Home on the Front Range

Jane & Ethan about to crack up as we insist on a photo with their Siberian Tortise, Wilbur.

Jane & Ethan about to crack up as we insist on a photo with their Siberian Tortise, Wilbur.

Wilbur in action.

Wilbur in action.

Enjoying a break from the van, Steve and I passed the last two weeks in Denver with climber pals and Denver locals, Ethan and Jane. Once upon a time Ethan & Jane lived in Lexington and for a time the four of us spent nearly every weekend climbing together with a Sunday night tradition of Papa John’s and X-files.

Most of the time they were a mature presence in my crazy undergrad world but not always, Ethan had a way of turning every adventure into an epic. Over the years outings with Ethan have used at least half of my nine lives due to heat sickness, lightening storms and altitude sickness.

Anyway Ethan has mellowed a bit and both have discovered other interests. They are now mad for snorkeling. While part of me wants to rib them for not climbing so much, I’m really just thankful to be avoiding epics. For future reunions I would love to meet them in a tropical destination but I know better than to take up this new snorkeling passion with them…with my history there would be sharks!


2 thoughts on “Home on the Front Range

  1. Glad to hear all is well with the former climbers. I hear there’s mad keen snorkeling just west of Denver, you just have to know where to find it.

  2. Hi Jill and Steve. I read in the SF Chron about your travels. I’m writing a book about global youth viewpoints and thought you might run into young people or their teachers. Here are the questions for them–thanks!
    Greetings from California. I’m writing a book that gives you and other young people around the world an opportunity to say what’s on your mind. This is your chance to be heard. Many of you have wonderful suggestions for how to make our world a better to live in, so I’m asking people age 19 and under to respond to 10 questions. I’ll compare your answers by age, gender, and location.
    See myspace.com/globalyouthviewpoints for the questions and photos of schools and students I’ve visited on three continents. (I’ve written other peer-based books for youth, including The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide and How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce: Kids’ Advice to Kids.) Please also forward to kids and their teachers so they can be part of the global youth book.
    Thanks, Gayle Kimball, Ph.D. gkimball@csuchico.edu

    1. If you could ask a question of the wisest person in the world,
    what would you ask her or him about life?
    2. What bothers you in your daily life? What practice best helps you stay calm?
    3. If there was one thing you could change about adults, what
    would it be?
    4. What would you like to change about yourself?
    5. What do you like to do for fun?
    6. When have you felt most loved by someone else?
    7. Why do you think you’re here on earth; what’s your purpose?
    8. On a scale of 1 to 100, how highly would you grade your
    school? Why?
    9. What work would you like to do when you’re an adult?
    10. If you were the leader of your country, what changes would you make?
    11. Imagine you get to write on a T-shirt going on a trip around the world. What do you want your T-mail to say to people?

    What questions are missing that you’d like to answer? Your email. . . . . . .
    What first name would you like used in the book to quote you?
    How old are you?
    Girl or boy?
    What city and country do you live in?
    Gracias! Merci! Danke! Arrigato! Chi chi!

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