Catalina Day Trip

We left very early to make it to the ferry for Catalina Island. On the way out there, a pod of dolphins swim about a stone’s throw from our boat. A glass bottom boat tour allows us to see some of the ocean life. Part of the excursion also included…

Clinic Halloween

The clinic staff dressed up for Halloween again this year. I’m not sure what the theme was, but Sam came as what looks like a big chicken or bird. Anyways, the brain packed in ice served with surgical instruments was a sensation.

Hangzhou and Beijing

This nearly two-week-long trip started in Hangzhou, where I got to see a lot of old friends at the church. Dr. Shi Peihua took us to Shaoxing for a snack at XianHeng Restaurant and also Qiandao Hu for day trip. My dad lodged a fish bone while having the famous…

Reflex Deflex Bow

It took about a month, starting September 6. Actually, it has taken much longer to get to this point. I began trying to make a Chinese horn bow, but the inner mulberry wood, harvested from our back yard, and the warped water buffalo horn gave way and the bow delaminated.…

Family Reunion and Getty Center

Everyone came over for a little family reunion time. We first had a simple worship service at home. For lunch, our family got together by the pond. Afterwards, we took an excursion to the Getty Center. Our day concluded with a vegetarian dinner at Happy Family Restaurant.

Dumpling Party

A group from Hangzhou came to visit Loma Linda University, and we invited the group, as well as friends connected with the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, to come over for a dinner of homemade dumplings.

Morning Rabbit Shoot

On my way to work, I spotted this rabbit outside the fence beyond the driveway. I ran back inside, strung up my bow, loaded and arrow, and nailed it.

Courtyard Rabbit Shoot

This rabbit looked like it was having a hard time figuring out how to get out of the courtyard. Being stunned by confusion, it turned out to be an easy target. Within an hour of being shot, ants converged on its eyes.

Ediza and Minaret Lakes

On Thursday, we pack up and head to New Shady Rest Campground just outside the town of Mammoth. For dinner, we have cold soba noodles. The next morning, we shuttle to the Agnew Meadow trailhead and begin our hike. Our semi-loop trip takes us around Shadow Lake to Ediza Lake,…

Dr. Reiswig’s Farewell

Today is Dr. Reiswig’s last Indications Conference, and the residents brought in breakfast to commemorate his longtime service in teaching.

North Carolina and Tennessee

The American Orthopaedic Association meeting takes place in Asheville. Between meetings, the Jobes and I visit the Biltmore estate grounds. Over the weekend, I hike about forty miles within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I first hike out to Charlie’s Bunion along the Appalachian Trail. One major day hike takes…

Zion Narrows

Chad, Kevin, and Armando meet me bright and early on Thursday morning. We load up Armando’s car and head out to Zion National Park and find our site at the Watchman Campground. We inch along the trail’s knife edge through dizzying switchbacks to Angel’s Landing for a panoramic view of…

Jonathan’s Graduation Weekend

Jonathan graduates this weekend. It is like a family reunion. The weekend starts with the Friday night hooding ceremony. As usual, commencement is festive. We have the post-graduation party at the patio just above the soon-to-be pond.

Bamboo Shoot Party

It’s now bamboo shoot season. From the way it looks, this is probably golden bamboo, Phyllostachys aurea. After picking, slicing, peeling, and blanching, we made bamboo shoot salad.

New Zealand with Shane

This afternoon, we got back from New Zealand. It was absolutely amazing. Last Monday, March 5, I went to work in the morning and saw some patients in clinic. After that, I quickly ate lunch and went out to REI to get a pair of trail runners and a day…

Latte Art

I got a milk steaming pitcher, and after some practice, I made my first piece of latte art.

Puerto Rico for the AAHS

Mark, Shane, Chad, and I went to Puerto Rico for the American Association for Hand Surgery meeting, which took place at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort. We left Tuesday morning, and after all the traveling, we arrived at the hotel after midnight. On Wednesday and Thursday, we spent some…

Winter Masquerade

This evening, we had the Winter Masquerade, on the top floor of the west wing. We had a good time, and it was a nice house-warming occasion as well.

Black Canyon Upstream

The kayaking trip to the Black Canyon was spectacular. The weather was perfect, and the hot springs were very nice. We arrived Friday night, stayed at Lake Mead, and then kayaked all the way from Willow Beach to Arizona Hot Springs. After dropping off our stuff, we proceeded to go…

Joshua Tree for Sabbath Afternoon

After church, we took an afternoon trip to Joshua Tree National Park and hiked in Hidden Valley. After the sun went down, we watched the stars emerge and talked about God’s promise to Abraham.

First Time Hiking San Gorgonio

The hike today was spectacular—above the clouds! It was harder than I thought. I’m exhausted. Even though I’ve done so much hiking in California, this was my first time up this local landmark.

Coyote Skinning

Two days ago, I started skinning the coyote, with the help of Ryan and Jeremy. One of the secretaries picked it up near Lake Arrowhead and handed it to me in Home Depot’s parking lot. It was road kill. After skinning and scraping, I salted it. Then, I brain-tanned and…

June Lake and Yosemite

This evening, I returned from a long trip away from home. It’s nice to be back. On Tuesday, I hiked up the trail above June Lake and Gull Lake. Yost Meadow was beautiful. That afternoon, the rest of the group joined me. There was Uncle Ben, Andrew, Lynette, Wing, and…

Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness

The trip up to Tahoe was really long. Joe Bowen drove very slowly and carefully. Sometimes, it was painful. Anyhow, we got to the Resort at Squaw Creek and made it to the first dinner for the Musculoskeletal Infection Society. I served as President this year. On Sabbath morning, we…