Summer in Seattle, after detour to NY for the TODAY show!

Fireworks flashed in the distance last night as the Bainbridge Island ferry pushed through Puget Sound’s dark water. This was supposed to be our last leg for summer travel back to the Seattle area, the culmination of a plan crafted in minutes while in Grenada last fall after learning Totem’s hull needed drying out. Instead, […]

Channel Islands interlude

yes, they hiked in crocs. Originally uploaded by behang Just a quick plug for the handful of pictures we took on our visit to Santa Cruz- click through this one for more. Baker family- don’t you dare skip these next year in a rush to get south. After exprienceing the magic of kelp forests firsthand, […]

We’re not in Kansas anymore

Dall’s PorpoisesOriginally uploaded by behang We spent several idyllic days in Monterey, soaking up Julie & Gloria’s hospitality. I walked around trying to keep jaw off the ground at the beauty around us, from the curve of Carmel beach and glittering water to their time capsule, movie-set home in Pebble Beach and the striking views […]

Making progress south

Although we left Eagle Harbor back on August 21, in many ways it was the departure from Alameda, and the SF Bay, on October 13 that marked the beginning of what Niall long ago christened The Big Trip. The Seattle departure was without the children, since we wanted to spare them the discomfort and probable […]

A Traditional Future

It’s Friday night. If you look up “Friday night” in the Gifford Family Compendium of Language and Culture (GFCLC), you’ll find: Pizza. A complex milieu brought on simply by dough and “stuff”, enabling simple people to become uncomplicated from rigors of a complex week. Follow religiously. It’s a terrible definition really. Our literal interpretation is […]

Life in Alameda

handling the heatOriginally uploaded by behang Our first week in Alameda flew by. It has been HOT- many days pushing triple digits this week. I realize that’s peanuts compared to what we’ll experience in the Mexican summer next year, but hey, we’re thick blooded from life in the Pacific Northwest! Of course, the office I’m […]

Charmed arrival in San Francisco

Placid conditions under the Golden GateOriginally uploaded by behang We came under the Golden Gate bridge around 4:30 on Thursday afternoon. Although they were absent from the rest of the passage, we had dolphins in pairs visiting us on and off for the hours preceding that cruise under the bridge. Between their escort, and the […]