Fall in the Dolomites

This is the first of more frequent, picture heavy blog posts I plan to put out. Less writing, more pictures! For the last three weeks, Rose and I have been hiking in the Dolomites. The second half of August and all of September, we were climbing intensely in Slovenia. We had wanted to be in the Dolomites in the fall […]

The Menalon Trail

This Spring, Rose and I hiked the Menalon Trail. Over four days, we walked through 52 miles of rural mountains and sleepy medieval towns in the Greek Peloponnese. Following is the story in words and pictures of this wonderful and remote adventure. The afternoon before we began, we drove from our home in Leonidio to Elliniko. Elliniko is a picturesque, rural […]

Barbara from Bulgaria!

In middle school, kids tormented Rose by calling her “Barbara from Bulgaria”. We wanted to learn more about her origins so we went there. To Bulgaria. It turns out that that it would not be too bad to actually be from Bulgaria — the country is super cool! The Mountains We spent the first half of the week up in […]

MTB on the GR5 – Part 3

Mountain bike tour on the Grand Randonee 5 from Genk, BE to Ettelbruck, LU. Day 4 – Single Trail and Hike-a-bike That hotel in Cornelyshaff had some of the greatest food I’d ever had. Both breakfast and dinner were phenomenal. Probably partially due to how hungry Rose and I were, but also all the food they served was locally grown/made.​After […]

MTB on the GR5 – Part 2

Mountain bike tour on the GR5 from Genk, BE to Ettelbruck, LU. Day 3 – Rose in a cloud The next day started off in a typical bleak, gray, Central-European fashion in Stavelot. I noticed one of the cuts in my right hand had become infected. Probably all the romping around in the swamp I did the previous day. The […]

MTB on the GR5 – Part 1

Mountain bike tour on the Grand Randonee 5 from Genk, BE to Ettelbruck, LU. The GR-5 The Grand Randonee 5 (GR-5 or alternately Europe 2 route) is a 1500 mile hiking trail that starts on a beach along the North Sea in The Netherlands and winds its way through mountains and forests (and hundreds of cool small towns) to the […]

Discovering Chamonix – Part 1

​What Is Chamonix? Don’t expect to come to Chamonix and be the cool climber guy/irl. Sure, you’ll be the object of amusement for plenty of tourist gawkers amazed that you just climbed ‘that’, but if you catch the first lift up the Aiguille du Midi in the morning, you’ll see that Alpinism is the norm here. “Did he just say lift? I […]