PAUL'S POINT OF VIEW
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ADVENTURES IN THE CASCADES It’s been a busy summer! I mentioned in July that I had been thinking about doing some light mountain climbing. Well, I settled on a destination: Mount Shasta. I had a few different locations in mind, but Mount Shasta was calling. It has an elevation of 14,179 feet, making it the second-tallest peak in the Cascades, behind Mount Rainier, which has an elevation of 14,411 feet. As of this writing, the trip hasn’t yet happened, so I’m still getting ready. I had also given serious thought to climbing Mount St. Helens, but you need a special permit to climb above 4,800 feet. These permits, as I’ve learned, can be hard to get. They only make a limited number available throughout the year. They can be easier to get in the winter, but I really want to climb it in the summer. During April, for instance, they only allow 500 climbers per day, but between May and October, only 100 climbers per day are allowed! Weekend permits sell out almost instantly during this time. And if you get caught without a permit on the mountain, the fine is substantial — upward of $500. But before I hit the trail on Mount Shasta, our family is heading down to San Diego, and our eldest son’s
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girlfriend will be joining us. I’m excited for this trip. As of this writing, we’re thinking about making a short detour to Disneyland since my boys haven’t been since they were kids. If we don’t make it to Disneyland, we might stop at SeaWorld, which is near where we’re staying in San Diego. It might be the last chance we get to go to SeaWorld, as the park struggles to survive due to controversy and low public opinion. No matter what we decide, we’re sure to have a great time. If not Disneyland or SeaWorld, there’s always Belmont Park, a small theme park alongside Mission Boulevard and Mission Beach. It has a great rollercoaster — though it's not recommended if you have a bad neck. We also might try the water jetpack again! This is something we did on our last trip to San Diego. On the docks, you can strap into a special jetpack that uses water jets to propel you into the air. My youngest son was good at it. I was less good, though for a guy in his 50s,
I think I managed pretty well — or at least, well enough to try it again.
Here at home, I’m helping my youngest look for a motorbike. He recently passed the exam and got his motorcycle license. But as a parent, I want to help him learn more about proper riding. When it comes to motorcycles, safety can never be overstated, and I want to make sure he is fully ready when he finally hits the road with his own bike. So, as he learns the ins and outs of motorcycle riding, and as my wife returns to teaching — which she’s been doing in Oregon for over 30 years now — it’s back-to-school season for our household this month!
–Paul Kane, P.T., BSC, CMP
P.S. All this talk of mountain heights and dizzying roller coasters has me thinking about our next workshop, "Balance, Dizziness, & Fall Prevention." Check out the enclosed flyer for details. I hope to see you there!
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