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Prague 3: National Monument on Vitkov Hill

The day of our return to Prague, Michael and I headed to the Národní památník, the National Monument on Vitkov Hill while Sami and Nate took naps following the long drive from Berlin. This museum is dedicated to the history of the statehood of Czechoslovakia: from its foundation in 1918 to its end in 1939… Continue reading Prague 3: National Monument on Vitkov Hill

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A Six Pack of Peaks

And Peak #1: Mt. Baden-Powell After a few years of seeing social hiking groups on the trails and on my Instagram feed, I finally caved and signed up for the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks Challenge to kick off the summer. The Six Pack of Peaks Challenge was started by Jeff Hester when he was… Continue reading A Six Pack of Peaks

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San Gabriel Valley Resource List

As we continue our slow emergence from a global pandemic, life is beginning to feel more like normal. Schools across Southern California have returned to some form of in-person instruction, and we are now looking forward to graduations and other end-of-the-year celebrations. While these events are greatly modified from the parties of years past, at… Continue reading San Gabriel Valley Resource List

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Weekends to Remember: Rafting the American River

A river runs through it Last weekend brought our family a new adventure. I had never been whitewater rafting before in my life, so when the opportunity arose as a Scout family outing, we jumped at the chance.  It was a first for my younger boy and daughters as well, as the two younger ones… Continue reading Weekends to Remember: Rafting the American River

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Backpacking the Angeles: Hoegees Camp and Spruce Grove

The view of Mount Wilson from Mt. Zion. I love the great outdoors.  As I hike over five miles at least once a week, I can probably consider myself an avid hiker.  There isn’t much that I enjoy more than being out in nature. That said, I haven't spent that much time backpacking. I have… Continue reading Backpacking the Angeles: Hoegees Camp and Spruce Grove