Wish Upon a Star

So this year the backcountry birthday arose from the sprawling mounds of biodegradable diapers. In fact, the whole family and another couple of best friends headed out for a new area in the Yuba Pass area. Wilderness, hiking, quiet, and proximity all brought us to Carr Lake in the Tahoe National Forest. There we unloaded and hiked 25,000 lbs of baby stuff, beer, and food into the nearest open campsite some 1/4 mile down the trail. Some nice gentlemen had pity on us and helped me carry in gear. Once we were set up (well we actually moved for the second night!!!) I felt so blessed to be breathing in backcountry birthday air. We explored some truly amazing terrain that was accessible, hikable (i.e. not immediately steep for toddlers) and swimable – yes – lots of lakes.

Sierra startrails carr lake 1600 sml

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Two under Two Challenge

It’s been a rough week.

Grandma got sick.  Really, really sick – like you don’t want me to tell.

Then Kaya,

then Mom.

And just as the light at the end of the tunnel was beaming into our weary eyes, Dad got hit.  We’ve had an intense medical ward energy looming over our days.  Chlorox, electrolye water, soiled rags.  When the rags ran out we soiled the towels, when the towels ran out – we just soiled whatever was left.

Medicine calls it Norovirus.  We called it a serious kick in the ass.

And in between the moments of little baby screams and there was a deafening silence.  The jackhammer in my head was so loud it was quiet.  Our minds drifted towards feeling healthy – sunny days on the beach and cool mountain breezes in enormous canyons.  Every pain, ache, scream, vomit became purely animal. Function over fashion devoid of intellectualism.  It was a priori life.  It was beautiful in a sick way. It is slowly returning us to understanding the power of our family unit, its resiliency and how we are blessed to have a team to create progress out of pain and love out of discomfort.

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