Yosemite: The REAL happiest place on Earth

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Being in Yosemite brought back memories of the two weeks we spent in Cochamo, Chile a little over a year ago. Both valleys boast enormous granite rock walls, outstanding climbing, ancient forests, … [Read more...]

Bishop, California: My Favorite Future Ghost Town

Bishop Soleil Walking the Tracks

Bishop is the kind of town where every shop is named after the person who owns it. Rusty's Saloon. Schatt's Bakery. Brock's Fly-fishing specialists. I love small towns, especially old ones with … [Read more...]

A View from the Heart of the Bounder

What it really looks like

When we started this crazy trip that evolved into a lifestyle, we auspiciously gave away pretty much everything that wouldn't fit in the van, including my large and beloved book collection.  As I … [Read more...]

Las Vegas 2.0

Soleil Downtown

Las Vegas has marked many milestones in both Tree's and my life. I lost my virginity here when I was 16. Woohoo! Just kidding, it was actually very anti-climatic. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself … [Read more...]

Breaking Bounder!

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I don't know if Soleil ever felt tired of living out of a suitcase, but Tree and I definitely did. Not being able to find what we were looking for, losing one baby sock everywhere we went, and the … [Read more...]

100 Days in the Wild

Soleil and Mama swimming

We've  decided to make a modest goal for 2015: this  year we will spend a minimum of 100 days in the wild as a family.  If Tree or I go climbing alone and Soleil's not with us, the day doesn't count. … [Read more...]

Enjoy Life, the Whole $h!t and Shebang

Kids on Christmas

The holidays were fun, but I'm glad they're over.  I think we all feel that way come January. We just want our normal lives back. Please, no more fun parties. No more sugar. No more love and lights … [Read more...]

A Tourist in My Own Country

Soleil running

Since we've been back in the States, things have not slowed down. We went from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles to Hood River to Seattle and then back to Hood River, and then we flew down to San Diego … [Read more...]

Back in the USA: Family, Friends, and Pumpkin Bowling

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After a three hour delay, a grueling ten-hour redeye flight from Buenos Aires to Mexico City, a three-hour layover, and then another four-hour flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles, we arrived … [Read more...]

The Meaning of Life in Argentina

Street Art Buenos Aires

Our last month in Buenos Aires was bittersweet. As I wandered the streets of San Telmo, with one eye looking outward taking in the architecture and street art, and the other eye trained … [Read more...]

Goodbye Sprinter, Goodbye South America

GB Salt Flats

It's true. We're leaving South America. Tickets are bought. The van is gone.  The Pan-American road trip is coming to an end. Honestly, it's hard for us to wrap our brains around this enormous, … [Read more...]

Rio Broke My Heart…But I’m Okay

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I had big plans for Rio. I was going to sprawl my body out, drink in hand, on the white sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. I was going to shake my groove thing to a Samba beat in … [Read more...]

I’m Coming Out! Culturally Ambiguous

Soleil joins the Bomberos

I was walking back from climbing the other day with Soleil in the kiddy-pack, and a guy I'd never seen before crossed our path from the opposite direction. As we passed, Soleil's tiny hand started … [Read more...]

Dear Daddy: A Letter from Soleil

Comida a las gallinas

Dear Daddy, Since you've been gone, lots has happened. First of all, I got sick.  Here I am in bed...suffering without you. Mom compensated for your absence by letting us watch Plaza … [Read more...]

Gracious Goes the Ghost of Kiki

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In August of 2012, we found out that Kiki had terminal heart and liver problems and was given six months to live.  (Read the post here).  She defied the prognosis and lived for nearly two more years. … [Read more...]