One Year Reflections

Man, oh man, one year breezes by when every week feels like the best week of your life. It is surreal to think about our last year, traveling around the West. We’ve seen and learned so much, and grown in ways that are likely hard to measure just yet. Gabe’s height and shoe size is…

Doing Hard Things

We have been hiking through some gorgeous parts of Oregon. The Columbia River Gorge has endless hikes and the greenery makes it all feel like a rain forest. I still can’t believe how much water is out here. We have seen waterfalls galore. Sonya will be posting on some of our many adventures and hikes….

We Don’t Like Limiting Ourselves

A lot of you that know us have seen our family in action. We have a lot of great adventures, and we generally enjoy being around each other all the time. We’ve always spent a lot of time together, but especially this last year. My favorite times are on the trails where we end up…

Fern Canyon and Damnation Trail

If you are heading towards Northern California, I’d totally recommend staying a few days in or around Crescent City. From there you can access the Redwoods National and State Parks and some amazing hikes to the coast. We enjoyed another one of our favorite days of hiking around here. In one day, we fit in:…

Golden Gate Bridge

I visited my great friend Rachel in San Francisco before my Junior Year of College, but we didn’t go see the Golden Gate Bridge, so it’s been something on my “bucket list” ever since. I realize now what probably happened – it was likely foggy and overcast on the day we wanted to visit, making it…

Meeting More College Alums

It was such a treat to connect with more University of Rochester Alumni while in California. Except this time, it wasn’t planned. Totally cool serendipitous moment that wouldn’t likely have happened even with a 10 second time difference. Don was turning around, after trying to eat at a restaurant that was closed in downtown Windsor….

Alcatraz

For my wonderful friend Heather’s birthday, we all took a trip to Alcatraz together! We rode the Ferry over, heard some great escape attempt stories from the Park Ranger, and learned much from the audio tour as we explored the island, The Rock. We all talked about if we’d have tried to attempt an escape…

Catching Up

We plan to catch up on past adventures over this week. Here are few so far from our last days in Utah: Angel’s Landing – Zion Hidden Canyon – Zion Sandy Hollow State Park Edited Bryce Canyon Death Valley

We are Crazy; We are Normal

I think sometimes people look at us like we are crazy. Like who leaves a wonderful life in search of adventure and the unknown? How can we feel comfortable not knowing where we are going to sleep the following month, much less the following night sometimes! “I don’t know how you do it,” is something…

Big Sur

Don and I met in college at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. We were fortunate enough to have an AMAZING college experience, full of academic rigor, incredible memories, and excellent friends. One of our friends from college, Doug Laity has been sharing some great suggestions for hikes and travel routes around the west…

Hanging with the Winslows

It is so wild moving through life and later reconnecting with old friends. The years have passed quickly – working, growing a family and getting busy with life. It’s that crazy current that sweeps us all downstream. One of the great things about old friends is that they are familiar, and trust is typically already…

Bishop, CA

  After hiking around Yosemite National Park and Death Valley National Park, it was really refreshing to spend a few days in downtown Bishop. This quaint town has gorgeous views, friendly locals and an enjoyable downtown area. We were able to walk down from our hotel room for meals at Schat’s Bakery and then take our…