Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Hope 2017 is off to a great start. Here’s some photos from our holiday season:

Ediza and Gus wearing matching pajamas on Christmas Eve
During the week of Thanksgiving, we returned to the East Coast and covered a lot of ground.

Outside of the Dobbin House Tavern, where you can dine by candlelight in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Caught a ride with this whale on the beach at Ocean City, Maryland
We explored Baltimore’s Inner Harbor via water taxi for my birthday. Following lunch, we took a boat over to an outdoor ice rink and later rode back across to a historic tavern in Fells Point. Highly recommend checking out the city this way.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tenth trip to Lake Ediza

Ediza in "her" lake.
We returned to Lake Ediza late this summer for our 10th annual backpacking trip to Ediza’s namesake. We have come full circle — backpacking with a baby again.

Ediza was only about eight months on our first trip back in the summer of 2007, while Augustus had turned 1-year-old shortly before this year’s trip over Labor Day weekend. We had never gone so late in the season before.

Each year, it can become more and more challenging to make it to the lake, but the effort pays off with some wonderful memories. Making an annual pilgrimage builds tradition and connects you to a particular place. 

Cool dudes with shades.

Over the years, we’ve come across relentless mosquitoes, wildfire smoke, rain and mist, snow and sun, and have hiked with llamas and without.

Our first hike was actually before this blog started, while the following year we officially ended our around the world journey with a trip to the lake. Below are links to previous posts that capture our annual journey to this breathtaking spot.

Sierra hike in 2010 (this was a longer hike from Lake Ediza and the Mammoth Lakes area to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. I wrote about it for L.A. Times travel: "Hiking the Sierra with three llamas and a baby.")

Hiking to Lake Ediza in 2014 (This trip was also written about for L.A. Times travel with Weekend Escape: Off the trail and into a soft bed in Mammoth Lakes

Ediza at the lake in 2008.

Thursday, June 30, 2016


We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary back at the beach (notice the ring pop).

For Father's Day weekend we headed into the mountains and back to Mammoth. Below are some photos from a stop up near Tioga Pass. President Obama was in Yosemite Valley at that time so we didn't end up running into him (unlike when we came across Bush eight years earlier in Paris).

Friday, May 13, 2016


Baby Augustus checking out the moon jellies.

Not only did we have a new baby, but we also moved to a new house. And when we want a weekend escape, here’s where we go: Monterey's historic sights, seafood and simple pleasures turn into lasting memories.

Ediza in her element. 

Monday, November 2, 2015


We went to the All Hallows Fantasy Faire, where Ediza dressed like a fairy (she ditched the wings to ride a mechanical bull and make giant bubbles).

For Halloween, she was Little Bo Peep and little brother was her sheep.

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Baby was born in August and named Augustus (Augie or Gus for short). We recently returned from his first trip to the coast to celebrate Ediza’s 9th birthday. 

 There was a magical sunset the night we arrived.

We returned to Monterey, where we had lunch overlooking the water before making our way back to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

When the baby was born he looked like an old sailor named Gus so I think he really enjoyed his first encounter with the ocean breeze. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Central Coast

We recently escaped to the cooler coast for our last trip before the baby. Our first stop was Capitola, which can be summed up in last Sunday’s L.A. Times Travel piece: A train depot B&B, family-friendly beach, and moonlight cliff walk in Capitola

Breakfast in bed(room)
We then continued down the coast to visit a friend in Monterey. Along with the beach, we returned to our favorite thrift store, playground, bakery, and of course the Monterey Bay Aquarium.