Mountain Climbing Dreams

The past weekend did several small hikes in Canmore and came across several rock climbers on our journey. My littlest looked on with envy. He is always dreaming of the day that he will be climbing the side of a mountain. ...more
 @motherofnine9 I bet there are many! I know my little one has been testing his limits at the ...more

Searching for the Kingdom

I love the concrete jungle.Back in June, when we moved from the foresty, farmy suburbs of Boston to the anti-christ of New York City, I felt this incredible sense of freedom.  I was no longer tethered to my car.  I could get a really good, freshly baked bagel 24/7.  And, I could buy beer on Sundays.Embrace the freedom, people....more

Turtle Wisdom

My middle school students and I found a turtle today!  Great lessons were learned.

Bread and Butter Indian

When I was in grade 3, there was a book in our school's library that I read compulsively. I tried reading other books, and did, but always found myself coming back to the old, worn and familiar, Bread and Butter Indian....more

Stay On The Trail

 My dog Petey has a tumor - a big one on his jaw. It’s inoperable. I don’t know how much longer he’s got.  When I took Petey to the vet he asked me, “How comfortable are you with death?”“Well, I grew up on a farm,” I said.  “We learned not to get too attached to our animals.”“Okay, well, there’s nothing we can do about this tumor,” he said.  And that was that....more

Pitbulls and Doggie Etiquette

A Life Full of Days...Yesterday we had our weekly Dog Hike at Walnut Creek. We take all three dogs, Buddy, Hank and Gracie. It's an interesting place in that dogs can be off leash, bikes go zipping by on the paths, and, for the most part, everyone is friendly. The days have been really pretty and it seems to keep everyone in good mood for their experience in the woods....more


This morning, seeing as this is the first weekday of non-Daylight Savings Time, I was going to exercise....more

I'm Asian, and I'm Going Camping!

This Labor Day weekend, I’m heading to Yosemite National Park with my family for a weekend of camping, hiking and swimming. Every summer, we spend several days camped out in a national park – no Internet, TV, cell phones, or electricity....more
@Shannon LC Cate That's a good point about racism and homophobia en route to the ...more

Conquering Mt. a Day

Bob, my brother, and I made it to the top of Mt Whitney at 1:15 p.m. August 30, 2011.  We got up at 2:00 a.m. and were on the trail at 2:30 a.m.  We hiked for around 3 and 1/2 hours in the dark.  It was a bit surreal to be hiking with just the light of our headlamps showing the trail.  It was just a lot of uphill hiking without the benefit of wonderful views.  We did hear lots of water and had to cross several streams on logs and by rock hopping.  It was nice when the sun finally rose and we could put away the headlamps....more
Great trip report - I do alpine starts before dawn all of the time in winter in New Hmapshire to ...more

Hiking in the Alps...Part 1

Another installment from my trip to Europe!! I hope you are enjoying all of my adventures!!This was another amazing day in Switzerland, and probably one of my favorite!! This was the last day before Jake's parents arrived, so we wanted to take advantage of the amazingly beautiful weather and go on a hike. The plan was to be dropped off almost at the end of the valley by the canton of Uri. ...more
I love your pictures of Zurich! It makes me want to go back and relive my youth! I think my ...more