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There's a lot of awesome stuff covered here. Jacob Emerick is a web programmer with years of experience in scalable architecture and development of best practices. He also enjoys hiking the wilds of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This blog contains a mix of topics ranging between these two interests and more. read more

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Mt Baldy Super Loop

Dim morning light on East Fork Trail

Mt Baldy rises from the edge of the Mogollon Rim, towering above the lofty pine-covered plateau to an impressive 11,409', making it the second highest mountain in Arizona. While some sections of the mountain were damaged in the Wallow Fire of 2011 it is largely pristine, with some of the finest…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 14, 2021
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First Kid Backpack - Cabin Loop

ready-to-start-the-adventure

Sunlight filtered softly through the tall pine trees as I eyed up my three kids. We had spent the last few months preparing for this moment, testing our limitations and gear, and I still wasn't sure if we were ready for this particular adventure. Day-long hikes and car camping were one thing -- an…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 5, 2021
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Managing the Pandemic

The last year has lasted an eternity. COVID-19 has impacted, well, the entire world, and my family wasn't spared. I don't mean to complain - we are blessed and privileged and are able to react to the uncertainty - there is just no question that every event in the last twelve-to-thirteen months has…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted March 27, 2021
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Middleware and API Gateways

After spending quite a few years working with services, and, more recently, API gateways, I've become intimately familiar with the desire to add layers and layers of middleware. When a service is initially designed it focuses only on pure functionality - each endpoint offering a unique business…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted October 28, 2020
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Horton-Derrick Loop

Big trees near the start of Horton Creek Trail

Early on a weekday morning the kids and I pulled into the Derrick Trailhead near Christopher Creek, one of only three vehicles parked in the normally busy lot. Our first destination, Horton Creek Trail, is a popular hiking trail, and I hoped that the combination of an early start and weekday timing…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 23, 2020
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Isabella-Groom Loop

Early morning light on Isabella Trail

In my search to explore new areas in Arizona for kid-friendly hikes, especially to escape the summer heat of the Phoenix area, Prescott eventually bubbled up as a possibility. I've driven past these lands a few times and never given it serious consideration, more interested in the destinations…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 2, 2020
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Summiting Mount Lemmon

Cool mural at the trailhead

Faint morning light outlined the bulk of Mount Lemmon ahead, a majestic scene as I eased into Catalina State Park. I paid the fee and parked at Romero Canyon Trailhead on the east end. There were a dozen vehicles scattered around the lot, a surprising amount so early in the morning, and I wondered…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 14, 2020
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Asbestos Point and Mine

Kids checking out the old truck near Pocket Creek

As I've began to venture into the Sierra Ancha Wilderness, I can't help but wonder if it'd be a suitable destination for my kids. Compared to the Superstition and Mazatzal Wilderness it is rather small (a mere 20,000 acres), which is reflected by the shorter trails and easier access, yet it is much…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 4, 2020
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A Few Years of Working Out

Working out has, over the last few years, become an integral part of my day. Long ago I assumed that running occasionally and eating semi-healthy was enough, and then my thirties hit, and I realized that I needed something more. Katie prompted me to try a cardio program with a little bit of weights…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted June 26, 2020
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Moody-Coon Loop: Coon Creek

An easy start on Coon Creek Trail

Waking up in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness, sleeping under a twisted oak with only a down quilt between me and the elements, was a pleasant and leisurely affair. I ignored the predawn rush and continued reading my book from last night, eagerly devouring the last dozen chapters before emerging onto a…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted May 12, 2020
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Activity Stream

  • Blogged about hiking | Mt Baldy Super Loop.
  • Read Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) by Leigh Bardugo.
  • Tweeted | RT @d_stepanovic: "We'll go faster if we don't pair/mob" [pic.twitter.com/olknHYBNW4]
  • Blogged about hiking | First Kid Backpack - Cabin Loop.
  • Read Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) by Leigh Bardugo.
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