After three laps, 6 boofs at Corner rapid, and maybe a first ever descent of the rock wall by Bobby and myself, we threw the wet gear in my trunk and headed east to Richmond where the James had jumped over 5' in less than 4 hours. It was bound to be a river weekend.
Around 10:00 on Thursday morning, I read in the paper that President Obama was visiting Richmond the next day to give a speech on the American Job Act at University Of Richmond. The tickets would go fast, said the reporters, and would be available that afternoon at Jepson Hall, on the UR campus. I took a late lunch break and made a run for it-well, it was really a drive-and found the line to be shorter than expected. Within 20 minutes, I had two tickets in hand and was headed back to the Planet for a few late afternoon meetings.
On Friday, Dr. Stevens, our medical director at the Daily Planet, joined me in seeing Obama after a we completed weekly medical outreach clinic at the Conrad Center. The speech was shorter than I imagined, but as expected, energy-filled and inspiring.
Friday evening and Saturday brought more kayaking on the James, including a first descent with my squirt boat. (Photo credit- Rich Young)
Saturday afternoon I hit the books and the application to grad school. On Saturday evening, Marissa, Peyton, and I ventured to Orange, Virginia for a rodeo. It has been on my radar for some time and have just never had the chance to get to it. It is held the 2nd Saturday of every month between June and September, so this was the last one of the year. Definitely a good time with lots of action and by far the highlight was a fried catfish sandwich at the rodeo's snack stand.
Sunday brought, church, purchasing our Haiti tickets for our trip over Christmas to NHHM, a couple hours of studying, a short Z-dam session with Loman, and lastly the Compline service at St. Stevens with Peyton- the best way to end a busy, but productive weekend.