Fika in Stockholm

Fika in Stockholm

Having left Norway behind us on 16 April, we arrived in Stockholm, Sweden after a 5-hour train ride. Norway had been having lovely spring weather, and the same was happening in Stockholm. While Oslo, the capital of Norway, has over 600,000 within its municipality, Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, has nearly one million.

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Lillehammer with Friends

Sorry we left you hanging in Norway on our Hurtigruten cruise. Not to worry as the posts are written and we’ll be catching you up on the rest of our Scandinavian adventures. Since our return, we’ve been a little busy setting up a new home base in Arizona! There’ll be more on that in a future post. Until then, enjoy Scandinavia

We wrapped up our Hurtigruten vacation on 8 April and spent 2 more nights in Bergen. We boarded the scenic Bergensbanen train but from Bergen to Oslo this time, and no blizzards - just beautiful early spring views. On 10 April we arrived at our friend Siri’s home outside of Oslo to spend time with her family and travel with them to their ski cabin near Lillehammer. This was the beginning of Easter week in Norway when seemingly everyone takes a break and enjoys the last snow of winter and the first warm days and sun of spring.

We even managed to spend a day back in Oslo on Bygdøy peninsula enjoying the open-air Museum of Norwegian Cultural History and over 150 buildings relocated from various towns and rural sites around Norway. It is considered the world’s first open-air museum (founded 1881) and contains the great 13th century Gol stave church which was moved in the 1880s for preservation and restoration. It really was a marvel to see this, and unlike the stave church in Bergen, this is an original! The name stave derives from the buildings structure.

On 16 April, we said our goodbyes to our Norwegian family and boarded a train to Stockholm, Sweden leaving the beautiful fjords and mountains of Norway behind. Huge hugs and thanks to Siri and her family for making our trip to Norway extra special and for taking such good care of us!


All in all, we spent about a month in Norway and loved it from north to south, east to west. We’re glad we were able to see this beautiful country while the snows were still fresh which brought out more contrast, great texture, and depth to our views. Besides, isn’t that how one thinks of Norway? We understand summers are warm, green, and beautiful. It would be wonderful to see what’s beneath winter’s blanket of snow.

Takk (thank-you) for joining our journey.
Stay tuned,
DaM

Tucson Bound

Tucson Bound

We left Albuquerque on October 14 and traveled to Tucson. About 90 minutes south of Albuquerque and near the city of Socorro we stopped at the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and spent time driving the site as well as enjoying the many marsh habitat viewing areas.

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A Chimney Rock and a Scenic Railway

A Chimney Rock and a Scenic Railway

After 2 weeks in Colorado Springs, on September 26, it was time for us to continue south to Pagosa Springs. We popped in here earlier this year for 3 days, and D enjoyed the trail riding so we went back for a week-long stay. On this visit, we managed to finally explore Chimney Rock National Monument, D rode the trails, we hiked, and I did a bit of running.

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Pikes Peak Country

Pikes Peak Country

September 12, we checked out of the condo in Boulder, Colorado and drove to our next home base in Colorado Springs. Last year we stopped here for one night, before heading north to Boulder for our niece’s wedding, and knew we needed to come back and stay awhile. On this visit, we were here for 2 whole weeks - our longest stop since we left Sedona in May!

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A Boulder, Colorado Welcome

A Boulder, Colorado Welcome

We began our day with the first snowfall of the season on the hills above us in Breckenridge and it was spectacular! After checking out of our home on September 5, we spent time walking around Breck, and I donated a copy of my book It Is What It Is to the local library as I do in towns we stay in.

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Our first visit to Colorado was last June to attend the wedding of our niece. Being outdoors types, we just had to come back and spend some serious time in this Rocky Mountain paradise. Remember our visit to the great state of Texas last spring for 5 weeks in 6 different locations, this time around you’ll be able to follow our escapades in Colorado for 6 weeks in 5 different locations: Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Pagosa Springs. Looks like a springy September!

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The Glacier National Park Visit That Didn’t Happen

The Glacier National Park Visit That Didn’t Happen

The night before we left Whistler, BC a massive thunderstorm hit a good portion of the Pacific Northwest including Glacier National Park setting off a firestorm with smoke traveling for miles in all directions. What was supposed to be our first visit to this illustrious park became an unknown as we traveled across British Columbia staying in Kamloops on August 12 then Invermere.

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A Change in Plans

A Change in Plans

We finally put a wrap on all the zigging and zagging in California this time around, and on June 21 we drove north to Lebanon, Oregon. You might remember we stopped here on the way down to the southwest when we left Washington in December. So basically, we’re back where we stayed our first night on the road. Our plans were to stay for 1-night then move on to eastern Oregon to stay for a week.

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