Day 4: Chamonix to Les Houches

Our original plan had us getting to Europe today and starting the hike tomorrow. I’m so glad we’ve had these days to enjoy this corner of the Alps. I am going to embrace Ellie’s idea of turning this into a food blog, at least until we start the hike. (Did you read her last post?? […]

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Day 3: Chamonix

I have two goals for this trip. 1. Make all the memories as a family, knowing our big summer trips might be coming to an end before too long. 2. Eat and drink all the local delicacies. Check and check. I almost feel like we could go home now. Late yesterday afternoon we arrived at […]

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Day 1 and 2: Chicago to Geneva

We have commenced THE adventure of our lifetime. In 2017, Zak and I set a goal to hike Tour du Mont Blanc in the summer of 2023. Our thinking was that it would be the last summer before Zoe begins her post high school plans and it would be the perfect graduation gift for both […]

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Greys and Torreys

There are 56 14ers in Colorado and I have had an ambitious goal for some time know. I want to summit all of the ones that are hikable without climbing gear. Today I got two summits closer, completely numbers 5 and 6 for me. Bierstadt, Sherman, Elbert, Massive, Greys, and Torreys. Greys are Torreys are […]

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Twin Sisters

Today there was redemption. Seven years ago, when the girls were 9 and 7, we climbed our first mountain ever. Twins Sisters in Rocky Mountain NP. Zak had suggested it and I remember cussing him out under my breath the whole hike up. This silly climbing a mountain thing was his idea, his dream, and […]

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Boggy Draw

Zak and I started our 20th(!) anniversary with a ride at Boggy Draw. The network of trails is immense and I don’t think we’ll be repeating sections for a long time. The ride was crazy! It started with gentle ups and downs through beautiful terrain. The tall pines would turn to sagebrush and then back […]

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Hope Lake

I stumbled out of our room ten minutes after the 6 o’clock alarm to start the coffee and saw Zoe sitting in the couch, ready to start the day. I have no idea why she woke so early or how she got ready so quickly, she she was the first of us ready for today’s […]

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