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travel : Monday, August 7, 2006
Comment by Nirmala at Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:54:21

I used to go eat sushi at this little rseaturant run by a family. The father is the chef and the kids the servers. His food was so much better than those mass-produced franchised rseaturants in town. Unfortunately, none of the children had learnt his special skills and the shop was closed when he retired.

travel : Monday, August 24, 2009
Comment by Sharon Lowe at Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:29:40

I lived their also in military housing near the gas station. it is such a beautiful city .I was their in 1986_ 1989

travel : Friday, October 23, 2009
Comment by Tony at Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:28:08

Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. Just camped here last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it.

hikes : Saturday, July 24, 2004
Comment by Kari at Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:22:44

My husband proposed to me at the little tarn barely seen in the top photo from this post. Is there any chance you could share a high resolution file for this photo so I could enlarge it for my wall?
Kari Young

travel : Monday, August 24, 2009
Comment by Angela "Dawn" Barbour at Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:40:04

These are beautiful pictures which brought back really good memories. I worked at the dispensary on base in Gelnhausen from about 1982 to 1983 (somewhere around there). My husband was in the 3/12th in Budigen where we also lived. I really would like to go back and visit! Thanks for the pictures.

travel : Saturday, August 22, 2009
Comment by Rosemarie at Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:24:08

Polish letters don't show up on some websetis (depending on encoding and fonts available), so some people castrate such letters to nearest standard latin alphabet equivalent. When people use wrong encoding, results sometimes look like Krak%12314w or %$41%51d%123 (Łf3dź :) ). I made up the numbers, but they look similiar.The same with SMS sending polish letters uses up a few characters, when sending standard letter only uses up one character per letter. So people often write SMS without polish letters. Everybody assumes these tails and accents were implicit . So Krakow is just Krakf3w, when you're not sure software will handle the awesomness of Polish letters.As for using Cracow etc when writing in English some Poles use English names for Polish cities, like we use Polish names for foreign cities when writing in Polish. See Nowy Jork, or Edynburg, or Lwf3w (ok, that one is sentimental also).Btw cracovia is from latin, and most of Polish cities have latin names it was important language in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

travel : Monday, August 7, 2006
Comment by Janek at Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:55:58

I have found that while some things on my list are far fechted or may not happen for awhile, if at all, I can avoid being discouraged by adding and immediately crossing off anything epic/awesome that I did. This way, you can look back and say Holy shit, I've done a lot of cool things , even though they weren't originally on the list.

hikes : Thursday, June 12, 2008
Comment by Camony at Wed, 16 May 2012 12:26:14

Thank you John for sharing your valuable experience & info with me. I've been longing to do this hike for 2 years & I really won't want to miss the beautiful weather this weekend.

All the best & happy hiking!

Camony from Vancouver, BC

hikes : Thursday, June 12, 2008
Comment by John at Wed, 16 May 2012 10:16:08

Hi Camony!

Wow, you're going to love the trail! I hope to be able to hike it again this year - definitely a favorite!

To answer your questions:

It's a long haul from Prince Creek to Flick Creek. 14 miles of constant climbing and descending. It's gorgeous, but tiring. I believe it took me eight hours. But I stop often to take photos.

The campground is really only intended for one or two small tents in the shelter... However, I believe there would be enough space in the area (and perhaps on the dock!) to arrange five small tents.

Moore Point is nice - approximately the same views - but it's not as secluded. Flick Creek is tucked away and all yours - if you can get it. That's the risk, of course. I don't recall an official campsite between Flick Creek and Stehekin - it seemed there were a couple small patches along the trail where people had previously improvised a site.

If you have a pair of radios, you may want to send someone with stronger legs to recon Flick Creek once you arrive at Moore Point. But if the Flick Creek camp is occupied, that poor person will need to hike back. I think it's about 2.5 miles between the two.

Alternatively, you may be able to have the Lady of the Lake drop off a weaker hiker or two (and maybe some of your gear) at Flick Creek, while the rest of you hike it. I'm not sure how this would work out with the boat's schedule - just a thought.

Good luck!


hikes : Thursday, June 12, 2008
Comment by Camony at Wed, 16 May 2012 09:59:35

Hello John,

I have visited your website numerous times since I planned to do the Chelan Lakeshore Trail in 2010. Your detailed journal coupling with quality photos makes the trip report very informative. It seems I have followed your foot prints and e-hiked the trail.

I'm going there this week & may I ask you a few questions:
How many hours did you take from Prince Creek to Flick Creek?
Can the campground accommodate 5 2-pp tents?
How is the setting of Moore Point in comparison with Flick Creek?
Is there any campground between Flick Creek & Stehekin?

Any info you can share is very much appreciated!

Camony Yim

projects : Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Comment by Doni at Mon, 02 Apr 2012 09:44:47

The 7800 was released after the NES yes but it was made years brofee, it was actually made to be Atari's answer to the Colecovision but didn't get released due to the home console market crash of 1984. So when Nintendo finally brought over the NES stateside and revived the home console market Atari decided to dust off the 7800 pro system. It's also interesting to note that Atari almost had the rights to release the NES here in the states but the crash killed that deal. .

events : Monday, March 22, 2010
Comment by Britta Schultze at Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:21:57

Hey! Your twins-room is soooo lovely! We got twins in May 2010. When the boys are born, the idea to create www.zwillingsland.de was born too! We wish you a wonderful lifetime journey in the "twins-world"!!

Britta, Udo with Julian and Jonas

hikes : Thursday, June 29, 2006
Comment by William Waite at Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:44:54

My wife and I, along with our daughter, son-in-law and four grandkids did the Ladders and Big Painted Canyon Loop last weekend and we couldn't believe how beautiful this little hike was. The kids thought we were having our own "Indiana Jones" adventure! It took us just under four hours which included ample time for rock stacking along the way.

travel : Friday, August 14, 2009
Comment by Reuben Irvin at Sun, 01 Jan 2012 01:14:42

I'm extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one these days..

hikes : Thursday, June 29, 2006
Comment by Ladders at Fri, 02 Dec 2011 05:20:22

Truly amazing. I have seen a picture of the up-view of this and it looks good as well. I bet the trek wasn't as easy as it looks.

projects : Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Comment by Paul at Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:29:50

Hi John.
Awesome job. I have a MAME cabinet that broke in a recent move and I've been researching how I can part it out and use the pieces in a new project. I've decided I want to make something like this. The original Centipede cabinet only housed a 19" monitor. Is that a 19" monitor you placed in the unit? Did you have to add any width the cabinet to fit all the buttons for the control panel? What's the inside width? Do you have a design sketch of the CP? Thanks for any feedback and kudos to the many great projects you have posted here. You're an inspiration!

travel : Monday, August 24, 2009
Comment by J Wesley Yow II at Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:28:45

Happened upon your post by accident. What a surpise! I also attended Gelnhausend American School at about the same age as yourself. Although at an earlier time. Of course my father was in the American Army but is German as well, so we lived in the farming village of Vonhausen between G'hausen and Budingen. Thanks for the pics. They have brought back memories. John/

events : Monday, March 22, 2010
Comment by John at Sat, 05 Mar 2011 17:08:00

Thanks, Keith! Yes, you're right. I'm very much looking forward to when they are older and we can take them on trips, enjoying the sights for ourselves and also via their fresh eyes.

As they explore their world, I'm sure they'll prove to be beautiful and frequent subjects of my photography.


events : Monday, March 22, 2010
Comment by Keith at Thu, 03 Mar 2011 02:23:37

Well that's great news. I kept on looking in, and finding no updates, and began to worry that something had befallen my favourite photobloggers. Well being befallen with twin girls is absolutely wonderful news and really pleased for you both. Hope to see some occasional updates as your family grows. Holidays can still be enjoyed, just in a different way - your gonna love it when a child in a backpack throws up over your neck and all down a display cabinet in a tourist store!

travel : Sunday, November 30, 2008
Comment by Jennie at Mon, 07 Feb 2011 12:35:09

Your pictures from this trip look amazing! Thank you for sharing.

hikes : Sunday, September 9, 2007
Comment by Kathy at Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:51:23

Beautiful pics & your descriptions give the reader a true sense of the area. My favorite is the vertical shot through the bamboo to the sky above...totally awesome. Visiting Hawaii soon, hope we are able to witness some of this beauty.

travel : Sunday, May 24, 2009
Comment by Elinor at Sat, 15 Jan 2011 23:14:40


I saw your review in Trip Advisor and I love the picutres you took for the whale watching trip.

I am planning to go to Victoria for two days in this summer and I am thinking to join Eagle Wing for whale watching. I would like to know what time slot did you join? 10:00 am or 2:30 pm?

Also, do we need to take medication for sea sick?

Thank you.

travel : Monday, August 24, 2009
Comment by Mary Woodworth at Thu, 23 Dec 2010 08:43:03

Love the pictures. My husband and I were stationed in Gelnhausen 1971-1973. We lived off base-downtown near the Church. I would love to go back and visit as you did. Thanks for sharing your pictures, it was just like a mini vacation.

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by Nestor's Mom at Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:45:38

Hi, I just googled vegan sugar cookies and your blog popped up. What an awesome blog you have. Thank you for the recipe and pics. I'm going to make these today for my co-workers.
Thanks and Happy Holidays!

travel : Friday, November 27, 2009
Comment by Marcia English at Sun, 14 Nov 2010 15:43:33

Would love to have been there .... the scenery (and the hikers!) are beautiful.

travel : Sunday, February 19, 2006
Comment by Blimey at Thu, 14 Oct 2010 11:38:20

Hello John,

Nice pictures of Canon Beach. I plan on visiting Canon Beach, but i was wondering, what month did you visit and how was was it?


shows : Sunday, July 29, 2007
Comment by Ika at Sun, 26 Sep 2010 07:43:29


travel : Sunday, November 30, 2008
Comment by John at Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:18:44

Hi Blimey,

I enjoyed looking through your images on your website as well. I brought two cameras with me into the ATM. A Canon Elph with a Canon-made waterproof case specific to the model (expensive) and an unprotected Canon Rebel XT with 10-22mm lens and lens.

The Rebel DSLR was wrapped in an extra shirt and stuffed into a drysack which the guide placed into his backpack. I used the encased Elph during the wet parts (while swimming through the cave) and was able to use the Rebel on the trail and in the drier parts of the cave. Once you get on top of the steep ledge where most of the artifacts are, the guide will allow you to retrieve your camera from his backpack. He'll carry it again for you on the way back out.

When you go to Belize, definitely don't miss out on the ATM!


travel : Sunday, November 30, 2008
Comment by Blimey at Thu, 22 Jul 2010 13:42:09

Hello John and Kristie,

I love all your pictures and we are planning a vacation to Belize this year, but i wanted to ask you how were you able to protect your camera at ATM, so it did not get wet? You advise will be appreciated.

misc : Sunday, August 31, 2008
Comment by Alison at Sat, 05 Jun 2010 19:32:40

I live in the San Juan Islands and going on cruises is one of the BEST ways to spend your time! I highly recommend checking out "Cruise Control". Robin Watson does personal, romantic dinner and lunch cruises on his 45' yacht off the north shore of Orcas Island. It's a MUST DO next time you're up in this neck of the woods! Great pictures of the whales by the way!

projects : Saturday, June 14, 2008
Comment by seaggicle at Sat, 15 May 2010 06:41:53

Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

Thumbs up, and keep it going!


misc : Thursday, July 3, 2008
Comment by Dennis Curless at Sun, 07 Mar 2010 14:56:21

I want to know what happens when the wind doesn't blow. Does the fossil fueled generators kick in to replace that lost generation? Can it do it as fast as the wind stops?

misc : Saturday, January 24, 2009
Comment by Lydia Bridges Kuennen at Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:42:15

Hi John,

I was cruising around instructables and found the ikea light idea. Very cool btw, your photography is so good I clicked on something that led me to your site which is also really great. I found it interesting seeing that you lived in Germany as an American. I lived in Germany for a few years when my parents worked for the 3rd Armored Division and Army Corps of Engineers '87-'89. That's where I fell in love with photography. My first darkroom set up was bought there.

I started with my dad's old Pentax went to Canon Rebel before the digital switch to Nikon. However I also use the G!0--a really great camera. So compact yet just as good. Nice features on it too. Anyway I haven't read much on your site but your photography is absolutely beautiful--tell me you are working as a photographer!?

Lydia Bridges Kuennen
Coralville, Iowa (Lifestyle Photographer)

travel : Monday, August 24, 2009
Comment by Jayson at Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:55:50

Lovely pictures again John and a fun read.

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by Jessica at Sun, 14 Feb 2010 21:14:45

Wow! Guys, since going vegan a year-and-a-half ago, I haven't made sugar cookies (I'm a very, very avid baker). No good recipes! Well, I made these little wonders tonight, and they turned out fantastic! Thank you, THANK YOU for posting this recipe!

It might be useful to add that the margarine (I used earth balance sticks) should be @ room temperature, otherwise the sugar-creaming won't go so well. Also, the cream cheese shouldn't be ice cold.

I'll be posting my results on my blog! THANK YOU!

travel : Sunday, August 23, 2009
Comment by Jacob at Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:12:40

One wonders if the salt inspired the white-wash of the esteemed Peter Jackson's Moria scenes.

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by Susan at Tue, 05 Jan 2010 11:28:49

I have not tried these yet.. but my NON vegan daughter has been asking for sugar cookies... will be making this this week!

FYI, I keep Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks as a staple for baking... YES! it is vegan... works for me in breads, cakes, cookies, muffins and any other baked items we make. HTH.

Thanks John and Kristie for blessing us with your recipe. Happy New Year to all!

(1VeganMom, 1VeganTeacher)

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by k at Mon, 04 Jan 2010 20:11:06

I made these yesterday and will make them again soon. Sugar cookies have always been a frustrating experience but these turned out wonderful and since I used smaller cutters had about 80 or more. I think there are 40 or less today since no one can stop eating them. Thank you for sharing!

travel : Saturday, August 22, 2009
Comment by Janice Jaworski at Mon, 04 Jan 2010 11:11:42

What great pictures of a wonderful adventure
Here's to a great 2010

travel : Saturday, August 22, 2009
Comment by John at Sat, 02 Jan 2010 11:05:01

Thanks, Jayson! It's been a very fun and eventful decade. Happy 2010!


travel : Saturday, August 22, 2009
Comment by Jayson McIvor at Thu, 31 Dec 2009 17:46:31

Love the pics John. Happy New Year too!

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by Belinda at Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:44:36

The cookies turned out perfect! They are the best tasting too....:)

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by ghs at Mon, 21 Dec 2009 17:23:47

I am so grateful to have stumbled across your blog! I have found so many great inspirations that I am so thankful for! Not only do my boyfriend and I live in the Seattle area, but we are also vegans, hikers, and photographers.

Please keep all the posts coming! I have already shared your site with many of my friends

Have a great holiday season!

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by Charita at Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:05:30

Wow, these are PERFECT VEGAN COOKIES! I am having a Holiday Cookies Exchange and these are what I made using star cut-outs! I cannot believe how easy they are to make. Love how easy it was to put the icing on too! I followed the recipe to a "T". My dough was perfect too. We used all organic ingredients. I used my food processor with a dough blade to blend all the ingredients. Then I rolled the dough out between 2 sheets of wax paper...so much easier! My 4 year old had a blast making these with me.

Just a tip...I have a juicer and rather than use unhealthy food coloring, we juiced spinach to make green icing and juiced a beet to make red icing...you only need 2 tablespoons of the juice to color the icing. I used less soy milk to compensate for the extra liquid from the vegetable juice.

My cookies turned out absolutely beautiful!


projects : Friday, January 27, 2006
Comment by the inadvertent farmer at Mon, 14 Dec 2009 21:27:57

As a fellow vegan and also a Northwesterner I am so pleased to have found your site! I found you by looking for vegan sugar cookies for my kids' homeschool group to make together and have now looked through almost all of your project posts! I'll be back after we're done with the cookies to see what else I can find! Enjoy your vacation...it is pouring here (shocking I know...) Kim

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by Eva at Sat, 12 Dec 2009 10:30:27

My daughter is severely allergic to milk and eggs. We've tried a ton of different cookie recipes. Today we tried your recipe and completely love the results! We're trying the icing with the next batch. Thank you so much!

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by Elizabeth at Thu, 10 Dec 2009 09:18:04

Your cookies look amazing! My daughter has a milk protein allergy, so I have been looking for a good vegan recipe.

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by John at Tue, 08 Dec 2009 21:15:13

Hi Simba,

I believe the vegan cream cheese helps to keep the cookies moist, replacing the fat solids typically provided by butter. With the cream cheese, your teeth will sink through layers of slightly tender cookie, rather than snapping through a dense and brittle dough. You won't taste the cream cheese, if that is your concern.


projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by simba at Tue, 08 Dec 2009 19:59:32

Thanks for publishing this recipe. I just wanted to ask why does recipe use cream cheese? I ask because I am not a fan of cream cheese and also, I am unsure this particular brand is available in Canada. Is there something else I may use in lieu of the cream cheese. Please advise. Thanks!!!

projects : Friday, October 21, 2005
Comment by lol at Mon, 07 Dec 2009 23:04:38

love the leather couch in the background..

shim John & Kristie

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