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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #100 on: October 10, 2021, 09:57:05 AM »
...And we're on the freeway! We may stay at the rest stop in Ely that's in oneday's journal. It's about a nine hour drive without stops. There's another reasonable looking overnight spot a couple of hours further east, but we're not college students on Spring Break, so we'll see how it goes. This baby may be sleek, but she ain't very fast.

BTW, she's a "she" because the previous owner's kids called her "Serenity". Totally uninspired, because it's the manufacturer's name for this model and therefore Not Unique and we don't use it. But we don't want to mess up her gender identity, so she's still a "her" to us. Extra S'mores to the person who comes up with a great name.



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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #101 on: October 12, 2021, 12:16:54 PM »
...And we're on the freeway! We may stay at the rest stop in Ely that's in oneday's journal. It's about a nine hour drive without stops. There's another reasonable looking overnight spot a couple of hours further east, but we're not college students on Spring Break, so we'll see how it goes. This baby may be sleek, but she ain't very fast.

BTW, she's a "she" because the previous owner's kids called her "Serenity". Totally uninspired, because it's the manufacturer's name for this model and therefore Not Unique and we don't use it. But we don't want to mess up her gender identity, so she's still a "her" to us. Extra S'mores to the person who comes up with a great name.
One word (from us sci-fi nerdlings): "Firefly". So a cargo van roaming freely around the western US named "Serenity" is perfect ;-).

Good luck and have fun everyone. Heard it's snowy and stormy there.
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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #102 on: October 13, 2021, 01:46:33 AM »
Any photos? Updates? I guess you are all too busy having a good time.

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #103 on: October 14, 2021, 10:10:23 AM »
Update coming…….Dicey and her DH have kept me VERY busy!!!

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #104 on: October 14, 2021, 08:39:20 PM »
And.......it's a wrap.*

I drove back home today.  All I have energy for right now is to share this:




* except that I left Dicey in Moab.

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #105 on: October 14, 2021, 10:23:42 PM »
Thankyou ! That photo says it all!

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #106 on: October 14, 2021, 10:31:28 PM »
What a great time we had in Moab!  Will post some photos over the weekend if I can figure out how. . . .

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #107 on: October 16, 2021, 05:36:49 PM »
If this post comes off a little lack luster, it's because I'm tired and still recovering from Grand MMMoab Adventures, not because it wasn't awesome.

...And we're on the freeway! We may stay at the rest stop in Ely that's in oneday's journal. It's about a nine hour drive without stops. There's another reasonable looking overnight spot a couple of hours further east, but we're not college students on Spring Break, so we'll see how it goes. This baby may be sleek, but she ain't very fast.

BTW, she's a "she" because the previous owner's kids called her "Serenity". Totally uninspired, because it's the manufacturer's name for this model and therefore Not Unique and we don't use it. But we don't want to mess up her gender identity, so she's still a "her" to us. Extra S'mores to the person who comes up with a great name.
One word (from us sci-fi nerdlings): "Firefly". So a cargo van roaming freely around the western US named "Serenity" is perfect ;-).

Good luck and have fun everyone. Heard it's snowy and stormy there.

lol, I mentioned this to Dicey, but it was a no-go, as she's not a fan.

Moab Meetup was amazing! Wonderful to see 94 and Embok again; and meet Mr. Embok, Dicey and Mr. Dicey! All outstanding humans. We had a stellar campfire every night, magnanimously built and tended by 94 or Mr. Dicey. Around which we told stories and reflected on the day.

One day, Embok chauffeured Mr. Embok, 94 and I around Arches National Park. It holds some mind-blowing rock formation and other scenery, along with the arches. I've attached a photo I took of one formation called Three Gossips, and you can also see Sheep Tower off to the right. 94 took a photo of me with Skyline Arch. I didn't take any photos of arches!!! 🤦‍♀️ Some of the formations were such odd shapes, they got our imaginations going. We came up with some wild & silly stories based on speculation about what the rocks used to be or could be used for. It was a lot of fun and really enhanced the beauty of the area.

Another day, 94 and I hiked to an overlook point over the town of Moab and the surrounding area. More stunning views! And she taught me to recite the 50 US states in alphabetical order! It's still hard to do, but I did get one perfect recitation to myself in the car on the way home to cement the knowledge. She is an excellent tour guide as well, helping us through Arches and later showing us several sites with ancient rock art. (I didn't take any photos of that, either!!!) Amazing to see drawings that had survived thousands of years of sunshine, weather, rockfall, vandals and who knows what else.

But the trip was too short as, sadly, I had to return to work 😞 Embok and her DH left the same day I did, but the others got to stay and play for more days. I'm jealous!

Next year, YOU (yes, you) should go! I'm sure glad I did; not sure when I might have gotten around to seeing this corner of the world on my own. I'm grateful to @NinetyFour for organizing this meetup yet again! She's the best.
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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #108 on: October 17, 2021, 08:30:47 AM »
Glad you guys had a fun time!! Hopefully we'll here some more reports :)

Your rig looks cool dicey, how long is it?

I think a smaller crowd of Forum-ers is actually more fun and conducive to deeper conversations then a larger group where folks don't know each other and it ends up being mostly small talk. Sounds like you had a few long time contributors to the Forum/Journal sections!!

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I wish Moab was'nt a ~30 hour drive from my house. I'd love to get out there with my truck/tent/bike rather then the whole fly/rent rigmarole. Maybe eventually!!

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #109 on: October 17, 2021, 08:48:56 AM »
@oneday Thanks so much for posting your summary of your Moab Meetup experience!!  Especially since you are still in recovery mode!!  I have been super busy (and tired) after returning home on Thursday, but I am pretty sure I will have a chance to do an extensive post this afternoon.

Right now, I want to emphasize my gratitude to all the Californians for attending this year!!  I was worried that some or all of them would be disappointed in the small size of the group, but it turned out that they were all pleased that it wasn't an overwhelmingly large meetup.  WHEW!  I'm also really thankful that Mr. Embok and Mr. Dicey came along for the fun.  I think they both enjoyed meeting some of the crazy internet MMM folk their wives had told them about!!  :)

My recap:

I arrived at about 5pm on Friday, October 8th.  I got settled into my campsite and texted @Embok to check on her progress as she and her DH were driving to Moab from Salt Lake City that afternoon.  After eating a dinner of leftovers I brought from home and an adult beverage, I headed out for a walk around town, in the dark, which was a perfect distraction from the annoying high school football game (very bright lights and very loud sound system) happening immediately adjacent to the campground.  (Note to self:  try to avoid Friday nights next year.)  Turned out that Embok and her DH had a long slog of a drive, and I was fading, so I turned in for the night before they arrived.  I informed her that I planned to get up early(ish) and get a mountain bike ride in.  I assumed that she and her DH would probably want to have a restful morning after their stressful drive.

So after some tea and brekkie Saturday morning, I headed up to the Bar M bike trails about 10 miles north of Moab.  I hadn't done any mountain biking in many many moons, so starting out on the easy trails was perfect. 

On the road approaching the parking lot, I saw this sign.  I always get a bit of a chuckle out of it:



As the area had just gotten a significant rain, there were some puddles and mud on the trails.  I wasn't excited about getting super dirty, so I went slowly so as not to splash too much red dirt/mud around!  I was so so so happy to be out on the bike trails near Moab again.  There's nothing quite like it (that I know of).

As soon as I gained some elevation from the parking lot, I could see Arches National Park in the distance (the bumpy stuff on the horizon).  If you are able to zoom in, you might spy a very wide arch on the right.  Balanced rock is also visible on the left.




Another typical Moab area scene, from an easy Bar M trail:




When I saw this sign, I paused briefly.  What could go wrong??




Here's where I ended up:














After surviving the Cliff Option, I continued on another trail.  From the Rusty Spur trail, I captured another sort of typical Moab area scene:




Arches National Park is again visible in these shots:






After 14 miles of biking, I needed to get back to the campground to meet up with Embok and Mr. Embok.  Here is the cabin they called home.  I still can't get over the number of the cabin!!  It's most excellent!!!  :D



OK--I'm going to post this and return later this afternoon!

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #110 on: October 17, 2021, 12:16:40 PM »
Recap, continued:

When I got back to the campground at mid-day Saturday, I greeted Embok and met the delightful Mr. Embok.  After we chatted for a bit, the three of us headed uptown to stroll through the Moab Arts Festival.  It was much smaller than I had thought it would be (maybe it used to be larger pre-Covid?), but we still enjoyed perusing the art for sale.

After an hour or so, we moved on from the art fest and perused several of the shops on Moab's main drag.  I bought a few cards, and I think the Emboks also did their fair share of helping Moab's tourist economy.  ;-)  I usually don't go any stores besides the grocery store in Moab, so it was a bit of a treat for me to see some of the wares.

If memory serves, we returned to the campground mid-afternoon.  The Emboks went out to dinner and I ate in my camper (I had brought a ton of food!).  Then @oneday arrived, at about 6:30 I think.  Yay!!!  All four of us enjoyed a campfire at my campsite that night.  We ended up losing track of time, and were up chatting until almost 11pm!!  Yikes.

As @oneday mentioned above, Embok very kindly chauffeured us (oneday, Mr. Embok, and me) through Arches on Sunday.  This was a special treat for me, as I got to gaze around the park from the backseat instead of taking only quick glances from the driver's seat!  I even got to explore parts of the park I may have never seen before (Park Avenue and The Windows (giant arches), for example). 

Because of time constraints, I knew we wouldn't hike up to Delicate Arch, but fortunately, I had brought my binoculars (or "spy glasses", according to a certain toddler we met that afternoon!) along, and we were able to see it from the main road.  I daresay it's pretty spectacular, even from miles away.

When we arrived at the parking lot at The Windows, the Emboks opened their car's trunk and we discovered that they had stashed a veritable feast in there, and we proceeded to have quite the tailgate picnic.  Then @oneday Embok and I hiked up to the South (?) Window, and then continued to hike around both Windows.  I especially enjoyed this hike.  Not sure I had ever done it before.  If so, it was 22 years ago!

Here is a pic of Park Avenue:




Here is a pic I took from inside the South Window (or was it the North Window?):




This pic shows part of the Fiery Furnace and some of the far off scenery:




I think we returned to the campground at 3 or 4pm, and we were all knackered.  So we all went our separate ways for recovery time and then regrouped at the campfire at my campsite.  I think this time, we didn't stay up quite as late.

On Monday, the Emboks took a boat ride down the Colorado River while oneday and I hiked the Portal Trail, which overlooks all of Moab in a spectacular fashion.  I will type more details later, but for now, I will leave you with this:




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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #111 on: October 17, 2021, 10:19:46 PM »
I love this recap! There was so much more still to do that even I didn't get all the details on what you had already done.

Today, we hung out with the grandkids and their folks until around noon, when they headed back to CO. DH and I decided to rent ebikes from the Chili Pepper Bike Shop, practically across the highway from the campsite. We rode only as far as the trail @NinetyFour described above. It was 24 miles round trip, all paved. I'd like to say we'd have gone farther, but we had to return the bikes by 5:00 and only got back with six minutes to spare. I am proud that all my old cycling skills came back to me pretty readily. On the return, there was a nice, long downhill. I remembered my drag reducing skills and I left DH in the dust. Whee!

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #112 on: October 18, 2021, 02:08:00 AM »
I am enjoying all these various accounts, photos and stories. Sounds like I missed the mustachian social of the year.

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #113 on: October 18, 2021, 09:35:13 AM »
I love this recap! There was so much more still to do that even I didn't get all the details on what you had already done.

Today, we hung out with the grandkids and their folks until around noon, when they headed back to CO. DH and I decided to rent ebikes from the Chili Pepper Bike Shop, practically across the highway from the campsite. We rode only as far as the trail @NinetyFour described above. It was 24 miles round trip, all paved. I'd like to say we'd have gone farther, but we had to return the bikes by 5:00 and only got back with six minutes to spare. I am proud that all my old cycling skills came back to me pretty readily. On the return, there was a nice, long downhill. I remembered my drag reducing skills and I left DH in the dust. Whee!

Glad you are enjoying the recap!

Sounds like you had a great time on the e-bikes!  I love that you used your drag reduction to blow past Mr. Dicey!!

I am enjoying all these various accounts, photos and stories. Sounds like I missed the mustachian social of the year.

Glad you are enjoying the photos and stories--which may not all be true! ;-)  Yes, it was quite fun.  Perhaps you and Deborah will book Cabin #NinetyFour next year???



Recap, part 3...

On Monday, October 11, the Emboks jumped on a "jet boat" and careened (is that something boats do?  is that something boats should do?) down the Colorado River. 

@oneday  and I headed out the Potash Road to the Jaycee Park and started up the Portal Trail, which is 1.5 miles to the overlook, with about 900 feet of elevation gain.  I have done this hike with @ToTheMoon and @LifeHappens and Moonpie and @Daisy (and maybe other MMMers?).  As @oneday stated earlier, we did go through the US states in alpha order, which was fun.  At one point, she exclaimed, "There are FIVE MORE M's?!?!?!"  A bit later, she queried, "Wyoming is it??  I'm done?!?!  Woo hoo!!!"  I admit to leading her astray for a while, having misremembered how many "I" states there are.  Facepalm!!!  My apologies to oneday and to all of those in the Prairie State!

At times, oneday's progress on the trail, as well as on the list of states, was interrupted by wildlife sightings.  She informed me (actually, she informed all of us the day before) that when she and TA are out on a hike, they keep track of the wildlife they see.  (Apparently, they each have different rules for their lists, which is why, at one point during a Moab adventure, oneday made this clear:  "This is my list, so they count!")  I believe that, during the Portal Trail hike, oneday and I saw ants, lizards, and a Northern Flicker.  Am I missing any, oneday??

Also, during our trek up to the overlook, we were aware of Jeeps (and other weird sorts of vehicles with special skills) across the river on the Moab Rim Trail.  I smugly pointed out that we, on foot, were traveling as fast or faster than those vehicles.

When we finished our hike, we drove a bit farther out on the Portal Road (past the rock climbers) and pulled over so that we could examine the rock art.    As I was gazing at the rock art that was directly across the road, I noticed a familiar looking person 6 feet in front of me.  It was Embok!!  She and Mr. Embok had finished their open sea excursion and were heading back to civilization and their tour guide had let them out for a brief glimpse of the impressive panel of art.  We got to have a quick chat before they were rounded up and secured once again in the van.  So that was a fun surprise.  oneday enjoyed the rock art, which I first saw a few years ago with CherryLane, and then again later with other mustachians, I believe.  oneday and I even found the elusive bear.

After the hike and this rock art foray, oneday and I were a bit knackered and more than a bit hungry.  So we headed back to the campground for a bit of rest and a late lunch.  Shortly thereafter, I spotted Serenity (a new name has not been agreed upon, as far as I know) pulling into spot 104, which meant that....... @Dicey and Mr. dicey had arrived!!!

Yours truly at the overlook on the Portal Trail, trying to avoid thinking about the 200+ foot drop behind me...




In this one, Arches NP is visible on the distant horizon:


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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #114 on: October 18, 2021, 10:26:45 AM »
Awesome update, NinetyFour and oneday. I'm so sorry we couldn't be there this year, but so glad Mustachians had the chance to meet and enjoy the beautiful area.

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Re: MOAB Meetup Oct 8 - 14
« Reply #115 on: October 18, 2021, 08:52:46 PM »
@NinetyFour those shots of bike-on-a-cliff are making me nervous for your bike. But I know you had it with you later, so nothing catastrophic happened. Still, my heart is racing a bit!

You've done such a good job (as always) capturing the majesty of the landscape and sharing the photos! I am glad you are able to represent the trip in pictures; it is a good way to lure MMMer's to future Meetups! And everyone ought to at least contemplate visiting that area. And if you are going to go, give serious thought to 94's meetup. She generates a very chill and fun gathering! Not to even mention her campfire skills.

I did indeed arrive around 6:30 pm on Saturday. Was very relieved to have arrived before full dark. That campfire was a lot of fun. All of them were, really. It's one of the most special parts of the meetup! But the hiking and sight seeing is also one of the most special parts, as is the time spent with very high quality people...the kind you don't just find any old where.

I'm not sure we ever did definitively figure out which was North Window and which South Window. But we did figure out about the Northern Flicker. Well, 94 figured it out by the bird call. I was impressed! Yes, on that hike we only saw ants, lizards and Flickers. The day before we saw some of those along with docile deer, combative chipmunks and CRAVENs...94's word for when you're unable to tell if it's a crow or a raven! Very clever portmanteu.

@Dicey I am a bit jealous of you, Mr. Dicey and 94 getting to ride bikes in the area! Would be such a beautiful ride.

@happy yes, you totally missed the mustachian social of the year, at least as far as I'm concerned. You should totally try to book cabin 94 next year!

@LifeHappens I am also sad you couldn't be there. But I have a feeling that One Day we will cross paths :)

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« Reply #116 on: October 18, 2021, 10:08:43 PM »
What a great write up, @NinetyFour !  With apologies to all, I haven’t written up much about how much my DH and I joyed the company and the Moab meetup because I came home to a wild combination of work deadline, aged computer that turned into a brick overnight and would not run any programs and similarly crippled phone. DH got phone to work and ran out to get a new computer so no client problems resulted, but it has been a bit crazy.  I’m still catching up.

As usual, your photos are amazing, and your story telling delightful, @94. 

DH and I had a wonderful time.  He was pleased to meet new folks and to find everyone likeable and interesting — not a surprise to any of us, but always an issue if joining in on activities of a new group.  It was great fun to see the Arches Park with NinetyFour and @oneday, and to zip down the river in a boat, floating past canyons, and stopping to check out petrified wood and fossils on an island, and to see a “granary “ - old storage canister made by indigenous people to sorebeans, corn and squash seeds.

The campfires, and campfire talks, were delightful and a bit silly -great fun.

It was terrific to meet @Dicey and her DH, though a pity we had to leave the next morning. I had my first S’more!  And it was fun to roast marshmallows.

I’m ready to go back!

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« Reply #117 on: October 18, 2021, 10:21:45 PM »
Annnd, if it works, here’s the link to the “Sports go sports” video that @oneday and I were laughing about:  https://youtu.be/2fraSdN-PG8

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I love this recap! There was so much more still to do that even I didn't get all the details on what you had already done.

Today, we hung out with the grandkids and their folks until around noon, when they headed back to CO. DH and I decided to rent ebikes from the Chili Pepper Bike Shop, practically across the highway from the campsite. We rode only as far as the trail @NinetyFour described above. It was 24 miles round trip, all paved. I'd like to say we'd have gone farther, but we had to return the bikes by 5:00 and only got back with six minutes to spare. I am proud that all my old cycling skills came back to me pretty readily. On the return, there was a nice, long downhill. I remembered my drag reducing skills and I left DH in the dust. Whee!



Glad you are enjoying the recap!

Sounds like you had a great time on the e-bikes!  I love that you used your drag reduction to blow past Mr. Dicey!!

I am enjoying all these various accounts, photos and stories. Sounds like I missed the mustachian social of the year.

Glad you are enjoying the photos and stories--which may not all be true! ;-)  Yes, it was quite fun.  Perhaps you and Deborah will book Cabin #NinetyFour next year???



Recap, part 3...

On Monday, October 11, the Emboks jumped on a "jet boat" and careened (is that something boats do?  is that something boats should do?) down the Colorado River. 

@oneday  and I headed out the Potash Road to the Jaycee Park and started up the Portal Trail, which is 1.5 miles to the overlook, with about 900 feet of elevation gain.  I have done this hike with @ToTheMoon and @LifeHappens and Moonpie and @Daisy (and maybe other MMMers?).  As @oneday stated earlier, we did go through the US states in alpha order, which was fun.  At one point, she exclaimed, "There are FIVE MORE M's?!?!?!"  A bit later, she queried, "Wyoming is it??  I'm done?!?!  Woo hoo!!!"  I admit to leading her astray for a while, having misremembered how many "I" states there are.  Facepalm!!!  My apologies to oneday and to all of those in the Prairie State!

At times, oneday's progress on the trail, as well as on the list of states, was interrupted by wildlife sightings.  She informed me (actually, she informed all of us the day before) that when she and TA are out on a hike, they keep track of the wildlife they see.  (Apparently, they each have different rules for their lists, which is why, at one point during a Moab adventure, oneday made this clear:  "This is my list, so they count!")  I believe that, during the Portal Trail hike, oneday and I saw ants, lizards, and a Northern Flicker.  Am I missing any, oneday??

Also, during our trek up to the overlook, we were aware of Jeeps (and other weird sorts of vehicles with special skills) across the river on the Moab Rim Trail.  I smugly pointed out that we, on foot, were traveling as fast or faster than those vehicles.

When we finished our hike, we drove a bit farther out on the Portal Road (past the rock climbers) and pulled over so that we could examine the rock art.    As I was gazing at the rock art that was directly across the road, I noticed a familiar looking person 6 feet in front of me.  It was Embok!!  She and Mr. Embok had finished their open sea excursion and were heading back to civilization and their tour guide had let them out for a brief glimpse of the impressive panel of art.  We got to have a quick chat before they were rounded up and secured once again in the van.  So that was a fun surprise.  oneday enjoyed the rock art, which I first saw a few years ago with CherryLane, and then again later with other mustachians, I believe.  oneday and I even found the elusive bear.

After the hike and this rock art foray, oneday and I were a bit knackered and more than a bit hungry.  So we headed back to the campground for a bit of rest and a late lunch.  Shortly thereafter, I spotted Serenity (a new name has not been agreed upon, as far as I know) pulling into spot 104, which meant that....... @Dicey and Mr. dicey had arrived!!!

Yours truly at the overlook on the Portal Trail, trying to avoid thinking about the 200+ foot drop behind me...




In this one, Arches NP is visible on the distant horizon:


I see what you did there...

I am so happy to read through these recounts of Moab adventures. I wish I could be there!

My original plan was to do a weekend bike ride in South Carolina, but unfortunately I had to back out of that too as I broke my ankle about a month ago and was in a cast for 6 weeks. :-( I had to cancel all activities. The cast is off and I have started therapy.

This has been an impetus for me to start getting back into shape again. It has been more than 5 years since that. Unfortunately an incident some years back derailed my health a bit and then life got a little complicated, but now I will focus on strength training again to get me back to my peak shape. I hope to be able to keep up with 94 on a future Moab trip!