Thursday, December 16, 2010

Redwood Coast

Northern California Redwood Coast

Levi finding treasures!

This trip was one week after he fell off the garbage can (while trying to slam dunk the basketball hoop) and cut his eye open requiring several stitches, and broke his arm. One TOUGH kid!! He did great! :)

'Caostal Trail'

Corkscrew Tree

A view from our campsite of the crashing waves below!! BEAUTIFUL!

Looking up from inside a burnt out tree (yet still alive).

A sleeping bear inside a burned out tree! :)
A rainy hike through the 'Avanue of the Giants'

The Lost Coast
Sunset along The Lost Coast
Yet ANOTHER great find!
'Fern Canyon' Levi's favorite hike of the trip!

5" Bannana Slug

Sunlight peeking through redwoods in the 'Avanue of the Giants'.



Cooling off on Crescent Beach before the long drive home!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


National Park Week 2010

Share a Park, Shape a Life!

April 17th–25th: FREE Admission All Week at Every National Park!

This National Park Week, we invite you to celebrate your ownership of the nearly 400 national parks across the country by sharing it with our youngest generation.
VISIT Plan your national park adventure at
VOLUNTEER A list of opportunities can be found at
SUPPORT Visit or text PARKS to 90999 and donate $10 to the National Park Foundation instantly!*

The National Park Foundation is proud to release a brand-new resource to help connect young people with their national parks, "Parks For Play: 35 National Park Adventures For Kids Of All Ages". This new resource, highlights activities and adventures for kids of all ages to enjoy. Its free, and it’s here to help you share a park and shape a life.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Feb 2010

Mount Hood

Highest peak in Oregon
11,240 ft

My son, Aaron, age 8. Superstar!

Sunset view before setting up camp.

Mt. Hood or BUST!

 We hit the trail close to 6pm and began at a fairly leisurly stroll. I wasn't really sure how Aaron would do on a big mountain climb like this so we took it easy and played our way up till close to 9pm and set up camp near the top of the ski lift. It was the last day of july and the groomers were pacing the mountain half the night getting ready for all the skiers that would play below us all day tomorrow.

All geared up and ready to hit the glacier!

I picked this time of year because there would be less snow.... as it turns out, thats the WORSE option! (Chalk that up to my ignorance! :)
*It was late summer and we were on a glacier that was in full melting mode! Sure, it was nearly 80 degrees and I was comfortable in shorts and a tshirt, but the landscape was also enjoying the summer sun and the glaciers were at a steady roar of small streams and the patches of frozen soil were rapidly thawing and letting go of watermelon sized rocks that came rolling down the mountain at us trying to score a spare!

Worlds handsomest little mountaineer!

NOPE! ...can't see the truck anymore!

Break time at the glaciers' edge!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Columbia River Gorge...

..the best damn last minute decision I've ever made!

1. Horsetail Falls

2. Upper Horsetail/Ponytail Falls

3. Oneonta Falls

  • 4. Multnomah Falls
5. Wahkeena Falls

6. Bridal Veil Falls

7. Sheppards Dell Bridge, Trail, and Falls