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Prewitt Ridge

Nickel left us in the early morning of 1/11, after 17 beautiful trips around the sun.

To anyone who really knew Kat and I for the past 15 years, would know how the three of us were TRULY inseparable. You were with us for ALL the most beautiful milestones of our lives. Our stories about you are not only testament to a life filled with adventure and shenanigans, but the way you taught us how to love each other is etched so deep that I truly knew you were an extension of me, as much as we were an extension of you. I will love you forever, my dearest best friend. Long live, the legend.

Sweet Sixteen!!

The great gift is in teaching us how to say we love each other, without speaking. I can't thank you enough for all the times you remind us of what's important: to be together. And to take frequent pee pee breaks.

Love you everyday, my best man.

Happy 15th!

Happy 15th birthday to the coldest hearted adventure pupper there ever was!! Continue to teach us that we don't need words to let others know we love them. That we don't need more stuff, but more time together. The most important things in life you learn from animals, and I always thank you for allowing us to be part of your pack. LOVE YOU @heynickel!!

Exploring Together

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Happiness is a Volkswagen far from home. Exploring the new and the old, together with those who matter to you the most. Constantly reminded of the beauty in all things, in the most unexpected places.

Waiting for The Bear

Waiting for Mato

Sometimes it's easy to humanize our pets, anthromorphosize their actions, and project our own feelings into their psyche. There are those rare moments however, that our relationship with the rest of the world (esp those who do not use words), starts to speak volumes. When we realize that we do not just live in our own world limited to only what we feel and experience, it becomes such a powerful reason to be a better human being. The love we know and share is felt and understood intimately by those we choose to share it with.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of knowing Nickel's personality, he normally doesn't give a fuck. Until that day he and I both knew without a doubt - Kat is one of the strongest women we are truly blessed to have in our lives.

And for that to be said with two black beady eyes? That isn't anthromorphosizing - he was simply telling the truth.

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The Cool Cats Club

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Hi Mom, I'm on a Glacier

Matanuska Glacier

Yesterday, we visited the majestic Matanuska Glacier along the outskirts of Glenn Highway, shortly before we hit Anchorage. You could see this bad-boy from miles away, and we could hardly contain our excitement as we squealed like piglets about to be fed their first slice of awesome pie.

Although Kat and I generally like to keep our money inside our pockets, we opted to splurge a little by renting equipment and hiring our own guide to explore the ice fields. If we were going to do this once, we wanted to do it right. Triple the squealing when we found out that we could bring Nickel along!! Two were squeals of delight, and the third... Not so much.

Matanuska Glacier

We learned about the terminology behind glaciers, like the terminus and moraine, and how you shouldn't go out after fresh snowfall in the spring unless you wanted to get sucked into hole and disappear from the face of the planet. We spent a few hours with our minds blown wide open, amazed also at the very eerie similarity of ice and our familiarity with the desert. It felt like we were in another planet - which is what it generally feels like when you open your eyes and try to fathom that there is more to this world than the people in it.

Matanuska Glacier

Oh great Matanuska, it was a great privilege and honor to have come before you.

Happy Holidays

Christmas Bokeh

Merry Christmas

That we may continually be blessed by the fortune of good health, great company, and meaningful lives.

Happy holidays, from the warm hearts of Kat, Lovine, and Nickel. :)

The Mysterious Moving Rocks of the Playa

Nickel says hello, from Death Valley. This stuff will never get old. One of the most amazing places on earth!

Feeling Lonely?


Pick up a rock.

I've been MIA the past few weeks on this blog. I officially realized it when my brother-in-laws (or brothers-in-law? brothers-in-laws? brolos?) both complained about having to see Cousin James as the last entry. I took that picture waaaay too long ago!

Kat and I have been trying to keep a clean house, and although there has been some progress, the to-do-list keeps on getting longer. And it always takes longer than planned to accomplish anything of significance.

The neverending to-do list. Maybe it's a subliminal way of keeping ahead of the New Years Resolution of keeping all my crap together. Another reason why it feels so good to drop everything and camp away from the city, so we don't have to think and deal about everyday crap. The only thing you have to think about is where you will have to crap that morning. Crap.

Always look out for mysterious rocks, ladies and gentlemen.

Don't Take Candy From Strangers

Family Portrait

Hope everyone had a safe Halloween! Greetings from our dysfunctional family in the San Fernando Valley.

Snail Mail is Fun

Hello friends,

I'm on the USPS website about to splurge on some stamps. As some of you may know, we sporadically send out random postcards from our mini postcard printer. We try to keep it interesting, and try to combat spam (the bad kind) with snail mail power.

Tree stumps make me sad.

Hit the comments with your email on the form (it doesn't show up when the comment is published), or shoot me an email at blog[at]lovine.com with your postal and I'll put you on the list for random snail mail action. If you have received postcards before but changed address, let me know so I can update my records.

"Doesn't matter where you're from, love is always free from Lovine.com"

The Grandstand

The Grandstand

Homestake Dry Camp

Last night, we slow danced under the moonlight and slept underneath a blanket of stars.

This, cannot be further from how I imagine life should be.

October is Here

Where are we going?

Where are we going?

There are times in your life when you wait for something to happen, before you choose to act. You wait for the confidence to envelop your doubts, you wait for the mental calm to assuage your fears. The gut feel, the whisper in your head, the incessant beating of your heart. Some wait for a short time, others wait forever.

Break out of your molds, and leave the past behind. Find yourself.
October is here. And so is now.

Did You Know?

Nickel was on TV yesterday!!!

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