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Dar at Channel Islands 2019

August 9, 2019, 3:29 pm

Thanks for enjoying the post about Dar hiking Angel Island! I may have forgotten to mention that one reason we visited Angel Island was to prepare for a then-upcoming trip to the Channel Islands. My wife has wanted to go to the Channel Islands for years. Having been there, I was like, why? Well, it’s California’s only national park that she hadn’tvisited. I said, “but…we have Angel Island.” But…we went to the Channel Islands anyway. The boat trip from the
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Angel Island 2019

August 1, 2019, 5:53 am

A year ago I never would have even considered trying to walk with Dar from sea level to anything called “Mount.” But we’re getting more audacious ever since our recent successful walks in Zion and Bryce Canyon. Despite now having to carry emergency seizure medicine wherever we go. Granted, the Mount in question is the smallest Mount I’ve ever heard of, at 788 feet. And…even that was a tremendous challenge. The “sea level” was a big part of the problem.
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Sometimes It’s Like This

July 24, 2019, 3:32 pm

Sometimes, “raising” Dar is just that, with the air quotes. Sometimes, it’s fine. But sometimes, it seems very, very hopeless, like going through the motions for no good reason. Sometimes it feels like a loss that never ends. Sometimes, and I know this isn’t right, I envy people who simply lost their small baby within the first few years of its life. At least there was a resolution, sort of. What happens at our house, it never gets resolved and
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Trying to be more like my heroes

July 17, 2019, 10:58 am

My heroes walk among us. They resemble you and me. They do not wear capes. One might say their identities remain secret. They do not have hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers. They rarely call attention to themselves. They are discreet and careful, and I believe most passersby do not pay them much notice. I see them sometimes, moving through the world. They rarely appear to notice me. I usually behave as though I do not see them, trying to
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How was Dar’s vacation?

July 3, 2019, 1:48 am

The last two weeks, I showed you the photos. But how was Dar’s vacation? Uhhh…not bad? Flying vs. driving presents trade-offs for us. Flying is efficient but expensive, considering we’ll still have to rent a car wherever we go. Also, Dar has been known to melt down on planes, which can turn into a nightmare. We tend to drive. Despite the added transport time, Dar mostly likes road trips. I believe he likes watching the scenery go by. But there are
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Dar from AZ (Arizona)

June 26, 2019, 11:20 am

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Dar from B to Z

June 20, 2019, 6:25 am

That is, Dar from Berkeley to Zion. Just photos here. Also includes stops at Bravo Farms, Paris in Las Vegas, and Bryce Canyon. Enjoy! (P.S. I have no idea why wordpress converts some photos to side-view when viewed on laptop – and keeps these same photos normal when viewed on a phone. It’s a five year mystery! Have I checked settings? YES.)   This kid was so nice…unprompted, she spent an hour playing in the pool with Dar. Sweet kid.
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With a C and a T and That Rhymes With P and That Stands For PCT

June 13, 2019, 12:54 pm

They say life “goes by in a flash.” But I don’t really think “they” are parents of autistic children. Imagine tapping into your inner Cheryl Strayed and hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail. I mean, at some point in this decade, you’ve thought about it, right? Now imagine the day you finish after however many weeks (or months). You started in Canada, you walked 2,653 miles, now you arrive in Mexico (or vice-versa). Your mom meets you in Canada or
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Seizures, The Day

June 5, 2019, 4:57 pm

I haven’t been crowing about it here, but over the last six weeks or so, Dar began to sleep better. Dar chose a new room to sleep in and we chose a new sleep drug for him. I actually slept for seven straight hours for three nights in a row. Twice! I didn’t mention it here for fear of jinxing it. Well, it turns out I didn’t need to worry; we got jinxed anyway. At about 5am on Sunday morning,
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New diagnosis

May 29, 2019, 3:36 pm

Dar has a new one. From doctors. It’s actually kind of a big deal. I’m kinda writing a big entry about it. Which will wait until next week. Thanks, loyal readers, and see you then. Share this post

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