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My Inner Viking
September 9, 2016
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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.
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Shifting Gears
July 22, 2016
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“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 […]
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Fish Don’t Live In Ugly Places
July 4, 2016
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“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 onto my light fly rod, I hand it to Ben and […]
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Bali – Where Everyone Knows Your Name
January 12, 2016
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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 I arrived in Denpasar, the capital and tourist mecca of Bali. […]
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Wading In My Gene Pool
September 7, 2015
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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 […]
Adventure Blog Disaster Response Travel
After The Aftermath
August 23, 2015
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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 […]
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Going With The Flow After Nepal
August 5, 2015
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I awaken to the smell of coffee and weigh the merits of climbing out of my sleeping bag before the sun is fully up.  As I lay still I hear a peregrine falcon screech echoing down the canyon.   I glance over at Glen and ask, “Did you hear that?”  As dawn creeps down the side […]
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On Shaky Ground In Nepal –
May 16, 2015
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I was stumbling around in the middle of the night trying to make it to the squat toilet.  Taking short, quick steps I was in a hurry, aiming my headlamp at the ground to avoid tent stakes and electrical cords.  In the distance I saw something white and red floating nearby and gasped as I […]
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Blown Away In Nepal
May 9, 2015
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Talking About Our VSAT Internet/Wifi coverage w Canadian Docs Crumbled Hospital In Dhunche  – Replaced By Canadian Red Cross Field Unit My little yellow tent sailed off the cliff where I had slept the night before.  I couldn’t stake it down because of the rockface, so left my duffle inside as anchor against the strong winds whipping up […]
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After The Shock In Nepal
May 9, 2015
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VSAT Installation at Choutara – Norwegian Red Cross Hospital When the dogs wake you up at night with frantic barking it might be time to put on your shoes and get ready to run.   So far, dogs have been reliable indicators of aftershocks ranging from mild to let’s exit the building.  Right now we are […]