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California, September, 2017 – Part 1

On September 1, 2017, Kathy and I left New Mexico for southern California, to participate in the annual Hammerlee family beach reunion. As in recent years, we occupied the Raccoon group site at Carpinteria State Beach, which State Beach is … Continue reading

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The Salt River, AZ , Part 1, March 20-22

A combination of low water years and no success in the annual lottery kept us away from our second most favorite river in Arizona for 7 years. We had first run the 52 mile Salt River Canyon in 1982, and … Continue reading

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Ski Trip with the Levys, Tahoe Donner, 4-3 to 4-7, 2017

On April 3, Kathy and I flew into Reno, and rented a car for the drive uphill to Tahoe Donner, a subdivision of expensive vacation homes where Kathy’s daughter Laina and family were spending Spring Break at their rented “ski … Continue reading

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Bay Area Shore Birds, 11-16

While Kathy and I were in the Bay Area, visiting our families over the Thanksgiving holiday, my son Ethan and wife Flo presented me with an early X-mas present: a Nikon Coolpix P900 Superzoom camera! Up till now, I have been using the … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Fall 2016 – #2

The prior post chronicled the first week of our 2016 Grand Canyon trip, taking us from our launch, at Lees Ferry, on 9-17, to our camp at Papago Canyon, Mile 76.5, on 9-23. Here is the link to that post: https://believesteve.org/2016/10/20/the-colorado-river-in-the-grand-canyon-fall-2016-1/Continue reading

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Ethan and Flo Marry! April 30, 2016

My son Ethan married Florence Landau in Cotati, CA on April 30, 2016. This is his second marriage and Flo’s first. The event started with a rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on Friday, the 29th. The wedding ceremony and reception took … Continue reading

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Verbier, Switzerland – April, 2000

Kathy and I had yet to ski in Europe, although I was familiar with the Alps, having spent two seasons climbing in France, Switzerland and Austria a few decades prior. I knew for sure how much great terrain was available … Continue reading

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We Go “Out West” – Summer, 1955

In 1955, my parents, my Aunt Etta and myself  left New York City for a multi-week trip to the western National Parks and the West Coast. I was fifteen at the time. We traveled in a brand-new black Dodge, which never … Continue reading

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We Have a Son! – Berkeley & COBS, 1967-1968

My wife, Karen Holdaway Miller, gave birth to our son, Ethan Isaac, on May 16, 1967, in Oakland, CA. Meanwhile, I was hard at work at UC-Berkeley. In the summer of 1967, Karen, Ethan and I relocated to the new Colorado … Continue reading

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NOLS & UC-Berkeley – Summer/Fall, 1966

On June 16, 1966, Karen and I got married a second time (having kept the first one a secret from her family), in the Mormon Church, at Jackson, Wyoming. Now I had to find work! A Jackson climber friend, Rick Horn, … Continue reading

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