Stephen and Avian’s Maple Syrup Slideshow

Here is a slideshow that Stephen and Avian presented in front of their 4th grade class, along with their introduction to maple syrup below the video. Papa Buckshot helped a lot with the content of the intro. Stephen: We went to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to make maple syrup with our Grandma Rosie and Papa Buckshot. Our family has been making Maple Syrup for nearly 60 years at our Sugar Bush. My great-great-great-great Uncle Elmer also produced Maple Syrup onRead more

Speed workout – 800s

There is nothing better than the post- speedwork feeling of accomplishment (unless while doing said speedwork, you discover that your sister, traditionally slower than you, is now faster). Many times, I will go for a slow 45 min run, and feel sort of lazy and worthless afterwards. But after a speedy session, I feel like I am ALIVE, and the high lasts long after my shower. While visiting Michigan, I convinced my sister, who had never tried speedwork, to accompany me toRead more

Robinson Flat to Michigan Bluff

Bright and early Saturday morning, Gretchen and I drove to Auburn, to meet Chaz and our friend Bill, who had generously agreed to drive us out to Robinson Flat, so we could do a one-way run on the Western States trail. We had left a car in Foresthill, which was about 34 miles down the trail, using the route we took (with a little add-on). Bill left us at the trailhead, and we began our journey, first stop was theRead more

Pigeon Point field trip

This past week, I had the amazing opportunity to tag along with my 4th grade twins’ class on a visit to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, on the California coast. I wasn’t one of the “lucky” parents selected in the lottery to be a chaperone, but I was able to book myself a private room at the lighthouse hostel,  join in on all the daytime activities, and get some free time to run and hike. After we arrived, two incredible outdoor educators,Read more