We had a lovely visit with Patrick Borden and Mark Pypers, both of the great city of Edmonton. They are soil scientists who do consulting work in the Tar Sands of Alberta.
I hadn’t seen Patrick since … 2004? During our graduate-student days at UAF, we’d shared an office, a small windowless cave that he’d christened “The Shock and Awe-Fice” right after the Iraq invasion. The new name made the place seem a lot more homey.
They’d been on the road for a few weeks, starting from Edmonton and traveling down the West Coast visiting friends and having various and sundry adventures in Vancouver, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Joshua Tree National Park, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Lone Pine, and Lake Tahoe.
They stayed with us here at the Vintage Digs. We showed them around downtown and even got some spring mountain biking in (before the next storm brought wind, chilly temps and spits of snow).
They are headed Back North to conclude their road trip, reluctantly heading back to late winter. Good times!
Bonus: Patrick’s golden idea for yet another Tahoe sticker iteration: