November 17, 2001
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

1pm. Tom flips a flat stone to see who will lead our first ascent at Mispec. With a little work scrubbing lichen of the rock and clearing brush at the base, this cliff will be a bouldering heaven. It has a spectacular view looking out over the ocean.

1pm. Tom's grandmother is in a nursing home. Even though she has lived a full life of 93 years, it is heart breaking to see a person's body and mind deteriorate. Knowing that we all have the same fate, if lucky enough to live so long, it makes me appreciate youth and want to totally savor every moment.