Breaking up is hard to do: Me and my ongoing love affair with Monterey

Ahhhh Monterey peninsula, I just can't let you go…I know we’ve gone our separate ways, but like a little lost puppy I keep coming back. It’s not you—it’s me. Shhhhh—don’t say anything. Let’s enjoy the moment. Despite your icy waters and that you sometime wrap me up in your cool fog, your warm moments of … Continue reading Breaking up is hard to do: Me and my ongoing love affair with Monterey

A Simple Plan Part 2: Who Doesn’t Like a Little Last Minute Cramming?

My week in California flew by. It was about closing out five years worth of work and saying good bye to what had been my second family. Honestly, I didn't really want to think about it. If anything, I wanted to focus on the road ahead and my adventure the following week. This was like … Continue reading A Simple Plan Part 2: Who Doesn’t Like a Little Last Minute Cramming?

Finding our footing once again: recharging with some much needed down time at Pickwick Landing State Park

After five long months with a more or less self-imposed lockdown & self isolation in Millington, the family needed a break. This time we set our sights on staying local and checking out one of the many beautiful state parks in Tennessee. Doing some research on their incredible website, http://www.tnstateparks.com, we managed to narrow down … Continue reading Finding our footing once again: recharging with some much needed down time at Pickwick Landing State Park

A Good Case of Summer Loving: Getting Cozy with the Trails of Shelby Forest

By late May 2020 we were going stir crazy on our little base in Millington, Tennessee after another month of the COVID-19 pandemic. We needed out. On a Sunday morning in mid-May we decided to check out Meeman-Shelby State Park (better known as Shelby Forest), a mere 20 min drive from our house. I looked … Continue reading A Good Case of Summer Loving: Getting Cozy with the Trails of Shelby Forest

Not so average after all: how time and space transformed one typical Thursday into a friend’s grateful memory

Often when I write these posts I seek to focus on an exceptional trail run or cycling adventure. This post is very different; it’s about what I first assumed to be a normal day  in Monterey. Sometimes in the midst of things you don’t realize how special a day is until time and space catch … Continue reading Not so average after all: how time and space transformed one typical Thursday into a friend’s grateful memory