Friday, August 31, 2018

Mountains 2 Beach

We started this summer with a trip to Ventura over Memorial Day weekend so I could run the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. Now, three months later — just in time for Labor Day weekend — here's a story about our trip: Explore Ventura's beaches, shops and family-friendly restaurants on a weekend escape (also in Sunday's L.A. Times).




Sunday, August 26, 2018

Full Speed Ahead

We made our annual trip to Lake Ediza this summer. The journey started with smoky skies (from a nearby lightning strike) along with being attacked by killer mosquitoes. However, we persisted and it paid off with a fun adventure. 


Gus cooking falafel and mashed potatoes 
Ediza at "her" lake
Shortly after backpacking in the Mammoth Lakes area, Amber and I headed to the Lake Tahoe area for a Ragnar Trail Relay. Our group of eight ran continuously for about 30 hours, including with headlamps in the middle of the night.  






And just recently Gus celebrated his third birthday aboard Sierra No. 3, a historic steam locomotive at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Here is Gus blowing out his mini red velvet cupcake from our friend's catering company Lila & Sage in Murphys. 




Saturday, January 20, 2018

Moss Landing


Hope your New Year is off to a good start. Here's a link to a new travel story (also in this Sunday's L.A. Times) about a different spot we checked out on the Central Coast: Escape to California's quaint Moss Landing for a family weekend filled with kayaking and fresh seafood. We visited there back in October for Ediza's birthday and we actually just got back from the area for Amber's birthday.


Monday, December 18, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Summer blues


Here are some photos from over the summer....starting with Ediza getting blue hair extensions at the Mammoth Reggae Festival.


Returning to the blue waters of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


 Gus celebrating his birthday with some blue icing. 


And blue skies at Lake Ediza on our 11th annual backpacking trip to Ediza's namesake. Each year is a new adventure and this year the footbridge just before the lake washed out so we had to cross through the water. Can't wait to get back there next year.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Travel stories

I can't believe this is my first post since the beginning of the year!

Wanted to share a link to my latest L.A. Times travel story posted earlier this month: Paddle and play on a weekend escape to picturesque Pinecrest Lake in the Sierra

Pinecrest Lake

I recently complied a list of previous travel stories to help me keep track of places I've written about. 

Other stories in the Sierra include:



Here's a few more just about Yosemite:




As well as nearby Calaveras County:









In addition to international travel: