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Changes are in store, but for now, this is still here.

late to the volcano party

Even when I try not to neglect this website, it still manages to happen. Case in point: this post about our trip to twoView full post »

crowning the king of peaks

Check the box, scratch a line through it, and mark it done. I finally stood atop the highest peak in Utah. IView full post »

strangers in passing

You know that person you pass on the street on your way to work, or the person who walks their dog by your houseView full post »

great lessons from Great Basin

We all have our “character flaws,” and my own personal fault has always been my lack of patience.View full post »

butterfly effects

It’s funny how much one little decision can change your life. Ten years ago, I was offered an internship at aView full post »

high altitude baby

A trip to Colorado over the solstice, with nights in Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Rocky Mountain National Parks. IView full post »

because who doesn’t love kittens?

We have a kitten room at work. Yes, an entire room full of kittens available for adoption. I always go hang out inView full post »

Ceci visits the Big Ditch

After a week working down in Kanab, we took a quick little getaway to the Grand Canyon. Spent a night camping at theView full post »

Ceci meets the Black Hills

The day we were driving out to visit my parents, and have Ceci finally meet Grandpa, I woke up with a sore throat.View full post »

yurt baby

When Jim and I stayed in a yurt south of Moab a few Decembers ago, we knew we’d be back. We wanted to go sometimeView full post »

No-Kill Utah

NKUT (No-Kill Utah), is our newest campaign at work to make Utah a no-kill state. It’s modeled after our NKLAView full post »

backcountry baby

Before she was even born, Ceci was a pro at camping. She camped within the confines of my uterus under a starry desertView full post »

the return to Zion (by Jim)

Zion National Park will always hold a place as one of the most important and special places on the planet for me. ItView full post »

some things never change

Some things never change… and I don’t expect them to change much once the baby comes either. Spent a weekend inView full post »

Naomi Peak

Six months pregnant and ON TOP… of Naomi Peak, the highest in Cache County! However, yesterday’s hike made meView full post »

more mountains

A couple weeks back, the Chickpea summited three more mountains, this time in the Uintas. We were camping with friendsView full post »

tent firsts

While adventuring during the first trimester, I couldn’t bring myself to sleep in a tent. I was waking up fiveView full post »

grandeur on Grandeur

A few days ago, on Memorial Day, Jim and I decided to hike Grandeur Peak (elevation 8,299 feet). We’ve hiked itView full post »

latest sanctuary visit

In honor of my next trip down to the sanctuary (in a couple weeks), here are some shots from last month’s trip.View full post »


Back in December, Jim finished his masters degree in environmental humanities. He processed a huge set of records atView full post »

Molly and her horses

Whenever I go back to Kanab, I stay with my incredibly talented fellow photog, Molly. She lives out in a remote canyonView full post »

lifesaving in LA

I’m headed back to Los Angeles this weekend, and in honor of that, as well as finally planning to post againView full post »

the face of God (by Jim)

I love the desert. I love the relentless light and stark relief that the sun throws across its limitless landscapes. IView full post »

Dani and Annabelle

It’s the dead of winter here in Utah and I’m dreaming of sunshine and warmth. Let’s flash back toView full post »

Nevada is underrated

Is that view what you think of when you think of Nevada? Okay, when you think of parts of Nevada that aren’t inView full post »

the Pacific Northwest

If Jim and I are anything, it’s adaptable. We are flexible and spontaneous, and that has come in very handy forView full post »

Erin and her pack

Case in point from what I mentioned in that last post… these are photos I took in April… of 2011. Yes, forView full post »

Black Hills

I’ve been to the Black Hills about a zillion times. No lie. A zillion. My first trip there was when I was aboutView full post »

sunsets, dogs, and wine

I’m fairly certain no one checks this blog anymore, since I have been the worst blogger in the world the pastView full post »

the incredibly great Great Basin

It was loud. The wind raged, nearly picking me off my feet. It folded my eyelids back, suffocated me when I faced it,View full post »

the Narrows

A few months back, my friend Lauren pitched the idea of getting a group together to go hike the Zion Narrows. I’dView full post »

Arizona tour de parks!

Back in March, Jim and I took a mini vacation to Arizona with my mom. She has an aunt, Gen, who lives down there, isView full post »


I love diptychs. Years back, I was going through my old newspaper files, and stumbled upon a hilarious one. Then a yearView full post »

Radiolab week!

There are few things in this world that I truly LOVE. Well, there’s lots of stuff that I love, but things I LOVE,View full post »

a new state of adventure (by Jim)

(If you like to read, read the post below. If you just like pictures, watch the video above. Better yet, do both! Also,View full post »

Strut Your Mutt!

It’s taken me a terribly long time to post these (what can I say, blogging doesn’t top my priority listView full post »

playtime at Cat World

Another cute video I did for work. Playing with kittens? Never gets old. Never.View full post »

Trail Tails episode 4: Spiral Jetty

I shot this video way back in September, but have been lazy at video editing (it’s really time consuming and IView full post »

invisible dogs

Over the past four years at this job, I’ve photographed a wide range of animal species. Cats, dogs, horses,View full post »

Mr. Kitty

This is Mr. Kitty and his family. They adopted him recently after he lost his home at the Provo airport. It’s aView full post »

mounting Ellen

Back in September, as part of our Utah county peaks goal, Jim and I finally mounted Ellen… as in Mount Ellen. IView full post »


I first met Phoebe back in April at the Salt Lake City Super Adoption. I took a couple photos when she was leaving withView full post »

an update from Aramis

I’ve written about Aramis many times before, but not for years. About two and a half years ago, he was adopted byView full post »

26 hours in Vegas

I’ve always hated Vegas. It truly is one of the most terrible places on Earth. Everyone thinks it is soView full post »

Moabadishu (by Jim)

Having grown up in Utah, there are an assortment of local customs, practices, and beliefs that have the feel ofView full post »

Little Red goes home

In January 2008, I officially started working at Best Friends. Two days later, the Michael Vick dogs arrived – 22View full post »

return to the cat house

Next week, I am going back down to Kanab for the first time since moving. I’ll be filling in as Molly and GaryView full post »

Trail Tails episode 3: Grandeur Peak

Grandeur Peak was actually Pim and mine’s first peak together, and we have a wonderful view of it from our streetView full post »

Trail Tails episode 2: Gobbler’s Knob

If you think my not posting hiking photos anymore means I haven’t been getting out, you would be mistaken. I amView full post »

Trail Tails episode 1: Dog Lake

I’ve been playing with video for a couple weeks now. Earlier this year, I had to start making slideshows in FinalView full post »

pit bulls and perception

I’ve been photographing a lot of pit bulls this year and put together this slideshow recently. Take a look! Also,View full post »

stuff I found on my phone

Yes, I know I still suck at blogging. Yes, I am a lazy bastard. Yes, I will say again that I will remedy this. But no,View full post »

Keeley and her crew

Since Keeley and Jackie are on the cover of this month’s magazine (newsstand edition), it seems fitting toView full post »

the Kickass and Awesome wedding

Well folks, it’s official. Little Sarah is growing up. I done got married! Pim and I tied the knot about two andView full post »

Paria Canyon can suck it

Long-time readers may remember when I backpacked Paria Canyon three years ago. It was one of the most gloriousView full post »

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