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Mt. Lowe

In the days before the Covid-19 pandemic closures- like way back three months ago in February- I would take whoever was home on a special adventure whenever the boys went on their camping trips. At the end of this past January, Sami and I drove up the Angeles Crest Highway, and arrived at Eaton Saddle, … Continue reading Mt. Lowe

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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

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From Pasadena, California: The 131st Tournament of Roses

It doesn’t get much more Pasadena, California than enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade on a brisk, sunny New Year’s Day. To kick off the new year and new decade, we headed up the road to Colorado Boulevard dark and early for the parade. This year’s theme was “The Power of Hope,” and we saw […]

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The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

  This morning, schools and businesses across the Golden State participated in a massive statewide earthquake drill called "The Great Shakeout." At one of our school sites, the assistant principal went on the school's PA system and methodically went through the steps of the drill- drop, cover, hold, check your surroundings, and evacuate to our… Continue reading The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

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Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

Last year, Emily and I had the opportunity to complete what could be considered a Scout rite of passage.  We hiked from Vincent Gap, up forty unrelenting switchbacks, and made it to the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. Named for Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the British Army officer who… Continue reading Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell