See, Denver is at 5280 feet above sea level “high” and…
I have been castigated by friends and family (Thanks Bob) for not keeping the blog very well when we are “OFF BOAT” so here is a catch up post that covers the end of May 2017 through now(ish) September 17, 2017 or so. I hope I don’t miss anything, if I do, blame it on the beer!
Hajime has been to the haul out while we were gone, Rick at MARINE SERVICES MAZATLAN and Tyler at Dockside Services and friends, s/v Elegant Sea, have kept us updated with photos.
April 12, 2017 we left s/v Hajime in Mazatlan and, with friend/sensei Federico Javier Suarez Torres, we returned to Denver. A couple weeks to prepared for the USA Judo Senior Nationals Judo event in Salt Lake City April 28/29. Jim refereed the event, Federico played along with a strong team presence from Denver Judo. After the event Fede flew home to Mazatlan on Southwest Airlines (they do a really nice job of customer service). Denver Judo ruled the mats!
Link to Fede visit photos…
We spent most of May getting ready for a LONG PLANNED trip to sail/cruise with friends on a 42 foot catamaran near Split Croatia. Jim laid out a route to get us there which included 4 days in Iceland,
4 days in Copenhagen Denmark
and 3 nights near Split Croatia
before the 7 days on the boat with friends.
After the grand boating adventure we stayed a couple nights in Trogir near Split Croatia
and then started headed for Israel via a couple nights in Belgrade Serbia. Getting to Tel Aviv from Europe seemed fairly efficient from Belgrade.
In Tel Aviv we were greeted by our old friends the Detwilers. They came to the airport from their home near Jerusalem and we followed them home for a week stay with them. Our most gracious hosts and loving friends.
Then to get home, oh look, it’s only $490 USD per person from Cairo Egypt to Denver… OK! 5 nights in Giza about 50 yards from the guest house to the gates to the Giza Grand Pyramids plateau. Grand tour of Cairo, dinner overlooking the Spinx Light Show (nightly), dinner on the Nile, day trips to the Cairo Museum and around town…
And the trip home for $490 each on 3 different airlines Cairo – Istanbul – Toronto – Denver. Arrived back July 5, 2017.
Recovery took a bit it was a long trip, good to be back to Denver and judo club workouts. Lots of travel pounds to loose (again).
Jim’s son, Andrew, injured his ACL in a rough game of capture flag and had it fixed July 27. Jess and Jim did the doctors checkups and all. Jim’s blood work is still doing “very well” after the chemo stuff done at Stanford Cancer Center in 2011/2, yeah! Jess still working on those hot flashes and all, but for the most part happy, healthy and …
August, Lots of judo practices, Jim refereed at the World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles with friend Mahmoud Mani and the usual referee gang.
Camping with the judo club gang and a run up to Lander WY for camping and to see the total lunar eclipse of the sun August 21, 2017.
and dragon boat racing.
September and Jess’ birthday, Jim painting the South wall of the building
camping trip to 4 corners area in Colorado for site seeing; Ouray, Delores, Cortez, Gunnison area.
Whew, home again in Denver and the smoke has cleared. Was a little thick for a week or so.