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…

Just another May?

Hard to keep things normal these days but we’ve still managed to put smiles on the faces of those we love. The first portion of the month was spent at home where we still have the luxury of a fine cup of coffee or a craft cocktail when we need it. The kids have fared…

The Slot

Eager to get in the habit of carving out time for exploring, we piled in the truck and headed east to The Slot (not to be confused with Slot Canyon). Much to the delight of the driver, you need to cruise in a few miles off the pavement just to get to the trailhead and…

New England Clam Chowder

What’s the password? Never mind. Few people will read this and fewer people will get the reference. Phil put his foot down earlier in the year and demanded the family make a trip to New England before the upcoming move. To sweeten the pot for the naysayers, the Grandparents were asked to come along which…

Anniversary in Ashville

What a cool city! The only thing that made Ashville better was visiting it with my beloved wife of 10 years! That’s right, 10 years. Double digits and still in the honeymoon phase! To celebrate the occasion, Mere and I snuck away for a long weekend in Ashville, NC. With Mumsie and Lucy watching the…

Grandparents are the best!

A few of our favorite folks went through the woods and over the river to the grand-kids’ house this month. The gang had a great time seeing some of the sites (sans dad because he was at work… again…) the DC area has to offer. Everyone enjoyed the hiking trails and the raging river up…

Off the beaten path

November was quite the hectic month but we managed to sneak away from it all and spend a weekend crossing a couple of things off of our SoCal To-Do list. The first was certainly more exciting for Phil and the kids than Meredith as it involved an off-road adventure in the Land Cruiser. After installing…

Spring Madness

The madness at the house isn’t just constrained to March. It’s been quite the few months…too many late nights at work and too many naps boycotted by the kids at home. I’m told it’s April in a week but I’m not sure what happened to January, February, or March. It seems that the past few…

From the Top of Africa

It all started a few years back with a comment from my dad that went something like “I’d like to climb a mountain someday.” Mike and I somehow figured it would be best to get involved and five years later, we boarded a plane bound for Tanzania. My brother, Mike, my dad, and I would…