Wednesday, August 16, 2017

getting ready for the eclipse

We'll be experiencing a total solar eclipse on August 21. We purchased eclipse glasses for the occasion.

Disreputable vendors are selling fake glasses, so we ordered these direct from a vendor that NASA has confirmed is reputable.

Here's a picture I took of the sun today using my mobile phone and a pair of the glasses.

The weather for the day of the eclipse is looking good.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


When your cilantro goes to seed, let it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

early girl

On the vine.

On the counter.

In the bowl.

Sliced for BLTs.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Oakland Feather River Camp

Less than two days after getting back from Maui, we drove up to Quincy to join friends for the weekend at Oakland Feather River Camp—family camp!

On Saturday, the kids were signed up for activities (a maze challenge, and tie tying), so the adults went hiking.

Sigrid and I came to camp with cocktails.


Ringing the dinner bell.

Campfire songs and s'mores.

Storytelling. (This was amazing.)


On our way up, and on our way back home, we stopped at the Yuba City In-N-Out Burger. It's a lot like every In-N-Out, but with chicken. No, not on the menu. Outside in the parking lot.

Here are the tie dyes the boys made at camp.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

bike gang

The fruits of bike camp.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Gardening At Night

After a week in Maui, we arrived home in darkness to an empty fridge. We ate dinner out of cans, but accompanied by a fresh salad from the garden, picked by flashlight.

Maui: arrival

We arrived in the early afternoon at the Royal Mauian in Kihei for a seven night stay in Maui. This is our view, from a top-floor condo on the north side the building...

...and here is our first sunset!

Maui: shore dive

Peggy, Misah, Isabel and I went on a shore dive from Keawakapu Beach to get a scuba refresher.

We saw lots of sea turtles, like this one.

Here's a snowflake moray eel.


Toward the end of our dive, this turtle majestically swam by us...

...followed by a zippier little one.

Misah and Isabel.

Me and Peggy.

All of us!

Maui: fish 'n' chips and shave ice

Waiting for fish 'n' chips.

Sigrid, Anders and Soren got in on the second order of fish 'n' chips, after spending hours at the beach.

First shave ices of the vacation!

Maui: rooftop brats & dogs

To close out our first full day in Maui, Patrick grilled brats & dogs on the rooftop.

We had a nice moon...

...and a lovely sunset.

Maui: boat dives

On Friday morning, we went on a couple of boat dives. Our first dive was at Molokini Crater.

Here's a sea cucumber.

Garden eels (and a vid of us looking at the eels; unfortunately, there wasn't enough light for the eels to show up on the Go Pro vid).

Moray eels.

Super clear water!

For our second dive, we went out to St. Anthony's wreck, which was sunk intentionally about twenty years ago to start an artificial reef. There are also a bunch of tires that were dropped there for the same reason.

The fish like it.


There is a little goby living on this wire coral, but it's impossible to make the fish out in this pic.

This is the wreck.