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This weekend, I took the boys camping at the plush new Outdoor Educational Center.  This is a new $30 million, 160 acre camping facility on Irvine Ranch land.   The weather was nice but a bit chilly in the 40’s and 50’s at night.

Here is Vikram in the morning.

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Here is Nikhil with some of the other boys in his scouting troop.

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The boys got to participate in a new high ropes course.  Here is Vikram on one of the ropes activities.

First the climb up the telephone pole.

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Here he is up about 30 feet tethered by a belay line.

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Here is a view of the ropes course from the campsite.

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No fear whatsoever!

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On the first night we made smores on a open firepit (which was powered by gas).  No logs to light, no mess to clean up and no danger to the environment.  All of the campsites are raised and groomed making it easy to pitch the tents.  The bathrooms are tiled and spotless.

This is the equivalent of the Ritz Carlton for camping!  Thanks to James Irvine for creating this wonderful facility.  We’ll be back soon.

 

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Terry and Kriss came down from Seattle this weekend and hosted a fun evening at the Wine Cellar in Irvine. It is actually a wine storage building that we used for our private party. The Bordeaux was flowing from about 5pm until closing. Following are a couple of pictures from the evening.

Here are the 3 birthday girls: Joy, Kriss and Kim.

And here are the Real Housewives!

Real Housewives from Orange County

It was a very fun evening albeit a bit chilly in the 57 degree temperature controlled wine locker but a wonderful relief from the 90 plus degree temperatures in SoCal this weekend.

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Today I went for a long bike ride up the Santiago Trail to Old Camp (8 miles) back down the Luge, past Four Corners and back to the main gate for a total ride of 18 miles round trip. I haven’t done this in several months but felt pretty good. Total elevation gain is 2600 feet in about 3 hours.

I have two more weeks to put in some long distance miles before our annual trip to Moab.

The weather today was perfect and the views were the best I’ve seen in a long time. We had about 1/2 inch of rain yesterday so the trail was firm and dry with a temperature in the mid 60’s – perfect for riding this trail.

Here’s some pictures from today:

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