Sailor Babo Goes Camping

Babo and BSG wanted to get back out into the woods, and this time they let AmyH come along.

They all made the short trek east of Phoenix to the Tonto National Forest.


It’s pretty unknown to most Phoenix people, and the campground had been closed this summer due to fire restrictions. Up until this weekend, that is, so they pretty much had the place to themselves.


Let’s set up camp!


Setting up camp is hard! It’s time to relax!

AmyH is starting to suspect this trip was all about BSG and Babo trying out all their solar-powered camping gear.


With camp all set up, it’s time for hiking. And maybe some rock climbing.


Babo finds his line to get up the rock.

We also came across some radio communication towers.


Babo collected some leaves to investigate.


And they also found an old mine shaft. Or is it a bear cave?!


After the hike, Babo decided to kick back with his favorite Arizona camping beer.


Of course, you have to have a campfire! img_6931

Babo wants to make a joke, but this is a family blog.

All in all, a great time in the woods was had by all!

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Sailor Babo’s Eclipse Adventure

The other day, Sailor Babo acquired some funny-looking glasses. For some reason, he couldn’t see anything through them.

Hey! It’s dark in here!

Oh well. Supposedly they would come in handy.

On Monday, Sailor Babo was rudely awakened in the wee hours of the morning and packed up for a trip to Wyoming where he’d be able to put his glasses to use. Unfortunately, the Cap’n was too distracted and didn’t snap a picture of Sailor Babo watching the sun grow smaller and smaller…

…and then made up for it by getting a picture of Sailor Babo with an unusually dark, yet bright moon.

Where’d the sun go?

After witnessing the rare celestial event, Sailor Babo made a quick side trip to see Oregon Trail wagon wheel ruts on the way home.

Why didn’t they sail to Oregon?

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Sailor Babo risks his retinal stitching!

Sailor Babo heard that every hundred years or so the giant orange cookie in the sky gets dark chocolate icing all over it.  He thought that sounded tasty and wanted to check it out.I told him it was dangerous to look at such a tasty cookie without wearing proper safety glasses.  Fortunately, we had a pair nearby.

When the time came, Sailor Babo went outside and stared up at the sun…er, I mean cookie.

Sadly, the giant cookie with dark chocolate icing on it was just out of reach.  Try as he might, Sailor Babo couldn’t get his nubbins around the thing.  And all the reaching made him thirsty.  He went inside to see if the special eclipse sun tea was ready.

It was!

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Sailor Babo and His Very Hard Hike

Sailor Babo, BSG and a friend went off to Colorado to hike a 14er, a mountain peak that stands over 14,000 feet in elevation.

Their chosen mountain, Wetterhorn, stood at 14,015. They started out at 10,700, which made for chilly camping.

This is a technically challenging hike so they didn’t have much opportunity to take photos until they made it to to the top.

BSG and Babo celebrate at the top

Babo and their friend were pretty spent and took their time on the way back down.

“I wonder if I can get a marmot to give me a ride back to camp.”

They finally made it back to camp, where Babo hunkered down by the campfire and rewarded himself with a beer. (This Babo doesn’t have the tag that says he likes cookies. I think he took it off himself because he’d rather have beer.)

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Sailor Babo and Modern Camping

Sailor Babo and his hiking companions awoke in the glorious Colorado sunshine outside of Pagosa Springs. They are on their way to hiking Wetterhorn, a 14er that BSG and Babo haven't summitted yet.

Maybe tomorrow we'll see what they did on the way to the next campsite. Because they certainly didn't send any other updates to AmyH while they are off on their guys trip. *grumble grumble worry worry*

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Sailor Babo heads out for hiking

Sailor Babo was getting a little stir crazy cooped up in the air conditioning and has decided to get out of the Phoenix heat.

BSG had an idea – he, Babo and a friend would go to Colorado and hike a 14er. That's a mountain higher than 14,000 feet.

Babo has tackled a few with BSG before, and AmyH tagged along with them for one a couple of years ago.

So he was excited to hit the road really early this morning.

"Let's get this party started!"

All that driving can be tiring and can work up a thirst. Good thing Ska Brewing World Headquarters in Durango was on the way and made for a convenient afternoon rest stop.

"Cheers, Mr. Ska Gnome!"

Sailor Babo will keep sending in photos of his trip to the top of a mountain.

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Sailor Babo goes to the grocery store!

sailor babo waits for closing

“Go on without me!”

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Sailor Babo, Brip and Moxy visit the Obliteration Room!

They saw the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors Exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. Frustrated with the long wait for most of the rooms (which are limited to 20 to 30 seconds each), they lounged where there was no time limit.

Sent via carrier pigeon

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Sailor Babo, Brip, and Moxy visit Venice!

The last port of call on Sailor Babo 98109’s recent voyage was Venice. Babo, Brip, and Moxy are still daydreaming about the decaying beauty and maritime splendor of Venezia, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic.

They travelled there from Milan via Trenitalia, then took a vaporetto (Venetian bus-boat) from the train station.


We wonder what this magazine says…


Hey, guys! It’s the lagoon!


Buses in Venice are boats! This is my kinda town!

After checking in to the vacation rental, Brip and Moxy settled in for a nap, while Babo scouted out the neighborhood.


Oh good! There are cookies half a block away! This is my kinda town!


Sailor Babo acquires a gondolier’s hat and prevents sunburn!

The next day, they all rode the vaporetti…

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And marveled at the grandeur of San Marco…

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And toured La Fenice, the beautiful opera house of Venice…

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And sampled some Venetian cookies!


That thing at Sailor Bobo’s feet is a baba rum!

On the last full day, Babo scored more cookies, had a fancy coffee at Caffe Florian, crossed the Grand Canal in a traghetto (the poor person’s gondola), and rode more vaporetti

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Meanwhile, Brip and Moxy went shopping …

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Soon it was time to say goodnight and goodbye for now.


Sailor Babo takes a vaporetto ride at sunset


Arrivederci, Venezia!

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Sailor Babo’s Playcation!

Sailor BabO Canada took a week off recently (we’re not sure “off” of what), and found some fun things to do in and around Toronto.

Guess where he went?

SB & Jays game

Is Babo is ready to play for the Blue Jays?

SB and Jays hat

Yes, he is–batter up!


The next day he took a bus trip.

SB bus home

It took him to the theatre!

SB @ theatre

He missed out on his annual funnel cake on Toronto Island (the island is still closed due to flooding), but he found a stand-in scenic background and a big s’mores brownie that made him happy!

SB & s'mores brownie

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