“Not even beautiful.” Day 3, Checking out the Grand Canyon with a ticked off 4 year old, trekking some majestic trails in Flagstaff, and oh yes, finally a brewery!

“Not even beautiful” my four year old’s opening comments as we entered the parking lot to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. “I read a book about it,” she replied confidently. And that set the tone for the Grand Canyon. Day 3: Anybody want to guess whose toddler threw a temper tantrum on the edge of … Continue reading “Not even beautiful.” Day 3, Checking out the Grand Canyon with a ticked off 4 year old, trekking some majestic trails in Flagstaff, and oh yes, finally a brewery!

Cross Country Odyssey Rolls on. Day 2: beating the heat for a run, it’s all a war of attrition with a little time poolside, face to face with dinosaurs and a really really long car ride to Flagstaff.

Day 2: it’s a war of attrition. Let’s be honest here, when traveling with little ones the key is to tire then out so they sleep as long as possible while driving. Day 2 came pretty close to this as we played all morning and took off for Arizona mid-afternoon eventually getting in late, but … Continue reading Cross Country Odyssey Rolls on. Day 2: beating the heat for a run, it’s all a war of attrition with a little time poolside, face to face with dinosaurs and a really really long car ride to Flagstaff.

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

We’re not in Kansas anymore: A random greenway, an underground pub, and some tamales for good measure

At a passing glance, you wouldn’t think there would be much to western Missouri in late June: rolling green hills, hot humid days, and maybe some mediocre beer. Well that couldn’t be further from the truth as I discovered during my recent visit. I had been invited out for a week long conference at historic … Continue reading We’re not in Kansas anymore: A random greenway, an underground pub, and some tamales for good measure

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

A Glass of Resilience: a Baby Born, an Old Path Rediscovered, and of Course Cold Beer

So I’ve been off the net for a bit. We had another baby, I picked up a lot more work, and things got a little chaotic. That’s not an excuse, just fact. (and while I'm at it, keeping your Christmas tree up until St. Patrick's Day is a thing, right?) Work with me here. The … Continue reading A Glass of Resilience: a Baby Born, an Old Path Rediscovered, and of Course Cold Beer