The Itchy Witch in France ‘n’ Disco

While we were in San Francisco applying for our residency visas in Spain, we left our tiny Chinatown hotel room to take Soleil to Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. "The coldest winter I ever … [Read more...]

Hookers, Rushmore and Limestone: Badass South Dakota

I read the above Vonnegut quote while in South Dakota and found ample opportunity to heed its message.   I think Soleil did, too. Hallelujah! she said, as she hiked the mile uphill to the … [Read more...]

Big Adventure in Windswept Wyoming

First stop, Lander.  Good beer, cute cowboy town, and lots of pocketed limestone. We immediately liked the local sense of humor. Well, I should say we liked the local CLIMBER … [Read more...]

Our Unplanned Trip to The Beaver State

It was really cold in April in Colorado. And Ari really wanted to see Oregon. So we took an impromptu road trip to the Beaver State because, what the hell, we're nomads and we can.  It was … [Read more...]

Entering the Garden of the Gods to Meet My Maker…and His Mom

We got to Rifle, Colorado a month too soon. After a few painful days of climbing in finger freezing temps, Soleil and Ari and I headed east over the mountains to Manitou, Colorado Springs … [Read more...]

Zion Family Photo Hell

I just wanted a nice family portrait at Zion National Park. Nothing fancy. Just a couple rising red spires, a Mai Tai colored sunset, and us. The perfect family with a perfect Facebook cover … [Read more...]

Is School Ruining Our Children?

On our way to Colorado, we stopped at Crawdad Canyon, a manicured "rock climbing park" on private property in St. George, Utah. We pulled up to the locked gate at 9am and, as requested, … [Read more...]

Heaven or Las Vegas

Title inspired from this song. Listen while you read. ♥ After a weeklong birthday bender in Mexico City, we flew back to the States on the 23rd of December to celebrate the holidays with my … [Read more...]

Happy 3rd Birthday Soleil!!!

Soleil's 3rd birthday celebration actually started a few days before the actual day (October 9th) in Las Vegas. She got her party going with these two cute little guys, Noah and Elijah, otherwise … [Read more...]

Bye-Bye Maple Canyon

I've been to Utah a few other times in my life, but I must never have bought liquor before. I had no idea that all the liquor stores were owned and operated by the State.  The liquor … [Read more...]

From Heroin to Heroine: How a Good Man Made All the Difference

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” –Johann Wolfgang … [Read more...]

Draft Show and Town Fair: Nephi, Utah

Finally. We made it to a town fair. It had been way too long since we bumped elbows with the local set. Frankly, North Americans just don't gather as much as their southern neighbors … [Read more...]

What are WE doing in Nephi, Utah?

Well, we targeted Nephi because it's the closest small town (with a grocery store) to Maple Canyon, a beautiful, kid-friendly, rock climbing destination. But when we pulled into town, we almost kept … [Read more...]

My First River Trip! – An Update from Soleil

Guess what! It finally happened! I got to go on my first family river trip! I was so excited!!! THREE WHOLE DAYS DOWN THE DESCHUTES! I had no idea what that meant, but Mama and Daddy, and Pa … [Read more...]

Climbing with Kids: Beth Rodden Interviewed Us!

A few months ago, while we were in Yosemite for 3 wks, we had the lucky opportunity of meeting Beth Rodden. Our families converged at the same "warm up"  boulder at the same time, and … [Read more...]