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Highlights of May 2004

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Dog Fight

Asia and TasZ Play

SniffAsia and TasZ


Wilderness First Responder

In early May, Jon took a course to get certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR). The course was offered by the Wilderness Medicine Institute, part of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School).


The course was sponsored by Sea Trek and taught at the Bay Model in Sausalito and at the Pt. Bonita YMCA in the Marin Headlands.

Marin Headlands 
Marin Headlands Bridge from Marin Headlands
          photos below courtesy Heather Shannon
Pt. Bonita Lighthouse


The WFR course offered plenty of opportunity for some hands-on practice - including splinting fractures using improvised materials.


We did a mock disaster scene on Richardson Bay with a lot of simulated kayaker injuries

            Mock disaster photos courtesy Heather Shannon


We got plenty of classroom time, too.

Andrew preparing us for the test Student demonstration of fishhook removal
            photos courtesy Heather Shannon

One night, in the Marin Headlands, we did a simulated night rescue, complete with (simulated) fractured fibula/tibula, seizures, and impeding darkness and cold (real).

            Night rescue photos courtesy Heather Shannon

Night Rescue

Our final exam...
Final ExamFinal Exam
  Class Photo


Our instructors, Andrew and Heather

            photos courtesy Heather Shannon

Bay to Breakers

On May 16th, we both ran in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. This is an annual 7.5 mile race that starts downtown near the bay and ends at the ocean. When we got to the starting line, we were delighted to run into our friends Mike and Sheri and Sheri's mom, Maria. We ran with them part of the race and joined them afterwards for the post-race celebrations.

Care, Sheri, Sheri's Mom, and Mike The Starting Line

One Bay to Breakers tradition is to dress in costume - see the salmon swimming upstream. This year being chased by a sushi chef. Another tradition is to dress in no costume!

Salmon Swimming upstream Au Natural

The course winds through San Francisco and up Hayes Street Hill.

uphill battle Looking back down the hill

Through Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park...

Victorian Golden Gate Park
The finish line was at Ocean Beach. Afterwards we met Mike, Sheri, and friends at "Footstock" - a music and foodfest in Golden Gate Park.

The ocean - only a quarter mile to go!Footstock

After the race, we went to Cha Cha Cha in the Haight to rehydrate with Mike, Sheri, Maria, Natalia, Bud, Penny, Margaret, and Nick. To avoid Hyponatremia, we had to eat some tapas there, too.

Cha Cha ChaMike and his sisters and brothers in law - Bud, Penny, Mike, Margaret, and Nick
Mike, Sheri, and Maria Jon and Care hydrate

New York City

In late May, Jon went to New York for a conference. In a couple of free moments he walked around Times Square and Rockefeller Center.


On to June

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