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Landmannalaugar to Þorsmork, pt. 2

Thursday Þorsmork hut What an amazing trip! We’re just finishing dinner in our final hut — barbequed salmon, and leftover meat soup from yesterday — and we’re enjoying some hard-earned beers. Tuesday afternoon after we got to Alftavatn the wind and rain picked up speed and a real storm hit. We were fine and warm […]

Landmannalaugar to Þorsmork, pt. 1

Tuesday Alftavatn hut We’ve just arrived after our second day of hiking. Time to get caught up! The first day was a long climb up from the Landmannalaugar Hut across lava fields and past steaming, hissing sulfurous vents. We had lovely views over the surrounding hills, and several stretches of sunshine. The rock is all […]

Perlam, etc.

It’s Sunday morning and Reykjavik is overcast but still relatively warm — about 14 degrees. After emails and web posting from the hotel lobby we’re going to spend some time in the museums and galleries of Iceland’s capital today, before starting the big Landmannalaugur to Thorsmork hike tomorrow. We made our way on the number […]

Day 1

Hotel Arnarhvoll, Reykjavik We’re having a brief lull — somewhat jet-lagged — while we wait for our room to be prepared so we can lie down. The flight over was smooth and somewhat restful, but a five hour flight cannot replace a night of sleep. Still, we arrived reasonably awake, albeit at 2:30 am Toronto […]

Vandalism in Toronto

The news reports are full of pictures of burning police cars, and the streets full of broken glass. It’s depressing, but Stephen Harper just made his case for the $1B security bill. Doesn’t it seem like security has a disproportionate cost, though? Let’s review the damage: no major injuries, some broken windows, four or five […]

6 wonderful years!

Today is my 6th wedding anniversary. I am the luckiest man alive, for many reasons, but here is some very specific proof:


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State of the garden

Well, the garden is looking pretty good! The combination of lots of rain and lots of sun has the grass growing mightily, and the beds we installed last summer are shaping up nicely. Yay! Plus, the gardener’s company is named Quercus, which is pleasing.

What’s up wit’ me?

Anne is home from a brief conference in St. John’s, reporting that the weather was freezing, the food was bad, the B&B was too far from the conference, and she had a great time. There was apparently dancing. Here, there was less dancing, but otherwise things were good. It was very nice to see Kelly […]

Happy Weekend!

Welcome to my newly updated blog.  I’ve finally switched from Blogger (which no longer supports posting to hosted sites through ftp) to WordPress (which Dreamhost set up easily for me) and I have all my old posts migrated and updated already.  If I get really ambitious I might start working on getting a new photo […]