Sugar Pine Point to Lake Genevieve

I got a ride with my friends Karyn and Scott who were staying for the weekend, and were competing in the Lake Tahoe Triathlon, 1/2 Ironman distance, which started and finished at Sugar Pine Point. We arrived about 6:30 a.m. and they headed to their event, and I headed up into the woods for a long run. I thought about the last time I had run here, just at the end of the school year, when I had come acrossRead more

Afternoon at Wild Island

The last week of summer vacation… The reality hit hard this morning, and I decided we needed to Do Something Fun today. I called Jp and we settled on getting out of work early to take the kids to Wild Island, a water park just east of Reno. The park was only open from 3:30-7, and there were hardly any people -it was in the high 80s, no lines- perfect conditions. The last time I took the kids there, 2Read more

a lazy sunday

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. – John LubbockRead more

scenes from the tahoe rim trail

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir, The Mountains of California   posted on the outhouse wall: “God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.” -John MuirRead more

A sunrise and a sunset

Unable to sleep in (went to bed late and drank too much), I went for a 5.5 mile run around town this morning, and was rewarded by spectacular clouds and sunlight beaming through the fog. It was exactly what I needed to kick the hangover. Throughout the day, the clouds and colors were absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t wait to get out again for another run after work. I headed up to the Donner Rim Trail, via Negro Canyon, towards SummitRead more

trail running in Breckenridge

Sunday morning, the group plan was to hike a 14er near Breckenridge. As I am afraid of heights, and the altitude of 9,000 feet at the house had already been affecting me, and the route they were supposed to take had a lot of exposure, I opted out and went for a run instead. I left early in the hopes of avoiding the thunderstorms that were forecast for most of the day. The components that make up a truly spectacularRead more

a day on donner lake

Sunday, we were graciously invited to spend the better part of the day on our friends’ boat on Donner Lake. Avian waiting patiently for the boat: Afterwards, we made lasagna for dinner.Read more

running with ghosts and swimming with seals

After having the worst day of my adult life yesterday, and waking up to more complications this morning, I found myself repeating expletives in my head as I drove my son to his 3 hour soccer camp.  After I got the kids checked in, I checked out, and hit the back road to Martis Valley. I forgot how fast I can run when fueled by anger. I climbed the trail up towards The Strand (Glenshire), crested the top, and then turned back towards Waddle Ranch instead. TheRead more