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7/15/13 New! Finally
an update: pix of our trip to
Northern Ireland. (Might
need to click on Picasa web albums, sorry). Click on one pic and then hit "slideshow" at
the top. Great trip, that started in Boston to see Mom
and Wendy and a tour of a particular lab at the Picower Center at MIT where I've
sponsored some research. The weather was good for the UK:
cool, misty, windy, with frequent sunbreaks in the afternoon. We
learned a lot about the history of both places and recent history of the
Troubles in Northern Ireland, and went on gorgeous hikes. Coincidentally,
the New York Times online version featured, on its front page, a picture from
the exact same view point as the one I took below...and then a few days later,
had a travel piece on Edinburgh! We feel ahead of the curve, or crowd.
We also learned about driving on the left on very narrow roads with no shoulder
and how to interpret Julie's screams.
10/25/12: Some new summer pix are
here, on a Shutterly
website, because Picasa is making things very difficult with its GooglePlus
takeover. More than you needed to know. Once there, click on
pictures and videos, then on any pic. Some captions are available.
The pic below is from an RC plane above our
beach, looking down at Owen walking towards an eagle perched on Turtle Rock, at
an extremely low summer tide.
The whole family is back from a week in St Pete Beach, FL.
Stills and videos are
in the Picasa web album
here! (Sorry, you might have to
click on "Picasa web albums"...Google has been MESSING UP picasa with Google Plus.
That was close on the heels of Bard's trip to the north coast
of Brazil, a kiteboarding paradise that seemed further than halfway around the
world: 32 hours door to door. This video sums it up, where
Bard jumps over friend Kip's head in a shallow lagoon:
Another great summer, with a very
busy final month. We did most of the same camps: soccer, sailing,
windsurfing, and art. We did a cold and exciting wakeboarding day, and
there were many strong-wind kiteboarding days, and a fun visit from Julie's Mom.
Bard rented a plane (and instructor to help fly) and took Eli to friend Patty's
wedding in Ashland. Eli got to fly, and we rafted the Rogue River.
The next week Bard and Max took an overnight train to
Glacier Park, did some great hikes, then flew the same svelte and fast
Diamond Star back to Hood River. The last week of August Bard and
all three kids hiked a strenuous trail of rock and snow all the way up to 8700'
the north flank of Mt Hood and stayed overnight, seeing the Milky Way more
clearly than ever before. And after all that, the whole family then took
Sweden and Norway, coming home in time for a
wonderful visit from Wendy and Bard's Mom. Eli took some nice shots in
The school year was a big change: Owen started up at Meridian
in 2nd grade, and Max and Eli moved to the brand new technology-emphasizing
Queen Anne Elementary School in 4th grade. Now in 3rd and 5th at
these schools, all the kids seem challenged.
Soon to be added: Bard and Kip's time in Baja, and the
Richmond RC planes experience. In the meantime, some video of RC flying is
It was a great summer in Hood River:
horse camp, soccer camp, day camp, art camp, sailing camp, and windsurfing camp.
And the very last week Bard and Owen flew to Crater Lake in a Diamond Star, and
Bard -- see pics
in this Picasa slideshow (click slideshow option on top left).
Kiteboarding was very fun despite most of the days blowing 40mph+, and Lauri
Streaker got some great shots of Bard on one of the few mellow days at
Lyle. Tom Schworer and Bard and the kids made it way up to
Panorama Point on Mt Rainier in July, before mosquitoes arrived; and
Bard and the kids did an overnight in August on
Mt Adams, when the mosquitoes were fully, and brutally, present.
We had great visits with guests in our new house in Hood
River, including Julie's Mom Carol and Auntie Wendy who visited in June.
We all skiied and snowboarded and snowshoed on Mt Hood on the longest day of the
year, sunning and swimming in the pool in the afternoons! (Pictures
A slideshow of the kids, from the last
4 months, and mostly at the beach. Also included are shots from Max's trip
to San Diego, Owen's to Boston, and the family trips to Tucson and Hood
River last December. Click on any picture to bring up the Picasa
page, then click on fullscreen. (If the slideshow doesn't appear below,
8-12-09: Bard and Eli in Iceland! We sidetripped from our summer break in Hood
River, OR, to zip off to Iceland and Greenland. The Picasa slideshow is
here. Highlights: Eli used crampons and iceax on a real glacier to
explore crevasses and other scary ice formations; we climbed around the volcano
Snaefellsnes; we saw numerous waterfalls; and took in the amazing beauty and
remoteness of Greenland's Kulusuk. We lucked out weatherwise: it was
in the 60s in Iceland and fair, while in Seattle, all-time heat records
were set. Julie and Max and Owen still enjoyed fun times at home,
though, and now we're back in Hood River (more to come on that).
Activities! Beachgoing, flying, kayaking, skiing, kiteboarding,
piano-playing, all in the below slideshow. (Also
2-24-09: Max, Owen and Bard's trip to Costa Rica. Visit
here or doubleclick on the slideshow below to see captions.
1-7-09: A few
from Fall and Winter of 08-09. More to come.
From left: museum trips while in St Louis for Thanksgiving
with Julie's family; Chanukah in Hood River; the first misleadingly minor
snowstorm in Seattle; and an apocalyptic-weather skiing session on Mt Hood with
58mph gusts and pellet-snow that made Eli say, "My face is getting worn down!"
Note my and Max's ice-encrusted helmets. More to come.
And Eli, Max and Owen's first piano recital is here, on Youtube!
They did individual pieces and then a group piece in front of about 50
people, consisting of fellow students and very supportive parents.
10-11-08: A few slideshows from last summer on Picasa.
Click on any one of them, then click again, which'll take you to the
Picasa site. Then you can click on "slideshow" on the top left.
These last two are of Max and Eli and my trip to Maui in
The trips to Whistler and Kaua'i were great fun. More soon, but here're
the money shots from Kaua'i: Eli then Max getting up on surfboards!
Yep, they actually got up. They instructors at Hanalei
Bay gave them a push at the right wave, but they were lying down on the board
and were able to jump up, get in position, and stay on, all the way to the
beach. They were very excited about it. They were angry at me for
insisting on their wearing lifejackets, but I of course didn't back down.
On previous days, I was able to get some kiteboarding in, and got some
air at Kapa'a (2Mbyte, Quicktime).
12-10-07: New: A brief little movie of Eli doing
situps is amusing, because while taking it, I didn't notice how Max and Owen
were trying to interfere. Watch them. The kids are in shape, though:
they run up and down the stairs to the water, and do lots of situps and pushups.
We pay for it with them having excess energy all day long.
Here's the movie.
A slide show from the summer. VERY loosely organized, but pretty
representative, except for the Alaska trip, which is forthcoming. We spent
lots of time in Hood River, where the boys all learned to swim in a pool with a
view of Mt Adams (which Carl and Bard climbed); the kids and I camped out on Mt
Hood and saw the lunar eclipse; lots of river-mud play; all six cousins got
together with Julie's Mom and Laura and Carl; and lots of kiteboarding for me.
Also Mom, Wendy and Fred visited in Seattle. Click on
the little print icon at the bottom left of the bigger frame below to see the
captions. If it doesn't load, or you want to see it full screen with more
resolution, click on
the smaller pic below; then at the picasa website, click on the "Slideshow"
button near the top.
Full screen is worth it if you have the time.
Max and Eli's Lilypond Kindergarten class had their final field trip at our house on a
low tide. Though the day was rainy and grey, the kids (all 22 of them) had
a great time. Barry, one of the parents, a former volunteer at the
Seattle Aquarium, was a fantastic docent for the displays of crabs, starfish,
clams, barnacles, great blue herons, eagles, and especially moon snails and
their egg cases. Suzy is shown photographing (link to her site
is forthcoming, the ones in the slide show below are mine), and the party
included lunch up at the treehouse.
If the box doesn't load, click
here, then press the "Slideshow" button near the top.