Sunday, April 6, 2014

NNVMathclub Practice / Alex At Eagle Falls 2014



Song:  River Flows In You (Orchestral)

Artist:  Yiruma




The NNVMathclub has changed its meeting site.

This is a much larger setting.

 Today was a practice test for the State team competition coming in a few weeks.

Each member will be competing for a spot on the team going
to the ARML Nationals in a little less than two months
(ARML is a different contest from the one for which
Alex had taken first in the State (Mathcounts).
He will be going to the Nationals in Florida for Mathcounts early next month.
The Nationals for this contest occurs late next month...if he makes the team.
ARML is for High School students. Although Alex is still in Middle School...
if he is able to perform well enough...he can make the team).



Each member had to perform under test conditions.


Alex did well today...
even though it is a High School competition.

Hopefully he will be able to make the team.

We will have to see in a few weeks.


After Alex's Sunday Math Club practice...
we decided to go to our Lake Tahoe mountain retreat.........

I am joking.

This was just a nice home I had seen from the road at Lake Tahoe  :)

After his practice...
we did go to Lake Tahoe...
but to revisit Eagle Falls.

I had merely stopped along the road to take some pictures on our way there.


These three pictures are the views the people living in the home pictured above have.




Alex just waited in the car as I had taken these.

After but a minute there...
we were once again...
on our way.


We are just moments from one of the Emerald Bay lookouts.



This is a picture of lower Eagle Falls from the lookout point.


Alex overlooking Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe.




We stayed but a few minutes here...
as we wanted to see the upper Eagle Falls...
and then the lower Eagle Falls.



We are on the trail en route to upper Eagle Falls.





It was but a very short hike to the falls.





We had stopped by a spot to see the upper falls on our way back.


It is really a small waterfall...
but in all fairness...
this winter was so mild that there was hardly any snow left 
on the mountains to melt and feed the rivers.


We are on our way to the lower falls.


Alex overlooking the lower falls just before the precipice.



Alex wanted to feel the temperature of the water.

Yes...it was ice cold  :)



Alex resting.
He was a bit tired and hungry...
so we decided to go back to Reno to eat at one of our favorite restaurants.


One last look of Lake Tahoe for Alex...
and off we went.


As we had parked near the upper falls trail...
we still had to cross the road...
and go down a wooden walkway back to the car.




We stopped in at our favorite Texas barbeque house for some
delicious slow smoked pork ribs slathered in the absolutely 
fantastic bbq sauce they have.


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I love Alex's and my day trips.

On the way home...
as we had driven along Lake Tahoe...
and through the mountains...
Alex and I talked of his future...
and the path he is on which shall lead him to great happiness.

I keep stressing that to live well demands imagination, intelligence, and drive...
only because they are the things that so many otherwise bright people I have met in life
seem to not put into practice in their lives.

A person must have the imagination to dream of better things and great achievements...
the intelligence to plan a plausible path to those goals, that is efficient, and effective...
and the drive to keep to that path until fruition.


Since Alex has read the novel "Musashi"...
I often refer to characters in the book...
and I draw parallels to how he should lead his life as to how Musashi had...
and how to not lead the life of the bad characters.

I often point out examples in life and how each character can be seen...
as if manifested straight from the book, in real life...
and the results in the example persons' lives
(real people I have known...or examples from everyday life).


Alex understands that I must sometimes be strict 
if I see him diverging from his path (a rare occurrence)...
just as Musashi's guide in life had to be at times (the monk Takuan)...
as when he had bound Musashi and hung him from a tree for three days...
or when he had locked him in a room for three years with nothing but books
(and NO...I need not be nearly so strict with Alex  :)


Alex and I laughed at this because I know Alex knows 
that when I sometimes must raise my voice to alter an incorrect thought pattern
(a rare breach of a basic principle in life)...
that I am doing it to ensure he is on the correct path in life...
just as Takuan had to do with Musashi.

He also knows that without guidance...
a child might easily turn into a Matahachi 
(a hedonistic character in the novel).

And what I stress most of all to Alex...
repeatedly...

That without our health...
life cannot be lived nearly so happily...
that to desecrate our bodies by smoking or drinking...
unhealthful eating habits and a lack of exercise and deep sleep...
sacrificing the long term for the short...
is to destroy our potential for real happiness in life
(hedonism...being a Matahachi).

That while death is a certainty...
living life well is not.

To live life well...
we must live, and love, fully and openly...
that life is far too short...
and that we have only one shot at it.

That to train daily and to accept challenges in life...is to grow.
To grow...is to engage in life as the great adventure it is...
and the only way to truly live
(deferred gratification...being a Musashi).


Need I say it?

Every young man should read the novel "Musashi".


So many of our young males lack structure and guidance (morals).
In this book, they may find brilliant examples of leading a life well lived.






2 comments:

  1. Looks like you and Alex had a really nice day at Tahoe and Eagle Falls. Very beautiful there.

    Alex is certainly on the path of a Musashi. His drive is incredible.

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  2. He is serious about life...yet, he enjoys himself in it. He loves his solitude...yet, he also loves experiencing new adventures. Alex is on the right path in life.

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