“National Mall Rats” (Nation’s Capital – June 9, 2014 to June 11, 2014)

In any case, I definitely felt like I was coming down with something as my congestion was now stuffing my nose. Fortunately, I was so tired that I was ultimately able to sleep, and I knew that I…

“Easter Surprises” (Monrovia Canyon Falls – April 20, 2014)

Ultimately, we would go on the familiar winding road up to Monrovia Canyon Park. We were worried about the parking situation here given the past troubles the last time we were here. At first…

“Recovery By Waterfalling” (Solstice Canyon Falls – April 13, 2014)

So we kept forward hoping perhaps to find a plaza or fast-food restaurant to stop at to see what was going on. But moments later, Tahia started puking. And it seemed like she was heaving quite…

“Our Pink-Eyed Pea” (Eaton Canyon Falls – April 6, 2014)

…there was a bit of unusual circumstances on our way out as we heard a loud circling chopper hovering right above the canyon. It was kind of ironic that we saw some memorial dedicated to “Arturo”…

“Waterfalling Independence” (Paradise Falls – March 30, 2014)

Then, we turned left at the familiar signposted junction for Paradise Falls. Tahia was doing quite well during the hike, and we were still proceeding with Julie in front and Tahia trying to play…

“Wild Goose Chases” (Ontario, Canada – October 11, 2013 to October 14, 2013)

But already, I was feeling a bit uneasy when I saw wet rocks and muddy spots on the descent. A slip and fall here could potentially be fatal. Even with the ropes tied to trees here…

“From Albany to Buffalo and More” (New York City and Upstate New York – October 10, 2013, October 11, 2013, and October 15, 2013)

…I attemped to cross above the rope. All it took was the first step and the slip of that step (without me losing my balance fortunately) to make me realize that the initial approach was too risky…

“Waterfalling Quebecois Style” (Quebec, Canada – October 4, 2013 to October 10, 2013)

After walking through the rain to the Auberge from the car park on the quai, I was finally in our room at 3:55pm. It turned out that our room was big and charming, and it was easily the best…

“Patriot Acts” (New England, USA – September 25, 2013 to October 4, 2013)

During the 80 minutes of driving to this point, I was talking with Julie about the prospect of going all the way out to Acadia National Park and not being able to visit thanks to the shutdown…

“Still Life” (Onion Valley Backpack – August 29, 2013 to September 1, 2013)

Then, as we were climbing the last few switchbacks, it started raining at 12:20pm. This was definitely not a good sign. When we encountered another pair guy hikers who were coming back down…

“Identity Crisis” (Dolomites and Lakes Region, Italy and Italian Switzerland – May 30, 2013 to June 7, 2013)

Once we got all settled on the plane, it turned out that I was sitting next to this rather tall, but older Italian guy who got the unfortunate window seat. It was unfortunate because the seat…

“The Renaissance of the Trip” (Florence and Venice, Italy – May 26, 2013 to May 30, 2013)

However, when we got to the machine, we found out that both the 8:30 and 9:15 trains were sold out! Damn! I knew we should have bought the tickets last night!…

“The Medieval Theme” (Umbria and Toscana, Italy – May 21, 2013 to May 26, 2013)

We could see that we were surrounded by some mean-looking squalls as we went down. And after getting our car with the permit in hand (that the receptionist gave us), we then finally parked next…

“La Dolce Vita” (Rome, Naples, Amalfi Coast, and Abruzzo, Italy – May 16, 2013 to May 20, 2013)

Adella said, ‘Odio!’ as she wanted to make sure we were having a very good meal. I had a feeling it was something that Roberto told us about on the drive here, and now I saw what he meant about…

“Mothers Day Orientation” (Fish Canyon Falls – May 11, 2013)

…there seemed to be at least a half-dozen or more wasps or bees swarming about me. Apparently, my orange shirt might have attracted them as if I was a flower to them…

“Your Own Private Idaho” (Southern Idaho and Southeastern Washington – April 24, 2013 to April 27, 2013)

Anyways, like our Napa experience, there was quite a bit of traffic in the Napa Region when we visited last Summer, and in Nampa, there were certainly a lot of cars here. And that was made worse…

“Center of Attention” (Sturtevant Falls – April 7, 2013)

The long flat stretch of hiking that Julie and I typically took for granted on all of our previous hikes now didn’t seem to straightforward as I was carrying an extra 30 pounds on my back…

“Cooper Canyon Retry” (Cooper Canyon Falls – March 17, 2013)

We followed this road until the pavement eventually looped into a little cul-de-sac with a picnic area, but then the road turned back up and there was no apparent trail to keep going…

“Special Event Status” (Yosemite National Park, CA – February 16, 2013 to February 18, 2013)

…I was sort of lukewarm to Horsetail Falls. Then, Julie showed me her photo on her iPhone. I took just one glance at it and I knew immediately that I had been in the wrong spot all this time!…

“Bottom Line” (Trail Canyon Falls – January 19, 2013)

I was a little disappointed that he didn’t mention our website, and the thought did occur to me whether I should tell him. But I wanted to ensure we stayed anonymous so I didn’t say anything about…