Archive for August, 2012

I climbed the “Climbing Tree”

August 30, 2012

We are still on SAMBICA grounds, a Christian Camp in Bellevue, WA. so the campers are always doing fun things around camp. One of those things is two climbing trees.

In our backyard every weekday there are kids of all ages climbing two trees that are there specifically to climb as they have the proper anchors and rope for that purpose. We have personnel trained specifically for this job all summer and they are very safe. The camp has all the safety equipment harnesses and everything to make it very safe.

For weeks now I have been wanting to climb one of the trees. All summer I have seen hundreds of kids climbing these trees. The trees are over 60 feet tall but you can only climb to about 45 feet. I would walk by and say hi to the kids and counselors but never stop to see if there ever was a time that I could go…So this week one of the ropes course personnel told me to come whenever they didn’t have kids and I could climb…so last week I did.

They put all the gear on me and helped to encourage me. The campers also were cheering for me to keep going.

I wanted to go all the way to the top, but I wasn’t sure I was courageous enough…I have always had a fear of heights..so here was a test. It was a 45 foot climb. We have a cell tower in our side yard and the tower is about as high as I climbed. When I saw that I was a bit scared…but the ropes course personnel that helped me were so good.


You can see a bit of how high it is here. Look closely as I am a bit hard to see here. Kent got  a picture back far enough for you to see the height. Wow!

Once I got to the top..I had a moment fearing that I could not repel down. I was feeling the fear! But the guy that helped me said to me,” Just trust me and lean back”  and then I  “repelled” down the back side of the tree.

Wow! I was glad to be back on the ground but..glad that I had done it. I loved it.!!! I hope you enjoy my adventures. More adventures to come. Having fun at camp!

Love Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Kent took the pictures of me having fun. but he is working very hard at the WorldVenture office work. Once in awhile we do something fun like this.

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Our daughter and son-in-law’s visit

August 28, 2012

A few weeks ago our daughter Kara came to Seattle to see us and her grandparents, that is Kent’s parents who live about 2 hours north of us. She had a few days just visiting and helping Kent’s parents with their garden and just hanging out with them. Then she came to see us for a few days as well. This was a pre-visit before their annual vacation.

Nick flew in on Friday night and we all took off Saturday morning again to spend some time with the grandparents. We sat around visiting and since is was a rare hot day in Bellingham we set up table outside and ate there.

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After the meal Kara had Amanda her youngest cousin on this side of the family cut her hair. Amanda is a trained hairdresser and had fun doing it for Kara.

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Sunday morning we drove across the border to get to Victoria, British Columbia. Canada. It is on a separate island called Vancouver Island.  So we had a take a ferry with our car. I love going on ferries. This ride was a bit longer too than some we have had for awhile. It was so pretty that I went to the top deck and let the wind blow me. I love that feeling. A bit like riding a motorcycle.

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We got to Victoria in good time to check in at our B & B. Kara had booked it through the internet and it turned out to be a young man’s efficiency apartment. We all could sleep there. About half price of what a hotel would have been and we had a kitchen too.  So Kara and I changed our clothes because she was taking me to “High Tea” at the Empress Hotel.

Very special!!! It was delicious and fun to do with my daughter. Definitely not something the guys would have enjoyed.

We met up with them 2 hours later and found that Victoria was having “Symphony Splash”, which was an outdoor concert. They had a symphony on a floating platform just off the dock and they were playing great music. We stayed for quite awhile but then got cold as we had not thought about staying out that late and had not brought coats along. So we to went back to our room and Kara and Nick grabbed some coats and went back to see the fireworks.

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Monday morning we had a nice leisurely breakfast and said goodbye to Kara and Nick until they returned to Seattle on the following Friday night. Then Kent and I started out for the ferry back to the mainland. We just missed that ferry. We were in line in plenty of time but it got filled up and we missed it. That is part of the life where you  take ferries. You have to be ready to wait and also to miss them occasionally. So we had until 3 pm before the next one went. So Kent and I were just starting to explore the docks shops and looked up and there were Kara and Nick!  Hah. We all had lunch together before we took off to catch the ferry at 3 pm.  It was wonderful to hang out with our daughter and son-in-law for a few days.

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We went to a town called Sequim in Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. We had friends there that we met years ago in Alaska. We hadn’t seen them in 25 years. So we had a nice ferry ride and then drove to Dave and Donna’s house arriving around 5:30pm. We had something to eat at a Mexican restaurant in town.

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After dinner Donna and Dave gave us a tour around to show us the town and some wonderful scenery. Then we sat and visited at their house until we all were sleepy. We had a wonderful breakfast with their fresh eggs. Yes, right from under the chickens, also fresh raspberries. It was wonderful and very delicious! We then drove back to Bellevue on a long and scenic drive. Very nice.

This was Dave and Donna’s view while they lived on this spit. Beautiful!Image

It was nice to get away for the weekend and have a great time with our daughter and her husband and to see some old friends. It is wonderful to keep in touch with people we have known for more than 30 years. Wow!

Love Jan from the Roaming Reimers