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Noah's First Camping Trip

Desert valley around the ranch

Taking Noah on a camping trip has been on my list for some time now. He and Thomas have been hiking with me for almost two years now, and Noah in particular (who is almost three and a half now) asks a lot about all the backpacking that I wander off on. Katie is also very interested in getting Noah…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted November 6, 2016
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Garden Valley Loop with the Family

Bright morning sun over the trail

Blinding morning light shone hot over the Superstitions, pouring over the highlands around Bluff Springs and Coffee Flat and trickling onto First Water Trailhead. Katie and I moved like two well-practiced machines under the hot sun. There were sunhats to put on the kids, sunscreen to apply, snacks…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Family Hike on the San Tan Stargazer Loop

Setting sun over a little hill

A few miles from our house in Gilbert is a little county park that I have barely explored. Well, maybe I misused the word 'little'. San Tan Mountain Regional Park is over 10,000 acres and offers miles and miles of trails. Until now the only loop I've really explored is the Goldmine/Dynamite, both…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 18, 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…

  • Category Personal
  • 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…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted January 9, 2015
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2015 - The Year of the Desert

Noah and me down by the lake

I'm not sure if I'm excited or not for 2015. Noah will be hitting two, we'll be having a new baby in a few days (oh golly), and working for Shutterstock just keeps getting better. On the other hand, I'm 2000 miles from my beloved Upper Peninsula and living in a desert. Everytime I think of the next…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted January 3, 2015
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Leaving the Midwest

Five years. That's how long Katie and I have lived in Wisconsin. Five years ago we moved from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, leaving behind friends and the land I loved for a faint promise of a better job propect. Things turned out. Both of our careers have advanced since the move, I became more…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted September 29, 2014
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Camelback Mountain of Phoenix

Predawn light over Camelback Mountain

A few weeks ago I found myself in hot, sunny Arizona. Katie, Noah, and I were visiting some family in the Phoenix area during the warmest time of the year. After a few days of catching up inside during the daylight hours and swimming during the evening I was starting to get a bad case of cabin…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 15, 2014
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Visiting the Parents in Washington

Large receiving dock at Westport

A little less than two years ago my parents embarked on an ambitious move across the country. For over twenty years they lived in the thumb area of Michigan, a wonderfully remote and quiet land that was a perfect place to raise a family. However, after my sister and I left and some time passed, they…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted August 14, 2014
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Noah at One Year

First tricycle ride

Over a year ago a life-changing event showed up in the middle of Katie and I's simple lives, something that complicated and enriched our little family forever. Noah Emerick was born. Since he arrived we've endured an onslaught of dirty diapers, interrupted nights, and half-hearted adherance to his…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted July 6, 2014
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