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My blog is now seven years old. This is my 237th post in the past 364 weeks. I kept a one post a week pace up for the first 3 years, three posts a month pace up for the 4th year, 1.5 post a month during my 5th year and at least 1 post a … Continue reading…

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Not sure why WordPress (or Google+) chose the one picture in the post from 2010, not 2016...
On our second day in Yosemite, we got going at a reasonable time. It was still pretty cold in the morning until the sun had a chance to warm the place up a bit. Bridal Veil Creek Campground is at an elevation of 7000 feet so expect it to be a little…

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The Highway 1 is closed in a couple of places preventing us from doing our original plan for this trip. The new plan is quite a bit different, but should be a blast. Can't wait to take off on this trip.
In January 2017 I planned a road trip up most of the coast of California, including Big Sur. We wanted to enjoy another “top-down” road trip up the coast again for our 5th anniversary. Five years ago we rented a Volvo convertible for a trip up the coast…

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This was my fourth time in Yosemite in 6 years and fifth time overall. Although the place was the same, each visit was unique. This trip was planned early in 2016 as a quick car camping trip. Although our trip in 2011 had been in August, and this was just…

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When I completed the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2013, I was very over trained and dealing with an injury that popped up 2 weeks before the Marathon. The worst over training issues affecting me were large bumps on both of my Achilles tendons. I was…

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We woke up early in Jackson, Wy on the last full day of our Yellowstone and Grand Tetons vacation. It had been a quick 3 day visit, but we had seen a lot. We had both visited the geysers and pools on previous trips to Yellowstone, so we spent the first…

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About 5 years ago I planned a road trip from San Diego to Big Sur.  We ended up going all the way to San Francisco and getting married along the way.  After we were done we knew we wanted more, so this summer for our 5 year anniversary we will head back…

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We knew we would be hiking in Grand Teton National Park, but we had not chosen which trail to hike until the day before our hike. I had a list but was still doing research and we wanted to go with one that fit the way we felt when the time came. I’m not…

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We were lucky enough to be invited to the wedding of the son of close friends in Bozeman Montana at the beginning of August 2016.  Unfortunately for us we already had floor tickets to Adele in Los Angeles the day before the wedding.  These were tough…

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We had considered going snorkeling at Honolua Bay on day four. The weather on that side of the island was not cooperating so we decided to spend the day exploring the island. We started by heading to Iao Valley State Park.  The weather was not perfect,…
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