Goodbye Mexico, Hello Open Road!

Well, our 3 week family vacation in Mexico is finally over. That really flew by!

I put together a video of the trip. Check it out below…

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Here are the final round of photos from Cozumel. Below, some fun days diving…

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Lately Soleil has been into wearing anything and everything that Mama wears, including her earplugs…



Below, Stevie and Cyndi at the lobster dinner…


Indra and Brent


Soleil is still into climbing any and everything. Honestly people, we’re not pushing her. She seeks it out. We’re just trying to keep an eye on her so we can give her safety spots.

Now, having said that, we also never say NO to anything she wants to climb. If she shows an interest in climbing it, we let her, even if that means we’re practically lifting her up the climb. This seems to draw a lot of concerned looks from other parents, but I don’t really care. I want Soleil to believe that she can do anything.

Below, warming up on Las Rokas, Toddler V2


Project #2 – The Green Ladder, Toddler V4


Below, sending her hardest project.

The Moment Of Truth, Toddler V6

(with quite a tricky crux mantle at the top. check it out on the video here)


Family Portraits


Stevie’s sister – Alexis, Phil, and Abigail


My sister – Indra, Brent, Nica, and Theo


Pa and Nana


All the cousins together!


The whole family! (missing Cyndi)

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We owe a special thanks to my father, Pa – for the room at First Club, the incredible bottles of boutique tequila we’re taking home, and countless other generosities.

And another special thanks to my sister, Indra – for help with the flights from South America, the high-rolling tips left around the island, and countless other generosities.


So what’s next?

tripFirst, we fly back to Santiago, Chile to pick up the van and Kiki. Then we’ve got a loooonnngggg drive across the South American continent to Buenos Aires. We have an apartment rented there for a month. My Mom is coming down to visit, so that’s gonna be a blast. After that, we’ll point the van north and travel through Uruguay and into Brazil where we plan to spend the rest of the year.

We don’t have much of a plan for Brazil other than looking for good surfing and rock climbing while trying to avoid the crazy World Cup.

Should be interesting!






  1. Ding ding.
    That’s all.

  2. Janet Cizek says:

    Nicely done. Soliel is a rock star. So glad to see you are letting her stretch her wings.

  3. Awesome vid. Great song too!

  4. Mark Qu says:

    Stevie, you’ve got yourself a beautiful little family. So happy for you.

  5. Sol gets prettier and prettier Get your gun Tree.

  6. Ariana López Salvador says:

    awww!! Sol your hair finally grew 🙂

  7. April Huneycutt says:

    little climber like her Dad!

  8. Wow, looks like an amazing vacation. Soleil is awesome! I have never seen a toddler climb so well …so confident and strong and determined!

  9. aww i love you guys!

  10. Mashoud Janjua says:

    Stevie, Tree,

    Thanks for sharing your stunning family with us and by the looks of it, you have captured ample memories for posterity.
    You all seem to be a truly grounded clan and I can only extend to you a couple of expressions we use in my culture to admire, appreciate and give thanks for the bounties sent our way… such as parents, health, beauty, children,love ……!!!!

    I apologise in advance should I tread on some sensitivities you may have??

    Always Say ”Alhamdulillah” & ”MashALLAH” .

    For scholarly Stevie, you may gather that this is Arabic. Not my mother tongue, incidentally.!!! You may explore it further to have a better oversight .

    All the best and love to gorgeous Soleil.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi Stevie, Tree, Soleil, Thanks for sharing your vacation. Looks like so much fun for you all! Happy trails <3 :* Love Cous Cathy Alexander

  12. Greg Lavespere says:

    She is getting so big! Amazing pictures and such a beautiful family!

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