Category Archives: Family

Couples Retreat

This year, while Natalie was at her summer camp in Colorado and hiking another 14,000 foot mountain, Kate and I took off to Europe. We tried to mostly stay in Belgium and France, but couldn’t resist a few day trips to the Netherlands and Germany, and a few days in Luxembourg. We were able to celebrate with the Belgium Soccer Team in the Grand Place in Brussels after their 3rd place finish at the World Cup. We then spent a week in Bruges and feasted on plenty of beer, waffles, chocolate, fries and mussels. We road bicycles, took a river cruise, and attended a huge outdoor karaoke sing along concert. We traveled to Paris and switched to wine and cheese. We sampled a bunch of croissants and Kate was on a quest to find the best macaron between Pierre Hermé and Ladurée. Besides visiting museums and the opera house, we were able to watch the conclusion of the Tour de France. We would drink champagne at night while watching the sparkly lights of the Eiffel Tower and not worry about boredom from a tween. We could simply enjoy people-watching and adult conversation.

Grand Place World Cup CelebrationBrussels MuralsA Break In BrugesBruges BeautBeer and WafflesBike Ride GehntGehnt SelfieBiking to the NetherlandsLunch at the StationTower at nightWarm Nights in the CityVersailles at SunsetArtsy Eiffel TowerHall of MirrorsThe ChapelSummer in the Cityfireworks at VersailleParisLuxembourg

Creating In Colorado

This year our annual trip to Colorado and visiting the gallery in Aspen was threatened by local wildfires. The weather was very warm and all of Colorado was  extremely dry. Fortunately, the fire was contained a few miles away from downtown and the air was clear and the skies were blue. This year we were also very lucky to have my parents staying with us. We not only played a lot of cards and odd board games, but also had my Dad sing and play guitar with Natalie, even putting on a Country Roads duet. Elliott Yeary Gallery is always so kind to promote my work and was great in putting together a wonderful showing of my art. While we enjoyed the music festival and the performances at the music tent, we also really loved just sitting back at Paradise Bakery and listening to the musicians relaxing and getting a bit funky while we ate our chocolate-banana muffins and ice cream. This year was also a bit different, since Natalie is now a bike riding pro and doesn’t just sit on the handle bars anymore, and we were able to rent bikes as a family and hit the road. Later, we drove over the pass and deposited Natalie at her summer camp.

Maroon Bells SelfieAt the Gallery in AspenElliott Yeary Gallery PaintingRiding the BuffaloHiking Kite LakeMount DemocratTeaching Natalie the GuitarAt the Music TentNat Nat Ninja

Craving Canada

We decided that spring break would be the perfect time to explore Vancouver and the Canadian countryside. We stayed at a great place in a neighborhood that was close to amazing hiking trails, parks, an easy drive to downtown, and only 10 minutes away from the ski slope. Natalie had her first introduction to skiing and even with a few tumbles, learned that she loved the snow and the adrenalin of downhill. We visited several different areas that had suspension bridges and were mesmerized by the colors of the water from the rivers in the gorges. We rented bicycles and rode around Stanley Park and also enjoyed the sight and scent of the cherry blossoms. We visited a nice church for Easter where everyone was so welcoming. We also were so impressed with all of the different cuisines from around the world and had to sample a bunch of ethnic restaurants. We had Balinese, Indian, Thai, and our first try with food from Afghanistan. We also fell in love with Canadian maple syrup and managed to finish off a huge bottle of it on our short trip. We visited the science center for Kate and a bunch of art galleries and art museums for me. The people were lovely, the landscape was breathtaking, and even the airport was awesome. We definitely plan on returning.

Biking Stanley ParkSuspension BridgeCanadian LandscapeHappyCherry BlossomsBridgeCanada SmilesTotemWater Color

Big Island Beauty

We headed to the Big Island of Hawaii to deliver more artwork to the gallery and to paint and gather inspiration. Of course we also had to snorkel a bunch, eat a lot of delicious poke, watch some terrific hula dancers, and hike to some beautiful waterfalls. We arrived in a nice lightning storm and were threatened by flash flood warnings and a tremendous amount of rain. Thankfully, the next morning revealed a perfect blue sky and a great day to just relax at Mauna Kea beach. We then visited Kohala Coast Fine Art at the King Shops and delivered the new paintings. We were lucky to catch a restaurant tasting tour with samples from several of the Hawaiian dining establishments. We later traveled to our favorite little part of paradise on the other side of the island, the Kapoho Tide Pools, where we had rented a beautiful home with a great screened in porch. Natalie enjoyed seeing all the Geckos running around but also enjoyed a local puppy and neighborhood kitty that would come around to the balcony and want some love. Unfortunately, this area is now very popular from all of the write ups in guide books and has become quite crowded with tourists in the afternoon. We felt very lucky to have been able to experience this little gem for so many years without any crowds. We still managed to snorkel every morning before the crowds and in the evening, when we had the place all to ourselves. We swam with the sea turtles and were happy that Natalie could now snorkel by herself without any problems.

BIg Island BeautKohala Coast Fina ArtHawaiian SelfieSurf's UpThe waterfall pic