I remember the first time I read the word “licorice fern.” It was stamped clearly into the stone wall of one of the staircases at Multnomah Falls. I had recently emigrated to the west side of Oregon from the high desert of the east side of the state, for school, so I was taking every…
Creek: A Love Story (aka Back to the Beginning)
Local creek in Seattle
Shades of turquoise, burgundy and gold abound in the Norwegian archipelago of Lofoten.
Here Be Vikings
... and Vikings be old.
All Hands on Dekk
Misadventures in a campervan - welcome to Norway!
Contemplations in sleepy town of Gryllefjord, empty after the summer season.
Last Day in Svalbard
I had the day to myself. Jim had gone off on another boat trip, but I elected to stay behind today. The boat yesterday didn't agree with me, and after days of travel, hiking, and boat-tripping, I needed a day to just... be. I knew I'd probably miss out on polar bears, so I walked…
An adventure by sea to the Esmarkbreen (glacier) and settlement of Barentsburg.
How did fossils of tropical trees and plants make their way onto an artic archipelago? They didn't - it moved up north!
From the top of Platåberget, Longyearbyen looks small. In the late summer evening fog, a few lights are on, but the sun won't "set" for at least a few more hours. The bare, greenish hills and mountains close in around the village, and we can hear the ships horns and a helicopter somewhere, but the…