Category Travel

Winter in Sonoma, winter in wine country

We’re Going Going, Back Back to Cali Cali…

Molly and I had both been to California many times, but never together.  One of our best friends from college, Leif, had lived in Los Angeles for a couple years and it was high time for a visit.  To add to the celebration, it was Leif’s girlfriend Adrienne’s 30th birthday on December 4.  Leif was […]

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore beach, Michigan backpacking, mosquito beach backpacking

A Return to Pictured Rocks

The first time we had been to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, it was early in the season and the lake was still frigidly cold.  Molly and I had talked about how much fun it would be to come back later in the summer after Lake Superior had warmed up a bit.  So, with our 6 […]

Conundrum Hotsprings backpacking, Conundrum Hotsprings camping

Glenwood Springs and Aspen, CO

Enough of this cold weather backpacking misery we had been putting ourselves through, time to plan a trip in the summer and hit up some hot springs!  A quick search for “hot springs” and “Colorado” will inevitably pull up one of the most picturesque and somewhat difficult to get to soaking grounds in the state, […]

Wisconsin car camping, point beach state park in the spring, wisconsin lighthouse


A March weekend in the upper 70s in the Midwest is a true rarity, and Molly and I were not about to squander it.  Bonus:  It was St. Patrick’s day weekend and we really needed an excuse to escape the craziness that descends on Chicago each year. Car camping sounded like a great idea and […]

Illinois snow storm, beer after shoveling, goose island in the snow, improvised cooler

2011 In Pictures

September Colorado backpacking, Fall Colorado Backpacking

Comanche Peaks Wilderness, CO

Molly’s 29th birthday was looming, but again, so was work.  We wanted to get to Colorado this year and were determined to get a trip in, but plans kept getting pushed back and late September weather in the Rockies can get a bit dicey.  Snow and cold be damned, we left for Fort Collins on […]

badlands national park backpacking, badlands national park camping, badlands national park sunset

South Dakota and Wyoming

We were looking for a quick getaway over Memorial Day weekend and settled on a road trip through the tourist traps and parks of South Dakota and SE Wyoming. I had been to the area many times in my youth and knew Molly would enjoy (most of) it.  Molly had been traveling like crazy for […]

white Christmas, Iowa christmas, snow, Christmas lights in the snow

2010 In Pictures

RMNP dramatic clouds, Rocky Mountain National Park longs peak hike,

Rawah National Widerness and RMNP, CO

Time to get serious and go west.  After hitting up the forums for some recommendations, we decided to do a 2 part trip starting out backpacking in Rawah National Wilderness (near Ft. Collins) followed by car camping and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. After a wonderful 14 hour drive, we immediately hit the […]

Michigan kayak camping, Lake Superior kayak camping, kayak in the rain, Michigan in the spring, grand island

Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, MI

Our first backpacking trip! We headed to the UP for a 4 day adventure of camping and kayaking.  Munising, MI was a great basecamp with hotels, kayak rentals, and a knowledgeable ranger station.  After this trip, we knew we were hooked on backpacking; and most importantly, that we could rough it…together. Our ambitious plans to […]