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.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summer fun

Granite Dome

Here are some photos from a trail run/hiking adventure through the Emigrant Wilderness over Fourth of July weekend. 

And here are links to recent Weekend Escapes for L.A. Times travel:

Snow in July!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lake Ediza (last year as a trio)

For our ninth annual backpacking trip to Lake Ediza, we had to modify the journey due to Amber’s pregnancy. We set up our “base camp” for two nights at a campground before the climb up to Shadow Lake.

Ediza and I were still able to make the trek up to Lake Ediza the following day.


No llamas this year, but Ediza's stuffed llama Peak made the trip again.

Once we caught the shuttle back to Mammoth, Ediza tried her hand at some bungee acrobatics. As always, she is flying high!