The 2015 Crossfit Open

Mark and I completed the last workout of the 2015 Crossfit open last Saturday at our local box, Crossfit Julia. My legs are still sore! If you come into this open and you leave having either (a) done something you didn’t think you could do or (b) something you weren’t able to do before you… Read more »

Uh-Oh

How to Turn a Neighborhood Bike Ride into an Epic Disaster

The first mistake we made was leaving the bike pump at home. It’s funny how we can do all of these “extreme” rock climbing and mountain biking and skiing adventures, but the ones that end up the biggest disasters always start as simple outings. Last Saturday (after doing our Crossfit Open workouts) we decided to… Read more »

A Western Spring Camping Trip

Spring weather in Colorado is pretty schizophrenic. We’ll get a foot of snow and then 70 degree warmth the next day. This year we had the snowiest February on record but by mid-March temperatures were warm enough for us to get the camper out of storage. In spring, many Westerners head to their closest desert…. Read more »

What I learned from Little G this year

Fall in Colorado is an amazing time of year. The nights cool, but days stay warm. We wrap up our camping season and focus a bit more on local responsibilities. Pumpkins are picked, our freezer is refilled with beef, huge storms blow through, and my kiddo celebrates his birthday. Little G turned 4 years old… Read more »

Happy Dirty Children in Rifle Canyon

Hiatus

It’s been a long and beautiful summer. So long, in fact, that I don’t even know what to write about it. This is probably the longest break that I’ve had with blogging in 8 years. Six whole months with no new posts? Insane! I took my blogging time this summer and tried to focus it… Read more »

Dragging the kiddies to the cliff

Is it selfish?

You would think the climbing parents would drop the bored kids at grandma’s house or find a babysitter for a couple hours instead of dragging the kiddies to the cliff, but no, they bring them so the three- and five-year-olds can argue with each other, dig holes in the soil, kill ants, break tree branches,… Read more »

Riding Hard in Lake Pueblo SP

Windfilled Desert Dreams in Lake Pueblo State Park

I have a reoccurring dream. I’m standing on top of a sandstone mesa in the sun. I can feel the heat burning my arms and cheeks, and my eyes squint in the bright light. In the distance, there is only air and space and land. No buildings or roads. No cars or other people. I… Read more »

Finding the Wild Heart of Denver in Cherry Creek State Park

Things I never thought I would find in Denver include sandy beaches, low-flying bald eagles, an R/C plane air field, and a huge, clean, spacious and beautiful campground. But a few weekends ago we stumbled across all of these and more while exploring Cherry Creek State Park. Mark and I have lived in Colorado for… Read more »

It’s a Delightful, Dazzling, Dream-Filled, Dirty World

Here at Rocks and Sun, we know that life isn’t always smooth and easy. There are bumps and knocks, holes and hills, bruises and dirt. For every summit, there are hours of burning lungs and legs before and after. And for every moment of joyous success, there are hours of practice and falls. Life is… Read more »

Dragging the sled with CC skis on the Flatiron Vista trail just south of Boulder

Make the Days Count

We have officially reached *that* time of year. You know the one. It’s the hardest time of year for outdoor families. The dark before the dawn. The cold before the thaw. March. This is the hardest part of the Colorado year for me. At this point, we’ve all been covered in coats and hats for… Read more »

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  • The 2015 Crossfit Open

    Mark and I completed the last workout of the 2015 Crossfit open last Saturday at our local box, Crossfit Julia. My legs are still sore! If you come into this open and you leave having either (a) done something you didn’t think you could do or (b) something you weren’t able to do before you… Read more »

  • Uh-Oh

    How to Turn a Neighborhood Bike Ride into an Epic Disaster

    The first mistake we made was leaving the bike pump at home. It’s funny how we can do all of these “extreme” rock climbing and mountain biking and skiing adventures, but the ones that end up the biggest disasters always start as simple outings. Last Saturday (after doing our Crossfit Open workouts) we decided to… Read more »

  • A Western Spring Camping Trip

    Spring weather in Colorado is pretty schizophrenic. We’ll get a foot of snow and then 70 degree warmth the next day. This year we had the snowiest February on record but by mid-March temperatures were warm enough for us to get the camper out of storage. In spring, many Westerners head to their closest desert…. Read more »

  • What I learned from Little G this year

    Fall in Colorado is an amazing time of year. The nights cool, but days stay warm. We wrap up our camping season and focus a bit more on local responsibilities. Pumpkins are picked, our freezer is refilled with beef, huge storms blow through, and my kiddo celebrates his birthday. Little G turned 4 years old… Read more »

  • Happy Dirty Children in Rifle Canyon

    Hiatus

    It’s been a long and beautiful summer. So long, in fact, that I don’t even know what to write about it. This is probably the longest break that I’ve had with blogging in 8 years. Six whole months with no new posts? Insane! I took my blogging time this summer and tried to focus it… Read more »

  • Dragging the kiddies to the cliff

    Is it selfish?

    You would think the climbing parents would drop the bored kids at grandma’s house or find a babysitter for a couple hours instead of dragging the kiddies to the cliff, but no, they bring them so the three- and five-year-olds can argue with each other, dig holes in the soil, kill ants, break tree branches,… Read more »

  • Riding Hard in Lake Pueblo SP

    Windfilled Desert Dreams in Lake Pueblo State Park

    I have a reoccurring dream. I’m standing on top of a sandstone mesa in the sun. I can feel the heat burning my arms and cheeks, and my eyes squint in the bright light. In the distance, there is only air and space and land. No buildings or roads. No cars or other people. I… Read more »

  • Finding the Wild Heart of Denver in Cherry Creek State Park

    Things I never thought I would find in Denver include sandy beaches, low-flying bald eagles, an R/C plane air field, and a huge, clean, spacious and beautiful campground. But a few weekends ago we stumbled across all of these and more while exploring Cherry Creek State Park. Mark and I have lived in Colorado for… Read more »

  • It’s a Delightful, Dazzling, Dream-Filled, Dirty World

    Here at Rocks and Sun, we know that life isn’t always smooth and easy. There are bumps and knocks, holes and hills, bruises and dirt. For every summit, there are hours of burning lungs and legs before and after. And for every moment of joyous success, there are hours of practice and falls. Life is… Read more »