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.

Carmel by-the-sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, about 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco, Carmel is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and the city has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood.

We are very fortunate to have friends with a house in this beautiful place. We headed down from Mill Valley early Saturday morning, so we could enjoy as much of the day as possible outdoors.

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The weather was sunny and warm and we took their ocean kayak down to the nearby private beach. We had this gem all to ourself, we explored the little cove, played with the hollow, long, tubelike kelp.

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Everyone need to get clean after our trip to the beach, some more than others. We ended a perfect day, with a perfect sunset over the Pacific ocean, in the company of good friends, and stunning sunset videos on social media for the younger generation.

Angel Island

Sunday October 14th was our 18th anniversary. We decided to visit Angel Island together with my father-in-law who are visiting from Denmark. To get to this hidden gem, we took a ferry from Tiburon. Many people brings bike (only $1 ekstra), but we wanted to hike to the top and experience the breathtaking 360 degree views of the bay area: San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Richmond Bridge, Tiburon, Sausalito and more.

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Our hike was amazing and easy. Your total assent is 788ft (280m), but it happens gradually over 3m (5km). In total we hiked about 5m (8.5km) with amazing views most of the time. If you haven’t been yet, or only biked Angel Island, give your self the opportunity to visit this little paradise on earth.

Portland Rose Garden

A couple of weeks ago we went to Portland Oregon for a weekend. We have been there before, so we have our favorite places to visit. One of them is the Rose Garden Test Center. There are so many roses, and also people to studie. This is just a few of the photos I took while visiting the Rose Garden.

This time we visit there was 3 people blowing bubbles, and I LOVE bubbles as much as these kids do.

Dias Ridge Trail

Today I hiked together with Philippe my father in law to Muir Beach. The weather was amazing, sunny, high temperature and good company. We ended up at the beach with ginger cookies and our feet in the cold ocean. 

Pacific Sunset

These days my father in law is visiting from Denmark. We try to go diffrent places, it’s often places he has already been, but it’s okay cause we always have new things to talk about. Yesterday was such a nice day, and we decided to go to Mt. Tam and watch the sunset over the Pacific. It was such a beautiful sunset and I feel like there is not much that gets better than that. Afterwords we drove to Stinson to have dinner at Parkside Café, and it was a perfect way to end an amazing day.

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Rainy days

What do you do on a rainy day at my moms house? You fire up your girls creative and let them unfold their magic in porcelain. My mom has had her ceramic studio (www.hm-keramik.dk) for more than 20 years, and she is always so sweet to let my girls and their friends work, create, and have fun in her workplace. 

HJEM - first harvest

Some of our very dear friends live in Napa, and Napa means one thing: wine. About 3 years ago they planted a small hillside with rows of wine, to produce their own everyday wine: HJEM (which translated from danish means: HOME). Our family was lucky to get invited to participate in their first harvest this year, and together with other friends of the family, we started out early in the morning.

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Wine grapes are harvested at night or early in the morning before the sun rises. It results in better wine, and knowing that, we easily got up before the sun. Daytime temperatures change the sugar composition of the grapes, so by picking at lower temperatures, when sugar levels are stable keeps surprises from happening during fermentation.

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Picking grapes are hard work. We had a team of 11, some with more experience than others, honestly most of us were first-timers. It took about 2 hours to pick 503 pounds, just enough to make the 500 pounds mark. I’m not a numbers person so please forgive me for not remembering why this was such an important number.

After picking all the beautiful grapes, they had to be carried down to the crusher and weighing station.

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I might be the only one still thinking you jump into the big barrel with your bare feet, and crushes the grapes. It turnes out that goes a while back. Today you use a machine called a crusher. You pure the grapes into it’s big “mouth” and by hand you turn a handle. The crusher, of cause crushes the grapes, but it also removes the stems.

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With the crushing all done, the next step can begin. The fermentation of the grapes and the cleaning up. Here is what wikipedia says about fermentation of grapes: “During fermentation, yeasts transform sugars-present in the juice into ethanol and carbon dioxide (as a by-product). In winemaking, the temperature and speed of fermentation are important considerations as well as the levels of oxygen present in the must at the start of the fermentation. The risk of stuck fermentation and the development of several wine faults can also occur during this stage, which can last anywhere from 5 to 14 days for primary fermentation and potentially another 5 to 10 days for a secondary fermentation”.

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Thank you for letting me document, and be part of the first HJEM harvest. I look forward to tasting it in the future.

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Living Moments #2

I love everything about living moments. Whenever I get to be part of people living, loving, laughing, it is for me a living moment, and it melts my heart. These two images are from our holiday this summer in France. Even when I was taking them, I know I was going to love them. They are authentic, real, have not been staged - a real LIVING MOMENT.