Ray and Diane Hazen

JW took Ray and me on our first venture in the North Cascades in 1972. We followed him up Trappers'Peak, of course, and I got to complete the initiation in the icy Skagit River behind his parents' home in Newhalem. Even after we had to move East and resume our role as visitors, John has never flagged in his eagerness to share his love of the mountains with his indoorsey, overweight, somewhat timid friends. Once we went with him to the summit of Mt. Si (spelling?), and when we straggled up that "easy" mountain with our two daughters in tow, he made the entire expedition unique by a)showing us the highest toilet in the world, and b)hauling a watermelon out of his backpack as a part of lunch.

We look forward to more adventures with JW when we finally move back to his part of the country, and wish we could be there for the celebration of his 60th birthday.

Love,
Ray and Diane Hazen