Doug Goes to Death Valley

It’s a long story. Here’s the short version. Larry and I taught at Reynolds High School with the guy on the left in the picture below. Doug Beardsley: biker, climber, skier, outdoorsman extraordinaire. Mike Glaine, on the right, joined the staff, and he and Doug hit it off. They climbed mountains and slept in the snow. Their journeys were epic. Years passed, and Doug picked up a wife and baby . . .

Doug and Mike
Doug and Mike

. . . so Mike found a new Doug.

Mike and Doug launch their crafts.
Mike and Doug launched their crafts on the lower Salmon River, ID (summer 2013)

Now, Doug travels with us most of the time.

Doug enters Death Valley National Park.

Doug enters Death Valley National Park (March 2014)

Mike and Doug joined us in Death Valley this spring (March 2014).

Mike explores Devil's Golf Course. It's mostly salt!
Mike explores Devil’s Golf Course in Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park.

 

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Doug explores Devil’s Golf Course. The humps are mostly made of salt!

Doug’s first priority in the wilderness is safety. Concern for his fellow climbers prompted Doug to mark the trail with this cairn. Thanks to Doug, these climbers will be able to find their way back to base camp safely.

Helpful guy!
Helpful guy!

 

Doug hikes on weird blue dirt in Death Valley.
Doug hikes on weird blue dirt in Death Valley.

 

We left snow in Boise for this!
We left snow behind in Boise for this!

 

Badwater Basin in Death Valley is the lowest point in the U.S. at 282 feet below sea level. Here at the Furnace Creek visitors' center, it's x feet below sea level.
Badwater Basin in Death Valley is the lowest point in the U.S. at 282 feet below sea level. Here at the Furnace Creek visitors’ center, it’s 190 feet below sea level.

 

Watch out, Doug! It's the deadly Mohave Desert Sidewinder!
Watch out, Doug! It’s the deadly Mohave Desert Sidewinder!

 

What does Doug have in mind? Friendship or dinner?
What does Doug have in mind? Friendship or dinner?

 

Death Valley has a long history of mining beginning with the '49ers on their way to the California gold rush. Doug helps out with this ore car.
Death Valley has a long history of mining beginning with the ’49ers on their way to the California gold rush. Doug helps out with this ore car.

 

Doug pauses to reflect on the trip as he leaves the park.
Doug pauses to reflect on the trip as he leaves the park.

 

North of Death Valley, outside of Goldfield, NV, Doug and Mike share a soak before heading back to Portland.
North of Death Valley, outside of Goldfield, NV, Doug and Mike share a soak before heading back to Portland.

 

Doug reminds us to take time to relax and spend time with friends. Life is short, and today is all we have.
Doug reminds us to take time to relax and spend time with friends. Life is short, and today is all we have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 thoughts

  1. Tom, my first thought was that you were dreaming of flexing your abs like Doug. Keep up with those workouts, and maybe by the time summer rolls around . . .

  2. Janene, I LOVE you. Thanks for helping me live vicariously through “Superhero Doug”. You are one in 6.9 Billion.

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