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Daydreams until next time

November 28th, 2021

Our 6th annual November Yosemite Valley trip has finally come to a close and we’re in the van now, driving back to Tucson. Yesterday’s climbing day had the psyche but not the juice to pull off any big sends. No big deal though, as we are all very tired and extremely satisfied. Stats from our stellar trip:

  • Days climbed: 10 out of 14
  • Days rained out: zero
  • Problems sent: too many to count
  • Routes climbed: zero, although we did rope up to suss the moves out on a highball boulder problem – Spock Was Here, v6
  • Hikes: two big ones and many small ones
  • Bike rides: too many to count
  • Dinner at the Curry Pizza Deck: twice, exclusively reserved for days of big sends
  • Marshmallows cooked over a campfire: a whole bag minus 3
  • Dog poop incidents: one, involving Ivan and his bike
  • Bear poop incidents: one, involving Silas and his shoe
  • Major first aid incidents: only one! Last trip Silas banged the blunt end of an ax on his head, this trip he just peeled off…oh I dunno…5 or 6 layers of skin from his middle finger in a bike crash
  • Minor first aid incidents: two. Ivan cheese-grated his face skidding off a slab climb and Paul bit it on the fire ring walking across camp to go pee late at night without a headlamp
  • Number of times the kids in the campground didn’t become instant lifelong buddies of our kids: once. This is officially a first! Ivan was told by these two boys that they didn’t want to play with him anymore. He came back to camp all confused and sad. After some prying, I believe it maybe had something to do with these other boys being bigger and older, racing on fancy geared mountain bikes and getting beat by Ivan. Just once or many times? I asked. “All the times.” 😬
  • Interesting animal sightings: bear, wolf, heron, deer, ravens, and two bucks with big racks fighting
  • Average hours of sleep per night: a blissfully glorious 11. Every. Single. Night.
  • Showers: one. With all the climbing, hiking and biking, we couldn’t really find time to ever fit this in

Until next time:

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Bigger boys still playing with cars

November 24th, 2021

One day, maybe even one day soon, these boys won’t be loading their backpacks down with dozens of matchbox cars, hauling them out to the crag with all the pokey parts digging into their backs through their backpacks, creating detailed mazes of roads and parking lots and vrooming their motors with noticeable accuracy to the real deal, while Paul and I suss out the crux on a nearby boulder. You sure you guys don’t want to try this one? Nah, they say. Too absorbed in their little boy play. One day soon, they may actually decide that climbing is more fun than pushing matchbox cars around in dirt. And when that day comes I will be both sad and happy at the same time.

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Pancakes out of Acorns

November 19th, 2021

Oh our Silas and his highly involved and industrious ideas. Today, it’s making pancakes out of acorns. According to Silas, first you collect a bunch of acorns that have fallen to the ground, then you sort out the cracked and worm-holed ones so you’re left with only the good ones, then you roast them over the fire until they crack, then you peel the shells off so you’re left with the inner white part, then you grind the white part into flour, and then finally you mix up some pancake batter with the flour and cook up a pancake. I tell him I will look back on this and remember it always, but only one of two ways:

Remember that time you wanted to make pancakes out of acorns?


Wow! Those were really good pancakes!

He rolled his eyes at me and continued with his sorting.

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Halloween Visitors

November 6th, 2021
Two of my sisters w/ spouses, my brother and my mom all came for a visit last weekend! I’m very happy to report we resumed our annual costume party (with masks).
Here we all are in a pre-party family photo.

Dr. Strange and Hawkeye from The Avengers.
The kids costumes are getting more involved and harder to make as they get older! 😬 Gone are the simple days of the black cat.
Avengers with Grandma
The trick-or-treating entourage
Our furry visitors, javelinas
The uncles playing with Legos
Family hike up on Mt. Lemmon
And last but not least, the Halloween birthday girl

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More Fall Colors, Grandparents & a Birthday

October 27th, 2021

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Train Ride & Fall Colors

October 24th, 2021

To celebrate our 17 year wedding anniversary: a ride on the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a cozy cabin, and a gorgeous hike in fall colors.

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The van gets a new accessory

October 24th, 2020

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Best birthday photo ever

October 17th, 2020

Silas….clearly gearing up for one serious birthday wish before blowing the candles out.

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The fire still burns on the mtn, the temps are roasting, the monsoons are late, the virus rages on…

July 16th, 2020
…but the sunsets are still dang beautiful

As Ivan would typically say in a moment of reflection such as this: “Thank you, Mother Nature!”

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Gettin’ Out

May 31st, 2020
The Primus Wall, Mt. Lemmon AZ
Munchkinland, Mt. Lemmon AZ
The Steep, Mt. Lemmon AZ

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