Kicking off the Holidays at the Hotel del Coronado

What Holiday Season in ‪San Diego‬ is complete without a visit to the Hotel del Coronado? So we crossed the bridge and met up with Nonno, Nanna, Zio Robert, Zia Marna, and Cugina Abigail for an afternoon of holiday cheer.

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Images from Holidays at the Hotel del Coronado


Out & About

Birthday Hike to the Top of Stonewall Peak…And Beer

After seeing a friend’s Facebook post highlighting a six-mile hike with a baby, I knew that’s what wanted to do for my birthday. After some quick Googling, I found out the dad in the photo was wearing the Osprey Poco Plus. The Poco Plus  normally retails for just under $300, but thankfully Mama did a quick Crackslist (Craigslist for the uninitiated) search and found a “used-once” Poco Plus for a lot less! Met up with the dad-with-the-bad-back the next day and scored an almost mint condition baby-hiking backpack.

So on my birthday, we donned our “used-twice” hiking clothes, test-fitted Alessio in the Poco Plus, packed up the car and made the 45ish minute drive to the foot of Stonewall Peak in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Once parked, I strapped Alessio and the backpack on and we began the ascent up to Stonewall Peak.

Thankfully the cool fall San Diego weather made the 2 mile hike up to the peak enjoyable (of course, I still sweated like a pig thanks to the extra 40ish pounds strapped to my back). After reaching the top and taking in the views, we stopped for a snack and switched baby-carriers. All the way down, Mama had the joy of feeling Alessio tug at her hair while he entertained himself from his comfortable perch!

Once back at the base station, we made the quick drive up to Julian for a so-so lunch at The Bailey BBQ (they had no house beers on tap!), picked up an apple pie (it’s required in order for you to leave the small town), and enjoyed a flight of craft beers at Nickel Beer Company accompanied by some lovely drunken political rants.

All-in-all, it was a great and relaxing birthday and I look forward to doing it again!

Photo’s From the Stonewall Peak Ascent


holiday Out & About

Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Palooza 2014

To get in the Halloween spirit, Mama and I took Alessio to Suzie’s Farm’s Pumpkin Palooza for his first farm and his first pumpkin patch. He didn’t care that the fields were almost picked clean since he saw chickens, vines, costumed kids, sugar skulls and more. Can’t wait until next year when he will walk around the patch and pick his perfect pumpkin!


Wedded Bliss in San Francisco

A college friend decided it was time to get hitched to his girlfriend and this gave us the perfect opportunity to make up for a not-so-great trip to San Francisco we took a few years ago. After packing 12 bags for Alessio and a shopping bag for ourselves, the three of us flew north to “The City” in August 2014.

During our short jaunt to the Bay area, the three of us enjoyed:

  • A quiet flight that Alessio slept through most of
  • Staying in an amazing apartment (seriously, it was bigger than our condo and had an amazing patio)
  • Hanging out with Zia Trista at The Willows and meeting her new “friend” John
  • Trying not to cry (me, not Alessio) as BigA92J (otherwise known as Andy) married Sarah, the love of his life
  • Catching up with some ol’ college chums and enjoying the classic tune of Bro Hymn
  • Taking a walking tour of Fisherman’s Wharf while Mama ate and drank the best of San Francisco with Zia Trista
  • Chatting on the patio with Zio Stephen, Zia Kirsten and Unkie Joe on our luxurious patio until one of the neighbors yelled at us at 10:01 PM
  • Walking around the Palace of Fine Arts during a cool and wet San Francisco morning
  • Finding a parking spot right in front of Zia Trista’s apartment
  • And finally, another quiet flight home

Images of Alessio’s First Trip to San Francisco


Hanging with the Cousins at the Prescott Cabin

In July of 2014, I packed up the car with one suitcase for Mama and me and filled up the rest of the trunk space with everything needed for a small 21 pound human being (which is a lot!). By the grace of the gods, Alessio rocked the 8ish hour journey and was all smiles when we arrived.

After arriving, we handed over our child to one of the cugini (it did not matter who) and enjoyed a relaxing weekend in the mountains of Arizona that included plenty of chatting, eating (thanks to everyone who cooked), coffee, a piñata, and visits to Downtown Prescott. I even managed to sneak in visits to two local breweries (Prescott Brewing Company and Granite Mountain Brewing)!

All three of us are looking forward to the next Prescott Family Reunion…in about three years since that seems to be our modus operandi.

Images from Prescott, AZ