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I'll just call it a yearly update since I might not get around to adding anything else this year if it's the same as other years.  For hiking stuff, even though I wasn't able to do much else after Hyndman as far as 10-12k peaks go, I did go around and do some hiking around some lower areas, until those also ended up with snow.  Stuff like City of Rocks, Castle Rocks, Bruneau Sand Dunes, and Indian Springs were fairly interesting.  It's nice to see there are still some things around close that can be done while waiting for the snow to melt higher up.  I have a list of 3 or 4 other things to do around here along with a nice list of the higher up ones.  Hyndman will definitely be the first peak I will do when possible.  I'll probably go to Pioneer Cabin again from a different trail just to see how things look since you can see Hyndman from there and if it looks good then will go do it.  I bought a mountain bike so if I don't feel like hiking around but want to just get out and do something, Indian Springs is close and great for biking.

On the job front, still doing Citrix work, mostly VDI and XenDesktop work but occasionally do some XenApp stuff.  I hit 5 years at St. Luke's this month and this year there was a job title/pay restructuring for I.T. which ended up with a nice raise, so hopefully I can pay off some debt this year, get my credit back up, and then save some money and see if I can move to Boise in the next few years.  That's the plan anyway.

Family is doing ok, everyone is alive and well.  I updated some pictures and added some new stuff.  The wife has been busy still making cakes and yummy food.  She's made sushi a few times now which has been really good.

So my brother came  over for a few weeks for a dentist appointment from Arizona (yes, it is as weird as it sounds).  Since I know he is the hiking god, I forced him to go on a few hiking trips with me before he left.  We actually ended up going on a hike each weekend while he was here,  a total of 3 weeks.  He was also here for the eclipse which he got some really good pictures of.  I took the wife and 2 kids over to the Stanley, ID area to see it also.  It is worth seeing for sure and anybody who hasn't seen one and says it's no big deal is an idiot.  Anybody who has seen one and says it's no big deal is an even bigger idiot.  Anyway we went up Mount Leatherman the first weekend which is the second highest peak in Idaho.  That turned out being more difficult than Borah which we did the following two weekends (yes we hiked up Mount Borah two times over two weekends).  The second time was mainly to get pictures from the top that we hadn't gotten the first time around.  Since then I have also hiked the Pioneer Cabin loop and almost made it up Hyndman Peak, another 12k mountain over in the Sun Valley area.  Bad weather and starting late kept me from making it all the way up.  There is snow now pretty much everywhere above 9000ish feet, so doing anything like Hyndman, Borah, or Leatherman is pretty much out until next summer.  I'm looking around though for stuff like Pioneer Cabin that is lower but still a fun hike for the next few months until the snow comes all the way down, then I'll have to figure something else out.

A word of advice for all you people out there..run regular backups! You would think after losing data multiple times in the past I would actually do this well. I don't. CentOS decided to bomb out and luckily I had 1 old vhdx from the end of 2016 otherwise I'd be recreating the entire site from scratch, which would not be fun at all. I now have a backup of the current vhdx as well as an akeeba backup and I'll be trying to remember to make regular backups of both.

I don't have the willpower to try and remember everything that has happened since the last post or what I typed before. Probably not much and what was there was probably not important anyway. I did update some photos that I know I had put there of a few trips I have gone on this year.

For notable events, I got a Citrix CCA-V certification and am working on the CCP-V. Things are still going great at work and am still working on VDI. In July we took a trip to see my sister in southern California and stayed there for a week. We went to March Air Museum and looked at some planes. There was also an air show in Idaho Falls with the Blue Angels which was fun to watch even though it was pretty hot outside. I also attempted to hike up Mount Borah which is the tallest peak in Idaho. Didn't make it all the way up but was a fun trip anyway and will probably try it again.

That's about it.