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”

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle OR not…

Living on the island of Magerøya, where the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea meet, I find constant reminders of the impact humans have on this planet, as well as my personal responsibility to be a better caretaker of the world I live in. This summer, when my family hiked to this cove, my 5-yearContinue reading “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle OR not…”

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”

Trolls, Dolomites and a Little Fantasy

If you are traveling in the Finnmark region of Norway, and find yourself on the E6 Highway, between Lakselv and Olderfjord, there’s an attraction that you don’t want to miss – Trollholmsund.  Even if you don’t understand Norwegian, all you have to do is look at the first five letters of that word, and you’llContinue reading “Trolls, Dolomites and a Little Fantasy”

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!”