Bankhead Adventures

18 September 2019

New School Year 2019

Here is a photo of the Bankhead children on their way out the door on the first day of school. A few notes about this year: It's our second year of all the kids being in full-time school. It's Sadie's last year of elementary school and James's last year of middle school. And it's Amos's 4th new school in 4 years. He's a champ and thinks that's a badge of honor.

21 August 2019

Backpacking in the Uintas 2019

While the younger Bankheads were having a ball at Grand Camp, Amy and Paul executed their biannual backpacking trip (aka wilderness marriage therapy). Since last time was beautifully brutal, we purposely made this trip a bit more relaxing by alternating big days (15 miles) and easy days (8 miles) and doing a whole lot less up and down overall.

Although Amy and Paul both grew up in Utah, neither of us had spent any significant time in the Uintas, so the whole area was new to us. After doing most of our backpacking in California, this particular route felt especially remote. In the Sierras, we see at least one hiker every hour or two, but in the Uintas we went a whole day without seeing anyone at all, enjoying the glorious meadows and pristine lakes all by ourselves. There's something primal and freeing about trekking through the wild with everything we need on our backs.
Cool to see rivers creating canyons

Paul is in this photo, for scale

First camp site

In lots of places the "trail" was really just a river

When there was no discernible trail, we followed cairns like this

The children did not miss us

04 August 2019

Everyday Fun Stuff

Enjoy a sampling of fun moments from the Bankhead crew:
Both Amos and Miles thought this was a perfectly normal set-up.

After besting his Scout troop, James challenged Paul to a wall-sitting contest.

Amos collected all these flower specimens from our yard.

Sadie played the Marquis de Lafayette for an American Revolution thing at school.

02 August 2019

Oakland Temple Tour

After a long closure for renovations, the Oakland Temple had an open house before reopening. Lucky for us, Amy's sister-in-law was part of the painting crew, so she got us into the contractors' tour. So nice to have a happy group of Glausers together for the occasion. 

31 July 2019

Fifteen years of marriage

Not only is today Harry Potter's birthday, it's also the day Amy and Paul celebrate their wedding anniversary. So here is a random trinity of photos from the last 15 years.

28 July 2019

Climbing Mount Olympus

 As part of her 20th high school reunion, Amy climbed Mount Olympus with some fellow Titans from the class of 1999. They hiked in memory of classmates who have died, so the conversation at the top was about those six classmates who are no longer with us--a meaningful and exhilarating experience.

Despite looking at that mountain out her parents' kitchen window for many years, this was only the second time Amy has climbed it. The first time was circa 1992. So here are photos from both adventures.

18 July 2019

How Sadie spends Thursday afternoons

During our first walk around our new neighborhood, Amy spied a dance studio. The prospect of children being able to walk themselves to and from dance class was so appealing that she attempted to convince all the children to sign up. In the end, Sadie was the only one who humored her mother, but her first year of tap lessons was a success. (Actually, Miles enthusiastically signed up for the boys hip hop class, but after the first few lessons he was encouraged to wait another year before trying again; that's a story for another day.) You can't be sad when you're tap dancing.

15 July 2019

Can't Stop Won't Stop Hiking

There was some speculation that as soon as Amy's youngest child started full-time school there would be no more weekly hikes with the kids. But after 12 years of leading a weekly hike for her favorite 501-c-3, Amy found that hiking with kids had become a hard habit to break. So after a few months of hiatus, she shuffled the schedule and found a way to continue the weekly adventures. Spending time in nature with the children is just too valuable to let something as silly as school interfere, even if the youngest still thinks that hiking includes lying down in the middle of the trail.