Off to a good start

July 21st, 2021

Scored a campsite in Rock Creek en route to Tuolumne! And what’s more – it had just rained when we arrived. Now, this may not be exciting to most. But for us, pure heaven. “Mama! Walk through the grass!  You can feel the wetness on your toes!” were Ivan’s exact words after he stepped out of the van and ran around.

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The beginnings of a stellar trip

July 20th, 2021

First and foremost, all of our trips are stellar…for the record. But this one for sure is bound to be a little more special than most, as I’ve been suffering from a bit of cabin fever lately.  Within the last couple month we’ve had fun plans shut down multiple times, keeping us homebound. First, our Pittsburgh climber buddies had to bail on a rendezvous with us here out west. Then we had a trip to the north rim of the Grand Canyon canceled due to forest closure because of fire danger (which also shutdown all northern AZ options). Next we had to turn back on a trip to Hueco Tanks because of apocalyptic rainfall and flooding. And, we’ve bailed on Mt. Lemmon camping & climbing quite a few times because it was just too dang hot!  On top of all that the “work from home” mandate still persists, which I am not at all a fan of.  Our desert adobe with pool and personal climbing gym is sweet and all (don’t get me wrong here!) but I need to get out of this place before I go crazy!!!  Time to bust this joint!

Yosemite, here we come

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Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2021
Mother Nature’s show tonight. Good monsoons = good sunsets.

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Daddy’s got big competition

July 3rd, 2021
Pommel circles

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Legit Monsoons

July 1st, 2021

Let me count all the ways last year was not good: lack of summer monsoons being just one item of many. No significant cloud formation even, let alone glorious drops of water falling from the sky.

….so you can imagine the excitement when this happened – the start of what is turning out to be a legit summer monsoon season. I kid you not, we heard hoots and hollers from afar when we ran out in it. (I even teared up a little bit).

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A beautiful day for a run up Agua Caliente

June 29th, 2021
Ivan’s at “read to a dog”, Silas is at play date, and my 10am telecon is not for another 40 minutes. I got time. ;-)

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Father’s Day Hike

June 27th, 2021

Mt. Wrightson: 9,456 feet, 10ish mile hike via the Old Baldy trail with over 4K feet of elevation gain. Well over 100 degrees this day but we hit the trail at 5:30am to beat the heat. Our buddy John joined us (a well deserved Father’s Day morning for this father of 4). Wrightson was a first for Ivan and I. Paul and Silas did it last summer. All participants were psyched start to finish. And the ladybugs on the summit were quite the special treat.

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June 19th, 2021
Rose Canyon Campground, Mt. Lemmon, Arizona
More work on Mark Twain, v8
Clipping the chains on Bring on the Atheist, 5.11a
Birds…no, boys….in tree
Quiet time. Silas reading
and Ivan crocheting. (and now I’ve fooled you all into thinking we have the most well behaved boys EVER! Ha!)
Creative photo shoot, compliments of the kids

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Mt. Lemmon Adventures

June 6th, 2021

Paul on Catalina, 5.11+

Silas balancing up Waveos Rancheros, 5.10
Now Ivan’s turn to crush
A chill site at Rose Canyon Campground
An Aspen Trail hike/run linkup with my sister Holly and her husband Joe
A pocket of greenery untouched by last summer’s Bighorn Fire
Silas hanging out while dad gives a burn on Rocket Science after work. Who says you can’t adventure on a weeknight?
Another gorgeous summer night in the desert

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Summer summer summertime

May 23rd, 2021

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