Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Adventurous Spirit

Mr. Airplane claimed a few months ago that I have an adventurous spirit. I was surprised by his observation and in fact sort of argued with him about it – telling him he was giving me to much credit. In the end, he convinced me that perhaps in a way I do tend to love adventure. I guess in my overly planned life I do enjoy the adventures that I stumble upon. I ended up having an adventure of sorts last Saturday. A group of us from church went down to Mt. St. Helens and clamored though the Ape Caves. We went through the upper caves which is about 1.5 miles and included climbing up an eight foot tall lava fall. There are no lights in the cave and it is the longest lava tube in the Continental United States. At one point everyone in the group turned off their headlamps and flashlights and you literally could not see your hand in front of your face. I found myself wanting to lead the group as often as possible, not because I didn’t trust other people to lead but because blazing the trail was just so much fun. Half of the adventure for me was trying to find where the tube continued as I was climbing feet of lose boulders. Jason and I started to be on the lookout for bottomless pits, of which there were a few, but I drew the line when people started talking about bats. Thankfully I had a stocking cap on – it is an average of only 42 degrees down there – so I didn’t have to worry about one getting stuck in my hair.

If you are looking for an adventure within driving distance of Seattle check out Ape Caves and do the upper cave. It is unlike anything you will ever do. Make sure you have a head lamp as carrying a flashlight was a bit cumbersome for people, dress warm and wear sturdy shoes.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Stopping In for a Visit

In June Wendy told me about Sitemeter. Sitemeter is a program that tracks how many people look at a site and where they are coming from. You can’t tell who they are unless you can deduce it from the city but you can see what city they came from and sometimes how they got there, although that is a little hit and miss. She put it on her blog and was enjoying seeing how many people looked at her site and from where they came. On June 3rd I put Sitemeter on my blog. I realized last week there was a chance I might hit 1,000 views in three months. I was AMAZED. Who knew 1,000 people would care to stop by here at any given time and see what I have to say. It has been fun to see what leads people to the site. The google searches are the most fun. Turns out a lot of people want to see what people have to say about traditional gender roles. Who knew? There is someone who reads my blog regularly from Belgrade, MT (who ARE you?!), Cadiz, KY (Hi Karisa!!!! (I don't know why you show up as being in KY - aren't you in Alabama or something? Maybe it is someone checking my blog through yours.....), Colorado locations have started popping up more frequently now (helllloooo Adrienne!), multiple Minnesota locations, of course Spokane, LA/California and on occasion Scottie and/or Shannie must check in because I get some Canadian hits as well and then there are random hits from around the world – UK, South Africa, there were a number of Swedish readers for awhile, Germany, etc. Really only Asia is unrepresented. It has been a lot of fun to see and I am flattered that it took less than three months for 1,000 people to spend a few minutes with me. Thanks for stoppin’ by. You all come back now you hear?