Hiking Lake Blanche, UT [Family Edition]

This summer began with what was, in my mind, an outrageous endeavor: to hike Grandeur Peak in the Wasatch Range of Utah with our three kids ages 4,6 and 7. After a successful summit and a summer full of hiking and backpacking, it seems that Grandeur was only the beginning. I read once that kids…

Hiking Utah’s Grandeur Peak… with kids.

Hiking in the Wasatch Range is… unique. It didn’t take me long after moving from Colorado to realize there aren’t many ‘easy kid hikes’ here. In fact, many of the lesser peaks have more technical trails and more elevation gain than some of Colorado’s 14er’s. It was Kai’s (our Golden Doodle) birthday and so the…

Family Vacation at Housekeeping Camp; Yosemite, CA

We’ve all heard people say, “Things just ain’t like they used to be.” Well, after two separate camping road trips in the last year, I feel I can wholeheartedly say that the “great american sleep over” known as camping does still exist, just like it used to. Kid’s playing outdoor games and sing-a-longs. (Even if…

Discovering Lover’s Point Park, Monterey, CA

While in Monterey for the Big Sur Marathon, we were looking for some inexpensive (or free?) destinations where the kids could play, run, and experience a bit of the California ocean.  Oh, and if the moms could get an open water swim in (triathlon season is near), that would be a major bonus. My friend…

Through My Lens, 2013

One last look at a year full of a LOT of first for us as a family. First snowshoe trips. First time on cross-country skis. First half and full marathons. First triathlons. First all-family backpacking trips. Even the first time trying Kipper Snacks (basically sardines….) And a ton of beautiful moments in-between. Here is a…

A real winner…

I have that song, “You don’t always get what you want…” stuck in my head. Probably cause I chant it to my kids often. But this time, it is echoing around the inside of my head, strumming to the beat of the flu. Yesterday we survived an epic adventure. Yesterday, we came head to head…