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Opening of Art with Music and Friends

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Shot of  a Shot

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Stardust Club, and Low-light. Kyoto.

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Strolling the street of the Geisha and looking for a pre-dinner drink in low-light lovely conditions, we found The Stardust Club. Wonderful company and American Blues sung from the heart by an expressive-faced man. Perfect.

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The fans sing of Angel Heart.

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and off 

V. Silly Oslo Art.

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V silly art in Oslo. See the fox in the background of the third image? “Run away giant rabbit head!” I giggled. IMG_20170926_123636.jpgIMG_20170926_123706.jpgIMG_20170926_123626.jpg

Garden Gleaning on the First of October

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The best way to garden in the Fall is apparently to go to Norway. Then when you come back, it is actually Fall and time to move wood and gather in the last of the garden.

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First Load of Wood

The garden is quite the disaster.

But hiding behind all of those brown corn and sunflower stalks is a bunch of good stuff: pumpkins, sweet peppers, cayene, jalapeño, habañero, carrots, beets, and watermelon. More to come too!

Mini pumpkins hide under the grass and weeds.

An entire basket of peppers with more to come.

Hotey admires the flowers while eating corn.

Fin.

Fall bounty.

13.8 Miles in the Mountains of Norway in Skarvheimem

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The rockslide helped. Our original plan was to start hiking just down the road from the Skarvheimem cabin and walk 19km (11.8 miles) along the river bed. Just a few km in, a change of plans due to trail damage had us hike up over a ridge instead. This added 3.2km longwise and a whole bunch of vertical. The distance was not the issue, as you may imagine! Here is a photo documentary of the walk.

Morning view from the cabin

Ready to hike?

We started at a little restaurant/camp area where we ended up (8 hours later) having dinner. Getting started was a thing. By 10:30, we were walking.

Stopping for photo opportunities was a must. We had more cameras than people on our hike. Good news: the tripod actually got used!

 

 

The valley hike was very pretty, but in the end we were really glad we had to hike up over the ridge.

Don’t get too close to the edge!

Lunch break. We were joined by many lemmings

There was some wind at the top of the cliff.

And then it was down, down, down. Hard on the knees. The trail was so steep that in places metal cables had been installed. Those were a good thing.

Waterfalls, rock-covered trail, going up when you should be going down, and never quite getting to the water were all things. The wind was impressive when it was funneled up the valley and concentrated into tight eddies.

 

 

 

The sun peeked out occasionally with spectacular long yellow light.

 

Finally a road. The pace sped up as a taxi was summoned. We made it back in time for dinner, though walking up the three stairs to the restaurant was not easy!

This hike is among the most beautiful I have ever experienced. More is in order.

Rain, Clouds, Wind and Awesomeness in Norway

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Our second day in the mountains was a rainy day, so we donned our weather gear and hit the mountains for a short hike anyway. The site was almost like being underwater. Strange flora and miniature fauna. Squishy moss. Slippery black goo. Rocks. Rain. And fog.

The view

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Up and up to around 1500 meters.

And then back down.

フード, indeed

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The best ramen, tsukemen, cold noo-noos dipped.

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the makers of the best ramen in the hippest ramen space in town. Tokyo- Fuunji, thanks.

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Some like it RAW – put me on the Sushi Train.

The Conductor.

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Just meat.

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Kaiseki – catch it when you can.

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eaters, dressed for the part.

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Nishiki Market, Kyoto.

Protein Snack this, my friend.

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And the Famous Bento Box. Prepackaged cooked food, room temp. Japan. Train food. Sticky rice superb.

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