The second trip was last weekend, when I got to dabble in raft guiding. We did a day trip on the Skagit River, approximately between the towns of Newhalem and Marblemount. My co-instructor and I took seven students and two faculty members down the river in a paddle boat and an oar rig. We saw salmon, eagles, hawks, ducks, deer, a bear, and multitudes of dead humpback salmon lining the sides of the river. I really enjoy working these trips as the students are always great, and it allows me to continue working in outdoor education without the commitment involved with 28-day NOLS courses.
This weekend Ava and I got together with Kris and Mel to hack away at some pumpkins. I think all holidays should include traditions that involve artwork performed on fruit. I actually carved two pumpkins as Ava was busy and graciously granted me her pumpkin.