This morning we had a chance to go on 8 mile training hike to Mazanita Peak up in the San Bernardino National Forest. We are only two weeks away from our 25+ mile hike to Yosemite and attempt to climb Half Dome.
Elizabeth, Andrew, and our hiking coach Dave Kehrlein started at 7:30 am. It was great hike, it was about 20 degrees cooler, since we last did this hike. It was the first time Andrew and Elizabeth have done this specific hike.
I was surprised Andrew decided to come on this trip. He just got back from Air Force JROTC Summer Leadership School at March Air Force Base. He spent 7 days there and is leaving for Devil Pups for two weeks tomorrow. I figured he wants to come home and get a little rest. But he said he wanted to get in a training hike before Yosemite.
This trip is coming together , and I am looking forward the trip. My calves and Achilles still are very tight for the first hour of when we start hiking. But once we get going and warmed up, I feel great.
Well we got few more training hikes to go and final prep for this trip. I keep you posted.
It'sbeen a busyfewweeks with theend of schoolandbeginning of summer, allyouparentsprobablytotallyunderstandwhere I am coming from in regards to time.
Acoupleweeksagojust before theend of theschool. One of thebigaccomplishmentwe are proud of Andrew forwas his finalpush to getstraight A's for his Spring semester of his Junior year. Hewanted a 4.0.
Originallyhedidn't thinkit would happen, andhedidit. Hepulled out thelastweek of school.
Wethenwatched our daughter Bella graduate from Kindergarten andnow is a 1st grader. Itwasthecutestthingwatching them get their "magichugs" from their schoolteacher that turned them into a 1st grader.
With theendschool, wegot Andrew off to thefirst of his manytripsthissummer. His firststopwas The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar program. Heleftfor Annapolis, Maryland on June 14 andspent 7 daysexperiencinglife as a Midshipman. Thegoal of theprogram is for them to experiencelife as midshipmanand to seeifthat would be a placethey would like to attendschoolandbecome a Naval Officer after graduation.
Wedidn't get to communicatewhiletheywhere at the Academy, butwhereable to see photos on Facebook. Wegot to see a couple of pictures of Andrew andtheyput up thisgreatactionshot of him running in formation:
Andrew lovedthe Naval Academy andsaidthat is wherehewants to go to college, heknowsit will be touch, buthe is readyforthechallenge.
Andrew gothome on June 20th from Annapolis andthen 8 hourslaterwegot him to American Legion post in Redlands to take his 8 hourbusdrive with 60+ otherboysselected to American Legion Boy State Program. He will be there until theend of June.
Here are a fewpictureswegot before boardingthe on thebus to Sacramento
Nowit'stime to let Andrew handlebusiness.
Nowwe will be spendingsometimehelping Bella reach her goal of becoming an Author/Illustrator.
Oh yeah, youhaven't heardshe has beenworking on her firstbookfortheoveryear. It should happenlaterthisyearwatchfordetails at BellaSamaniego.com. I have a post on how Bella did on her testhike. Wedidthishike to determineifshe will be joining us on our 25+ mile in Yosemite National Park laterthissummer. Itwastrulyamazingwhatsheaccomplished.
Ifyoulike to seewhat Andrew is up, visit him at AndrewSamaniego.com