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.
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.
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.