End of Summer Report

Costa Mesa, Ca.

September 6, 2018

Dear Family & Friends:

I hope you all had a great summer. It’s hard to believe we are closing in on the fourth quarter of 2018. Where did the year go?

I previously reported on the cancellation of my 3,217 mile summer motorcycle tour with Ollie, in which we planned to visit some of our nation’s greatest national parks.  The trip had to be cancelled because of the fires raging in the Southwest. I hope to reschedule the trip in the Autumn.

Several motorcycle clubs planned to ride with us for portions of the trip. One of those clubs made a motorcycle vest for Ollie. My plan was to add patches to that vest from the seven national parks on our itinerary. You might be interested in the short video I prepared showing Ollie sporting the vest on a recent trip to Cook’s Corner, a popular motorcycle restaurant/bar hangout in Southern California.

In August, I took my son, Dan, and his son, Billy, on a climb of Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous United States. We had a great time. I have now taken all of my four children, one son-in-law, and 5 of my 14 grandchildren up this majestic mountain.

I wish all of you happiness and God’s blessings for the last quarter of 2018.

Bill Burke

Ollie’s New Motorcycle Vest

Mt. Whitney Climb August 2018


5 thoughts on “End of Summer Report

  1. Hi Bill,
    Good to see “Iron Man” Ollie and you sharing good times together.
    I was in Sturgis last month and thought of you.
    A few years ago, I hiked up Whitney in one day due to limited time (a buddy from PA had only one day to summit, then hustle to work at REI on the East coast). Being fit from hiking/jogging up/down Baldy many times, I had no problem on Whitney, but my buddy got a light touch of AMS and I ended up carrying his pack, too. We reached the summit, but it was a mighty long day!
    Your trek seemed a lot more enjoyable! Congrats on your 3-generation summit.

  2. Thank you Bill for sharing another wonderful trip with me. I am an avid armchair adventurer and with this trip I was able to revisit the Lone Pine area and campsite you were at which my Aunt and Uncle managed for years, at the foot of Mt. Whitney. My brother did your climb years ago and still talks about the joy of it. How fortunate for your family to have such an example as yourself. Magnificent photos and video. Again, thank you so much for sharing.

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