Maple Pass Hike, October 2022

Five other couples joined Linna and I for a beautiful fall weekend in the Winthrop, Washington area for a three day weekend filled with food, friendship and fun.

All of us hiked up Maple Pass on Saturday and spent most of our time taking pictures of the fall colors.

We Got To The Maple Pass Parking Lot About 7:30 a.m. And All The Parking Spots Were Full So We Parked Along Highway Like Everybody Else.

Overlooking Lake Ann
Maple Pass Hike Offers Up Beautiful Fall Colors During October. The Hillsides Are Filled With Penstemon, Indian Paintbrush, Monkeyflower And Sitka Valerian flowers.
The Women Of Our Group
About 1.25 miles In You Can Hike Down To The Beautiful Lake Ann
The Larches Were Just Turning Into Their Bright Yellow Fall Colors
After A Day Of Hiking In The Sun With Elevation, I Joined The Chinese Women With A Soothing Facial Moisturizer
We Had A Wonderful Dinner After Our Lovely Hike That Was Handmade By Our Beautiful Chinese Women
Craig Schilling & Freeman Yoga Hiking

Mt. Baker Hiking, September 2022

Linna And I Met Up With Jim And Ione Darmiento On Thursday to Start Our Long Weekend In Glacier, Washington. Jim Rented A Super Cool Three Bedroom Airbnb That We Took Full Advantage Of The kitchen.

Our First Hike On Thursday Was A Short Hike On Table Mountain. Next Day Was Yellow Easter Butte…But It Was So Socked In From The Clouds The Views Were Thick Soup.

Freeman Ready To Go
Ione & Jim Darmiento Indian Dancing
All About The View
Linna & Mt. Baker
Freeman, Linna & Jim
Eric Espling, Jim Darmiento, Linna & Rick Freeman
with Mt. Shuksan In The Background

Jim Darmiento & Mt Bsker

Mexico Trip, April 2022

Did a boys only trip to Puerto Vallarta and the small fishing village of Yelapa.

Jimmy Loving Life On Our Personal Beach In Yelapa.
Jimmy Enjoying A Nap
Yelapa Sunset…Coming Back From Fishing
Puerto Vallarta Sunset On Our First Night
Yelapa Evening
We Had The Famous Mango Margarita
Fresh Ceviche On The Boat
Our Perfect Weather
The Boys On Our Deck Over Looking The Bay

Canada Fishing Trip, August 2021

I was lucky to be asked to come along on a 5 day fishing trip up in Ontario, Canada at Press Lake.

Press Lake Camp www.presslake.on.ca is the only resort on this pristine lake of 73 miles round. It’s filled with tasty Walleye, aggressive Northern Pikes and good size Smallmouths. You will have the lake to yourself most of the time, you hardly see other fishing boats. The resort is owned by a super nice guy (Ryan Nicholas) that will make sure you know where the fish are and how to fish for them.

Most of the days we caught our limit of Walleye and threw back a bunch of Northern Pike.

Noticed the death grip on my Northern Pike! This fishing trip was the first time I have fished for Northerns.
Old Men And The Sea
Rick Freeman and Eric Robinson with a day limit of Walleye
Beautiful Press Lake
Longtime friends John Kaestle and Eric Robinson taking a break
Rick Freeman and John Kaestle with a day limit of Walleye
Our first day catch of Walleye. Eric Robinson was the executive chef for our cabin and he cooked up a hearty breakfast and a delicious dinner each day.
Sunrise at Press Lake looking from our cozy cabin.

Eagle looking for a floating fish

Camp Muir Hike, July 2021

For my 61st birthday I decided to hike up Camp Muir. It was also a way to test out my new right knee replacement that happened on March 1st.

I asked a bunch of people to celebrate my birthday hike with me, but only Tao Song, Craig Schilling and Mike Curry took the challenge. We arrived at Paradise parking lot around 6:30 a.m. with only about twenty cars in the parking lot. We started up the trail around 6:45 a.m. and stopped after we crossed Icicle Creek…pretty much where the snow started. We had a snack and put on our traction devices before trudging on.

Tao lead the way to Camp Muir making sure she maintained a lead of 100 yards from of us tired boys. I have done this hike about 10 times now and it never gets easier. We all know what the last mile feels like…pure hell. At least we had beautiful clear sky and a warm sun beating down on us, no jacket required on top…just a dry shirt.

On the way down we made sure to hit every snow shoot there was. I brought a heavy duty garbage bag and it worked well for glissading. After descending and a change of clothes we stopped in Ashford for pizza and beer.

My support group: Tao Song, Craig Schilling, Rick Freeman and Michael Curry
Freeman on the death march up to Camp Muir.
Resting At Camp Muir
Tao Song Glissading
Craig Schilling & Tao Song

Rick Freeman & Mike Curry Glissading

Enchantment Thru-Hike, Washington, August 2019

After our fourth time, Linna and I agreed that this will be the last time we hike this grueling twenty mile thru hike in the beautiful Enchantments in one day. Like most one day thru-hikers we started at Colchuck trailhead and descended down to Snows Lake trailhead. This is truly a brutal trek with 4,500 feet gain and 6,500 feet descent on not so easy terrain. Our group of 9 friends started around 7:00 a.m. and made it back to the vehicles around 10:00 p.m.. I packed a cooler in the morning, so we had cold beers waiting for us.

Just one of many crossings on top of the core of the enchantments.
On top of Asgard Pass look back at the beautiful Colchuck Lake.
Linna Freeman resting after hiking up the brutal Asgard Pass. Dragontail Peak is keeping her company.
The Enchantments are filled with Goats. Some of the goats were still shedding their coats.
Matt Kerby, our designated professional photographer. The photos are Matt’s handy work.
Happy and Tired Freeman. I was taking a break as I was heading up the very steep Asgard Pass. From the Colchuck Lake you ascend 2,000 feet in only 3/4 of a mile to reach the pass….or the gateway to the beautiful Enchantments.
The girls at Colchuck Lake
Leprechaun Lake
Linna Freeman leading the way through the core of the Enchantments.

Japan Trip, March 2019

I think March is a wonderful month to visit Japan….perfect temperature for a big boy like myself. I flew to Narita and then onto Osaka where my good friend Moto Tanaka was waiting for me.

My good friend Moto Tanaka found a great Japanese restaurant in Osaka, Japan.
Delicious Kobe beef, it melted like butter in your mouth.
It only takes a minute of cooking over 100% natural charcoal.
My good friends Tetsuya Tokumaru and Miya Moto in Osaka, Japan. I have known Tetsuya for over ten years now.
“Somehow” I lost my Canali suit jacket at the Narita airport after I walked off the plane. But Moto Tanaka and Hilton worked together and located it. I was able to pick it up on my way out from Narita Airport in Japan. This is not the first time I have left a suit jacket at the Narita airport.
My good friend Tom has his own whiskey bottle at his favorite restaurant.