Hiking in an experimental forest with my Dog

Yesterday, I decided to take advantage of the amazing weather we’ve been having and find a local hike I could knock out.  I wanted to take the pup, Kenji, and get him some exercise too…I decided on the University of Washington experimental Pack Forest.  Just outside Eatonville, this forest is a great spot to take kids and dogs and stretch your legs.   Continue reading

Oregon Coast Family Winter Trip

Earlier this week, I took the family on a 3-day trip down the Oregon coast to see some of the wild coastline and ruggedness it has to offer.  We used a Yurt at Devils Lake State Recreational Area as out basecamp, and hit as many sights as we could in such a short time.  It was a fantastic trip, one which I don’t think any of us will forget anytime soon… Continue reading

Retrospective: Half Dome

In the summer of 2013, we took a family vacation to Yosemite with good friends of ours, Tyler and Tamara.  They have a daughter, Autumn, that is the same age as our girls, so it was a reunion of sorts.  We lived close to them in Arizona, so it was great to reunite with our good friends after a couple of years apart!  Part of our plan was to hike Half Dome during our stay in the park.  We had made plans for Jaime’s Father and Step-Mother to join us in Yosemite and watch the girls while we did an overnight up to Half Dome.  After hitting some highlights in the park, we set off on our trek… Continue reading

Mazama Ridge snowshoe

Went with some friends a couple of weeks ago up to Mt. Rainier NP to do some snowshoeing at Mazama Ridge.  It was forecasted to be a beautiful day, so we got a plan together and drove down.  The weather was great, and we had an excellent hike.  I was feeling it, as I’ve been slacking on the cardio over the holidays.  Can’t wait to get back up there! Continue reading

First trip of 2015 – Carbon River MRNP Hike

Catching up on some trips from earlier this month.

Jaime got me a Delorme InReach Explorer for Christmas this year.  Neat little gadget.  Has GPS tracking functionality and the ability to send text messages to family and friends over the iridium network.  Also, allows people to follow along and “track” you via their website.  I took it out on a long hike in the NW corner of Mt. Rainier National Park a few days after Christmas to try it out…   Continue reading

Back again…

For 2015, I’ve decided to fire this blog back up to act as an online diary of adventures for retrospective purposes.  Facebook is great and all, but I’m reluctant to post my thoughts there since it’s tied to so many different things.  This will be my online diary of family adventures and solo excursions so we can look back on what we’ve accomplished.

Trip Report for Northwest US Tour

I had to jump back into work as soon as I got home, so this is my first day off and I wanted to kind of recap the trip and offer up my lessons learned and insights gained throughout.  I’ve had a few days to reflect, and I have to say that this was an awesome trip.  I’ve never struck out on my own for a week by myself, and I wasn’t totally sure how much I would really enjoy it, other than being on the bike and having total freedom to do what I chose and go where I wanted to go.  Through the military, I’ve had to leave my family more times than I can count, so it was very strange to volunteer to leave them.  I did feel some guilt and Mrs. Sponge did her best to reassure me, but it was definitely nagging on me a bit.  There were also plenty of things that I would have loved to share with Mrs. Sponge and my daughters.  I looked at it like a scouting trip for a follow up family vacation somewhere down the road.  Being on a motorcycle allows you some freedoms and insights you just can’t have when all caged up in a car.  So there’s that.   With all of that being said, it was a great week, a fantastic week, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Continue reading