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I was born in Eeklo, Belgium, on June 29th, 1964. In 1988 I decided it was time to move to ‘the big city’, so I left Eeklo for Gent – a whopping 20 km away! Mind you, most Belgians perceive distance slightly different from the rest of the world; it is after all a rather tiny country. Three years later, in 1991, I left Gent to go to London to live and work; for about 2 years. Or at least that was the initial plan. But fate had something else in store for me… On my way to London I met a Kiwi called Stephen…

 

I was born in Cambridge, New Zealand in 1967. At age 10, I left New Zealand with my parents to go and live in Perth, Australia. And then at age 18, returned from Aussie to complete University in Auckland New Zealand. England beckoned, and the travel adventures started in earnest. In 1991, on my way from London to a jazz festival in Belgium, I met Caroline..

 

We became good friends. In 1992 we traveled to Africa together and on returning to London in 1993 we moved in together. In 1996 – Caroline had been in London for about 4.5 years, Stephen for 5 years – we packed all our worldly possessions in 13 boxes and a poster roll and moved to Sydney, Australia. Before settling in Sydney, where we eventually bought a home, we spent 4 months in Perth. New horizons and opportunities beckoned again in 2000 when we sold our home and moved to San Francisco. This time we filled half a container. A few weeks after arriving in the US we got married in Las Vegas. We have been in San Francisco ever since; it became our home and we love it there!.

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Weekend, March 30 and 31, 2019 Caroline is still in Europe, so ready for some solo hiking in one of our favorite parks. And, I discovered a new trail that I did not even know that existed, and I like it. Saturday was spent doing a campsite to campsite loop via Bear Gulch, the reservoir, […]

Arroyo Seco Revisited
April 2, 2019

Weekend, March 24 and 25, 2019 Caroline had left earlier in the week and I had been in Los Angeles all week for work. My flight landed early into San Francisco airport, I wasted no time to pack a bag and head south for some hiking. Arroyo Seco was the obvious choice, as it is […]

Weekend, March 16 and 17, 2019 The winter rains have brought wildflowers to the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and we headed South to check them out. So glad we did. We left Friday night, got caught on terrible traffic and arrived late into Selby Campground. It was not long before we where sleeping. We woke […]

Santa Lucia Memorial Park
March 3, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019 Got an early start away from San Francisco, and for once did not really get caught in traffic. We had high hopes of making the campground before the sun went down. And we were making excellent progress until presented with a very prominent “Road Closed” sign. We speculated the recent rains […]

Pinnacles – Monster Weekend
February 24, 2019

Long Weekend, February 15-18, 2019 We spent three days in Pinnacles National Park to enjoy the three day long weekend formed by President’s Day. And we did a lot of hiking, even as the weather so not really cooperating. We have never seen this park so green or the waters running so freely. We hiked […]

Arroyo Seco
February 10, 2019

Spent a lovely weekend away at Arroyo Seco. We left San Francisco early on Friday in an attempt to beat the rush hour traffic. We failed. The drive, which should normally take around 2,5 to 3 hours, ended up taking 5 hours. We still arrived early enough to cook dinner and watch a movie before […]

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