Christmas in Germany

As always it has taken a little while to put the photos from our trip to Germany and Switzerland online. Not too long though, I know some are waiting for them ๐Ÿ™‚ Here you can find all the pictures … It was great to visit with family, enjoy the German food and escape to Switzerland…

Skiing has started!

So happy to be back in the snow! The backcountry skis have already been out 3 times, and xc skiing has been fantastic. I don’t understand anybody who leaves Kelowna and goes south when the skiing is at its best during those winter months ๐Ÿ™‚

Seems like we skipped the spring …

From the end of skiing season, straight into summer! The temperatures have been around 25 to 28 degrees, sometimes even more. Somehow it feels like this will be a hot and dry summer, with many wildfires. Let’s hope for the best! Good news is that the lake is ready for our morning swims. I have…

Back from Bend

If you have never visited Bend, Oregon, put it near the top of your list. It is a fantastic place to visit. Take my word for it. If you like hiking, skiing, running, paddling, walking on lava or just scrambling up a steep mountain or admiring a waterfall, it’s a must-see for you. I’m not…

Winter 2015

… or what this is supposed to be, since it for sure hasn’t been a regular winter! We had a bunch of snow in January but nothing white has really come down since. The xc ski trails are slowly melting away, and we are getting close to the end of a ski season that usually…

Magic of Christmas

Okay so I might be biased, having grown up in Germany. But I have yet to find another place on earth where Christmas is as festive, social, yummy and traditional as in Germany. Graham and I were lucky to spend 2.5 weeks with my parents during the holiday season, and thoroughly enjoyed the treats, cookies,…

Little snow, big smiles!

Just like Europe, we also need some more snow here in British Columbia. However, select areas have decent coverage for skate skiing and the first outings on backcountry skis (no powder though). We are hoping for a big dump of the white fluffy stuff but in the meantime, we are lucky to have all those…

Is summer over?

It hasย been great to explore more of the trails in BC and beyond. I am still hoping for maybe another overnight trip! With lightweight backpacking gear and more experience packing (and reducing weight!) it has been wonderful to explore remote places. Unfortunately my plans for 2 weeks on the PCT had to be changed due…

Narrow roads anybody?

I found a few more video gems from our Norway trip. Despite being used to European-style driving, the narrow roads and especially tunnels in Norway did take a lot of concentration! Check out this video of a typical tunnel on a secondary road (some bigger ones do have lights and actually space for two cars!)…

The big trip to Norway

Apologies it has taken a while to get all the Norway photos online. It was a big trip, created many memories and many many photos. A selection of the best is now online in the Gallery! We had an amazing time! Our first week in Tromso – where the sun never sets – was amazing…