Our Outdoor Adventures

Not everything is big cities and tourist destinations. We love the outdoor adventures that allow us to explore so many of the wild places. You might find us camping in the desert or backpacking in the forests or skiing some fresh powder. Hopefully we can share the outdoors with you.

Lopez Island

Since we've been married my wife has told me of this place on the Puget Sound that she visited once in her youth. She always made it sound magical. I wasn't sure what stood out to her more, the trip up and back or the stay on the island. Well, we just rediscovered...

Exploring Mt. Rainier National Park

A glorious and rainy day was spent in Mt. Rainier National Park. En route to Seattle we wanted to make the most of the adventure. We decided instead of the quicker trip up through Boise, Tri-Cities, and Snoqualmie, we would go up through Missoula down to Yakima and up...

Family Backpacking in the Uintahs

One of my favorite places in Utah to spend hot summer days is two hours outside of Salt Lake City in the Uintah National Forest. Here we are able to escape the heat, get out of the smog, and commune with nature. Every year the crowds seem to get larger, but there are...

Running Mendocino and the Coast

About 10 days ago my wife decided to do another 50k to try to improve her overall UltraRunning Race Series ranking. Looking at the options we found this great little race on the Northern California coastline in the town of Mendocino. It is a first-year race - the...

Spring Running

This time of year is such a great time. A wonderful ski season has wrapped up and the trails are drying out. The snow is melting off of the jagged peaks and they are starting to call. I am really excited to start running peaks again. It's now that I can get up some...

Antelope Canyon Modified 55k Race Report

Have you ever done anything crazy? Ever wanted to test your body and push the limits? Well I did this weekend. As if going for a long run wouldn’t be hard enough I signed up to do 34 miles in the Arizona desert. Ultra Adventures puts on some amazing races here in the...

Cross Training in Winter

If you are like me then you are feeling the cold, unforgiving winter conditions that tempt us to stay inside. While staying warm and cozy in the comfort of your own home seems appealing, it’s negatively affecting necessary training time to prime you for the spring and...

Uintah Yurt Backcountry Ski Tour

While perusing the Wasatch Peak Baggers page I came across an invitation to join Tom McCabe on a two night yurt adventure in the High Uintah Wilderness. I have stayed in a yurt only one time before, but never skied into one. I couldn't pass on this opportunity. I...

Looking Ahead to an Excellent 2016

As we now put 2015 in the rear view we have time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. You may have spent some time last night, or will do so this weekend, in reflecting with family and friends. You may make a list of resolutions to make this year...