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Ode to the Corrie

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Capturing all of the memories that are associated with the Corolla for the last fifteen years would take more time than I have right now. But given that earlier today I just sold my first car and what has been a faithful companion for my entire post-collegiate life (15 years…40% of my life!), I felt [...]

Sayulita, Mexico

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The last few winters we’ve tried to head somewhere tropical to escape the Seattle rain. This year. for Meagan’s break in February, we decided to hit up Sayulita, Mexico for a week. It’s a formerly quaint but still relaxing beach town on the Pacific Coast near Puerto Vallarta. Meagan spent a week there last year [...]

Backcountry Riding at McClellan Butte

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Yesterday was my first “real” backcountry snowboarding adventure – a trip to McClellan Butte a few miles from North Bend. It was a pretty epic day, but not because of the primo snow conditions. The day started with a 7:30am meetup at the Mercer Island P&R to sort out rides. JJ and I packed in [...]

Christmas Tree 2011

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

We picked up our tree a few days ago (from Dunshee House, supporting a good cause), but it’s been sitting bare in the living room since Tuesday. Meagan’s mom is visiting, which provided good motivation to string up the lights and put on the decorations. The completed tree. We’re pretty sure no one else has [...]

Early Season Hiking, Riding, and Grilling at Stevens Pass

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

We have a bit of a tradition to head up to Stevens Pass for some hiking, riding, and grilling when Stevens has enough snow to ride but before they’re officially open. Well, this year, the snow fell so fast that we didn’t get a chance to beat them to opening day! But, the area we [...]

Meagan’s Graduation

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

It might seem silly at this point to blog about something that happened almost four months ago, except that your wife becoming a doctor struck me as something that I should write about, even if it’s a little late. I’m also slowly trying to unbury myself from a mountain of unprocessed photos. And given the [...]

Misadventures on the High Pass Challenge

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

What better way to spend a Sunday then to get up at 4:30am in Centralia, drive 90 minutes east to a small Washington town called “Packwood”, and bike 115 miles with 7500 ft of elevation gain in 92F heat? If you answered, “riding the 2011 High Pass Challenge“, you’d be correct! It was probably my [...]

Southeast Asian Adventure Part 5: Banyan Tree Phuket

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The last stop on our Asia trip was at the Banyan Tree Phuket resort. Our visit here was in many ways much like our previous stay at Phi Phi Island Village: lots of eating, swimming, and relaxing with a bit of activity sprinkled in here and there. The main difference was that, while Phi Phi [...]

Southeast Asian Adventure Part 4: Ko Phi Phi

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Continuing on the recap of our trip… After two weeks of backpacking and site-seeing in Bangkok, Luang Prabang, and Siem Reap, we were eager to hit the beach for the final week of our Southeast Asia adventure. We had two such places in Thailand lined up, and the first one to visit was the island [...]

Southeast Asian Adventure Part 3: Siem Reap

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Our three week adventure to southeast Asia continued in the temple-surrounded Cambodian town of Siem Reap. As I noted in the Luang Prabang write-up, we didn’t originally plan to visit Cambodia, but when an unseasonable and unfortunate series of tropical storms pummeled the island of Koh Samui, Thailand (our intended next stop) and closed their [...]

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