Follow us on Instagram!When you remember there’s Chili Mac in the freezer. “Get down here in 3 minutes you saucy little beasts. Dinner is served!” 🎵🎶💃🏻Cedar is cruisin’! And thank God he didn’t run head on into that tree 🌲😙💨Happy Birthday Sage. You are 8 and fiercer than ever. We were supposed to be at Disneyland with the @lkgoldman fam but COVID19 shut down the park. Ahh Sage, I am so proud of your resilience. Right after we broke the news you got to work planning every detail of your new shelter-in-place birthday party. You made a timeline of the day’s activities, planned the menu (S’mores pancakes, sunny eggs, blueberry muffins, potato mice, strawberry cake) AND picked out our clothes. When the world gets better, we promise to take you to Disneyland for a redo. For now, we will eat lots of sugar, sing Frozen songs, wear our fanciest clothes, and make our living room the happiest place on earth.“Father sun shines his yellow honey sunlight on the breath of blue Mother Earth. When blue Mother Earth and yellow Father Sun mix together, beautiful green grasses appear in the pasture. When the red roots weave underground they leave a purple stream in their path. Soon, red and orange flowers pop out in the golden light saying, Hello! To all friends, near and far.” We are spending time this morning catching up on the Waldorf preschool water color lesson from last week. The second picture is Sage’s 2nd grade water color lesson in complementary colors and the 3rd is their works in progress. Thank you @waldorfschoolofbend for creating meaningful homeschool curriculum. We ❤️ u.We are missing our ski days but happy we caught Cedar groovin’ and twinnin’ before the season came to an early close. ❄️ ⛷Happy 9 years to the best breakfast maker, biggest sugar consumer, willingest poopy diaper changer and most energetic, driven person I know. I like doin’ life with you my gorgeous man ❤️ Next year let’s do this shot on a beach in Greece! 📷 -Sage!
Category Archives: hiking
As we drove through town, Sage looked out the window and pointed to a peak in the distance, “Mama, what’s the name of that big mountain?” I told her it was called South Sister. “Is it hard to get to the top?” I said, “yes, it’s a very hard hike to the top.” In typical Sage fashion she replied…”Ok then, I want to do it.”
Last weekend, we checked an item off our adventure bucket list when we completed Cactus to Clouds (C2C) as a family. My first attempt in 2011 was thwarted by a cold I caught at 9 weeks pregnant. Peter ended up doing it anyway with his friend Gabe and I met them at the tram and hiked to the summit with our friends Greg and Cathleen.
Since then, the full C2C adventure never lined up well with our weekend travel schedules and despite how much we love adventure, taking Sage on the hike always felt a little daunting. Ultimately though, our curiosity about whether we could do it with a 2 year old won over and we decided to go for it. I mean, really…who doesn’t love a good sufferfest?
Just east of Fresno, CA, in an area geographically similar to Yosemite, lies Kings Canyon National Park. After hearing about the canyon’s reputation for unrivaled beauty, we decided to meet some friends and check it out. We pulled into the entrance and I felt like I missed something.
The hike to Angel’s landing is another ass kicker. The hike is straight up and carved into the side of sheer rock, the trail is an aggressive approach to a flat and gorgeous look out above.
That peak above Peter’s head is Angel’s Landing, where we are headed.
Zion From Bryce we drove down the gorgeous highway 89 and into the northern entrance of Zion. Having never visited Zion national park before I really had no idea what to expect.
On the long deserted stretch toward Bryce we were surprised when three Pronghorns bolted across the road in front of us. Peter swerved left, the confused Pronghorn ran right and slammed into the side of our car. I screamed the foulest of foul words and it’s nothing short of a miracle that Sage has not started running around dropping F bombs whenever she sees a animal. Somehow the word didn’t stick and fortunately we slowed down enough that both the Pronghorn and the car were ok. Well I think the Pronghorn is ok. It sauntered of into the wilderness and was only a short distance behind its friends. At the time we had no idea what the animal was and were both in shock. We found the closest pullout and drove in to catch our breath. The shock turned into tears of laughter (me) when this sign was staring at us from the side of the road.
Cactus to Clouds. It’s a 26 mile hike with a 12,000 foot elevation gain… pretty much one of the toughest day-hikes in the United States.[caption id="attachment_382" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] We weren’t telling people about the pregnancy yet so I am trying to hide the mini belly with my down jacket![/caption]
The last leg of our honeymoon was spent in lovely Boulder Colorado with our friends James and Rebecca. If there were an award for the “awesomest outdoor couple” these two would win.
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During our 16 miles and 6,000 vertical feet together, Gorgonio threw some good punches. First it tried to get me with an achy left hip flexor followed by my own tears as I pondered whether or not this was a result of my age. My present for my 31 ½ birthday is achy hips?