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    As I've mentioned in Warp's thread on his upcoming hip replacement, my Dad has been battling complications from a recent broken hip and subsequent hip replacement. September 3rd will be his 92nd birthday. His mind is good, but most of the rest of his body is failing. Regardless of the outcome, I know the end is near. I have foregone working out after work in order to spend time with him. When I decided to take a week's vacation to be with him, it dawned on me that I could paddle to Lourdes Hospital. My usual paddling excursion takes me from my home on the Susquehanna to the Rockbottom Dam, and back. The trip to Lourdes would involve a portage of the dam, and an additional two miles paddling beyond. I enlisted the aid of my Brother to meet me at the dam and help with the portage. I made the trip twice, once down and back on the same day, the other I slept on a recliner in my Dad's room, and returned the following day.

    My Dad was released from the hospital last week. He's now in rehab at Good Shepard nursing home. Good Shepard is about a quarter mile from the river. Today after work I canoed to directly South of the nursing home, locked my boat to a tree, a hoofed it the rest of the way to the nursing home. Tomorrow morning I plan to paddle to the dam, and stop and visit Dad on the trip home.

    Could I have just gone to the gym in the time I've spent canoeing to visit Dad? Sure, but I found it quite spiritual to go through the effort with the end result arriving at my Dad's side. I told him that my journey on the river was a metaphor for life itself. Both journeys are long and hard with many twists and turns. There is much to be experienced, and seen, along the way. When the journey is done, there's a sense of accomplishment, and relief, and the slate is clean, ready for the next adventure. It's been quite a trip Dad, well done.




    Rockbottom Dam, the old Crowley plant in the background


    Tree growing sideways to survive, like Jeff Goldblum says in Jurassic Park, life finds a way


    Dragonfly perched on my cooler, I was sure he'd fly away before I got my phone out of my pocket.


    Sunset on the Susquehanna


    The Waxing Gibbous Moon, getting dark a lot earlier these days, ski season is coming.
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    Life's quite a ride....inspiring to read how you're choosing to spend your time during the twilight of your pops ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Life's quite a ride....inspiring to read how you're choosing to spend your time during the twilight of your pops ride.
    Thanks, so glad we really got close before it was too late. I can take solace in that when he does pass. His sense of humor is quite impressive. He shot off a few zingers throughout the ordeal, who knew? Not me. I wasn't into yelling at him in order to converse. I think he now sees the foolishness of not getting help for his hearing loss sooner. He wore Sennheiser RF headphones for watching TV. I bought my Mom a bullhorn, half as a gag, and half so she could actually talk to him. I guess she used it if there were a long idea she needed him to understand. But yelling at him went on through daily life. Perhaps he just wanted to tune his Wife out?
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    Don't we all some days?

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    Find of the morning, picking up some trash near the dam I found this, how people can enjoy nature and pollute it at the same time is beyond me, anyway, full, unopened, Rolling Rock tall boy.
    Saw this bike too, do you think it can be restored? At least the bike is returning to Nature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornhead View Post
    ......But yelling at him went on through daily life. Perhaps he just wanted to tune his Wife out?
    And all commercials!
    Ditto on paddling...like walking/jogging/hiking, it's a great activity for both the mental and physical...
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    Paddled to within a quarter mile or so of the nursing home all three days this weekend. I walked from there. I thought someone stole my boat yesterday, I walked right by it and was in a spot that looked just like where I'd left it. Then I thought to myself, did someone really steal a 35 yr old boat locked to a tree? To my relief, I was just in the wrong spot. Spotted several eagles on the river. Snapped a few pics, but my attempts to zoom in were fruitless. Saw a couple near the house. Ran to grab some binoculars, but they were gone when I returned.
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    Nice Pics. River seems awfully low now. Hey Corn, was checking out the Warren Miller Tics... Binghamton lists the same vouchers as last year with additional 1 tic for Smugglers Notch and 1 for Steamboat, Ha Ha... AND Albany showings give a FREE Gore Tic! That stinks that Albany gives a Gore Tic and Binghamton doesn't. (also most showings get a Killington 2 for 1 but not Binghamton).
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    Very low, actually flows upstream in places, if that makes any sense.

    I was able to redeem a WM voucher through another portal last Spring. I used it to get a Killington voucher. If you see the movie in Binghamton, you should be able to use a portal that has Gore. Someone here lingered after the show and picked up cards off the floor. That's a great idea, alot of people probably couldn't care less about the vouchers.
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    Very low levels up here too but am beginning to get some rain but we still need more.
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