Welcome to Al and Faith Hastings' Home Page

This website will have ongoing additions, updates, and corrections continuously added to it, so be sure to come back and have a look at it from time to time. Click on our Photo Gallery to see what we've been up to. Click once on the thumbnail picture to get a larger 640x480 version of it. Click on this 640x480 photo and the whole camera file will download to your computer. Now you can save the file and make any prints you want.

Recent fun activities included the celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary. We rented a lovely beach house at Rio Del Mar below Santa Cruz for a week, and 52 friends and relatives came for the party on September 2, 2006. All the pictures are in the Photo Gallery. Some relatives stayed on after the party, plus friends from Trier, Germany, and Tuscany spent the week. We all had great fun.

Trips and Travels

This section will soon have a description of our trips to Europe and other places.

Family History

Our family history info will be added soon.

Al's Peak Climbing

Having been raised in the Sierra, I have always had a strong interest in climbing mountains. The list of the peaks I have climbed is in the "Mountains" section of the Photo Gallery. One day in late September of 1985 on top of Mt Whitney, a fellow there pointed out all the tall peaks in sight and suggested a challenging hobby would be for me to climb all the peaks in California over 14,000 feet high. He said there was 14 of them, and all but one, Thunderbolt, could be climbed solo, without having a partner to hold a climbing rope for me. This started a saga of serious peak climbing, with the last of the 13 finished off in August of 1992. Of course, there's lots more peaks left to climb below 14,000 feet. So many peaks, so litle time.

Hobbies and other fun stuff

Photography and hiking have been taking up much of Al's spare time. We are fortunate to have some very nice large animals in the hills nearby, and so far Al only has an early morning video from last February. His quest is to get a good closeup photograph, so we've been taking several hikes per week with great hope. As usual with wildlife, timing is everything. Where usually these elusive carnivores are only seen at night or just at daylight, recently one has been seen getting warm laying in the sun at around noon. Caution and alertness are advised, but with the large number of deer in the area, which is 95% of their diet, there's not much threat to humans. To see his only video, click on this link.

Glamour Shots

In our Photo Gallery, under "Cars", you will see some pictures of our old red Jaguar that Al has been restoring for several years. In September, 2006, Ron Kimball saw the car at an informal car show and left a note in it that he would like to photograph the car for a calendar. Ron is a professional photographer who photographs the cars and makes the posters for the Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach, Palo Alto, and other high-end car shows. His calendars are made and sold by Browntrout Publishers, Inc. Ron spent a day in October with the car in his studio and ended up putting 12 "glamour photos" on his website. You can see these by going to his site, then in the Keyword Search block type in 1957 Jaguar XK140 and hit the black GO button. Click on one of his thumbnail photos to see the full-sized picture.
To get started, go to Ron's website by clicking here.