Mt. Hood

Hiking to Burnt Lake

One of my favorite aspects of Portland is that, within 90 min­utes, I can sur­round myself with forests, moun­tains, and wide open sky. Sometimes you just need to get out­side. A few weeks ago Leah and I drove East toward Mt. Hood. After a few miles on for­est roads we set out toward Burnt Lake. […]


24 hours in Kirkby Stephen

At the very end of our 3 weeks in England Leah and I took the train up to Kirkby Stephen to stay with a col­lege pro­fes­sor of ours. It was a won­der­ful change of pace from Southern England and London. Kirkby Stephen is just east of the Lake District and is gor­geous. We stayed in […]


Cambridge and Newmarket

After Bath and London, Leah and I went to spend a week in Cambridge with our friend Sarah. While there we wan­dered around the city and the col­leges and took a day trip out to Newmarket and The National Stud horse facil­ity. With the excep­tion of the day in Newmarket the weather was won­der­ful. Sarah’s […]


Tourist time in London

Before spend­ing time in Bath Leah and I spent a week in London. Overall we spent two weeks in the city in April. It was great to split that time up with breaks in Bath and Cambridge. London is great and all but smaller towns are nice, too. This was Leah’s first trip to England so […]


Spending 24 hours in Bath, England

As part of the 3-week vaca­tion I took in April Leah and I spent about 24 hours in Bath, a fan­tas­tic city about a 40 min­utes by train west of London. I remem­bered lov­ing Bath when I vis­ited as a kid and it lived up to expec­ta­tions after return­ing. Since we were there for just […]


Lisbon Happiness Meetup

Back in February I spent a week in Lisbon with a por­tion of my team at Automattic. We ate great food, com­pleted two cool projects, and gen­er­ally had a won­der­ful time. There were 11 of us so we rented out the entire place at TheHouse. Can’t rec­om­mend the lodg­ing enough. Truly phe­nom­e­nal place. One day we […]

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Snowshoeing through Yosemite

Over the hol­i­day break I spent a week at my par­ents’ place in California. Got in lots of read­ing and fam­ily time and, on the last day, headed up to Yosemite for a short snow­shoe trip. We set out from Badger Pass Ski Area and walked along Old Glacier Point Road before cut­ting back and ending […]


Hiking on Mt. Hood

I spent this week­end at a cabin out­side of Welches, OR near Mt. Hood. We headed out there Friday after­noon and stuck around through Sunday after­noon. Saturday and Sunday were hiking-filled days. On Saturday we headed out Lolo Pass Road and hiked toward McNeil Point. The weather was flat out amaz­ing. Blue skies, warm temperatures, […]