Lava Beds National Monument

Every year on Memorial Day Weekend, the kids and I meet my brother and his family to spend a few days together. The timing falls perfectly right after their return from making maple syrup in Quebec, and before my brother’s smokejumping fire season begins (hopefully before… one year, he was flown out to Alaska immediately after we arrived). This year, JP and I packed up the kids Friday afternoon and hit the road to meet Marcel, Anne, LouLou and Lily, about halfwayRead more

Shirley Canyon Hike after school

As the days were becoming longer and trails were opening up, the kids and I started going for hikes after school was out. This particular hike is in Shirley Canyon, in Squaw Valley, very close to Stephen and Avian’s school. I took Avian and her friend Amber. We covered about 3.5 miles, an out and back (or up and down rather), with many breaks to check out the creek and waterfalls.   Afterwards, we went to Fireside Pizza in theRead more

Spring on the Tahoe Rim Trail

  a snowy run on the tahoe rim trail. 28 miles of trail, snow, some tears, a bit of laughter and the promise of new love. JP and I started the day around 11am at Tunnel Creek Road, climbing up to the Flume Trail. The Flume offers unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks, still tipped in white. After about 8 miles, we reached Marlette Lake, around mile 8, where the trail meets up with the Tahoe Rim Trail. The lake wasRead more