JJ and I Have Hiked A 47-Mile Route Over the Past Few Months!

May 31, 2020

There’s some old railroads in my area that have been converted into hiking trails, and JJ and I have been hitting portions of these trails during many of our weekends over the past few months. It occurred to me recently that if JJ and I targeted a couple specific areas, than we will have cumulatively covered a continuous stretch of trail that’s 47 miles long! That became a new goal… and I reached that goal on Sunday.

Check it out: We’ve covered this entire 23.5-mile trail, twice! (There and back.) 

(Click on the map to see it bigger.)

Most of the trail is called Read the rest of this entry »


I’ve Lost Nearly 10 Pounds Since the Lockdown Began – Part Two

April 20, 2020

I’m making the most of the stay-at-home order in my state, and the scale is proof. I’m 9.2 pounds lighter since I began working from home! In Part One, I talked about my food choices. In this post, I’m tackling exercise. And to sum it up, I’m exercising a lot. 

Believe it or not, that’s a selfie! I’m using Read the rest of this entry »


My Christmas Week of Walks and Hikes

December 29, 2019

How was your Christmas? Mine was lovely. I spent a week in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, with my family. We played poker a couple nights (I won $40), went on family outings, made big dinners together (I was in charge of vegetables), and… I met a bear!

When I wasn’t doing those other things, or just relaxing, I was walking. I’m still recovering from a year of racing, but I wanted to stay active, so I made a point of going on a nice long walk every single day. Read the rest of this entry »


Too Many Photos From My First Weekend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

May 16, 2019

I took a lot of photos during my long weekend in the Upper Peninsula to go to the Red Bull 400. I wanted to remember this trip. Despite growing up in Michigan, I’ve barely spent any time there before!

Did I take too many photos? You be the judge. Read the rest of this entry »


JJ Saw His First Waterfall… and There’s Video!

January 27, 2019

I took JJ on a great hike to Switzer Falls.

And here’s the little YouTube video of JJ splashing around in the pool, fetching sticks! Spoiler alert: It’s adorable. Read the rest of this entry »


One Robbery Led to Three Workouts… Including a Long Walk to the Police Station

November 12, 2018

The tires and wheels were stolen off my car last week, while it was parked in my parking spot, in my own building. Good times!

We have security cameras, so I’ve seen the thieves in action: they Read the rest of this entry »


My First Road Trip With JJ Was Full of Activity, Healthy Eating, and Only One Doggie Health Scare

October 24, 2018

I have a new road trip buddy!

I adopted JJ two months ago, and up until last weekend, the longest he’s been in a car has been about an hour. So I was excited (and a little nervous) to see how Read the rest of this entry »


A Fun- and Food-Filled Weekend Showing Visitors Around Los Angeles

October 14, 2018

Oh man, am I beat! I just had a really fun, super busy weekend with some out-of-town visitors, Allison and Alba. Here we are on the tram, waiting for the Studio Tour to start at Universal Studios.

Allison (on the right) is my 10-year-old niece, and Alba is the 16-year-old foreign exchange student from Read the rest of this entry »


Rivers in Southern California Aren’t Really Rivers… But This One Is!

September 25, 2018

This past weekend I went to Temecula, a beautiful wine-producing area about two hours outside of Los Angeles, for a wedding. I was a groomsman, and I clean up nice, if I do say so myself!

The wedding was a blast, and I’m so excited and happy for my friends Amber and Nandor, the bride and groom, but this post isn’t about the wedding. It’s about the hike I did that morning. Read the rest of this entry »


Three Awesome Stair Workouts… and TWO Were at Theme Parks!

September 12, 2018

My new puppy JJ is a now a stair climber!

Climbing stairs with JJ is one of the three workouts I’m covering in this post. I’m going to start with my workout at Universal Studios Hollywood, which may seem like déjà vu if you’ve been a long-time reader. Read the rest of this entry »