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Hi all!!

We just got back into the San Francisco Bay area LAST NIGHT. Wahoo!
It’s great, bizarre, splendid and crazy to be home. Here’s the quick
update of our cross-country adventures and a little bit of catch up
from Rog’s adventures in Bolivia that we never sent out. (Includes
spine tingling stories of drops into high mountain crevasses – worth
a read, check it out.)

If you want to reply to us both or just Jen, please add Jen’s email
in, too: cjenniferjackson@yahoo.com.

1) Climbing Huanaya Potosi with Kevin and Phil
2) New York, Chicago, Seattle, safe drinking water and other
neat stuff
3) Back to the bay area, where we’re at, when’s the party

1) Climbing Huanaya Potosi with Kevin and Phil

We got back from Huanya Potosi safe and sound although we did not
summit. There was a lot of fresh snow and the going was rough from
high camp at 17,000 ft up. We left at 2:00 am and were soon the
first team (of 5 or 6 on the mountain that day) breaking trail for
several others. We slowly left them behind, but at 4:00 am it
started to snow lightly and visability decreased to 50 meters, which
made route finding on the slightly crevasse riddled glacier even more
difficult. Kevin was leading and was an absolute machine plowing his
way through the snow, Phil in the middle and I anchored the rope
team. Several of our headlamps were acting sketchy which made going
even more difficult. I could make out Kevin, but not really see what
he was up to.

By 5:00 am we were grinding through thick snow at about 19,000 ft.
While making his way around the end of a crevasse, suddenly Kevin
popped through the light snow covering the end of the crevasse. He
dropped in up to his waist and then in initial struggling sunk to his
armpits. Phil self arrested and I backed Phil up and began getting
ready to set an anchor if necessary. Because of wind noise I
couldn´t really hear what was going on and my line of sight to Kevin
was slightly obstructed.

Thankfully, Kevin managed to worm his way out with a fair bit of
thrashing. Had he dropped much further we would have had to put our
somewhat rusty crevasse rescue haul system skills to the test. We
had practiced the afternoon before at high camp, but we
were all glad that he pulled himself out.

While we all still felt strong enough to continue, that incident, the
detoriating weather, poor visability and our lack of a clear route
made us really start to rethink the ascent. The only other group
still heading up, a guided group just behind us, called it quits and
so we knew that it was time to turn around and head back to high
camp. It was a fun trip with Kevin and Phil none-the-less.

2) New York, Chicago, Seattle, safe drinking water and other neat
stuff

After all that adventure, you might think that coming back to the
states would be a let-down. Well, no siree!! We loved traveling in
wonderful exotic places, but it sure is nice to be able to drink
water straight out of the tap, speak the local language and know how
much taxi fare should reasonably cost.

After Jen hung out with friends and family in San Diego and the
South, we joined up to have some good fun with Tanya, Karolina and
Alvaro in New York city. Then we spent a lovely week on Long Island
with Rog’s dad, John and his wife Laura. Next up was some quality
time with Rog’s mom, Leslie and her husband Don in Chicago and
hanging out on the beach in Michigan. It was also great to see Rog’s
stepbrothers David and Jamie. We then flew to Seattle and met Dave
and his girlfriend Katie, picked up our car which Dave had been
taking care of and then drove on down to California.

We were supposed to do the drive over several days, taking in some
sights and hikes along the way. But we were far too anxious to get
home, so after a half day on the Oregon coast feeling nervous and
giddy, we hightailed it over to I-5.

3) Back to the bay area, where we’re at, when’s the party

We got into Oakland last night and are now crashing with our OU
friend Karen, and thanks to her have a house-sitting gig lined up to
start in a few days. We both start grad school in San Francisco in
the next month and hopefully will begin new jobs soon. In addition to
all that, we are looking for apartments, but frankly we don’t know
where to look. Both of our grad programs are in San Francisco, but
most of the jobs that we’ve been looking at are in the East Bay. Rog
has one job offer from the Ecology Center in Berkeley and has been
checking out a few other possibilities. Jen has been doing some
telephone interviewing as well. If you know of any cool apartments
for rent in the Mission in SF or in Berkeley or Oakland, please let
us know.

We’d love to get together with all our bay area friends. Expect an
Evite sometime in the near future for a happy hour, house warming, or
somethin’! Of course, we want to spend time with all of you
individually to catch up, too, so if you can squeeze us into your
schedules, let us know! We’re flexible.

How to contact us: Email is still the best bet until we have a more
permanent home (mountainrog@yahoo.com and
cjenniferjackson@yahoo.com), however, we do have voice mail at this
phone number (415) 378-4074.

Lots of hugs to all,

Rog and Jen


hi all,

Home, stateside, in the good ol’ U.S. of A. And it’s
nice, very nice. I had a great update on South
America, but since I lost it, it will just have to
wait for another time. But here’s the skinny on our
stateside travels….

Jen’s been in the states for about two weeks now,
doing a friends-and-family visiting frenzy. Arrival
in LAX and the last stamp in my passport on July 26
choked me all up. There truly is no place like home,
and I appreciate it all so much more. I was ready to
go home weeks before I did, and finally getting here
was overwhelming.

I got to play dress-up at my sister’s in L.A. and the
new-to-me clothes had me giddy! Clad in fancy borrowed
dresses (first time in a dress in months!), I went to
my 10-year high school reunion the day after my
return. Man, what a re-entry! It was hilarious to
hug folks that I couldn’t have said boo to when I was
17, much less hold a conversation with them. It was
fun to find out what everyone was up to, and close to
half are lawyers. That was staggering.

I totally soaked up all the wonderful, mellow San
Diego atmosphere, took beach walks, chilled out with
my mom, friends and some of Rog’s family (thanks,
Nancy!). Add in clean tap water, chocolate chip
cookies, hot showers and comfy beds, and what more
could I ask for?

Then I headed to see my dad and brother, who is in
fighter pilot training in Mississippi, for a hot and
fun southern fourth of July weekend. We went boating
and tubing, made big fruit salads, saw a play and a
movie, ate dad’s delectable french toast, watched
spectacular fireworks and fast planes taking off,
visited my relatives in Atlanta (hi Ron, Chris and
Jennie!), and enjoyed each other’s company. It was
wonderful.

Now I find myself in NY, where Rog just arrived on
Sunday. I’m seeing friends here in the city while Rog
recharges his batteries in Long Island. He’s already
doing second and third interviews with organizations
back in the bay area, and I finally got my first bite
today with an org doing sustainability work out of
Berkeley. I’ll probably interview by phone tomorrow!
Wish us both luck!

The next few weeks will find us hopping around the
country visiting more family and friends: July 16
(Jen) Massachusetts, July 16-22 Chicago area, July
22-23 Seattle, July 23-26ish homeward bound!! We’ll
be scurrying around trying to figure out jobs, housing
and grad school (we both were accepted to programs in
San Francisco — I’ll be doing a masters in geography
at SFSU and Rog will be doing a masters in non-profit
administration at USF), but we’ll be thrilled,
thrilled, thrilled to be home again!

Can’t wait to see more of you all as we head westward.
We’re thinking about you, and send lots of hugs.

Look out for a South America update from us soon.

With smiles across the miles,
Jen


We’re back!  Home, stateside, in the good ol’ U.S. of A. And it’s
nice, very nice. I had a great update on South
America, but since I lost it, it will just have to
wait for another time. But here’s the skinny on our
stateside travels….

Jen’s been in the states for about two weeks now,
doing a friends-and-family visiting frenzy. Arrival
in LAX and the last stamp in my passport on July 26
choked me all up. There truly is no place like home,
and I appreciate it all so much more. I was ready to
go home weeks before I did, and finally getting here
was overwhelming.

I got to play dress-up at my sister’s in L.A. and the
new-to-me clothes had me giddy! Clad in fancy borrowed
dresses (first time in a dress in months!), I went to
my 10-year high school reunion the day after my
return. Man, what a re-entry! It was hilarious to
hug folks that I couldn’t have said boo to when I was
17, much less hold a conversation with them. It was
fun to find out what everyone was up to, and close to
half are lawyers. That was staggering.

I totally soaked up all the wonderful, mellow San
Diego atmosphere, took beach walks, chilled out with
my mom, friends and some of Rog’s family (thanks,
Nancy!). Add in clean tap water, chocolate chip
cookies, hot showers and comfy beds, and what more
could I ask for?

Then I headed to see my dad and brother, who is in
fighter pilot training in Mississippi, for a hot and
fun southern fourth of July weekend. We went boating
and tubing, made big fruit salads, saw a play and a
movie, ate dad’s delectable french toast, watched
spectacular fireworks and fast planes taking off,
visited my relatives in Atlanta (hi Ron, Chris and
Jennie!), and enjoyed each other’s company. It was
wonderful.

Now I find myself in NY, where Rog just arrived on
Sunday. I’m seeing friends here in the city while Rog
recharges his batteries in Long Island. He’s already
doing second and third interviews with organizations
back in the bay area, and I finally got my first bite
today with an org doing sustainability work out of
Berkeley. I’ll probably interview by phone tomorrow!
Wish us both luck!

The next few weeks will find us hopping around the
country visiting more family and friends: July 16
(Jen) Massachusetts, July 16-22 Chicago area, July
22-23 Seattle, July 23-26ish homeward bound!! We’ll
be scurrying around trying to figure out jobs, housing
and grad school (we both were accepted to programs in
San Francisco — I’ll be doing a masters in geography
at SFSU and Rog will be doing a masters in non-profit
administration at USF), but we’ll be thrilled,
thrilled, thrilled to be home again!

Can’t wait to see more of you all as we head westward.
We’re thinking about you, and send lots of hugs.

Look out for a South America update from us soon.

With smiles across the miles,
Jen

Rog and Jen’s travels – some old stuff, some new stuff

This blog has a collection of the travel update emails that Jen and Rog compiled during our 2001-2002 round the world trip. We're off to do a bit more trekking around, and thought it would be nice import those old emails. Enjoy!

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