• Southwest Roadtrip

    Southwest Roadtrip

    Zane started kindergarten this year, and I’ve been worried that his school schedule would put a dent in our travel plans.  Until recently, the limiting factor has always been Jasmine’s vacation time, and we haven’t had to plan around school.  I hate dealing with crowds, and all of the national parks in the vicinity of […]

  • Tuolumne Meadows

    Tuolumne Meadows

    Tuolumne Meadows is roughly halfway between San Diego and Bend, so it’s become the perfect location to meet Joey for an annual climbing trip. We’re starting to feel more comfortable with the style of climbing there, and having some fun.  By fun, I should clarify that I am only referring to the planning and post-trip […]

  • Zion National Park

    Zion National Park

    My first trip to Zion was back in 2006, shortly after getting my first “real” camera; a Canon Digital Rebel.  I remember that trip well, because it was my first attempt at serious landscape photography.  I had just acquired a tripod and felt ready to shoot in manual mode, which was still a bit confusing.  I didn’t return with anything […]

  • Bend, Oregon

    Bend, Oregon

    I’m starting to feel right at home in Bend.  This must have been my fourth visit to Joey’s new hometown, and I appreciate it a little bit more every time I make it out.  I’m not used to real seasons or cold weather, and it’s always a shock as I exit the plane and get […]

  • Cornerlands – Joshua Tree

    Cornerlands – Joshua Tree

    We had just returned from our stay in Poipu Beach, a bit jet-lagged and the kids’ sleep schedules very much out of whack, when Ben asked if we’d be interested in joining them for a night or two at Cornerlands, a beautiful house near Joshua Tree.  At the risk of sounding like a spoiled brat, […]

  • Poipu Beach, Kauai

    Poipu Beach, Kauai

    Poipu Beach in Koloa, Kauai has become our go-to vacation spot in recent years.  It’s relatively uncrowded and laid back, with a wonderful kid’s beach, nice amenities (without being too touristy) and beautiful hiking trails.  The Costco and airport are about 30 minutes away, and there’s even a nice little reef break, with a mix of friendly locals […]

  • Eldorado Canyon, CO

    Eldorado Canyon, CO

    Eldo.  I’d read about it for years.  World class trad climbing.  Rich history.  Layton Kor.  After spending the day climbing Rewritten with Joey, I’m calling this area El Chossorado, and I will openly admit that I don’t get the hype.  I guess I’ve done the bulk of my trad climbing at Joshua Tree, which isn’t […]

  • Birthday Climb

    Birthday Climb

    Editor’s Note: I began writing this post about a year and a half ago, and never finished it.  Such is life when you have two young kids.  You will notice some continuity errors, as a result. On Friday, July 10th I turned 40 years old.  Just for fun, I searched for a list of important events […]

  • Yosemite High Country

    Yosemite High Country

    It’s been nearly two weeks since we returned from Tuolumne Meadows, and my body is still in the final stages of recovery.  My shoulders are peeling, my joints are stiff, and I’ve got scabs on the backs of my hands.  It could be from the lack of sleep; Jasmine’s maternity leave has come to an […]