Archive for the ‘Camping’ Category

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Joshua Tree: One More Climb

    Joshua Tree: One More Climb

    Finally, a trip outdoors.  It’s been much too long since we’ve been on real rock.  The season began, and it quickly came to an end when Joey sublexed his shoulder on a climb at Holcomb.  And then, just as he was wrapping up PT on his shoulder, he broke his ankle while bouldering at Mesa […]

  • Joshua Tree

    Joshua Tree

    Followers of this blog may recall that our last climbing trip was determined by a coin flip; heads for Holcomb. The alternative, Joshua Tree, would wait a few weeks, which leads me to tonight’s write-up. This trip was designed to be on the mellower side, since we brought the girls along and Joey is still […]

  • Cathedral Peak (SE Buttress)

    Cathedral Peak (SE Buttress)

    For most climbers, a trip to Yosemite is something of a pilgrimage.  It’s the birthplace of rock climbing in North America, after all. The first time I laid eyes on Cathedral Peak was during my 2009 trip along the John Muir Trail.  I remember dropping down from Cathedral Pass, about halfway through a 20 mile […]

  • “28 for 28”

    “28 for 28”

    A few months ago, Joey brought up the idea of climbing 28 routes on his 28th birthday on June 28th.  I am, of course, a fan of ill-advised physical challenges like this.  Followers of this blog may remember the Banff Burger Dash (run 400 meters, eat 5 hamburgers, run 400 meters) and the “no-train” marathon […]

  • La Fonda, Mexico

    La Fonda, Mexico

    We finally made it back to La Fonda.  No recent news of beheadings or rapes, and Steve gave us the go ahead.  Finally. This is Chicama, Peru.  Why am I posting this picture here?  Well, on a good day, La Fonda reminds me of Chicama.  It’s cold and dry, the water is polluted, but there […]