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Sleepy Heads

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of traveling with these two lovely ladies quite a bit over the last few years. When you travel with people, you catch them at their finest.


I must say, the ability to fall asleep anywhere is a skill more people wish they had.

Doesn’t matter how long or short the ride is, bus, train, plane, or boat, these sisters are capable of falling asleep.

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The Frisbee Swing

Back in my younger days, I used to be crazy. Well, maybe I still am. I came across this video from which brings two of my outdoor passions together: Climbing and Frisbee

Yes, that is the famous Alcove Swing on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, with a Frisbee!

Now, before some of you ask, yes, we did hike down and recover the frisbee. #LeaveNoTrace!

El Capit√°n in Yosemite has been in the national spotlight this past year as two amazing documentaries have been released about climbers epic struggles to the top. While similar, the films show two very disctinct climbing styles.

First, The Dawn Wall came out. That film followed Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson up the hardest route on the face of El Cap. They fell thousands of times, slept on a portaledge for 19 nights, and, well, no spoilers. Their journey involved ropes, and sheer will and energy.

Maybe more famous, after taking home the Oscar for Best Documentary, is Free Solo. Free Solo follows Alex Honnold’s epic free solo climb of El Cap. Honnold goes up a different, easier, route up the granite monolith. Yes, easier is a relative term here. What he did is unthinkable. He went up without any ropes or protection, just his shoes, his chalk bag, and his body. Absolutely nuts.

Both feats are impressive in their own right, and it really is hard to say which one is more impressive. In the end, I’d have to go with what Honnold did. Caldwell’s life was relying on his equipment to work as expected. Sure, he still could have died, but that would have required an equipment malfunction, or human error when placing the pieces. One slip, one unexpected bird flying out of a crack, one hold breaking, or one little slip, and Honnold’s a gonner.


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After Worlds! A whirlwind trip around California in 9 days

It all began in Chicago, in more ways than one.


That’s my Great-Grandfather Ned Merriam’s HOF plaque, a 2011 inductee to the¬†University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame!

After Chicago, we had a planned five hour lay-over in Austin, TX. No, it was no accident, it was to visit my sister!

After a quick stop-over in Austin, we had some quality family time in Sacramento and Lake Tahoe!

When Yosemite is closed for fires, find the closest watering hole!



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Some of the benefits of working in #Yosemite. Season #7 and I’m still not the least bit tired of this place.

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A view of the clouds above #Vernal and #Nevada falls from #SierraPoint #Yosemite

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Back to the “Real World” aka Yosemite