life Outdoors

My Mountain Bike; Another Man’s Treasure

I’ve  put hundreds of miles on this mountain bike. Today it’s time to say goodbye. In the past year I’ve gotten bugs in my teeth while riding single track trails. I’ve had bees hit me in the face while flying down mountain dirt roads. I got a fly stuck in my contact lens that one …

How not to get Airlifted Out of a Slot Canyon

I’m sure if you asked anyone in our family who had the biggest chance of ending up on the news or having to be airlifted/rescued out of a dangerous canyon at night they would say it would me. You don’t spend your days hiking to the tallest peaks in southern California and tumbling down some …

I’m a Tulip Hating Monster. Why I Hate Springtime

I’m not the kind of person who enjoys springtime. I know, I know I sound like a tulip hating monster but I just love winter time and snow days and Christmas nights and my North Face snow boots so much. Every year as March starts to dawn and the days get a little less chilly …

Godzilla

Carly and I had been hiking for eight hours. I was sweaty and she was a stinky muddy mess. We were both exhausted and near delirious with happiness when we saw the dirt parking lot ahead and spied my dusty Subaru in the shade. Than I heard the most God awful sound, My first thought was …

The Majestic Marmot; That Cuddly Bastard!

As soon as we realized the keys were missing I knew it was those damn marmots. It had to be those cute marmots who I just couldn’t get enough of. I had literally spent the last hour wandering our camp site and instead of singing “Here kitty, kitty” I was shaking a bag of organic sprouted …