Jake doesn't always have a partner free to hike with him, so he has gone it alone too, as he did here on this trip into the Enchantments, a wilderness area in the northern Cascade Mountains.
Besides hiking, Jake is an avid bike rider. Two summers ago he did the one-day Seattle to Portland ride, about 200 miles, and we were his crew. While he was proud of his accomplishment, he decided it was too long to be fun, unless he was part of a team.
Jake is a beer connoisseur. He likes to drink finely crafted beers, and he is an avid home brewer as well. Some of the equipment you see here was a Christmas present from us when we shopped at Bob's Homebrew Supply, a store that knows Jake well.
Although he doesn't get to see them often, Jake is a beloved Uncle to his niece and nephew, who live in Colorado.
Here he and Isaac are sharing Isaac's new Lego's last Christmas in Colorado. Jake loved Lego's at Issac's age too.
This photo was taken last summer, after we returned from our trip to the Netherlands, Belgium and France. When we travel we bring home soccer jerseys, or "kits" as true aficionados of "football", the beautiful game, would say. Here Jake and Isaac are wearing their Dutch National Team kits.
Jake has played soccer since he was eight years old, and currently plays on two adult teams. He is ecstatic about the new Major League Soccer team in Seattle, the Seattle Sounders FC. He bought season tickets the first day they went on sale last year. This Saturday he will miss the match, but we are going in his stead, with instructions on where to hang the "Green Hell" banner. The fans wear bright green and are quite rabid, not a friendly place for the opponents.
Jake bought the flag. I did the lettering. Jake is a frustrated volcanologist. When he was five years old, Mt. St. Helens erupted practically in our back year here in the northwest. He was hooked. He collected rocks and read all he could about volcanoes. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics from Western Washington University in Bellingham, in the shadow of Mt Baker. He would have liked to have gone on to an advanced degree in Volcanology, but those slots in graduate school are very precious, and he was not selected. So he does the next best thing. He supports himself as a surveyor and heads for the mountains whenever he can.
Our lives continue to be enriched by the many experiences we have had because of Jake and his interesting life.
Happy Birthday, Jake, and