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Backpacking Kings Canyon: Rae Lakes Loop Trip Report

Backpacking Kings Canyon: Rae Lakes Loop Trip Report

Four of my closest friends and I recently (September 2017) spent 4 days and 4 nights in Kings Canyon National Park. We backpacked 41 miles along Rae Lakes Loop, and were absolutely blown away by the breathtaking views around … Continue Reading

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Riding High Into 2018! A Year In Photos

Riding High Into 2018! A Year In Photos

2017 was jam-packed full of my favorite things: travel, great live music, lots of running, time with friends and family, and exciting new experiences. I kicked the year off camping with my wife, daughter, and a lot of friends in Santa Barbara... Read more →

Ghana, 10 Years To The Day

Ghana, 10 Years To The Day

On this day 10 years ago, Cortney and I headed to JFK and boarded a flight to Accra, Ghana. We volunteered to teach at the Ve Deme Orphanage in Ghana's Volta Region, near Hohoe. While we spent most of our time at the orphanage teaching kids Science and English, we also made plenty of time for exploring the countryside, and had more than our share of adventures along the way. Read more →

Halloween Music – A Spooky Playlist Of Gloomy Music For Fall

Halloween Music – A Spooky Playlist Of Gloomy Music For Fall

I’m a bit of a music snob. There’s no getting around that.

I’ve found that most of the Halloween playlists out there are created with a wide audience in mind. They’re intended to be played at Halloween parties, and are … Continue Reading

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2016: A Retrospective In Photos

2016: A Retrospective In Photos

Looking back at 2016, I am in awe of such a momentous year. It was packed full of some of life’s most joyous experiences, like getting married, contrasted with some of life biggest challenges, like mourning the loss of a … Continue Reading

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Remembering Kyle Quigley

Remembering Kyle Quigley

One year ago today, on February 8th, 2015, my best friend Kyle was killed by a drunk driver. I feel compelled to write a few words about Kyle here in his memory. Read more →

Running Back-To-Back Half Marathons

Running Back-To-Back Half Marathons

This past Sunday, I ran the Griffith Park Half Marathon. One week prior to that, I ran the Disney Star Wars Half Marathon. I hadn't planned to run two half marathons with one week apart, but I'll get to that shortly. Prior to these two races, my last half marathon was in Ventura in June of 2014. I finished that race in 1:54:53, and I knew that I could do way better than that. Read more →

Touring the Midwestern US on a Bike

Touring the Midwestern US on a Bike

In June of 2015, my Dad and I went on a weeklong bike trip through southwest Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota. This was my first time visiting either of these states, and I was excited to experience a new part of the country from the saddle! I missed the majority of the first day due to some airline complications. Rather than ranting about incompetent airport employees and terrible airlines, I'll just get right into the bike trip. Read more →

Backpacking Butano State Park

Backpacking Butano State Park

It recently dawned on me that I hadn't been on a single backpacking trip so far this year, and the year is almost halfway over... So I decided to change that. Three weeks ago, my brother and I did a one night backpacking trip in Butano State Park. It was about a 13 mile loop - roughly 6 miles to the campsite, and 7 miles back out. The park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s beautiful terrain - a lush forest full of redwoods... Read more →

The 2015 Big Sur Marathon

The 2015 Big Sur Marathon

I've always been drawn to Big Sur. The first time I visited California, my friend Joe and I spent a night camping there, and I've been in love with the area ever since. There's something magical about the redwoods and ocean air that keep me coming back for backpacking trips, concerts, and anything else even remotely interesting. I don't need a compelling reason to... Read more →