we take a moment to look back at the 2015 year we recall that the new
year began with the family spending a January weekend at a cabin on the
shore of Santee Lakes. While not far from our home it provided a nice
escape to do some fishing and view the large number of migratory birds
that come during the winter.
opened with Scout Sunday where the Boy Scout troop Greg volunteers with
help put on the Sunday religious service at the church that sponsors
the troop. The end of February was a blast of Jeep off roading
with friends Dave and Chrystal Liao at the 53rd anniversary of the
Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari in the Truckhaven hills as they navigated
the dirt trails and tested their driving skills on some very
springtime was filled with hiking on new trails in the East San Diego
County and camping with Boy Scout Troop 667 at the yearly Camporee
where the troop earned three first places in Patrol competitions with
other troops throughout the Black Mountain district. An amazing
performance by the Scouts and a reflection on the troop leadership.
The Scouts are even talking about returning next year to defend their
the month of May, Greg was honored with the San Diego American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Outstanding
Contribution to the Community for his twelve years of Boy Scout
leadership volunteering. He received the award during their
annual awards banquet at San Diego State University, where
coincidentally Sonja’s boss received an award for Outstanding
Project Management. May was a great time to do some
hiking at Blue Sky preserve and camping with the Boy Scouts at Lake
Skinner. Lucas also took this month to build his own
laptop computer and learned a lot designing it, purchasing the
components, assembling it and troubleshooting when it didn’t work
right away. He eventually got it running great and uses it daily for
his school work and computer gaming.
June there were mixed blessings as Greg’s abstract photograph was
accepted for showing at the Del Mar Fair photography exhibit, while
Lucas suffered a serious knee injury that would ultimately require
corrective surgery and months of physical therapy. Eric and Greg
had the rare opportunity to celebrate fellow Scout Colin
Slavey’s Eagle rank court of honor at the US Coast Guard San
Diego station. The Eagle Scout rank is the highest rank in Boy
Scouting and only a small percentage of Scouts achieve it, so it was an
opportunity to celebrate a friend’s great achievement.
July, Sonja and Greg took an epic summer driving vacation through
Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado visiting several National Parks along
the way (Great Sand Dunes, Arches NP) plus spending a week in
Denver visiting Sonja’s mother Lia. They enjoyed an
Independence day celebration concert of the music group Blues Traveler
at the famed Red Rock Amphitheater outside of Denver. Beautiful
place to celebrate our country’s independence!
and Greg shared an August concert along the San Diego Bay at Humphries
with friends Noel and Evelyn to help celebrate their wedding
With the wonderful summer weather Eric worked as a kayaking,
snorkeling and bicycle tour guide at La Jolla Shores Beach. Sounds like
the perfect job for a 19 year old out of college for summer break to
explore the ocean caves and swim with the tame leopard sharks!
summer turned to Fall the pace of activities increased with Greg
starting to hike more with friend Jean Tellier as they both joined the
weekly San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneer walks and learned
about the local plants and animals. Greg set up an amateur radio
station at his home for his Boy Scouts to participate in the October Jamboree On the Air
(JOTA) where the scouts were able to talk to other
Boy Scouts and radio operators throughout the United States. At
the end of the
October longtime friends Aleta and Allan visited from Seattle and we
were able to spend quality time catching up with them, since it has
been many years since we've seen each other..
November we adopted a new member of our family: a Corgie puppy named
Suki (Japanese word for Love) who has grown quickly and is now an
integral part of our “pack”, joining our corgie mix Delilah
and black Labrador Cinder. A planned driving trip for
Thanksgiving was cut short but we were still able to visit Eric in
Flagstaff where the cool fall weather and dusting of snow brought in
the holiday spirit.
last month of the year found Greg camping with the Boy Scouts in
Anza-Borrego Desert where he explored two rocky canyons with them, saw
a huge herd of rare big horn sheep, watched the fantastic Geminds
meteor shower and star gazed in the clear skies far away from light
pollution. This month also marked Lucas’ return to rock
climbing, after fully recovering from knee surgery. Rock climbing is a
sport that he
excels in, but will need time to regain his former elite skills after
being away from it for almost half a year.
has been a wonderfully active year and a joy to spend time with friends
and family. May the year ahead prove even greater than the one that has
Greg, Eric, and Lucas.