I’m Back…and Alive!


Grunge at North Kaibab Trailhead

Made it!  Left Phantom Ranch at 5:44 AM and showed up here 10 hours and 25 minutes later.  Up 1 mile and walked 14.

It was long!  Drank a little over 10 pounds of water…

Hit a little rain on the way down…but the overcast made the photos better!

Raining at the North Rim!

Raining at the North Rim!



Feels like…


That’s my brother in law – Steve Servies – at Bright Angel Campground.  We were out for a day hike…read crazy!

Going through 600 emails.  If you don’t hear from me in the next couple of days – hit me again!


Just a guess…

bench-0860It’s just a guess…but an educated one.  (I know, with the Grunge using the term “educated” is risky!)

I’ll bet you that the Senior Bench on Saturday morning is red.  Somehow, magically, each year the press box announcer states: “The Phil Delts are pleased to report that the bench is red.”

Now, having said that, I hope there’s a meteorologist as a Phi Delt pledge as the weather forecast for tomorrow and Saturday includes more than a chance of a bench washing!

Would the world be different, or would the outcome of the game change, if they didn’t get it done?  I don’ know…how could it matter?

But, Phi Delt pledges, let’s not mess with Mother Nature!


Only At Wabash

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Professor Wally Novak

I ran into Wally Novak early last Thursday morning.  He was on his way to a 8:00 AM class on the first day of the new school year.

I threw out the usual banter about an 8:00 AM class.  He said “yes” in his usual good-natured way.  I asked what the course was.  He responded “Advanced Bio-Chemistry.”

I stopped in my tracks.  Advanced Bio-Chemistry.  Wally’s excited and the Grunge is just trying to wrap his arms around exactly how tough that would be…let alone at 8:00 AM on a student’s body clock.  I wished Wally good luck and headed for the inbox.

Caught Wally at lunch – same day.  “How was class?” I asked.  He said with a broad smile: “Great!  This is going to be a great year – these guys are all super to work with.”  I said: “How many students?” “7”

Seven students.  8:00 AM.  CHEM 462.  Advanced Bio-Chemistry. A recipe for …GREATNESS!

You see, Wally is a teacher / mentor / role model / cheerleader rolled into one.  He’ll push the guys to give it their best shot and he’ll make every step of the journey – the highs and the lows – with them.  Because he cares.  And they will give it their best because, at the end foot he day, they do not want to disappoint Wally.

Wally Novak helps make Wabash “this good place”.  Even at 8:00 AM!