A trip back in time to the Vikings

This year I was so lucky to get to go with my Y6 son on a 3day school trip to the Land of Legends in Lejre, Denmark. It is a living outdoor museum which shows houses from the stone age and iron age and also some farmhouses from the 19th century. You can have a vacation there where you learn to live like they did back in time. We were going to the viking age.

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We were not very lucky with the weather. This year the summer in Denmark has been cool and rainy and the first day it rained all day. Nevertheless we ventured out and got lots of tales about how people lived, gender roles and religion. 

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After our breakfast our day started with a tale of the god that the day was named after. On this particular morning we got a story about Thor. Our guides were great! They truly engaged us all.

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Next was cooking. We actually spent most of our time preparing our meals. We had to make fire, chop wood for fire and keep it going. We made our own butter, cream cheese, breads and stews. Our guides helped us, but they left at 4, so we prepared dinner by ourselves in the viking camp.

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We smelled SO much of fire as we had to stay in the cooking tent with the fire the first day because of the rain. Food was amazing though and enjoyed by all! Here is our chicken stew.

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A lot of time also was spent getting cold and hot water for cooking and dishwashing. The kids were awesome though. They all took part in everything and didnt complain about the weather.

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On our second day we all got properly dressed as Vikings. We learned to make fire with flint, weave and braid and the kids tried the stone age boats. We had sun in between rain.

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We could sit outside while we cooked and enjoyed ourselves! The first night had been rainy and windy, so this was a treat.

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The second night was beautiful and we enjoyed a story by the fire before bedtime. That night I found out that there were mice living in the hay beds we slept on. Luckily the kids did not notice. They must have been exhausted from all the work and the rough first night :-). 

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On the last day we learned how to fight and we all had a lot of fun in sunny weather. It was a great trip! If you want to learn more about this place, here is a link to Land of Legends.

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Summer memories

As autumn sets in I long for summer and I spent a wonderful afternoon going through and editing photos from our family RV trip in Northern CA today. It was a really awesome adventurous camping trip where we relaxed a lot and spent a lot of time hanging out by the fire while cooking. Here are 10 favorit moments and after these please continue the 10-on-10 journey to Trine's beautiful portraits of children in nature.  

Colorfull flowers by the side of the road. The lost coast was cool and foggy, but with colorful flowers along a rugged and beautiful coastline.

Colorfull flowers by the side of the road. The lost coast was cool and foggy, but with colorful flowers along a rugged and beautiful coastline.

Windy beach north of Patricks Point.

Windy beach north of Patricks Point.

William 

William 

Burney Falls detail. Beautiful fall, big wooded popular campground and it had showers - and nice too :-).

Burney Falls detail. Beautiful fall, big wooded popular campground and it had showers - and nice too :-).

Calm evening by the lake with William in Oregon. Found a small campground where we stayed next to a lake with Pelicans. 

Calm evening by the lake with William in Oregon. Found a small campground where we stayed next to a lake with Pelicans. 

These trees are huge... Avenue of the Giants. Just magnificent to drive through this area. Makes you feel so small and the smell and atmosphere around these trees makes you grounded I have heard. We enjoyed it.

These trees are huge... Avenue of the Giants. Just magnificent to drive through this area. Makes you feel so small and the smell and atmosphere around these trees makes you grounded I have heard. We enjoyed it.

Exploring lavatunnels in Lavabeds National Monument where we stayed at the campground. Magical place. So hot that escaping underground was very nice.

Exploring lavatunnels in Lavabeds National Monument where we stayed at the campground. Magical place. So hot that escaping underground was very nice.

Camp night at Indian Wells campground. Reservation not possible, but came early and secured our lovely spot for 2 nights. Clear skies, so got up at midnight to enjoy the stars and see the Milky Way.

Camp night at Indian Wells campground. Reservation not possible, but came early and secured our lovely spot for 2 nights. Clear skies, so got up at midnight to enjoy the stars and see the Milky Way.

Mt. Shasta. We drove all the way around it and even with the sweltering heat the snow was still there and we could not pass through Mt. Lassen national park because of the it. I love the long views and the yellow lines on the roads. It's road trip heaven in CA.

Mt. Shasta. We drove all the way around it and even with the sweltering heat the snow was still there and we could not pass through Mt. Lassen national park because of the it. I love the long views and the yellow lines on the roads. It's road trip heaven in CA.

We spent our last night in the central valley on the 4th of July. It was very hot and the locals where hanging out in the shade from from a bridge and swimming in the river. A mariachi band was playing and we enjoyed the scenery.

We spent our last night in the central valley on the 4th of July. It was very hot and the locals where hanging out in the shade from from a bridge and swimming in the river. A mariachi band was playing and we enjoyed the scenery.

Mothers Day trip to Point Reyes

On mothers day I get to decide where we go for the day and this year I chose Point Reyes. I love all the different landscapes in Marin County, but Point Reyes is a favorit. It is rugged, wild, spectacular, quaint and desolate. There are lots of hiking trails and cows and good places to eat. You can get fresh oysters in Tomales Bay, great cheeses from Cow Girl Cremery and awesome morning buns at Bovine Bakery and lots more. I planned a tour of Point Reyes with my children and their cousin and his girlfriend. We started at the visitor center in Bear Valley, stopped for fresh sandwiches in Inverness, hiked to Chimney Rock where we had picnic overlooking the seals and we also saw a greywhale with her calf. Then we headed to the Point Reyes lighthouse where we got a rangertalk about the beacon. Back past cow country and old farms, we went to the Supermarket in Point Reyes Station and stopped by Bovine Bakery and Cow Girl Cremery. Then we headed to Samuel P Taylor State Park, where i had rented a cabin for the night. We spent the evening walking up hill to see the sunset and enjoyed smore's by the firepit. A perfect mothers day!

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April weather

Finally during April we started to have days with warmer weather and less rain. It was a great outdoor month, that took me to several spots in Marin, Sonoma, Yosemite and Mendocino. Looking through my images I have many from hikes and of animal life and wildflowers. With all the rain this winter the spring bloom has been amazing. I was not sure which theme to focus on for this 10 on 10 blogpost, but decided to go with landscapes with people. A single animal photo sneaked in as well at the end. Hope you will enjoy watching and continue the 10 on 10 blogpost journey with Aubree Larsen at http://www.aubreelarsenphotography.com/blog/10on10spring

Hornitos - a ghosttown

Here is a very fresh 10 on 10 photostory from a California ghost town that I visited this morning. I was on my way home with friends from Yosemite and wanted to share some gold rush history. We started the day with breakfast in a classic diner in Mariposa, which is the first town on the 49 hwy following the mother lode of gold discovered in the Sierras (in 1849). Nothing was really open in town, but we looked at the Main Street buildings with typical details from this time like wrought-iron balconies, large shutters, arches, colorful facades on brick buildings, and covered sidewalks.

We then decided to take the small back roads to Hornitos - a ghost town not entirely deserted, but with only about 60 inhabitants living among the leftover buildings from a once thriving Mexican mining town.

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It was a very quiet place and we mostly heard the sound of birds and a few barking dogs.  We saw goats and cows in the fields and a couple of turkeys where walking around too.

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We did meet a few people, but there were no shops. Just post office boxes and a few inhabited houses. One person pointed us in the direction of the church and graveyard where ghosts are known to roam at night.

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We didn't meet any ghosts though - just a couple of tourists like ourselves. There were many old graves from the time of the gold rush where 15000 people were said to live in the town. 

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A miners shovel on an anonymous grave. Below is the ruin of the shop where Ghiradelli  used to run a general store and made his fortune and recipes to open the still existing chocolate brand in San Francisco.

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Not everybody in town seemed friendly although we had read that they try to preserve it for visitors. We had a feeling that a guy in a jeep kept following us. He was always near us and stood out of the car staring, but he never approached us.  Some houses had metal fences and keep out signs.

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Curious pig ;-). 

We really felt far away and alone here. It was beautiful and odd at the same time. So much history had past here. A famous Mexican bandit had escaped the law and there had been lots of bars and fandango halls.

With history in our minds we headed back to the Bay Area through almond groves and cattle land. 

If you want to visit this ghost town it's only 15 miles from Mariposa off the famous gold rush 49 highway.  You can find more information on California Ghost towns here and more about Hornitor here. If you are crossing the Sierras from Yosemite to Lee Vining, I will recommend you go and visit Bodie. Its a completely deserted ghost town, where you can look inside the houses as they were left behind.

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