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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…

  • Category Personal
  • 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…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted February 20, 2017
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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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Group Backpacking on the Cabin Loop

Backpackers along Bill McClintock Draw

Now that Katie is freshly inducted into the cool backpacker's club it only made sense to try out something that I've been playing around with a long time now: a large group outing. Chris and I had gone on adventures, and then Katie and I - why not all three of us? Plus Kirsty, their cousin? Four…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 5, 2016
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Superstition Backpack with Katie

Canyon Lake overflow reaching up La Barge

Deep blue water snaked up from Canyon Lake into lower La Barge, pushed back against its natural flow by an unnatural dam on the Salt River. Katie and I looked down at the cool waters, at the people swimming and splashing and kayaking, and wondered why we were doing it wrong. Instead of being near…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 11, 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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Establishing Hiking Tiers

For the last eight years I've embarked on a wide variety of hikes. Most of them have been easy, quick treks less than five miles in length near or in well-traveled areas. Some hikes, on the other hand, have been fraught with danger. Long distances, remote locations, and difficult off-trail sections…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted March 4, 2016
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Hiking and Backpacking in 2016

Hiking in Arizona has become more appealing over the last year. To avoid the hot summer temperatures I can start early in the morning or drive to the higher elevations around Payson and Flagstaff. I've only run into a handful of poisonous creatures and never felt like I was in actual danger. Cactus…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 21, 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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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…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted July 11, 2015
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