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Day Trip to Moorea

It's best to get away from the main cities--and other travelers we met mentioned nearby Moorea and Bora Bora are very different. Moorea is just a 30-minute ferry ride away, so we made a day trip of it.


Aboard the ferry, approaching the narrow opening in the reef surrounding Moorea.


Fortunately for us there is a nice public beach a few miles north of Moorea's ferry terminal. On both islands many of the good beaches belong to big hotels and access to them is restricted.

Posted by Dan 11/01/2012, revised 11/11/2012

Ao final

Game day! I am not yet sure of my plans for watching the World Cup final - likely just find a bar. Copacabana is packed with chanting Argentinians, which is fun and spirited, but I do not imagine I will want to join the masses at the Fifa FanFest on the beach. Too much for me.

At the end of my Brazil visit. Kind of crazy. In some ways, I can't believe I'm already at the end of the trip, and in others, I feel like I've been here for a long time!

Things I will miss [and will be happy to return to when I come back]:
  • acai on every corner
  • queijo minas (a wonderful type of cheese)
  • tapioca - not what we think is tapioca; its a crepe-type dish popular in the northeast, and it's delicious
  • the portuguese language
Things I will not miss:
  • the absurdly, inexplicably slow lines at supermarkets (in which I have written this entire post)
  • people on their phones when you're sitting with them at a restaurant


Posted by Whitney 07/13/2014

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

Urbanathlon, Where You Been All My Life?!

I admit I was at first a little apprehensive about an obstacle race. I mean, I guess it always sounded fun in theory, kind of like when the office coworker you hardly know suggests a play date for your dogs.

"Yeah! That sounds fun, we should do that sometime ..."

But the truth is, I don't like being constantly interrupted when I run. I get irritated when I have to maneuver around casual walkers monopolizing the whole width of the trail, or slow my pace to duck under a low hanging tree branch.

This one was Brad's idea.



Posted by Kimberly 11/25/2015


Whitney, 2011
Along Whitney's hike through the Mindo cloud forest of Ecuador.
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New Zealand, 2012
View from inside our room looking out at the private deck and forest. Woodlands Motel, Kerikeri, New Zealand.

Whitney, 2004
Hilary, Natalie and Whitney in Hawaii. This was their senior trip following graduation from high school.

Whitney, 2011
Whitney encountered this llama on hike up Quilatoa in Ecuador.