Morning and Night

Back in California, back in San Francisco and Mill Valley. I’m happy I get to have 2 years of transitions from this magical place. A place where we have been living, laughing, loving, crying, growing, connecting, learning, and so much more for 8 years - this place will always have a big part of my heart.

Moving back to Denmark

I have not updated my blog in a very long time. So many things has been happening, one daughter graduating high school, moving back to Denmark, selling our house, packing up, saying goodbye and more. Things have not yet settled, but when they do I will start posting again. You can look forward to reading about our epic road trip, the big move back to Copenhagen after 8 years in California. Stay tuned.

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IBAGARI

Ibagari is our kind of paradise. The Boutique Hotel is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Roatán, surrounded by both vegetation and white sand beaches. The restautant is the best on the island, and if you do not stay at the hotel you will need to make a reservation or you will not get a table.

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What is so appealing about Ibagari, is the architecture. Everything is so open and inviting. There is no front door, the whole structure is completely open, the only doors is to the 8 rooms, the kitchen or the restrooms.

It is all about relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, standup paddeling, eating, and sleeping. There are other activities you can do, such as exploring the 2 nearest villages: West Bay or West End. Ibagari also have yoga twice a week, painting, and their own diving club. Our last evening there was a bonfire on the beach, with a local dance company.

We stayed a week, and you get into your own rhythm very fast. Everyday at sunset we would enjoy an aperitif and watch the beautiful sunset.

FIJI

Fiji is the perfect holiday destination, blessed with 333 tropical islands in the heart of the South Pacific. Fiji is also the home of happiness. After researching the different areas, we decided on the Yasawa Islands.

Octopus Resort

Our first stop was Octopus Resort, 2.5 hours boatride from Nadi on the main island. The minute you step onto the beautiful mile long, golden sand beach at Likuliku Bay, you will be on ‘Fiji Time’.
With a keen focus on the fijian culture and a strong connection with the local village, the resort offers what Fiji is all about and boasts some of the warmest, friendliest people anywhere in the world. The spotless rooms have roofless showers so you can stargaze while you wash.

Barefoot Manta Island Resort

As our name suggests, our island is home to one of Fiji's most iconic inhabitants, the manta ray. Barefoot Manta Island is the best location in the Yasawas to witness these majestic creatures at close-quarters between May and October. Supported by a team of in-house marine biologists, guests are taken on daily excursions to visit them, as they gather to feed, mate and get cleaned in the nearby channel.
Snorkel and SCUBA dive right from the shore, in our pristine, locally managed marine protected reef. You can also spend your hours unwinding on one of 3 glistening beaches or sampling one of the many pursuits on offer, ranging from conservation diving, private picnics, kayaking, hiking, to guided cultural tours of the local Muaira village.

Coconut Beach Resort

Located on a former copra plantation Coconut Beach Resort offers a front row seat to the world famous Blue Lagoon. Featuring only 8 guest bures nestled amongst the coconut grove you can be assured
of that tropical island getaway you are always dreaming of. Enjoy the spectacular views across the stunning turquoise lagoon, venture in underwater explorations just meters from the beach that will introduce you to our vibrant house reef and tropical marine world, the warm Fijian hospitality will leave you with lasting memories and experiences that will immerse you in local culture and tradition.

Snow in Marin

We have been living in Marin for 8 years, and today was the first time we had a little snow. I just had to get out and decided to drive to Pierce Point Ranch to show the place to my mom, who is visiting.

Driving through Lucas Valley, we see snow on the top of the hills there. What a weird sight for this area, what is the world coming to?

Next stop - the Point Reyes shipwreck. I have many images of this shipwreck, but never surrounded by this much water

On the way out to Pierce Point Ranch, we stop because there is a huge flock of Tule Elks beside the road. The tule elk is one of two subspecies of elk native to California. Tule elk once inhabited the grasslands of the Point Reyes peninsula and the Olema Valley, as well as other grasslands within Marin County. 

Our final destination was Pierce Point Ranch, a place I have visited many times now. But today I learned that Danish, Italien and Eastern European immigrants had worked here. I love how you always learn new things every day.

Getaway to Mendocino

With its dramatic ocean-bluff setting overlooking a steel-blue sea, this coastal hamlet is an obvious magnet for artists, romantics, and lovers of anything wild and untamed. Mendocino is a coastal community in northern California. It's known for the cliffside trails and beaches of Mendocino Headlands State Park.

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This tucked-away village wasn’t always so charmingly peaceful: during the height of the logging boom in the mid- to late-1800s, Mendocino bustled with people and commerce, a thriving port filled with lively hotels and saloons. Now, luxurious B&Bs welcome you to curl up by the fire; restaurants serve just-caught seafood and local organic wines, and galleries beckon with artwork and quality handcrafts.

We had one night stay at a renovated water tower, which was very authentic and cute. Mendocino is well know for it’s water towers, which is still in use and provide the village with water.

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Included was a breakfast basket, which arrived at our doorstep 8:30. We brought it with us to the beach and enjoyed a delicious breakfast overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.

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Bowling Ball Beach

On the way back to Mill Valley, we stopped at Bowling Ball Beach which is a part of Schooner Gulch State Beach. It looks as though the beach has been scattered with oversized bowling balls. Almost perfectly spherical, stones like these have caused wild speculation, with answers from aliens to dinosaurs.

Best observed at low tide, the so-called bowling balls are actually a geological phenomena known as “concretion”, sedimentary rock formed by a natural process wherein mineral cements bind grains of sand or stone into larger formations. These boulders are the result of millions of years of concretion and erosion, exposing the hard spheres as the mudstone of the cliffs receded around them.

Hike to Cataract Falls

Cataract Falls is one of the most popular falls trails in Marin County within the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a great hike with scattered cascading waterfalls along the entirety of the trail.

The falls are reached either from the Cataract Trail starting from Bolinas Fairfax Road, just past Alpine Lake, or from the Rock Spring Trailhead above the Falls. It was an easy hike.

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Returning to Bolinas Fairfax Road we found a quiet place, all to our self, and enjoyed the always breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, the wildlife and each others company.