About us

us at the tea house

Our names are Rich and Shelley.  We live here in Boise, Idaho.  This blog shares our lives with our families or anyone else who finds this site.  Included here you will find stories about our vacations, stories about our two dogs, Jake and Ripley, our thoughts and opinions about life and country and typical family updates for our friends and family to follow along with to help stay in touch.

Rich is a police officer with a local agency in the Treasure Valley.  He works the swing shift (3:30 pm to 1:30 am) Tuesday through Friday.  Rich has been a police officer since 1998.

Shelley is a physician at a local area hospital.  Her hours vary week to week and day to day.  Since her work is largely confidential patient information, not much will appear in this blog.

Jake is a pound dog we rescued from the shelter in 2001.  He was about 6 – 9 months old at the time.  He’s the brown and white dog laying down under the table.

Ripley is a pure bread Appenzeller.  That’s a swiss herding dog.  Ripley was born in July 2003 in Canada.  She is in the photo, but is hard to see since she is primarily black and is hidden by the shadows under the table.


6 Responses to “About us”

  1. Todd Says:

    Rich & Shelley, Wow. I ran across your blog the other day looking for information about Pico. It appears your travels (Rainier, Pico, Denali…) are the same as what I and some friends are planning. We’ve done Rainier and are heading to Pico next week. Your blog is awesome. There is a wealth of knowledge in there, yet I’m having trouble navigating it. I was reading how you guys were progressing in your training for Denali then on the same page it jumped to somewhere in the middle of your actual trip to Denali. Am I missing something? I would LOVE to read everything. Please let me know.


  2. rich Says:

    I’m glad you are finding the information useful! We’ve had a lot of fun over the last few years with our new adventures. I’m sorry the navigation is difficult. I’m not sure why. My only advise is to use the tags on the stories to get to the information you want. For instance, the tag “denali training” will only give you links to the stories on the training itself, not the trip. But the tag “denali” should take you to the most recent story of our trip. That post, called “Going Home”, has links at the top of it to the other parts of our Denali Expedition.

    Thanks for the compliments and I hope you have a great time in Mexico!


  3. Todd Says:

    Thank you! We are packing up this week and climbing the week after Christmas. If it’s not too much work, any chance you could provide a link to your orizaba trip and training for Denali? Merry Christmas!


  4. rich Says:

    This first link should take you to my posts on our Izta / Orizaba climbs. This link should take you our training for Denali. The links will give you the most recent posts for each, so to start at the beginning you’ll need to scroll all the way to the bottom. Also, if for some reason the links do not work, just follow the tag “Mexico” or “Denali Training” to find these same posts.

    Good luck in Mexico! We had a great time and I’m sure you will as well. If you go to Izta, let us know if that little black dog is still hanging around Altzomoni Hut.

    Merry Christmas to you as well and have a great New Year!


  5. Betty Green Risser Says:

    Hi, Rich,

    I stumbled upon your page when I googled images of Mount Ixtaccihuatl . Strangely enough, your photo of the bench mark on McKinley appeared, and I followed it to your page where I viewed your wine cellar remodel. I was happy to see the McKinley medallion prominently displayed. Well done!

    I am the originator of the bench mark medallion concept and owner of mountainclimb.com so I was very pleased to see how you have displayed it. Because pewter is a relatively soft metal alloy, I am curious as to how it is holding up under foot traffic. Are you satisfied with the installation? Do you refresh the finish from time to time or allow abrasion to change its appearance?



  6. rich Says:

    Thanks for the nice compliment, Betty.

    That room doesn’t get a lot of traffic, usually at parties and such, and that medallion has held up great. We’ve never seen a need to refinish it or treat it for any reason. The tile installer cut out a section of the slate to embed the medallion to prevent it from sticking up too far.

    Thanks for stopping by,



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