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…

At the end of the year, David’s grandfather passed away after a long and active life. He lived in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, and we quickly found out that getting a last minute flight and dog boarding over the holidays was just not going to work out. So, we hopped in the truck and drove…

My husband and I have always spent Thanksgiving in the desert. It is my favorite time of year to visit places like Death Valley. Cold temperatures and lack of crowds makes it so enjoyable! Back in 2005, a friend of ours knew we were heading to Death Valley and mentioned that some other friends of…

It’s getting a little late to share this report, but last Sunday (September 29) we headed up Bishop Creek to check out the fall colors. We had been given some discouraging reports about South Lake, so we decided to focus on North Lake and Lake Sabrina. North Lake was looking pretty nice. While I’ve certainly…

After my ‘rest’ day on San Joaquin Mountain, I drove up to Tioga Lake campground to meet up with Sooz and Pavla for the weekend. They had secured some campsites at the always-full Tioga Lake campground, and I was excited to see some friends, sleep at elevation, and prepare for another peak that has been…

I made no specific plans for the day after my Cloudripper climb since I wasn’t sure how I would feel. I woke up early with no lingering aches and pains, but I didn’t feel up to a complicated mental (i.e. route finding) challenge. I decided to choose an easy peak on the SPS list –…

Day 1 of my two week Sierra adventure! I had been diligently watching the weather forecasts for weeks. Crazy storms had been chasing people off of summits and the trails for weeks. The normally predictable summer monsoon season wasn’t behaving rationally, and that had me worried. Fortunately, as the time for my trip grew closer,…

I recently returned from a fantastic two week peak bagging trip to the Sierra. While I try to sort through the massive amounts of content I created on that trip (photos, GPS tracks, and journal entries), I thought I’d do some housecleaning by revisiting a climb I did back in July. I posted the pictures…

Two weekends ago we took Thor on his second camping trip. We headed out, as usual, to the Eastern Sierra to camp, fish, hike, and bag peaks. Our first night was spent at June Lake where we got to do a little swimming with the pup as well as visit the new June Lake Brewery.…

Two weekends ago I got out on my fist backpack of 2014. Crazy! Our original plan was a simple trip from South Lake to Dusy Basin on Friday, where we would spend a day exploring before heading back out on Sunday. However, enough snow lingered on the pass that we decided to set up camp…