On our first date, before the waiter spilled a beer on Peter, we spoke about our dreams. Our conversation exploded into all our hopes for traveling the world. Climbing Kilimanjaro (✓), sailing to Australia, rock-climbing Thailand (✓), trekking the Himalayas, visiting Machu Picchu(✓)…We wanted to travel to more international locations than we had time to talk. [...]
We love Las Vegas but maybe not for the obvious reasons. Our favorite part of Vegas lies just outside of the city. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a climbing paradise. It's also a great place to bring your kid! We found an area of Red Rocks where our 2 year old (at the time) had a blast climbing and swinging. Continue reading to find out where it is and to see how much fun it was.
Leaving Zion wasn't easy. But it did help lessen the tears knowing that our long journey home included a another stop in Saint George for a rock climbing break and maybe some day old cupcakes. We found Shotgun Alley, another fun and family friendly climbing spot with a stunning background. The climbs are short, most topping out at [...]
This summer's Lake Lopez kick off included Jason, Veronica, and Jacob. We were actually lucky enough to spend the night at their house before arriving which broke up the long drive and gave us some time to play in their pool. Lake Lopez is a very kid-friendly camping spot. They have a playground, warm water, [...]
Four weeks after Sage's birth my body finally felt good enough to go on our first family hike. We revisited the lower portion of the Holy Jim trail at the base of Santiago Peak. We also took Sage on her first camping trip to Lake Lopez with Jason, Veronica, and Jacob. Sage was wonderful and [...]
Because Christmas landed on a Sunday this year, Peter had Monday off! So, we decided to take a road trip to Sedona. One of the few active things we can still do together, and something that still feels great to me, is hiking. So we picked a place that wasn’t too cold and had lots [...]
This fall has been exciting and busy. September-October was filled with some wonderful weekend trips but due to being in the throws of weeks 9-17 of my pregnancy, I felt too sick to blog about most of it. Now that I have come out of the pregnancy fog I am excited to share some highlights. [...]
It’s 4:30am and I know I need to kick my own ass again before we attempt Kilimanjaro and Last night at 9:40pm, outside a restaurant, I picked up some crampons and an ice axe from Ryan Dahlem (the amazing climber from my school who summited Everest). I don’t know what the hell to do with [...]
We are in fervent anticipation for our wedding pictures so to stop our nail biting, Mike our photographer sent over the pictures we took the Friday before we were married. We had so much fun taking these!
Peter and I, both sick with colds, decided this morning at 6:00am that we were still going to attempt getting to the top of Santiago Peak. Standing at 5,689 feet, Santiago Peak is the highest peak in the Santa Ana mountains. My motivation, is to get in shape for Kilimanjaro, and Peter is just the [...]
After this weekend, I have caught myself in daydreams, reflecting on family, reflecting on friends and more keenly, on friendship. The one positive outcome of my Father's death 13 years ago is that I have tried to focus on a few special people in my life and have rarely taken them and my relationships with [...]
Hi! We are in Railay in the south of Thailand. I have so much good stuff for my next unofficial blog post but it will take some time for me to put it all together. Nothing like an "off the beaten path backpackers paradise" for some good comic material. Best part of today was rock [...]