california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, parenting, Travel, Uncategorized

A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

Samantha at the summit. This past Saturday, with the help of a Subway sandwich bribe, I convinced Samantha, my twelve-year-old, to hike up Mt. Baden-Powell with some of our Scouts as part of their Sierra training. We started from Vincent Gap off California Highway 2, up forty unforgiving switchbacks, and made it to the peak… Continue reading A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

Decorating, Family, health, Home Improvement, Kids, safety, Style, Travel, Uncategorized

Safer-At-Home Improvements

As the stay at home orders continued, swallowing up the months of March and now April, we made a few changes to our living space. Some were overdue improvements, such fixing a garage wall that was poorly withstanding the test of time. Others were projects to preserve our sanity, or what was left of it… Continue reading Safer-At-Home Improvements

emergency preparedness, Family, Opinion, parenting, safety, School, Uncategorized, writing

The End of the World as We Knew It

It has been nearly a four weeks since we closed our schools, began a stay at home order, and slowly backed away from life as we knew it.  What started as a two week closure of our schools extended to a month-long closure, culminating with an April Fools Day emergency board meeting which ended in-person… Continue reading The End of the World as We Knew It

california, emergency preparedness, Family, health, Hobbies, Kids, parenting, safety, School, Uncategorized

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

Today, Monday, March 16, 2020 is the first day of what the high schoolers are calling Corona Break.  At the end of what was a tough week both personally and professionally, what with the week beginning with a time change, a full moon, Mercury in retrograde, and ending in Friday the 13th, the decision was… Continue reading Life in the Time of Coronavirus

aging parents, Family, Uncategorized, writing

Grieving Through Anticipatory Grief

This post is a deviation from my usual travel or hiking article, and with a much more somber tone. Today is my dad's birthday. Usually I'd be leaving him snarky messages about how old he's getting, then take him out to lunch or dinner to really celebrate his ancientness. With his fun sense of humor… Continue reading Grieving Through Anticipatory Grief