Saturday, July 21, 2018

Soggy Saturday

The Fort Hunt Warriors take third in the Virginia state rugby 7's tournament. It rained during all 5 games, at times, torrentially. That's how rugby is done.

Hints of Fall

Found a nice 3 mike wooded hike at the park where Dylan is playing in the state 7's Rugby tournament. They won their first game and I found the first Leif of fall.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Trail Running

Seems like trails were meant to be walked on.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Rugby Nights

Tuesday and today were basketball games and rugby practice back to back. Dylan is getting a good workout on these days. His second 7's tournament is Saturday. It was supposed to be in Norfolk but was changed to a park a few miles away. That's a nice break.

Saturday, July 07, 2018


Dylan will have to get used to the short rugby shorts after many years of long basketball shorts.

Boys of Summer

Dylan got his first taste of rugby and play with the Fort Hunt Warriors today. He scored in his first appearance and played well in each game. He looks happy out there.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Family Photo

The whole crew.

Minnesota Summer

Just got back from another great trip to Minnesota and lake country. We had decent weather and tons of fun fishing, swimming and going out for dinner. I hope we can make the trip up north work next year. The boys sports schedules are getting complicated.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Great day to swim in Sylvan.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tree Monkies

I played golf with Marsh and Finn while the rest of the clan went zip lining. They had fun, as did we.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Man Catch Fish

The boys caught some fish. Small fish and Dylan's could have been bait for a bigger fish but they had a good time. Karen caught a big northern and Finn caught a really big bass. Good day on the lake.


The last snow up north was eight weeks ago.

Gull Lake Selfie

Very good dinner last night at Maddens Lodge. Perfect first night up north.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

First Night Dinner

We tried a new restaurant at Maddens. Very good with great views of Gull lake.

Healing Waters

I think it's important to swim in natural bodies of water every so often. Lake Sylvan was cold today but refreshing and recharged my Minnesota mojo.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Dylan is working out with the Fort Hunt Warriors Rugby Club tonight and appears to be loving it. One could argue it's a more civilized game than American football.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bye Bye Freshman

Last tests and the beginning of summer.

Thursday, June 07, 2018


The boys start finals next week and then freshman year will be over. They both had a good first year as Eagles.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Search for he Source

Woke up to water coming down from the ceiling, on to the kitchen floor and onto the basement. We have not found the source yet but Servpro has been here to deliver fans and dehumidifiers and contractors are coming on Tuesday.

Last Orchestra Concert

Sam's last hurrah on viola.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Basketball Banquet

Sam got the most improved award. Seems fitting since he's the only freshman.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

12 More Miles

I haven't taken a lot of photos lately but Nicole has been supplying many from her early runs on the photo stream. It's a low key long weekend for the Durpenters. Workouts, movies and games to watch.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Shoes at Dawn

Early runner gets a shot of the bridge from Old Town at dawn.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Last Concert

This is likely Dylan's last band concert. He still has to play at graduation but I won't be there to see it. Band lasted longer than I thought it would but it takes a whole block of school time that he wants to use for other stuff. 5 year's of sax is coming to an end.

Sam has his last concert next week. The music world mourns.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Devil Dog Double

Nicole ran a 5 mile race, followed by a 13 mile race on Sunday morning. I'm not sure why that's fun but she seemed to enjoy it. Got three medals out of the deal.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Ankle Issues

Sam did some damage to his ankle on Wednesday night basketball game. Game down on another players foot. The X-ray was clear but he's in a boot for the next few weeks as it heals. We were planning on traveling to Hampton for AAU games this weekend but will be home hiding from the rain instead.

Monday, May 14, 2018


Sam got some of that reverse mullet chopped off yesterday. It will be cooler without it in the summer months.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Don’t Smile

Team Pro Look 15U. Tough looking bunch.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Sam and Nate showing how good man buns can look.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Early Run

This is what happens when you wake up and run at 4am.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Whiffle Ball Season

Never fails. It gets warm, turns green and the boys start playing whiffle ball. They were also throwing a real baseball around for a while and liked pretty good. It's been about two years since they last played baseball.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spooky Nook

Sam and I drove up to Lancaster PA and in the middle of Amish country, you find the biggest sports center I've ever seen. 30 basketball courts, 4 indoor soccer and field hockey fields, an indoor baseball diamond, weight rooms, running tracks, a hotel, restaurant and bar as well as a food court and ginormous video arcade. Wild stuff. We lost our first game on Friday night, won the second this morning and have our third at 7 pm tonight. We are going to head home at the crack of dawn on Sunday.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pitt Jam

Nicole and Sam are in Pittsburgh playing basketball, I'm in Minneapolis at a business event and Dylan and Linda are taking a cooking class in old town. Sam's team went 2-2 but didn't move on to games on Sunday so they are heading home so Nicole can run a 10 mile race in the morning.

Friday, April 13, 2018

More Basketball

The boys played a lot of basketball this week. Sam had five games with his AAU team last weekend, two varsity game spring games this week (he started both) a Team Pro Look (AAU) practice on Thursday and four more AAU games this weekend. Dylan had a JV game on Wednesday, practice with coach Ed today and a training session with coach Scott on Sunday. Basketball truly never stops.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Scottish Reflections

Just posted 50 pictures from our Trip to Scotland. You can find them on Flickr by using the link below. 

Sent from my iPad

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Not Snow Flakes

Took a long walk while Sam was at practice and Dylan was watching Jenna's lacrosse game. The days are getting longer but we may get some snow on Saturday.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Night Wandering

Had a great dinner at Bucks Bar. The only place in town with chicken and waffles. They made some great fried chicken.

Glasgow Cathedral

We slept in a Sunday after a great Celtic game and a concert. Everyone was pretty tired so we just wandered Glasgow, ate and shopped. The picture is from the necropolis. The highest point on the city. Great vacation here in Scotland.

Saturday, March 31, 2018


We got a ride from the hotel, a history lesson on Celtic FC, a trip to the pitch with the club director, access to the directors suite and seats in the directors section at mid field. Can't get much netter than that. The guy right past Dylan is Dave, a concert promoter in the UK and the guy that made this all work. Great fun and our hats off to uncle Adam for making a few calls to hook us up.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Heart of Midlothian

Dylan and I took a trip outside the center city a bit to visit Tynecastle, the home of the Midlothian football club and buy a jersey. Dylan knows a lot about this Scottish premier league club, we talked about on the walk to Murrayfield stadium, home of the wanderers and Scottish rugby. Fun afternoon. We all started the day at the Edinburgh dungeon. Cheesy as hell but fun for a slightly dreary day.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Heilan Coo

Sam shares his new hair style with the Scottish highland cow the Heilan Coo.


Toured the HMS Britannia this morning on a bright and crisp morning. It was the royal yacht for 45 years and now a museum. We had lunch in my new favorite pub in Leith then toured the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the queens Edinburgh castle. Nicole and I wandered another few miles to get some more steps in as the boys lounged around the apartment.

Princes Street Garden

Nicole and I went out walking yesterday afternoon while the boys did there electronics thing and played table tennis. We found a steep path up to the castle from the bottom of Princes Street Garden that helped add a bunch of steps to our Apple watches. Gotta get some exercise in somehow while on vacation. We have complete blue skies today, need to get moving to go see the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Queen of the Castle

Edinburgh castle

King of the Hill

Dylan at Edinburgh Castle.

Top of Edinburgh

Sam looking out from the castle.

Castle Selfie

We are going back up there for a tour this morning. It's less than a mile from our apartment, but straight up hill.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Loch Venachar

Spent a great day touring Stirling And Doune Castles and the beautiful Scottish highlands. We hired a private guide and the boys love the Range Rover and kilt he wore. The day started s little wet but brightened nicely as the day wore on. We walked up to the Edinburgh castle before dinner tonight and had Italian in Old Town before I beat the kids in multiple games of ping pong in the apartment.

Edinburgh Castle

We left DC at 10pm which is late for a transatlantic flight and only got to Scotland at 3 after after layer over in Dublin. Nicole and I explored a little while the boys laid around. We all went to dinner on Rose street and too this selfie below the castle. On to a tour of the highlands today.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Lounge Snack

Flyer is eating a rawhide while lounging by the fire during his visit to Chateau Durpenter. We get him for a few nights.