road trip

Backpacking Bryce Canyon

3 October 2013

It was just an overnight. In and out. But we had to carry all of our water. We had already been in Bryce Canyon for several days, but we were car camping at one of the developed campgrounds, and we thought we’d give ourselves a true wilderness experience before we left the park. I wasn’t […]

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The Great American Road Trip

18 August 2013

Nearly 20,000 miles has taken us from Alaska to Maine to California, and through a fair bit of Canada. We’ve dipped our toes in the Atlantic and in the Pacific, but we’ve spent most of our time in the mountains and around the lakes and streams both near and far from the coasts. We’ve been […]

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An Immigration in Reverse

8 April 2010

The Setesdal valley is a spectacular combination of deep ravines, straight-sided cliffs and rushing rivers. The road follows the river, passing waterfalls, skirting canyons, and weaving through small towns, farms and villages. One of those villages is called Bjørnarå, and I think that’s where my family comes from. I met a cousin of mine, Cecilie, […]

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The Great Irish Road Trip: Part 2

9 February 2010

Day 5 — or 6 or whatever it was — dawned in Doolin, a small village near the Cliffs of Moher. I was loathe to leave the Aille River Hostel, where I had stayed for two nights. It was so cozy, and exactly what I needed for a bit of a respite. It was out […]

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The Great Irish Road Trip: Part 1

3 February 2010

It turned into a beautiful, sunny Irish day when I headed from my Dublin hostel down to the car rental place, near the city’s secondary train station. I figured I’d be spending the rest of the day in the car, so it wouldn’t hurt to walk across town beforehand. I was, however, hurting when I […]

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