Major Award

No, I didn’t get the coveted “Leg Lamp”… But I did get this plaque in the mail today. Making Who’s Who in America has been on my mind since I was young and discovered the publication in the school library, using it as a resource for writing reports and such. Much to my surprise I received an email a while ago from the Who’s Who in America organization stating that I had been nominated for inclusion in the biographical record. I actually thought it was probably a hoax at first, but after checking all domain names and email hosts in the correspondence I felt comfortable enough to answer the email and fill out the application. After that I was invited to participate in an interview and again, much to my surprise my application was accepted and it seems I am now a proud member of the Who’s Who in America list and a major bucket list item checked off 🙂

 

Who's Who in America

 

 

My record in the database isn’t complete yet though, it states that the branding team is working on a professional bio that won’t be completed for approximately 60 working days. I’m not sure when that will be but I’ll be checking the link from time to time to view the progress!

Well any way… back to work on my new website… It seems I’ll be coming out of retirement in the portrait business. Inflation is nipping at my heals and it appears full retirement is not going to be a good plan for now. If things continue the way they are, I’ll probably be photographing my own funeral 😦

Bucket List

Was sitting at the computer a couple of nights ago feeling a bit blue about the waning days of summer and the fact that I had not achieved one of my major goals, which was to climb a 14er. For real, not just the quarter mile stroll from the parking lot to the Mount Evans Summit. I have been looking at the maps all summer and all the peaks are either too far away, too hard to get to or too hard to climb at this stage of my preparation.

Pikes Peak

14, 115 foot Pikes Peak

So I was starting to give up and finding it easier to just sit on my butt instead of heading up my mountainside for strength training. Earlier in the summer I had noticed a lot of posts coming through from the facebook group 14ers.com so I was curious and joined. Haven’t paid a lot of attention to it but one post caught my eye, an “I did it!” post from a woman who had overcome some serious health problems. So I read the article and the 14er she climbed was Bierstadt. I had heard of it but had to look it up to find out exactly where. When I saw it on the map a light when on, “I know this mountain, I can do this!”. It’s within driving range, my Miata can get to the trailhead and the trail is not too long.

Funny how one little ray of light can pierce the fog of discouragement and provide the inspiration to go on. So anyway, I’m going to climb that one and I was thinking, “Yay, I’ll be able to say I climbed a 14er!”. But as I read more posts on 14ers.com I realized that it will actually be number four. I have already climbed the 28 mile Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak countless times, Mount Evans for real one time, which is a story in itself, and Mount Sherman, which for some reason I didn’t realize was a 14er. So I am thinking, that’s a good start, “I wonder if I can climb them all before all I can do is play bingo?”.

So I made a list in a note that I put on my facebook page with the three peaks that I have climbed. Soon I anticipate adding Bierstadt, and who knows what the future will bring? Perhaps by the Grace of God I will climb all the 14ers in Colorado, or perhaps it will just be a worthy goal that keeps me inspired. Either way, stay tuned, my camera will be along for the entire adventure, however it turns out!