Good New Year
Now that my toe is fully healed, I am ramping up my training for Everest Base Camp as I head to Kathmandu in about 3 months. On New Years Day, Ben and I hiked 12 miles on Mount Lowe and encountered quite a bit of snow at 2500 feet, see photo below. Today, I hiked the Danielson Monument trail which was almost 9 miles (gorgeous scenery photo below) Both of these hikes had ~2700 vertical foot gain.
My LLS team, Team CAR-T is now full. There are 11 of us going and it’s a wonderful group. We are going to have quite a time. I am reading a book now called “The Way of the White Clouds” by Lama Anagarika Govinda which is expanding my knowledge of Buddhism and the area I will be visiting.
In a couple weeks, I am driving to Cedar Breaks, Utah, with my filmmaker, Sophie. It’s in southwest Utah and is at 10,000 vertical feet. We are going to snow shoe and cross country ski which I have always loved doing. I am also going to likely go to Colorado for more altitude experience.
I continue to feel well and on January 16, I have my 18 month post CAR-T scan. I will post with the result here to update you all. Assuming it’s a clean scan, the frequency of my scans will space out to every 6 months.
Finally, on New Years Eve, I was sitting in the house at dusk when I heard the call of a great horned owl just outside our glass doors. I quietly opened the door and observed the owl in the trees. I was able to capture a photo of him. Soon after a second owl joined him with a higher pitched call, a female. Part of their courting ritual, Ginger suggested. A good omen for the new year we are now in.
Hope you all had a restful holiday season.
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