blue Lining) showing up the day before. Every year the first task is figuring out “The List” of who is paddling with who. The race consists of 5 legs of varying lengths with the middle legs being the longest. The goal is to find a balance between strength, experience and match those up to the correct legs. Below Bebeth and Courtney try and figure out the best match up.

Below is the crew right before taking for the starting line

Graphite paddles prepared ….

Graphite Paddles

The start is always chaos, 30 – 40 boats all jockeying for position.

This is a relay point, teammates in the water ready to assist the finishing team out of the boat and the starting team into the boat

After everyone comes in, the boats get loaded back on the trucks and we all get to talk about the weekend till next year ….

And of course the weekend wouldn’t be complete with out a trip to the Penguin (Unfortunetly I didn’t have a picture )


More pictures:

Clinton Canoe Regatta web site:

Obama and Kenya

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

A good friend of our, BRyan Polson, fellow returned Peace Corps volunteer, and now back in Kenya, sent us these pictures of the two national papers in Kenya … both featuring Obama.

Here’s his explanation:

As one race is over, so another begins. However, as you know, Obama has simply become an international phenomenon. Now, multiply that by pie-r-squared and you have the feeling of the pandemonium his victory has created here. I have gotten “Aye, just imagine that it was one of us who finally did it in America!” or “Obama Tosha!” (“tosha” meaning “enough” as in “all we need” which was used by Raila Odinga during this past election for Kenya as in “Raila Tosha”). People are selling t-shirts and there is talks of a security detail soon being sent to his grandmother’s tiny little village of Kogelo near Lake Victoria. For those of us American, we are well aware of the history here, but do know that in Kenya, a nation celebrates too!

I’ve attached pictures of today’s newspapers headlines and have included some links to the stories they have written:

Kenyans Salute Obama, The Standard
Obama Clinches Democratic Ticket, The Nation
Obama Sr went to US on scholarship…, The Nation
Why Africa Exults at Obama’s Victory, The Nation Editorial

Enjoy! And…OBAMA TOSHA :)