We spent the first couple weeks of our summer (2014) in Australia. We started off with doctors appointments for Robyn in Sydney, where she got a preliminary diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. We spent the rest of the summer in Wisconsin, where her diagnosis was confirmed. Despite lots of doctors appointments, we managed to enjoy our summer in Madison.
We did a couple of three day bike and camping trips from Madison, going first to Mt Horeb and then to New Glarus, where we of course visited the eponymous brewery (yum!).
Zoë and I also fit in a five day hiking trip in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (beautiful!) and a one day canoeing trip with neighbours.
On the first of August we were off to Kenya. We are loving it! It is beautiful and the people are wonderful. So far we’ve spent most of our time in Nairobi, where we have been exploring the city. We’ve made it out of town one time to Lake Naivasha, which was both very close and very beautiful.
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Playing lawn yahtzee at Skye and Matt’s in Minneapolis
Biking to Mt Horeb
Examining the equipment at New Glarus brewery
Hiking Picked Rocks National Lakeshore with Zoë. I loved the communal fires the campsites.
Lots of deserted beaches, most of the time we were by oursleves.
A lighthouse we hiked past at Pictured Rocks.
Zoë was an enthiastic camper.
We had lots of fun playing on the shore.
My first canoe trip. Zoë and I did a day trip on the Wisconsin River with neighbours.
On a WWII duck with the entire family in the Dells.
Our first night in Kenya.
Nairobi National Museum, which has a great human fossil collection.
Our first view of the Rift Valley.
Cresent Island Park.
Attending a conference in Ethiopia,where I got to spend lots of time with Dave Fischer.
Dave and I had fun exploring the back alleys of Addis.
Another blast from the past – I worked with Brian Blanck twelve years ago in China.
The market in Addis.
Fun learning about robots at the conference.
The legendar “Thorn Tree Cafe” downtown Nairobi.
Zoë leaving a note on the Thorn Tree bulletin board.
Zoë has been excited about her new horse back riding lessons in Nairobi.
My reconfigured lab in Kenya.
We are excited to be living in the same city as Robyn’s childhood friend Nikki.
Fun with other newbies.