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,…

Jackrabbit Camp

Dad got the adventure itch and William is always ready for a good time so we blasted out to Anza-Borrego for another physically distant adventure. I had spotted a few potential campsites during a few aerial adventures over the past few months. With a handful of grids in my hand, we set out to the…

Fire on the lake!

What started as a last minute trip up to Bass Lake ended up as a last minute departure from Bass Lake! The intent was for Will and I to take advantage of an open camp site and the long Labor Day weekend. We packed the car and drove up to Bass Lake with some friends….

Oregon Coast

The Grand August Adventure continues. Goodbye to Shasta (and California for a moment). Rest and refit in Eugene then it was time to set off on one heck of a winding road en route to the Oregon Coast. We popped out near the Oregon Dunes and found ourselves all alone on the beach which was…

Cannonball Camp

After a quick stop in the North Bay to clean up and refill the cooler (and grab some ice cream), we headed inland, jumped on the 5, and headed to the next stop on the August Adventure: Mount Shasta. We had the same issues in the planning phase – campsites were either closed, booked, or…

The Biggest of Surs

This month we are embarking on the The Great August Adventure. COVID spoiled the original plan (Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia) but version 2.0 of the plan is just about two weeks on the road and off the beaten trail. With the truck packed, we hit the road for the first leg. After a quick bite…

Into the Wild

Knowing July was going to be a busy month, we snuck out of city for a weekend away from everything before our free time disappeared. The Eastern Sierras offer some stunning scenery if you’re willing to make the trip. The 4th of July weekend offered just enough extra time off to make the drive worth…

No water in Fish Creek

Don’t go looking for water in Fish Creek Wash, just go looking for a good time. The guys took a long overdue overnight adventure to the desert and it was a blast. Tires were aired down, fires were lit, bourbon was drank, and we squeezed in a hike and some In-n-Out on the way home….

Four Double-U Dee

This truck was meant to adventure! The FJ60 had some “characteristics” (that some might incorrectly call faults) that ultimately shrunk the list of adventures it could go on with the whole family. No AC, top speed of 72 mph, solid front and rear axles with leaf springs all around… basically bulletproof but also sweaty, smelly,…

Low Water Bridge

While the whole family (including Lucy) would enjoy one weekend a month in a tent with a cup of coffee and a view, sadly it has only been a once or twice a year event. The Virginia heat and humidity subsided just in time for a weekend free of social and work obligations. The perfect…