16 results found for July, 2011

Return to Bear Lake

Return to Bear Lake

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Although a lifetime of waterskiing has been a huge part of my family’s togetherness, we fell in love with Bear Lake only a few years ago.  We’re in love with its beautiful blue hue, the glassy water, and the relatively short drive from home.  So, after having been back in the states for only a […]

Back to the Desert

Back to the Desert

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Bree: I dreamed all night about being lost in a series of German villages with no end in sight.  We just couldn’t seem to escape.  But then, I woke up in our enormous hotel bed and realized that instead, the end had truly arrived. Feeling almost as nervous about returning home as I had about […]

Building Boxes in the Dolomites

Building Boxes in the Dolomites

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The rain was still doing its thing when we woke up, so for the last time, we packed up a wet tent and shoved it in the car along with all of our gear, still in various degrees of being airplane ready.  We had a lot of driving to accomplish today and a lot of […]

Kindness of Strangers

Kindness of Strangers

Loud thunderstorms kept us up well into the night last night and rain was still falling on the fly when we woke up this morning.  We loaded everything into the tent with a soft rain still falling, meaning that everything stayed pretty wet and muddy.  Then, we headed out toward Lake Bodensee to see what […]

Serendipity

Serendipity

Bree: Early on, when we began planning this trip, we had a running list of places we thought we might like to visit.  It was a scramble of all kinds of places we had dreamed of since we were children, heard about from loved ones, seen in books or on the web.  Ben had seen […]

Berner Oberland is Amazing

Berner Oberland is Amazing

After yesterday’s incredible hike through the Berner Oberland, we were convinced to stick around and do some more hiking today.  Unfortunately, we’d been told by more than one person to expect lots of rain in the morning, so we had gone to bed simply hoping for the best because the peaks here simply aren’t visible […]

Simply Unbelievable

Simply Unbelievable

Overnight we’d had plenty more rain, so I was a bit tentative when I crawled out of the tent at 6:30 this morning.  I poked my head out of the tent and saw nothing but clear blue skies.  Excitedly, we got out of bed and began packing up our stuff for our hike. Enjoying another […]

Chasing a Goat Parade

Chasing a Goat Parade

A surprisingly chilly night in Zermatt meant that I was able to break out my orange jacket for the first time since our free camp in the field of stinging nettle clear back in Tuscany.  As we milled about the campground last night, everybody was dressed in full winter gear – long pants and big, […]

Swiss Alps Round 2

Swiss Alps Round 2

Today we had a new adventure to conquer- to find the Europcar location in Lecco.  For some reason the rental car locations over here tend to move often, be difficult to find, and sometimes be poorly marked, so we weren’t exactly sure how tracking down our rental car reservation was going to work out. We […]

The Bittersweet Finale

The Bittersweet Finale

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As seems to be our fate as of late, we woke up last night to rain.  The rain continued to pour well into the morning, once again thwarting our plan to leave early and be off of the road before the heavy, damp Italian heat set in.  Luckily we had some good books to listen […]

Bad Driving and Good Food

Bad Driving and Good Food

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We were up bright and early again today for another 85 kilometer day of cycling, this time mostly downhill to the top of Lake Como. We had only two kilometers of uphill riding and a grocery stop to complete before we summitted Aprica Pass and headed down the other side. Ben: As we rode through […]

Cycling Tonale Pass

Cycling Tonale Pass

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Ater a heavy but short bout of rain last night (with just enough lighting to make me a tiny bit nervous, but didn’t even wake Ben up) we woke up to clear blue skies and an already warm temperature.  It was going to be one hot day. Our goal for the day was a big […]