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9 09, 2016

My Inner Viking

Enjoying 'Fika', the Swedish coffee break, in a 14th century castle in Vaxjo (don't even try to pronounce!) Sweden won my heart when I looked out the window of the train and saw an ad for a floor cleaning product that featured a man with a mop and bucket.  I thought to myself, [...]

22 07, 2016

Shifting Gears

“Why are Glen and Nick turning into that industrial area?” I wondered.    I watched as the distant blue and red shirts I had been following turned into an area with smokestacks and factories.  This would never be on our VBT Bicycling Vacations tour route I tell myself.   Lazy rivers, working windmills and fields of flowers [...]

4 07, 2016

Fish Don’t Live In Ugly Places

  Three 'Sisters' Mountain Peaks - Faith, Hope, Charity “There, did you see that?”  Ben Kittell, our fly fishing guide on the Lower Deshutes River pointed a few feet from where I balanced in the current.  He whispered, “A fish just broke the surface”.  Without a clue of how to entice that fish [...]

12 01, 2016

Bali – Where Everyone Knows Your Name

A 7 day sailing passage from Darwin to Bali It was difficult to farewell the Pacific Ocean. But if you have to say goodbye to something wonderful and start a new phase of adventures, Bali, Indonesia is a good place to start.  After a smooth 1,100 mile sail passage from Darwin,  Glen and [...]

7 09, 2015

Wading In My Gene Pool

Edinburgh Festival “Aye, that’s a tricky period for finding your Ancestors.”  A nice way of saying that the hours of online research to find John Jamieson, my Scottish ancestor, were for nothing.  Birth records in Edinburgh showed I had the wrong guy.  I still needed to find MY John Jamieson, that unluckiest of forebears whose [...]

23 08, 2015

After The Aftermath

It Takes Two Days of Travel To Saipan  ‘Do you think they know a typhoon is coming?’, I wondered out loud.  A group of Chinese tourists were heading out to the beach in their swimsuits carrying fins and snorkels.  Glen and I were soaked from the pelting rain - hauling cases of communications gear through [...]