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Nik & Whitney, 2008
Whit and Nik's bungalow on Koh Tao, Thailand.

Whitney, 2016
Whitney got to watch wildlife from her veranda. Sao Sebastiao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mozambique.

Nik & Whitney, 2008
Legacy of the Khmer Rouge. Mass graves in Cambodia.

Whitney, 2011
This small octopus tried to drag Whitney's foot into a hole while working at the study site on the Ecuador coast.
(Our kids have grown and are no longer posting blog stories here. Here now, are some highlights from past posts.)

Whitney renamed to Regional Team

In March Whitney was renamed to the Cal-North State ODP Team for 2002. In July she attended the Region IV ODP camp and was selected for the 2002 Region IV Under-16 pool, a group of 36 players her age representing the 13 western states.

She was also selected to the U-16 National pool, and spent the first week in August at the adidas ESP/National Camp in North Carolina.

In November she travels to Boca Raton, Florida, to represent the western region in the ODP Interregional tournament.

Posted by Dan 08/07/2002, revised 11/15/2002

Impressions of Brazil

Here are some impressions that have developed thus far... It's hard to know what applies to brazilians as a whole, to the region, or just to the people I've been with over the past 2 weeks, but for now, I'm gonna let my experience shape my impression of 'Brazilians' in general:
  • Brazilians are a very welcoming people. They are hosting the world right now, and they seem to really enjoy it, and want visitors to enjoy brazil.

  • They eat a lot of cheese. Cheese with every meal.

  • Their meat is quite good but, man, do they like their meat salty! Saaalty!

  • Light on veggies, other than onions.

  • Fruits are good.

  • Food is expensive. Dining out seems common (i.e. daily) and I can eat cheaper in Honolulu. How do they pay for living?

    Posted by Whitney 06/25/2014

Final race for Cal Poly

Nik completed his final race for the Cal Poly cycling team, the Wheelmen. The Western Collegiate Cycling Conference's final race of the 2011 Mountain Bike season was hosted by Cal-Berkeley at the Bailey Bike Park course.

Nik racing down the slalom course at Bailey Bike Park

Posted by Dan 11/14/2011

2009 Triathlon World Championships

Great weather, great venue, great race--what a way to finish the 2009 triathlon season! We're on Australia's Gold Coast to support Kim as she competed for Team USA in the 2009 ITU Triathlon World Championships.

Australia has been good -- the weather is sunny, 23 degrees (or 73 degrees for the folks back home), and just a light breeze. For the benefit of spectators, the course is entirely on city streets and parks (even the 40K bike leg) and folds back and forth several times past the spectator area.

Kim completed the Olympic distance course 40th overall against 635 women from 42 countries! She was USA's third overall finisher.

Of the 84 competitors in the Women's 25-29 Age Group, she finished 16th, and was number 1 for Team USA!

Team USA's top finisher in the 25-29 age group

Posted by Dan 09/12/2009, revised 09/19/2009