Family Adventures

We have had many wonderful opportunities both for travel and outdoor recreation.  This page gives a quick view of some of our adventures.  It is sort of a snapshot.  Many wonderful places and people are omitted, mostly by accident.  I have broken the adventures up roughly chronologically and by activity.  Would love to chat via ICQ (1884995) or email ( about any of them.   Exciting things for the future are much desired.

Here is a pointer to our  current ski adventures.

Our other, past adventures include:

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Son Eric attended Carleton College in MN, so we have two family trips to Boundary Waters in 1992 and 94.  Each of those times we used Tom and Woods as our outfitter, entering from Moose Lake.  The first trip was US only.  The other we got a Canadian permit.  The Canadian journey is much nicer.  We will do that again.

Algonquin Park Canoe Area

For our honeymoon in  1965, we were introduced to the wonders of Algonquin totally by accident.  The AAA travel agent at Oberlin suggested an Algonquin resort for our honeymoon.  What an adventure in the last week of June.  Surprisingly the bugs were not too bad.  But we were the ONLY guests at the resort.  Breakfast in our cabin because they didn’t want to open the dining room.  Having our own personal staff was super.  A little canoeing but mostly as a honeymoon should be.  Algonquin is about a hundred miles from both Toronto and Montreal.

 Two years later we returned to Algonquin for a “real” canoeing trip.  It was the occasion of buying our first packs, sleeping bags, etc.  We had the bug!!!  A wonderful trip.  Remember a mouse eating through our pack and two layers of plastic bags to get to the GORP, eating the nuts and leaving M&M and mouse turds.  Algonquin is a granite dome that heaved, creating many very deep cracks which are lakes.  Another winner.

The Appalachian Trail.

In 1968, our friend Henry Beale introduced us in words to the Appalachian Trail.  What an important event that turned out to be. The thru-hiker bug bit Bill hard.  Never got over it.   In 1969, we made a fall trip from NYC to the Great Smokey Mountains to hike the north half of the park.  A wonderful healing time.

While we were in New York, we visited the White Mountains and the famous AMC Huts.  We have been to the Whites at least four times, Molly and I in 69 or 70, with the AMC range hike a year later, on a six week hike at the end of our New York stay, and then in 96 as a part of Bill's Appalachian Trail thru-hike.

San Francisco and the South Pacific

After a stint in the Midwest, we made it to San Francisco in 73.  Our next adventure was in 1975 when we got a company boondoggle to Australia to consult with the Fire Brigade there.  Melbourne was wonderful as both a place to visit and live.  Also got a chance to briefly see Sydney and Adelaide.   On the way home we got to spend time in New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti.  Hard life.  Still  remember standing among the tropical fish and coral, just like being in a tropical fish tank.  Beachcomber Resort in Fiji was the best of the best.

The boys early years slowed our pace.  We skied and camped a lot in the Sierra in that time.  Especially memorable is the winter of 73.  The snow on Donner Summit was so deep that we didn’t recognize summer houses that just looked like big snow covered rocks.  I fell on that trip and found that there was at least eight feet of snow without a crust.  For a minute, thought that was the end of me.

In 1980, three of us formed PSW3 and began to consult at Visa.  Another pivotal event.  PSW3 has given me the financial freedom for my current adventures.  In the early days, it also had a sabbatical plan which sent us to Europe for three months in 1984.


The four of us began in Sweden picking up a Volvo and rambled over Europe for six weeks with most of the time in the Benelux countries, Germany and Austria.  We then drove to Cork, Ireland where we had a three week home exchange.  That was followed by a three week exchange in Cardiff, Wales where we had an architect’s home on the Llandaff Cathedral Green.  There were many many kid adventures such as playing cricket on the cathedral green.  I most remember visiting the burial church for the Danish kings which dated from 1050.  The boys ran from tomb to tomb, with a book listing the many King Christians and King Fredricks.  After a while, Tom complained “How many Fredricks were there.” Eric shook his head and said “Boy this place is old!”


We squeezed in two trips to Mexico in those years, one to Guadalajara at Epiphany and one to Ixtapa.  Great adventures with my poor Spanish.

The Pacific Crest and John Muir Trails

In 88 or 89, Bill did his first thru-hike, from Meek’s Bay at Tahoe to Mt. Whitney.  It was a wonderful six week adventure.  He shared each part with a family member or good friend.  Molly or a friend met him for each re-supply.  It was the year of the big Yosemite fire so the views from the High Sierra were obscured.  He had to come back.  Did a partial Muir several years later.  Another thing to be repeated.

Europe - Part 2

During the AT hike in 96, Bill took off time for two trips to Europe with Molly.  First, a spring trip to Holland to spend a week on a Canal Boat with friends Gary and Beth Schwarzman.  Wonderful quiet time but hard to bottle up a thru-hiker on a 30 foot boat.  We went to Freisland, a sprawling wildlife refuge made from medieval peat bogs and a European vacation destination.  Later that summer, we had a family trip to Paris, Eric, his girlfriend, Molly’s mother Jean, Molly and I.  Reliving Jean’s year in Paris in the ‘30s.  Museums, tourist sites, lots of good food and more of the same.

In 97, we went to Paris again.  This time with both boys and Jean.  A little traveling and a little bicycling.  The big event was that Eric and Angie got engaged on the trip.  Eric bought Angie an engagement oboe.  Both were wonderful trips.   Found everyone so friendly.  Just terrific.

Pooh Corner

When Bill hiked the Appalachian Trail in 96, he was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of Trail Angels who reached out to thru-hikers and provided what they needed or merely wanted.  The Pacific Crest Trail runs a few miles from our Sierra cabin, so we decided to become Trail Angels here.  We spend July at our cabin meeting thru-hikers and providing a home away from home for them.  Also get a chance for a lot of hiking.

Scuba and Cozumel

In 1998, both Bill and then Molly took Scuba classes, a long time dream of Bill's.  Then in November, 1998, they made their first diving vacation trip to Cozumel` a classic dive destination off the east coast of Mexico near Cancun.  Molly completed her certification there and Bill completed his advanced course.  We both had a wonderful time.  Here are a few photos from the trip.

The Future

Pooh Corner

Providing thru-hiker hospitality and doing thru-hikes will also be a big part of our lives as well as local hikes in the Sierra.


More scuba trips are very likely.  Bonaire and a South Pacific trip are both in the works.  A major raft trip down the Grand Canyon or Salmon is likely as is a sea kayak trip to  Monterey and to Baja.

General Travel

Alaska is our number one travel destination.  Another trip to Europe is probably in the cards, maybe London Theater or Greek Islands.  We would like to go to Costa Rica on a nature trip.  We would like to return to the Four Corners area.  A New England fall colors trip is also likely.  Also another canoe trip to Boundary Waters or Algonquin.