PCT, Part 3 | We met trail llamas!

This post is part of a series, click here for the full story. If Day 3 was The Hardest Day of Hiking of My Life then Day 4 was The LONGEST Day of Hiking of My Life. Are you sensing a trend? This trip was HARD. To get where we wanted to be for the […]

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PCT, Part 2 | A True Taste of the PCT

This post is part of a series, click here for the full story. Overnight was surprisingly warm and we woke up to a gorgeous view of Peeler Lake. The lake is just at the boundary of Yosemite and we would spend the rest of our trip inside the boundaries of the park. As we hiked […]

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PCT, Part 1 | Back in the High Sierras

This post is part of a series, click here for the full story. Much like in years past, neither of us remembers the exact reason or the exact moment we decided on the Pacific Crest Trail. But we’d never hiked there before, and that’s usually enough. 2016 marks the 7th Annual Off-the-Grid Adventure for Jeff […]

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Last Martin Family Photo with Tom_April 2007

What Gold Star Families Want You to Know

“You can’t do it wrong.” I have said those words many times. I have said them to people I just met, and I’ve said them to myself in the mirror. “You can’t do it wrong.” It has been my way of reassuring myself and others that if your heart’s in the right place, you shouldn’t […]

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Colt in the Big Apple, Part 4: Last Stop

This post is part of a series. Click here to start at the beginning. We watched the weather all week. We’d had mostly heat, a bit of rain, and there was more than a bit of rain forecasted for Saturday – our last full day in the city and the day we intended to spend […]

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Colt in the Big Apple, Part 3: Lady Liberty

This post is part of a series. Click here to start at the beginning. We went to bed as early as we could the night before so we’d be ready to get up EARLY Friday morning. I learned my lesson a few years ago when Daddy and I went with another couple to NYC and […]

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Colt in the Big Apple, Part 2: Upper West Side

This post is part of a series. Click here to start at the beginning. The first day of our trip may have been one of the longest days of your life. As I got up and started getting organized for the day, I couldn’t help but capture your exhausted little self – bedhead, Beary, and […]

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