Tag Archive: The Great Outdoors

Nov 25 2015

Is there a message here?


In the past few weeks, I have been gifted two different paracord bracelets by two different people who know me in two very different contexts. The first one came from the Alpha Geek … father of my youngest Goddaughter and one of my oldest and dearest Swedish friends. He knows our interest in the outdoors and fashion preferences well, …

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Sep 15 2015

Not making my case for fish or left-overs


Like many long-term couples, Dr. Darling and I have a number running jokes between us, one of which centers around my years-long campaign to try to get her to eat fish … specifically salmon. Swedes are a seriously fish-eating people … they serve 8 different kinds of pickled herring for every holiday, I kid you …

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Aug 26 2013

Upping my Swedish cred


One of my favorite moments from our hiking and camping adventure in the moors of the Jämtland Mountains was Dr. Darling‘s declaration that by virtue of doing it, I was *really* Swedish now. Evidently “vandring i fjällen” is considered some kind of “right of passage” in certain circles, and I had crossed the magic threshold. But there were …

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Aug 23 2013

Dasher and Dancer go camping

Ullis with Deer

In the course of planning our recent hiking trip in the moors of the Jämtland Mountains, we were warned repeatedly by many different people about the mosquitos, but no one said anything about the reindeer. It turned out that the near constant wind, combined with chilly night-time temperatures, kept the mosquitoes pretty much at bay. …

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Aug 20 2013

Hiking the Jämtland Triangle


The Swede and I did something different for our summer adventure this year. Instead of a bike tour, we decided to hike the Jämtland Triangle, a series of trails in the moors of the Jämtland mountains. This has been a “Bucket List” item for Dr. Darling and something I was game to try, so we chose this …

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Jul 15 2013

We’re seeing red …


… thanks to a big sale at our local Intersport.  These are two different models (honest … look closely!) of Salomon trail-running shoes, which we bought ourselves this weekend as both a reward for our recent hard fitness work, and as an incentive for our upcoming mountain hiking trip. But mostly, because they were seriously …

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Jun 11 2013

Camping test-drive results: Birds 1, Shazzer 0


So Dr. Darling and I, eager to test the comfort of our new Exped Basic UL 7.5 sleeping mats, pitched our tent on the grounds of some friends’ farm near Kristianstad this weekend. First let me say that they certainly lived up to their reputation for being small and easy to carry. The Swede was …

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