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Another New Year’s Day, another morning at Alki for the annual polar bear plunge.  This year there were roughly 500-700 bathers and Reese got back in the water, if quickly.

A few photos:

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Rhonda is quite tough to buy for when it comes to birthdays and Christmas.  When she wants something, she just buys it.  So this year I went with a different for Christmas — an experience.  The experience was a quick trip to Vancouver, British Columbia — the family’s first if you don’t count driving through on the way to Whistler.

The trip was a good one, if a bit cold and wet.  It was so wet on Friday, in fact, that we decided to come home a night early.  We did have enough time to hit the Vancouver staples — Stanley Park, English Bay, Robson Street and Granville Island.  And, of course, the camera was always going: https://share.icloud.com/photos/04prwsgOooFKirh9gZt-8_0Dg

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Yesterday the Jenkins fam did its first-ever trip to Leavenworth.

The consensus view: nice to have done it once, but no need to do it again.

Being there for the town’s annual Christmas festivities was ok enough, although the six-or-so hours we spent there was at least three hours too many for a town that size.  The problem was getting there — and getting back.  We hopped a tour bus from a company called Tours From Seattle.  It took us over three hours to get there — roughly one of the hours on a windy country road that I highly doubt was in the driver’s plans.  (Read: I think we got lost.)  We took a shorter route home — Highway 2 over Stevens Pass — but it still took almost three hours.

That’s six hours sitting on a crowded tour bus, all for the privilege of walking around — and shopping in — a town as crowded as Time Square on New Year’s.

We did get a handful of decent photos, though:

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The Jenkins family spent the past few weeks back east, first with the Hickeys in Nantucket, then solo for a few days in New York City.  A few photos from Nantucket:

And New York City:

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Another January 1, another Alki polar bear plunge.  This year Reese opted out, so it was just me, Finn and probably seven hundred or so other warm-blooded souls.

A few photos:

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Yesterday the Jenkins fam and our friend Sammie ventured south.  Our destination — the Puyallup Fair, which I think is now known as the Washington State Fair.

It was Reese’s first venture there, my first in thirty-plus years, Finn’s second this week.

A fun day out, but it sure wasn’t cheap.

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This morning the family and I ventured south to Seward Park for the kids’ third Seafair Kids Triathlon.

It was a memorable morning, but not necessarily for the best reasons.

Things got off on the wrong foot.  No sooner had we parked at Seward Park than I realized I had forgotten the kids’ bike helmets.  I raced back to Laurelhurst, found the helmets and raced back.  I got there just in the knick of time and I didn’t have the presence of mind to inspect the kids’ transition areas.

Big problem.

The kids left the water just fine.  Finn was in roughly 7th place and Reese was a few spots behind him.  But things went downhill from there — for Reese.  While Finn had a fairly slow transition, he recovered to finish 10th overall out of 99 and no. 1 among eight- and under competitors.

For Reese it was quite another story.  First she couldn’t get her shoes on properly — my mistake for not opening them wide enough to slip in.  Worse, though, was her bike.  It turns out when they laid it down they twisted the front wheel, and no one — including me — noticed.  That caused the brakes to lock, which made the bike barely rideable.   So unrideable was it that Reese went from middle of the pack after the transition (slow because of the shoes) to dead last in the entire field — by about fifteen minutes.  I was very proud of her for doing the 1/2 run in tears — quite a showing of resolve.

Lesson learned: failing to prepare is preparing to fail.  I should have packed the kids’ gear yesterday.  Had I have done so, I would likely not have forgotten the helmets, and had I not forgotten the helmets, I would have had time to properly set up their transition areas.  Instead I played golf.

Reese’s resulting disaster is on my hands.  I put golf over the kids’ preparation.

It will not happen again.

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