Who needs drinks and dancing when you have Muddy Buddies? If only Chelsea planned on sharing.

Stove Hunting


Last Sunday we went on a stove hunt. We had been scouring Craigslist for a couple of weeks, hoping to find a nice stainless range that we wouldn't need a second on the house to buy. Stoves can be very wary and elusive of tightwads, cheapskates and bargin hunters, and we had scared off more than a few fine examples. Finally, we were rewarded. In Arnold, CA there sat a gleaming hunk of polished steal that is guaranteed to boil water faster than you can say "green tea". So after some phone call haggling with its current owner, we agreed to drive to Arnold to pick it up. Trouble is, Arnold is on the west side of the Sierra, and we are on the east. Furthermore, the only direct way across from here to there is HWY 4, which is closed for winter. Very well, we'll go the indirect way. The very indirect,"Chelsea's Special Shortcut" way.

But after some long "conversations" about which way to go, we made it out without any cannibalism or even running out of fuel. And the stove? Waiting in the living room until the new kitchen is ready to receive it.

Red Lake Peak

Things we saw in Oregon


A Furry Cat

Yainax Butte

Chelsea Frolicking With The Dog

Snow and Sun and 2010


I'm not complaining about all the new snow but it was pure joy to feel some sunshine on our faces this weekend. We spent two beautiful days in the backcountry and one day at Squaw Valley before the clouds came rolling back.

At the summit of Diamond Peak

Sometime in the midst of all that sunshine and snow a year ended and another began. We celebrated the New Year with a tasty beverage, a little pot banging and homemade apple bread. In classic New Year fashion we talked about the best and worst of 2010. Denver's answers were very sweet.

What was the best of 2010?
Spending time with Chelsea

What was the worst of 2010?
When Chelsea wasn't around

(Those weren't exactly his words but I'm sure that's what he was trying to say.)

Do you want to ski with me?

This face makes my heart swoon.
I guess he's still got the charm.