Finally! On Basin Mountain

40 in 40: A Peak Bagging Challenge

Yesterday was my 39th birthday, a natural point to reflect on the past year. It certainly has been an exciting one. At this time last year I was planning our holiday trip to Bend. During that trip, we decided that our 2016 goal would be to figure out our ‘exit plan’ from the Bay Area and relocate to Bend. Well, things went much faster than expected and here I sit in my cozy farmhouse overlooking the central Cascades to the West and the Oregon high Desert to the east.


We'll have a view of the mountains from our new home!

Big Announcement

You may have noticed it’s been a little quiet around here lately. It’s not that I’m not having adventures, I just haven’t been able to find the time to write about them. All of my spare brain power has been spent on one big project: relocation to Bend, Oregon!


Happy Birthday to Thor!

It’s Mighty Thor’s first birthday today!

Raising a lab puppy has been so much fun. This adorable face helped us get through the land shark phase with those needle sharp puppy teeth and desire to put everything in his mouth. It’s much easier to forgive and stay patient when that’s the face staring back at you! He’s smart and the friendliest happiest pup around.


First view into the stadium

Opening Day Experience at Levi’s Stadium, New Home of the 49ers

I’m going to deviate from my normal topics for a moment and share the opening game day experience that I had yesterday at the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, California. I had been providing some comments live during the game via Twitter and actually got some nice feedback and responses from vendors and partners. To this point, I wanted to expand on some of my observations.

The opening event at Levi’s Stadium was a football match, just not of the American pointy-ball type. The San Jose Earthquakes played the Seattle Sounders in a regular season MLS (Major League Soccer) match. This match was intended to be the dress rehearsal for the 49ers season and rather than fill it to the brim, they sold only the lower sections. That still meant an attendance of over 48,000 people.


Thor in Santa Cruz

Thor’s First Adventure: Santa Cruz!

Hi! I’m Thor, and this is my first guest blog post! I’m a 15 week old Yellow Labrador, and I’m finally vaccinated and can safely go out into the world now. This is my trip report from my first adventure into the world beyond the backyard!

Today, my people took me to Santa Cruz! We walked along the cliff and watched the surfers. I met a lot of new people and dogs and was all smiles.

Thor in Santa Cruz

I’m so happy to be outside!


Cardio Theater!

Staying Outdoor-Fit and a review of Retro Fitness, Foxworthy

It’s important for me to maintain my fitness throughout the work week. Simply getting out on the weekends isn’t enough for me to maintain the level that I want to be at in order to do the things that I do. Therefore, I’ve settled into a weekday routine of a combination of climbing and running. I’ve found that to be a manageable plan to stay in relatively good condition. Climbing helps my core, balance, and overall body strength, while running helps with the endurance and cardio health.

In general, I’m not a fan of indoor exercise. I prefer to be outside, even if that only means squeezing in a jog around the neighborhood in between work phone calls. Living in such a temperate climate, the weather is almost always conducive to outdoor fitness, and I never want to take that for granted. I find treadmills boring. That said, there is definitely a time and place for gyms. In fact, I am a member of three gyms! Whaaat?