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 […]

Wet and Wild
January 21, 2019

Spent the long weekend away enjoying the Northern California coastline at Gualala Regional Park. It rained pretty much all the time for the entire three days. The wet and wild weather didn’t slow us down too much, and we braved it to enjoy nice long walks along the beach and into town for coffee at […]

Prague December 2018
January 20, 2019

An amazing 3 days and 4 nights in Prague. We had been dreaming of spending time together in Prague for years. And finally we made it a reality when Caroline arranged the perfect gift, of flights, hotel reservation and 4 dinner reservations. By day we walked the city and by night we ate and drank. […]

Snowing in Yosemite
December 3, 2018

Snuck away for the weekend to Yosemite. We arrived late on Friday night and just before it started to snow. Our timing could not have been better. We awoke on Saturday to about 8 inches of snow. And as the campground was unusually quiet, we slept in. This trip would be a good test for […]

Well Baby Visit
October 28, 2018

Drove up to Bend Oregon and the birthplace of Molly for the 6 month well baby visit. There was almost nothing wrong with our Molly, but there were a few upgrades that we sought. Like an extra freezer, rear lamp, rear bumper locker box mount, some aircraft tie-down track and some mast steps to access […]

Gnålodden and Burgerbukta
August 15, 2018

Wednesday August 15th, 2018 Last expedition day. We landed at Gnålodden for a free stroll around the base of the bird cliff. The guides had set up a secure perimeter, so we did not need armed escorts constantly following us around. We visited a trappers hut and just enjoyed the majestic scenery. The idea was […]

August 14, 2018

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 We visited the now abandoned township of Pyramiden. This was a soviet era mining community with all the trappings. Now it is home to 10 residents who are available to provide tours and run the local hotel. This would have been quite the place during its “golden era”. During pre-dinner drinks, […]

August 14, 2018

Monday, August 13th, 2018 Up early for morning activities. Caroline went on a fat bike tour around town and along the old road to the airport. The bike guide of course had a riffle, because that is what you do when you cycle around Longyearbyen. Stephen visited coal mine number l. This coal mine has […]

Hamiltonbukta and Magdalenefjorden
August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12th, 2018 In the morning is went for a zodiac cruise and bird spotting along the coast of Hamilton Bay, Raudfjord. Of course, there was a glacier to check out as well. In the afternoon we headed to Magdalenefjorden where we visited a former whaling station. Remains of the old blubber ovens were […]