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Alum Cave Trail - Great Smoky Mountains

February 20, 2017 - We were super fortunate that on our last day within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundaries one of the best t...
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Newfound Gap Road - Great Smoky Mountains

February 15, 2017 - Smokies Continued: After spending three days backpacking in the Smokies we decided we'd take a "rest" day and spend it...
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Backpacking in Smoky Mountains National Park

February 07, 2017 - More catch up! Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the United States. And the number of visi...
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Kentucky Wedding

February 07, 2017 - More Catch up: The entire reason for our trip to the South was to celebrate the wedding of Lee's longtime friend Cristin...
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Mammoth Cave

February 07, 2017 - Catch up! We arrived at Mammoth Cave National Park with a little over an hour to spare before our first cave tour. Fortu...
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Oregon Christmas

January 22, 2017 - La Grande had a very white Christmas this year! We arrived Christmas evening which happened to be one of just two days i...
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Idaho Christmas

January 16, 2017 - Luck was on our side as far as snow and roads go this Christmas. We had an easy drive to Twin Falls the Wednesday night...
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California Christmas

January 08, 2017 - Despite the crazy hecticness of December, I love the Christmas season. I love getting out the decorations and putting up...
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Thanksgiving

January 08, 2017 - It's 2017 and I'm months behind on processing our photos and even further behind on writing about them! But Thanksgiving...
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Nashville

December 04, 2016 - From Hot Springs we drove to Nashville. Shortly after we got in the car we made the decision to drive to Nashville by wa...
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Hot Springs National Park

December 03, 2016 - One of Lee's long-time friends was married this fall. One of their wedding events took place in the middle of nowhere Ke...
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Kalemba Visit

November 20, 2016 - Each fall my parents pay us a visit, typically in October. Our trip down South threw that timing out of whack this year...
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Day 6: Vogelsang to Tuolomne Meadow

November 19, 2016 - We barely got breakfast on our last day. Unbeknown to us, the folks at Vogelsang moved Hot Drinks from 7 – 7:30am to Hot...
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Day 5: Merced to Vogelsang (August 14)

November 19, 2016 - The Merced breakfast was the best yet! And that’s saying something since I’ve never enjoyed cream of wheat. But, when yo...
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Day 4: Sunrise to Merced Lake (August 13)

November 19, 2016 - Our day started with a chorus of coyotes and another delicious round of oatmeal, fresh fruit and eggs. Only no French to...
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Day 3: May Lake to Sunrise (August 12)

November 19, 2016 - Day three was no joke. And it started after a fairly sleepless night. It was so warm (never dropped below 50 degrees) an...
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Day 2: Glen Aulin to May Lake (August 11)

November 19, 2016 - We slept much better at Glen Aulin than we did at Tuolomne Meadow. I attribute it to the warmer evening (still hit 39 de...
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Days 0 and 1– Tuolomne Meadow to Glen Aulin

November 19, 2016 - After our fabulous nine-day backpacking trip last summer through the Dolomites we decided we needed another long pack tr...
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Wierski Wedding

November 15, 2016 - J ust two days after Lani and the boys left our house we flew to Utah for a quick, 48 hour trip. Two family friends, Jul...
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Visit from the Archies

September 21, 2016 - In August Abbie braved two flights and a layover with Owen and Stella to come visit us in California. They arrived the d...
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The Leonards Hit the Bay

September 15, 2016 - In mid-July one of my closest childhood friends and her three kids drove out to stay with us for several days. Lori Jo's...
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Busy, busy, summer.

September 03, 2016 - June was incredibly busy. We were out of town two weekends (Owen's third birthday and camping in Lassen) and the weekend...
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Birthday fun in LG

August 26, 2016 - All I wanted for my birthday this year was a long weekend in La Grande. Very little beats a weekend at my parents in the...
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Lassen National Park

July 24, 2016 - The stars and our schedules aligned in June and we had the opportunity to spend a weekend outdoors with Joy and Collin....
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Owen's Third Birthday

July 24, 2016 - As my sisters kids have turned one, two and now three, it has been so very hard on me to not be part of their special da...
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Memorial Day in Missouri

June 22, 2016 - Two years ago our good friends Nick and Erika were transferred to St. Louis for work. We don't expect they will be in St...
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Lee's Birthday Weekend

June 02, 2016 - The morning the Hardings flew back to Utah we headed out to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach to meet up with...
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Hardings Come to Visit

June 02, 2016 - Just over two years ago our dear friends the Hardings left our neighborhood for Utah. It was a sad, sad day when they le...
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EY Reunion

May 22, 2016 - My first job out of college was at Ernst & Young where I worked as an Internal Auditor for nearly four years. The best p...
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Long Weekend in Idaho

May 22, 2016 - Our Christmas present to Lee's mom this last year was for him to go to Idaho and work on any open projects for three day...
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Keeping Busy....

May 22, 2016 - The last few years we have found ourselves staying closer to home during the first few months of the year. We are usuall...
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Oxford - April 2016

May 21, 2016 - Just 10 days after returning from our week in Sun River, I boarded a plane for Oxford. I had the opportunity to return t...
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Kalemba Family Vacation

May 21, 2016 - Early during the summer of 2015 my family realized that due to work schedules, new arrivals (Gus and Stella) and in-laws...
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Engagement Anniversary

May 01, 2016 - Lee and I were engaged in February of 2007 and since then we have opted to not celebrate Valentine's Day but to celebrat...
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Cousins!

February 18, 2016 - When the fear of Hand, Foot, Mouth kept the Tanners from connecting with us over Thanksgiving, we schemed an alternate w...
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Yosemite!

February 13, 2016 - Several years ago a group of us booked a weekend in Yosemite to go cross country skiing but due to the lack of snow, Bad...
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