Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wind?

Fall weather in the North Cape is a little unpredictable.  Yesterday and today, gale force winds have whipped against our walls, and blasted the windowpanes with sheets of rain.  I’m not used to these violent gusts that make the roof creak and  shake.  I cringe each time one of them comes rumbling up the hillContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wind?”

Six Giggling Gals Experience 71º North

A little over four years ago, I went with my son to his three-month check up.  It was a group meeting, where mothers and their children met with a pediatric nurse.  I never imagined that those six other moms would become good friends and that one day they would visit me up in the NorthContinue reading “Six Giggling Gals Experience 71º North”

Whispers from the Past: A Hike to Kjelvik

Once upon a time, a little town called Kjelvik had the largest population on the island of Magerøya.  In fact, the entire municipality was named after it.  Kids played on the shore, fishermen sailed out to sea, and I imagine that the inhabitants never expected that their everyday lives would be violently disrupted. But WorldContinue reading “Whispers from the Past: A Hike to Kjelvik”

Småsjæftan – A Hike You Don’t Want to Miss

One of my favorite places on the island of Magerøya is a secluded bay called Småkjæftan which means “little mouth”.  I think it’s because when I start descending the trail towards the shoreline the view is spectacular, as well as a bit mysterious.  Miles of open, rugged sea, a scattering of islands in the distanceContinue reading “Småsjæftan – A Hike You Don’t Want to Miss”

From the Potato State to the Edge of the Sea

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve strolled along the harbor in Honninsvåg, and we haven’t even lived here a year yet.  Growing up in Idaho, where the ocean was a distant thought, my experience with seaside communities were few and far between.  Now I live in one and I’m intrigued by a lifestyleContinue reading “From the Potato State to the Edge of the Sea”

A Tribute to Autumn

Thirty mile-per-hour (14 mps) winds have arrived in the North Cape and made it clear they’re blowing Autumn out of 2011.  The golden birch leaves are swirling up towards the heavens and disappearing for good, and the surrounding mountains look like they’ve been sprinkled with powdered-sugar snow.  In Honningsvåg, where winters can last seven months, I’veContinue reading “A Tribute to Autumn”

Nike Air – Just Do it, Done it, All Done!

Walking along nearby shores, I often find glimpses of a stranger’s life.  When wearing this Nike shoe, where did he or she walk, what sights did they see?  It will always remain a mystery, but what I wouldn’t give to know how this shoe went from leaping, to sailing to being a castaway on aContinue reading “Nike Air – Just Do it, Done it, All Done!”