GTAB's Bellingham Team met twice each week while Kevin Gowan was in town. The team grew to six members and we outlined a new fundraising strategy (which is getting close to launch!)
I decided to do a triathlon with my friend Tim and then told a whole bunch of people so that I wouldn't back out. The week of the race came and we decided that the registration was too expensive. But instead of bailing altogether, I got together with Tim and a pile of Widmans (they're always game on short notice!) and we did our own "self-administered" triathlon at Lake Whatcom. 1/4mi swim, 15mi bike, 3mi run.
[Tim, me, Jeff, Carla, and Brad before the triathlon.]
Chris Akers (of Bridging Babel fame) has started a new band called Transcarlet and he invited me to play a concert with them at the Thurston County Fair. There weren't many people at the fair but those that witnessed our show may or may not have undergone some face melting.
We got to paint classrooms, can tomatoes, demolish roof infested with bees and a coral snake, get schooled at soccer, and play lots of music. What a marvelous time.
Action for Africa is a group of Whatcom county locals who are partnering with a community in Lesotho (That's near the southern tip of Africa.) I'd been wanting to get involved with them so when they organized a small horde of relay teams for a local relay race, I jumped at the chance to participate. The only leg remaining to be filled was the one that's hardest for me. Boo. So I attempted a 5 mile run for the Bellingham Traverse with a long uphill at the end. I achieved my goal of never standing still... lots of walking up hills but never stopping.
If you're reading this, chances are you deserve that. Friends, you've been tremendously encouraging this summer. You rock.