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The Mountain Lion

The Mountain Lion

When we were camping in Joseph D. Grant Santa Clara County Park the camp host told us that we were in mountain lion country. The mountain lion is a solitary creature and travels in ones or twos. When on all four legs at its highest point it is just above the knee of a...
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Reflections, Camping Day 8, Lake McSwain

Reflections, Camping Day 8, Lake McSwain

Early morning at Lake McSwain. First time I’ve managed to be up before the kids. Torn between sitting & writing, taking a wander around the campground to enjoy the early morning light, or getting started on coffee & pancakes. Just really enjoying the quiet, though I think I hear movement from kids in the...
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Is This Trip Jinxed or Something?

Is This Trip Jinxed or Something?

Camping Day 7. Third campground, Lake McSwain, California. Got out the stove to cook dinner after setting up camp. We borrowed this stove from some friends I used to go camping with back when I lived in the States, 20 years ago. We used this exact same stove back then, and it’s still going...
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How Not to Start a 4 Month Road Trip

kingdon 6 tent set up plus family at picnic table, monterey, ca, campground

The scariest part about our first day of camping was when I thought my daughter was dying in my arms.
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Preparing for another BIG trip

Preparing for another BIG trip

We are getting ready for another big trip, this one for 6 months to the US. We’ll be spending 3-4 months of the time driving/camping, so we have a whole different set of things to figure out for this trip, from solar battery chargers for the phones etc, to what’s the best laptop/tablet etc...
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New York City Adventures: Central Park, Morningside Park, and Ice Cream!

looking down at central park through the window of an apartment across the road

New York was awesome, though very short. Central Park would take days and days to explore properly and we only had one. We were incredibly lucky to stay with a friend of a friend on the Upper West Side, right across the road from Central Park.
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Snow by the Side of the Road

snow on pine trees by the side of the road as we wizz past

On the way back from Portland, heading over the mountains into California, there was a lot of snow which had fallen in the few days since we passed this way going up. It was really lovely. This was in early November 2011. Almost a year ago already. Related Posts:The Mountain LionReflections, Camping Day 8,...
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Guell Park, Barcelona. Photo Blog.

Guell Park, Barcelona. Photo Blog.

For me Park Guell was one of the highlights of Barcelona, though once again I was struck by the absence of park-like spaces the way we know them in Australia. You could sit on benches, including the beautiful mosaic benches shown below, but there were no big open grasses spaces to sit. There was...
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San Francisco with Kids – Golden Gate Park

large pond with trees and autumn foilage reflected in it, and stone bridge or path to one side with a small boy in it

We picked a fabulous day to visit the city, with blue skies and a warm sun. Although San Francisco is famed for being warmer in the fall than in summer, usually by November the chill is setting back in. Not today. We spent most of our time sitting in the sun at the childrens...
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Monterey Daze

Small child paddling in a shallow river with a footbridge in the background

(Actually, we’re staying in Seaside, not Monterey, but it all runs together…) One of the great things about visiting with good friends is that even when it’s been nearly eight years since you last saw them, once you get together it just seems like yesterday. It’s weird in a way. You spend so long...
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