A look into Jacob's awesome life

As much as Jacob likes to focus on his two passions, web development and hiking, there are other things that happen in his life. A marriage, some big moves, occasional job changes… these experiences push Jacob around in new and exciting directions on this crazy journey called life. Here are a few stories of some of these big changes.

Jake and Katie at Lower Silver Falls

Surviving Three Children

A sleeping Charlotte

While a newborn girl has been a pretty big event for our household, the largest adjustment is dealing with three little ones. Even relatively simple things like grocery shopping is next to impossible to do with only one parent. I can't even imagine how I'd take all three of them hiking or to the zoo…

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  • Posted April 3, 2017
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A Girl Named Charlotte

One tired newborn girl

Our third child, Charlotte Emerick, was born early on February 13, 2017. She's our first daughter and the first granddaughter on either side of the family, which is evident by the amount of pink that has recently invaded our house. The pregnancy was easier for Katie this time around, with only a few…

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  • Posted February 20, 2017
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Mazatzal Wilderness Dreaming

The idea of conquering the Mazatzal Wilderness has slowly taken over my daydreams and random internet browsing. And why shouldn't it? Hiking in Arizona has not been as free-ranging as my Michigan adventures, thanks to hostile terrain and less-than-amiable property owners, and exploring designated…

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  • Posted February 13, 2017
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And 2017 is Going to be Sweet

Now that 2017 is officially up and going it's about time to solidify some of my goals for the new year. I already talked about how 2016 was for me and hinted at a few areas of growth that I want to focus on moving forward. Which may be a bit optimistic, as Katie and I will be welcoming a little girl…

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  • Posted January 3, 2017
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2016 was Okay

As 2016 draws to a close, I've been more reflective than normal about how the year went. In a lot of ways it's been a good one. Work is going great, especially considering how I was thrust onto a brand new team using unfamiliar technologies in early January. My boys are growing up fast and I can…

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  • Posted December 30, 2016
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What Kind of Hiker Am I?

Even after living in and exploring the wilderness of Arizona for two years I still consider myself a Michigan hiker. It's only fair, in some ways: my hunger for the outdoors started in the Upper Peninsula and I spent seven years up there hunting waterfalls and old growth and forgotten places. Two…

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  • Posted October 24, 2016
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Tonto Road Trip

Picketpost Mountain in the early morning light

Noah and Thomas munched on their breakfast in their seats behind me, occasionally breaking out in short bursts of chatter between long periods of quiet eating. I drove the three of us eastward on US-60 under a predawn sky towards Globe. This was my weekend alone with the boys and we had ambitious…

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  • Posted September 16, 2016
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Birthday Trip to Sedona

Rugged hills and mountains beyond tame parking

Between work and kids and moving to Arizona it had been a long time since Katie escaped somewhere on our own. Well, it had been a full year. Last year she took me on a birthday trip to the Dells for a full weekend of sight-seeing and adventure golf. Of course we had been worrying about Noah for much…

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  • Posted July 11, 2015
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Hiking with Noah

A very happy Noah

Over the last few months I've been taking my older son, Noah, out on hikes around Phoenix. For the first few I kept him in a carrier strapped to my back. He was too young to walk far over the rough ground of a hiking path. As long as I brought some snacks, a sippy cup with water, protected him from…

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  • Posted May 2, 2015
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The Arrival of Son 2: Thomas

Katie snuggling with newborn Thomas

On the morning of January 5, 2015, Thomas Neal Emerick was born, our second child. He arrived in a small hospital in Mesa, Arizona after a drawn-out pregnancy that was filled with anticipation and far too much stress. We had a few close encounters over the last few weeks, late-night visits that we…

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  • Posted January 9, 2015
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