Pikes Peak summit 2016

My Love-Hate Relationship with Pikes Peak

My Love-Hate Relationship with Pikes Peak Some things never change… even when everything else does. Just a couple weeks ago, Steve and I tackled an epic race on America’s Mountain: Pikes Peak. While I chose to just race to the top in the Ascent on Saturday, Steve wanted to tackle the Marathon on Sunday, where…

Bryce Canyon 100

so this one time…Ep. 2

Feeling emaciated, cracked lips, aching thighs, calves and feet, I strained to place one shoe further than six inches ahead of the other.  We were making good time as we weaved in and out of the red canyons of Southern Utah, but around mile marker 42 I fell apart.  Nausea had set in along side…

Hardrock 100 Island Lake Elites

You Need to Run an Ultramarathon

Ok, hold on.  Stick with me here. I am well aware that many of you are not fond of running.  For some simply the thought of lacing up the tennies for a little jog (or “yog,” Ive heard it both ways) is nauseating and vile.  But ultra running is only a distant kin to what…

Big Sur cliffs

Adventures in Big Sur, CA

Big Sur, CA   Big Sur, CA From San Luis Obispo, Big Sur is only slightly over an hour north along the appropriately famous Hwy 1.  Traveling through the coastal towns of Morro Bay, Cayucas, Cambria, and San Simeon, “The 1” bobs and weaves its way past Hearst Castle and Elephant Seal breeding grounds as…

so this one time…Ep.1

Ellen and I are currently in training for an ultra-marathon.  50 miles, 10,000ft of climbing, and as if that was not daunting enough, its at 8,500ft of altitude.  Needless to say we have been eager to train as much as possible.  Especially since we now live at sea level in Shell Beach, California.  This is the…

The Best-est

Here is a not so comprehensive list of our favorite places and experiences along our travels so far: Favorite Sunset Location: Being suckers for the magnitude of mountainous terrain we have to vote for Baldy Peak in Eagle River, Alaska.  What most folks forget is that the  “golden hour” of sunlight is nearly a “golden” three…