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Autumn in Kyoto

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Return to Fushimi Inari (Kyoto)

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Four years is the blink of an eye for this Shinto Shrine in Kyoto since it has been here for over 1300 years. A previous visit was pre-Fall in 2015. This visit happened at the height of Fall in Japan.

Senso-Ji Tokyo

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Though the weather was gray and drizzly, the temple was beautiful.

(Bits from a previous visit here.)

Meiji Jingu and Peace

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This Shinto Shrine in Tokyo is an oasis of peace in the bustling, teeming city.

Ginkos in full turn.

Sailing in New York City

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Sailing was just what the doctor ordered on a sweltering day in the city (90 degrees in mid May!). Gorgeous and fun. Amy captained the boat under sail as we cruised up the Hudson.

 

Jack took the helm at the top of the ride.

 

 

 

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No fun was had!  No fun at all.

 

 

 

 

Best Graduation Present Evah

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The Graduate

The Graduate

Uncle Al and Aunt Laura of the GIFT

Uncle Al and Aunt Laura of the GIFT

AWESOME (and only three dollah)

AWESOME (and only three dollah)

St Croix Underwater

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Thanks to Haley Hendrickson of N2 the Blue Dive Shop on St Croix for the instruction and the incredible pictures.

Eli and friend

Eli and friend

Newly certified

Newly certified

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Dad and son

Dad and son

The family expert

The family expert

Be the turtle one

Be the turtle one

Be the turtle two

Be the turtle two

The boys

The boys

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Amy

Amy

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Going up

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OK with Eli

OK with Eli

Night crew

Night crew

Diving St Croix

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Thanks to N2 the Blue Dive Shop for some personal, friendly, and impeccable diving. Of our massive two shop sample of St Croix, N2 the Blue is superior in all ways. (Our experience with Cane Bay Dive Shop was much looser, chaotic, and more random with a small chance of accidental death.)

Eli emerging from the depths

Eli emerging from the depths

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The diving in St Croix is great (and relentless when you are with Eli). Our dives:
The Pier – excellent life and a great dive
Sprat Hole – turtle
Swirling Reef of Death – coral farm working on stag’s horn coral
Shallow Wrecks – three big boats
The Pier
The Jungle (north side) – a nice deep wall with Cane River
Pavilions (north side) – wall and coral garden with Cane River
The Pier at Night – wild in the dark
Armageddon – nice pile of debris with associated wildlife
Little Mill Point – shallow wall with much coral (turtle)

Haley Hendrickson

Haley Hendrickson

Captain K and Haley

Captain K and Haley

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We’ve seen all sorts of everything: turtles, sharks (eating lion fish we killed), eels of all kinds, two kinds of lobster, many angel fish, crabs, seahorses, an octopus and more.

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More about St Croix here.

The Cottages by Sea

The Cottages by Sea

Team Tartan Breaks Fundraising Record (More to Go Tho)

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We’re sailing the Leukemia Cup in kilts for sure again this year since we trounced our $30,000 fundraising goal. So far we’ve raised just over $43,000 and our NEW GOAL is $45,000!

Sailing our way to $45K! You can help…

GIVE TO TEAM TARTAN!

We have one week to go before the race. In fact, we were sailing this morning getting ready for the big race. Now we’re wiped out.

Some boat instrument maintenance was in order today.

Chris adjusts the windicator

Chris adjusts the windicator

Hoist that Chris!

Hoist that Chris!

Meet Team Tartan’s sailing squad.

Commodore Chris: Our fearless captain

Commodore Chris: Our fearless captain

Eli: Our 18 year old Ace in the Hole (grinder)

Eli: Our 18 year old Ace in the Hole (grinder)

Captain Esther: Our second captain (our trick is to have two)

Captain Esther: Our second captain (our trick is to have two)

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