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Oregon Coast Puffin Adventure

Oregon Coast Puffin Adventure

Each year between April and July the Tufted Puffins descend upon Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach in Oregon. This is a spectacle that Apryle and I did not want to miss this year, so we packed up the Versa, booked a hotel and made our […]

A Whale of a Visit

A Whale of a Visit

Shortly before the Lake Sonoma 50 miler I got the news that my parents would be making their first trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit. This added to the exponential growth of positives that were climbing the Y axis of my life’s scatter plot. […]

Birthday, Bonsai, and Beaches

Birthday, Bonsai, and Beaches

A Post and Photographic Journey by Apryle Craig Zach & I at Rhododendron Garden This weekend, Zach and I set out for an easy 8-mile run out our back door on Cougar Mountain. It was a nice morning and the miles rolled off easily and […]

Peru Part 5: Miraflores & Los Pantanos de Villa

Peru Part 5: Miraflores & Los Pantanos de Villa

Inca Tern To finish out our great Peru adventure, Apryle and I decided to relax in the ocean-front capital city. After a 600 kilometer overnight bus ride we arrived at the bus stop rested and ready to take a taxi to Miraflores. Based on advice […]

Peru Part 4: Cordillera Huayhuash & Cordillera Blanca

Peru Part 4: Cordillera Huayhuash & Cordillera Blanca

Hiking near Rondoy Pass The decision to honeymoon in Peru was due in large part to Machu Picchu; however, after reading into the various mountain treks in the country, Apryle and I quickly became engrossed in planning other adventures. After ample research by Apryle, we […]

The good the bad and the ugly; Most memorable Long Runs/Hikes

The good the bad and the ugly; Most memorable Long Runs/Hikes

Highschool 3200m in Fostoria, OH I have been running since March 2005, when my basketball coach convinced me to run track. It did not take long until I was hooked, running everyday and pushing my body to the limit. However, it was not until August […]

West Seattle Beach 50K & January Training

West Seattle Beach 50K & January Training

West Seattle Beach 50K Contrary to my high school and college competitive running days, when I raced two or three times a week; my ultra distance schedule has been characterized by five or six races a year. Which makes this three week turn around between […]

Peru Part 3: Machu Picchu

Peru Part 3: Machu Picchu

By: Apryle Craig Machu Picchu To get to Machu Picchu, we could either take a tour bus (costs $) or hike (free). The tour buses drive a switchback road and the hiker route cuts the switchbacks, following a steep and relentless staircase built by the […]

Bridle Trails 50K and the move back to the Westside

Bridle Trails 50K and the move back to the Westside

January Lead Up Rainier from Union Bay Loop Apryle and I rang in the new year unpacking our moving truck at our new home in Newcastle, WA. Newcastle is a small town situated between Bellevue to the north and Renton to the south and is […]

2016 Review

2016 Review

Illaca Lake, Peru This post highlights the statistics of 2016; not necessarily the most riveting read, but if you are into numbers you might find it interesting. I have included my main areas of record keeping – running mileage, time, and vertical gain. Furthermore these […]