The Adventure Begins, a Final Good Bye to the Sea Otters, and I Quickly Find Out that Wally World is Closed

My final good bye to Monterey did not come at the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf or Cannery Row’s aquarium, but at the water’s edge. On cold gray, foggy morning I drove down to one of the many coves of Asilomar State Beach, parked, and walked down to the waiting tide pools. The sea was calm. It … Continue reading The Adventure Begins, a Final Good Bye to the Sea Otters, and I Quickly Find Out that Wally World is Closed

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

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

Better Late than Never: Spending a day navigating Garrapata State Park’s epic trails and the delicious beers of Alvarado Street Brewing

Sadly our time in Monterey draws to a close. Next month we move from Monterey to Millington, Tennessee for my wife’s next assignment with the Navy. While we are sad to be leaving this beautiful area, we look forward to what lies ahead and all the paths & pilsners in our new home. In the … Continue reading Better Late than Never: Spending a day navigating Garrapata State Park’s epic trails and the delicious beers of Alvarado Street Brewing

A Really Crappy Day Redeemed: valuable lessons from some epic poohs, a beautiful run, and a great beer called the 805

This story is a lot of crap. I’m literally talking about crap here, but don’t worry, there’s a path and a pilsner at the end which made up for it. As I’m discovering this blog is almost as much about my child raising experiences as it is about running and beer. This entry is another … Continue reading A Really Crappy Day Redeemed: valuable lessons from some epic poohs, a beautiful run, and a great beer called the 805

Carmel by the Sea: A New Year’s resolution reached, trails discovered, great beer tasted and Kurt Russell’s best role rediscovered

One nice thing about having children under the age of 5 in your home is that the idea of staying up late for New Year’s borders on the ridiculous. Why stay up until midnight when you can watch the ball drop in Time’s Square at 9pm (one benefit of being on the West Coast), and … Continue reading Carmel by the Sea: A New Year’s resolution reached, trails discovered, great beer tasted and Kurt Russell’s best role rediscovered