Coast to Coast: Part 1

May was a busy month and one that we’ll remember for a lifetime. 26 days, 207 miles (on foot), 1,003 pictures (not including all the deletes), and one fantastic 70th birthday trip! After a day of turnover with Grandma in SoCal, Meredith and I left the kids in Carlsbad (with Grandma) and hopped on a…

Guests from the Midwest

What fortunate folks we are to have family willing to come visit us from across the country! Aunt Mary and Aunt Anne made the trek out to California this month to spend some quality time with the Clays and Wiktors and quality time it was! Despite the sun being a little shy for the first…

Ski Season (again)

What’s better than one ski trip? Two. Duh. We threw a couple of date blocks on the calendar earlier in the year and this one didn’t end up working out for a family trip… but it still worked out for a quick Dad trip back to the slopes. This time it was to Kirkwood which…

Ski Season

Ski season is officially upon us. With an impending move sometime this summer, it is max time on the slopes while they’re still close. Dear friends of ours invited us up to Mammoth Lakes for the MLK weekend and the kids (and dad) got to strap the planks on for a few days. Absolutely perfect…

Gobble, Gobble

It seems strangely misleading to say we had a calm and relaxing Thanksgiving this year but we really did. Sure we flew 2000+ miles to DCA and then spent the next ten days driving another 700+ miles as we visited family and friends but really, it was just awesome and relaxing! After arriving in DC,…

Out East

With no shortage of adventuring in our bones and plenty of fire bans still in place up north cramping our style, we looked east this weekend. After being about 100 miles west on Monday, it was somewhat funny we ended up almost exactly 100 miles east in Anza-Borrego on Saturday. This time it was the…

Out West

Pop-up opportunities to head west don’t happen all that often in SoCal so when the opportunity arises, you take it. The only way west is by boat so I showed up at the dock around 8pm and we pushed off about an hour later. After a stop at the bait barge, we settle into a…

10 Aug

This could be something in the making…

Leaving the Lower 48

It started as a joke about saving $14 per plane ticket and ended up being one heck of an adventure. Six months ago we were looking for a vacation spot to link up with Dad and Elaine and we decided to look for something more outdoorsy not knowing what the ‘Rona would allow for. We…

a (longer) Hello! from the mountains

There are few places within a hard day’s drive of SoCal that are more beautiful and enjoyable than the Sierras. This month I had the opportunity to grab a backpack, a tent, and some rods and put some miles on my boots in the mountains. Absolute blast with picture perfect weather, great views, better company,…