North Cascades National Park

July 1-6, 2020 This was our first overnight trip we’ve taken since the coronavirus pandemic shut down Oregon. In both Oregon and Washington, the economy has opened up most places but masks are required and social distancing is standard. Brian and I have talked about visiting the North Cascades as a place we’d love to […]

Twin Falls - Covid Begins...

March 21-26, 2020 This trip was one of the strangest we’ve taken. Just 1 week before we left for this planned Spring Break road trip, Oregon closed all schools due to the coronavirus. Brian and I debated about whether we should still go. We weighed the pros and cons and assessed the risk and determined […]

Sandpoint, Idaho

January 17-20, 2020 This trip was a little weekend getaway with Vicki and us. None of us had ever really been to Sandpoint. Brian stopped there on his bike trip to Montana back in 2003, but didn’t remember a whole lot. We drove up there after my work let out on Friday afternoon and settled […]

Christmas & New Years 2019-2020

December 22-January 4 Our 2-week winter vacation was spent entirely with family in both California and Florida. We flew down to Los Angeles for the first week to spend it at my parents house in Oxnard. On Christmas and the few days following, all of my immediate family was together. Ian, Allyson, and Nora drove […]


November 26-December 1 This trip started with some adventure and unpredictability. The “Cyclone Bomb” was blowing through California and Southern Oregon at the same time we planned to drive to Sacramento. Shortly after turning off highway 84 we had already started to hit snow. It was slower moving but then near Redmond we came to […]

Malibu Half Marathon

Nov 1-4, 2019 Back in August Allyson told us she had signed up for a half marathon in Malibu. Brian has been looking to do more races so we mulled it over and within a week or two booked flights to LA and signed up to run. I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted […]

Tetons & Yellowstone National Parks

October 9-13, 2019 Now that we’re back living in the USA, we’ve really enjoyed getting to see some of America’s National Parks. We also enjoy road trips with Avery because it gives us more freedom with our packing and our schedule. Brian has already been to both of these parks but it was over 15 […]

Australia - Part 3 - Melbourne

Thursday, Aug 8 Today was a travel day. Bri and I went for a 45-minute run along the water from Cannonvale to the beginning of Airlie Beach. It was beautiful and so lovely to run in mid-60 degree weather. It was an easy morning packing up and getting to the airport. On our two flights […]

Australia - Part 2 - The Whitsundays

Monday, August 5 Our flight to Proserpine was uneventful. We showed the cabin crew the car seat label and they checked that it was all secured. No other questions asked. That’s how it should be! In Proserpine, we got our rental car, drove to Cannonvale and settled into our new Airbnb. What a wonderful view […]

Australia - Part 1 - Sydney

Tuesday, July 30-Thursday, Aug 1 We all survived the day and a half of travel. Just a few mishaps… I realized on the drive to Portland that I forgot Avery’s Epidiolex. Thankfully, I was able to quickly fix the situation with his insurance. The pharmacy we get it from is in Portland. It required an […]