Diversions

A Year of Traveling Can’t Be Completely Serious

Vegas, baby.

Scenes from a run

Finished with a fun trip with the Disse family in Munich.

Graz bonus trip … to the Arnold Schwarzenegger museum!

Graz really has it all … can’t wait to return!

Ljubljana – most beautiful city in the world (just ask the mayor).

Milano – friends and food … fantastic.

Hinterzarten … now, and then (when Leslie was there in school)

Tubingen – beautiful old city

Made to feel at home in Zurich with the Schirmers

Zurich … outdoors

Lausanne – beautiful in the late Fall!

Kyoto – city of 1000 temples and shrines!

Kiyumizu Temple, Kyoto

Golden Temple, Kyoto

Shinto shrines … only in Japan

Tokyo Parks

Street scenes

International influences

Scenes from the Tsukiji Market

Random cool Japanese stuff

International influences!

Cool Japanese stuff

Tokyo day scenes

Tokyo night scenes

Bus ride down from Unzen

Unzen

Obama scenes

Bus ride to Unzen Hot Springs

Japanese bathroom culture!

Japanese Association of Hydrogeologists

Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki

Nagasaki street scenes

Dejima – Dutch Island in Nagasaki

Scenes from a train/bus

Cool cultural aspects of Japan

Shinto shrine

Tokyo Airport sights

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Absolutely FREE bike in Zurich

Kitch, like only FL can!

Awesome kayak trip through N Florida with the UF crew!

Great bike ride with John Molson, Quebec City

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I miss Fall!
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Last minute plan to get to Quebec after oversleeping!
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Awesome bike ride near Ottawa
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Oh, Canada!
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Highest point in the Laurentian Park
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Awesome Ottawa rental bike!
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I like trains.
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Rudy’s son’s practice!
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Caught an Inbreds concert  – Helen, Dave and crew!
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Dave really is the coolest dude.
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Snacks for the Waterloo talk.  Nice!
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THAT is a small snack tray.  Frontier Airlines!
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Good lift to London!
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Latent Leafs fan!!
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More fun than a box of hammers.
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Bear at the Denver Convention Center!
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Bikes on Trains … what could be better?
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Denmark – way ahead in wind farming!
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Weapons horde – Mosgaard Museum
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Bog man … creepy!  (Mosgaard)
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Amazingly lifelike sculptures – Mosgaard
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Lovin’ the Vikings!
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Loke
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Thor’s hammer!
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Great human history exhibit
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Long time dead
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Cool sculptures in Viborg Museum
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Wicked cool old Viking Age shirt!
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Scary … and wrong
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I like to think of this as art appreciation.

 

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Bike commute to Foulum!
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Can you pick out my rental car?  Hint, it isn’t a BMW or Audi.
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The Black Lab – nice venue for the Darcy in Houston for the Geological Society
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None more Brit than the Brits abroad – Houston Black Lab Pub
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The temple of football at A&M
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Classic Texas scene between College Station and Austin
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Very cool sandbox at the TWDB – interprets topography AND allows water to accumulate and flow!
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The sandbox’s name
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On a short stop home, Luke and I saw a land tortoise in a trailer!
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Nothing like making fun of a statue – during my somewhat ill fated bike ride in Perth.  Karma.
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The Darwin crew in front of a termite mound.
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Sunset in Darwin.
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The only safe croc.
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Aboriginal Art in Darwin

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The Strand – Townsville.
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Boa – near Ayr
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Koala – Billabong Sanctuary

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Kangaroo (male!) at Billabong.
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These (cassowary) are the most frightening of the Australian lot.
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Does he (?) look angry to you?
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Wombats have a bony butt plate to seal off their hole entrance from dingoes.  Ouch.
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Too big to fit in the frame.
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Not recommended.
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Lots of empty beach in Australia.
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I’m not a car guy … but, I love these!

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Wasn’t tempted to approach!
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Even their trash-eating birds are different.
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Long bike ride and a weekend market. Nice. Hobart.
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I’ll believe it when I see it!
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Koala in the wild … OK, in a parking lot in Adelaide, but I’m not picky!
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Some rare kind of Wallabee.
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Australian Rules Football in Melbourne … surprisingly not so confusing.
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Aboriginal Art in Canberra.

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The ONE AND ONLY kangaroo that I saw in the wild (Canberra)!
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Pigeons … Aussie style.
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Opal.
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Majorly old fish fossils.
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Aboriginal Art in Canberra.

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Nice spot for dinner! (Near UNSW)
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‘Better than Bondi’ Beach
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Ocean was not as cold as I expected!
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Sydney’s ANZAC memorial.
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View from the bridge.
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Managed to fit in a run with my sightseeing.
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Sydney Harbor … too picturesque not to!
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Enjoyed a bike ride through Lima!
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Me, on the coast near Lima.
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My favorite thing … a bike ride. This one in Lima on Sunday on mostly closed streets!
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Me foreground, Lima background
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The Negev Desert
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Watering Hole near Beersheba
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Amazing human augmented caves from 1000’s of years ago – Bet Guvrin-Maresha
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The Mosada closed at 4 … should have thought of saying that to the Romans!
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Rocks on shore coated with salt.
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Floating in the Dead Sea is as cool as I had heard. But, the water tastes wicked!
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Camel. Very much the horses of Israel. That is … why does anyone ride them anymore?
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Jerusalem … too much history to even absorb in one place!
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Jerusalem Market
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Wailing Wall
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Looks like an Album Cover – Soil Rocks! Only Jacob Bear is missing … but, I did meet him!
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Ben and Luke playing pickup soccer in Pretoria
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Drum and dance band in Soweto
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This is a photo op WITHOUT predators in the area.
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Photo by me, edited by Luke, in a park in the middle of Bloemfontein!
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Music at a festival in Bloemfontein
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Water collection cisterns on Robben Island, near Mandela’s cell. Hydro is everywhere!
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White Rhino.
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Kruger National Park was UN-BE-LIEVEABLE. This was a highlight … the leopard had just left. Really.
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A full day bike along Valencia’s greenway was fantastic.
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The boys found a place to play futsol in Valencia. I napped.
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Columns like trees in Sagrada Familia
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The Sagrada Familia stained glass is breathtaking.
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Jesus Carrera, my boys, and his daughter celebrating St. John’s
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I love this guy! Jesus celebrating the solstice!
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An actual aqueduct in Montpellier.
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Leslie and Luke at the Cite du Vin in Bordeaux. The family spent SIX hours there!
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The Capucin Market in Bordeaux – definitely counts as entertainment!
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‘Nuff said.
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Camping (finally) – this time in a VW bus!
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Roman Bath sculpture or alien encounter??
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This time in my life I went to the Roman Baths. Another amazing interaction with antiquity.
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Rafael put us up in an awesome place close to the University of Bristol!!
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Live jams in Dublin aren’t everywhere, but they are worth seeking out!
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Newgrange was stunning. Amazing to sit where humans sat 5000 years ago.
Ahmed and Dorian in Edinburgh. Don’t worry, Dorian WAS sampling whisky (no e) earlier
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This may have been my first PROPER whisky. Very nice, smokey, peaty, drinkable!
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A post-prandial walk over the mountain in Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh at night … the fog descends.
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The view from the Rundetaarn with Peter and Pernille. “It’s the fear of WANTING to fall ….”
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In most places, it’s a bike ride OR a beer. Not so in Copenhagen.
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View from the tower near Christiania with Peter and Pernille. Crazy outdoor steps. See here.
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A parade of hundreds of rollerbladers in Copenhagen. If only I had known!
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I like trains.
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Not sure where this fits, maybe categorized as TMI … but, until this trip I haven’t been a fan of tubs. Now, they are the savior of my traveller’s-back!
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Modern at at the van Gogh Museum.
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An amazing van Gogh collection near Wageningen.

Some views from Koln’s Dom. (Click the picture for a caption.)

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Concert by Sander’s talented daughters, leading to a multilingual songfest. Awesome!
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On a hike in Germany … complete with an actual castle!
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A very German past time – watching the massive mining operation! (It is pretty impressive.)
Great view of London.
Cool museum! Better yet, I got to bike there!
Also a cool museum, but very weird.
Jamming with Pony and his son!
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Great night of mandolin and singing with Terrance … no photo, but evidence!
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borrowed Max’s bike for a a quintessential PDX 20 miler!
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borrowed Max’s bike for a a quintessential PDX 20 miler!
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Trying to figure out the camera timer
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After a bike ride with Edgar
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Goodbye to Bart and Mary – hey, they stole my mandolin and coffee!
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Bart and I did some cider tasting – many were as bad as you might imagine!!
Donuts, Seattle style!
Handmade chocolate thank you from Hideo’s wife!
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On a too-rare trip home, I got to help Luke combine his two main passions.
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Three talented Mines musicians and me. Great jam session!
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Great memories evoked walking around Golden, CO!
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Fun session at Steve Holbrook’s house!
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Art (?) installation at MSU
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For my older son, Ben, who distrusts bears.
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Warren Wood’s field vehicle … an Aston Martin. Nice.
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Rented a bike for a 35 mile ride in Orange County
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UGA combines water gardens with art installations!
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Hotel ‘Gyms’ … the bane of my existence!
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I finally convinced him it was m c SQUARED!
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Known for the chili, but improved by the beer.
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Luke, in Boston, with split allegiances
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Got to play soccer against 20 year olds with my old friend Bill Barbieri in DC
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Note to self … I am no longer 20!
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Midas Touch beer, from a 2700 year old recipe, in MD
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Missed the start of the Iditarod by one day, but saw the prep!
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Ronnie Dannan Hydrologist and Ice Sculptor
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Ice Sculpture Fairbanks
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Permafrost Tunnel with Kenji and Bob Bolton, Fairbanks
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Kenji’s Reindeer! Fairbanks
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Skating with Josh Koch in Anchorage!
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When in Calaveras County, CA, one meets with Mark
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Jamming with John Kramer and Friends, Sonora CA
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My older son, Ben, wanted to visit Stanford … and eat sushi!
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Run along the canal in Davis
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Snowshoeing with Kyle and Ian Blasch and their dogs, Feb 2, Boise
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Skiing at Bogus Basin with Shawn Benner and Kyle Blasch Jan 31, Boise
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A trip to the field counts as fun!
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Jan 30, Calgary AB
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Crooning with Masaki and Larry Jan 29, Calgary, AB
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NAU vs N Dakota men’s basketball Jan 21, Flagstaff AZ
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