Saturday we went to another letterboxing event in Vacaville. By letterboxing standards, this was a mid-sized event, but from my point of view, it was the perfect size. The letterboxing community has been wonderfully supportive of Robb during his long recovery, but much of that contact tends to be online. It was really sweet to spend time with our letterboxing friends. Hunter and Cara were especially kind in allowing us to hitch a ride with them. And of course, they continued to amaze and amuse us with their letterboxing creativity.
The quality of the letterboxes at this event was exemplary. Ciphers, hilarious story-based clues, brilliant hiding spots, delightful imagery.... We didn't find many of them, but that's fine. What we did do was cover a lot of terrain.
We had the wheelchair (thanks again Hunter and Cara), and Robb also brought along his trekking poles. Combining the two methods of locomotion, we were able to do something rather close to hiking. Robb observed that in a lot of ways, letterboxing is the perfect outdoor activity for him, right now. It involves goal-oriented walking, followed by well-earned periods of sitting down.
Both Robb and I were having camera (battery) troubles yesterday, so I failed to capture any images of Robb hiking along the trails. It was really impressive how well he is doing with this. Considering that eight months ago, he was flat on his back in the hospital, barely able to move, the fact that he was hiking fills me with unspeakable happiness.
(For those keeping track, that's Kathy of Team Tysonosaurus, Hunter of Dem XX Men, and Carol of Da Kool Kats pictured in the photo above. Also, for all you non-Californians, note the fact that the grasses are all dry and golden. We only get rains during the fall and winter months, so this is what summer looks like to us.)
I somehow failed to take any photos of people prior to the camera melt-down, but here are a few of the avian denizens of this park.
Double Crested Cormorants
And a small part of the resident flock of domestic geese