365 Photo Project – February 2014

February came and went like a flash, but a really, really eventful flash.

Because, dude! We went on vacation to the States!

We went to the States because of the Polar Bears.

You see, Brian needed to learn how to cross country ski so he can get away from the Polar Bears because he’s going on an expedition. Like a for real, serious, month long Arctic expedition on the frozen sea.

A frozen sea that is the home of quite a few Polar Bears.

I’m a little nervous about the Polar Bears. Can you tell?

There will be more information coming about this expedition, or you can just click the link above and go read about it now. We’re both going up to the Canadian High Arctic in April of next year, and we’re starting to get really excited. Seriously, go check it out, and if you know anyone that is looking for a big adventure to sponsor then send them the link too. We’re still underfunded and are working hard to fix that.

But in the short term we have some preparation work to do, beginning with Brian needing the ability to actually move himself across the ice and not fall down.

So we picked Mt. Hood in Oregon, which beside having a good cross country ski school, also had the benefit of being a place neither of us have been to before and also is only a couple of hours drive from some very good friends of ours. We worked in a bit of social fun with our training.

There is so much more to tell about all of this, but for now I’ll just show you my five favorite photos from each of my two daily projects.

From Where I Stand:

Looking over the edge at Manzanita, Oregon with Jenn while our men bust over the wall and find a trail for us to explore.


Day two of skiing with Brian’s expedition team mate, Andy. Not only did they both get in some great ski practice right out the front door of our cabin, but they got to know each other a little bit. They’ll be living in very close quarters during their month on the ice, so a pre-expedition ice breaker, so to speak, was probably a good idea. He was awesome by the way, so I’m sure they won’t kill each other out there in the frozen wild. At least not for a week.


Do you see those footprints? Brian has a very, very different idea of what “barefoot weather” is than I do.


Meet my dad’s dog, Willie. He always welcomes us with his so-fast-you-can’t-see-it tail wag. We were only a few hours from my dad’s house and were really happy to go up to see him after our week in the snow.


Back in Brazil I was invited to spend Carnaval with friends up in the mountains of Monte Verde in Minas Gerais and it was a fantastic weekend full of fun, waterfalls, friends and caipirinhas. This was the first bonfire of the weekend and brought me back to my summer camp days. What a great time.


The Crystal Ball:

Cannon Beach, OR, USA - Through the glass ball. www.akiltandacamera.com

Have you heard of Cannon Beach in Oregon? If not, and if you love stunning beach vistas, book a trip now! This wasn’t even sunset, it was just the regular afternoon sun and it was shockingly beautiful.


Our third time out on skis, and second day on the snow with Andy brought us to Teacup Nordic Center to really get out on the trails. While the boys were out being manly on the intermediate trails, I stayed on the easy track and got back to the lodge a little early. I got this shot from the front porch and you can juuuust see a tiny little kid and his orange sled in the ball. The kids were having a great time.


How pretty is my dad’s back yard in the Tacoma sunshine?


Greg and Jenn took us to the Peter Iredale shipwreck in Fort Stevens State Park. The clouds were roiling, the waves were whipping their spray in our faces and the beach was covered with driftwood. We were there for maybe ten minutes when a bald eagle flew over our heads. Thank you for that, Oregon.


Back in Jundiai I’ve been trying to rack up my numbers on my new Fitbit. I have to make sure I beat Brian every day or he gloats like a frat boy so I headed up a street I’ve not explored before and walked a couple of miles. I loved this wall in front of a local paint shop I passed along the way. Bright! Colorful! Graphic! The perfect glass ball background, I thought.

So that was our month in a nutshell. I have written just a bit about our Oregon trip in previous posts, and I’ll be writing more this week, and then I’ll catch you up on Monte Verde, where I think I want to live permanently. What a beautiful place!

We’ve been really lucky, once again.

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18 Responses to 365 Photo Project – February 2014

  1. Angela C
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    March 8, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    So now you’ve got me nervous about the polar bears, ha! Stunning photos as always Peg, I love them all! your February was such a great adventure that’s for sure :)
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 8, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

      Thanks, Ang! We’ll hope that going weeks on the ice without a shower will be enough of a deterrent to the bears. Fingers crossed! lol
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  2. Jaime Oliver March 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    I love the glass ball images, how cool is that. I have to say that tile one is super cool :-)
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  3. nlwmummy March 9, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    The glass ball images are amazing the beach picture has to be my favorite :-) x

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      Thanks, Katie! I love that one too. Not only was there beautiful light, but we were with very good friends. :)

  4. Fivegoblogging March 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    What an amazing journey through photos. Love the porch shot through the crystal ball of the kid and his sled.
    An incredible adventure to come too.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 9, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

      Thank you! We were lucky to have such an eventful and fun vacation with so many great photo opportunities. :)
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  5. Elaine Livingstone March 9, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    gosh you make my dull and boring life sound really really duuuuuull and booorrrriiiinnnngggg. I meet swans and your preparing for polar bears, we get sleet and you have beautiful proper snow….Your over the edge picture is my fav from where I stand pic, I like the colours and textures in it. Your globe ones as always are amazing with my av being the snow, trees, and the child and the sledge

    • akil3655
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      March 9, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

      No worries, Elaine, we were really lucky to have such an eventful vacation which included so many beautiful places and such extreme weather! Yes, we have a lot of great adventures to come but life is not always so exciting. And your life is not boring! You’re in beautiful Scotland (which we REALLY miss) and have those gorgeous grandbabies to play with!
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  6. Claire March 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    I’m so jealous of your Arctic trip – it sounds incredible! I learned to cross country ski last year (it’s a must living in Sweden) and absolutely love it, though not sure I fancy trying to outrun a polar bear… good luck!!
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks, Claire! We’re so excited about it, and there is so much work to be done before we even get there. Fingers crossed for a distant polar bear sighting! :)

  7. Sara (@mumturnedmom) March 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Oh my goodness, the crystal ball images are just incredible! And, I have to mention the bare footprints in the snow, that’s the sort of thing my husband would do :)
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Thank you, Sara!
      So funny that your husband would do that too. Some boys are just crazy! ;)

  8. Nikki Thomas March 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Wow those crystal ball photos are stunning!! What a clever idea. Brilliant photos
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

      Thank you, Nikki. :)

  9. Charly Dove March 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    I love those crystal ball captures, just amazing. Very exciting that your husband is going off on this expedition, I must have a look – sounds awesome (and the polar bears a little scary!). Barefoot in the snow ouchy ouch ouch! Great photos, sorry to be late commenting :)

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      March 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      Thank you, Charly! Glad you stopped by. Better late than never, he? ;)
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