Category: Seasons & Celebrations

The Zeigers Head to Ireland!

By , September 15, 2018

We’re embarking on a major family trip starting this coming week.

First, we’ll go to the Oregon coast to gather with friends from our college days. A group of us have periodically met at the family beach house of one member, a place that played a major role in our college life, including Michelle’s and my courting, way back in the last century. This gathering will be our first in 9 years. Last time we held a reunion, we celebrated Aly’s 16th birthday there.

But that’s just a pleasant prelude to the main event: the Zeiger family next heads to Ireland!

Aly in Ireland

Aly in Ireland, at the “Quiet Man Bridge” 2014 (Photo: Sasha Barnes).

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A Successful Vacation

By , August 13, 2018

We returned from our Canada trip Saturday afternoon (see Get Out of Town!). We knew we had a good time, because, while we only left Haines around noon on August 9th, and returned on August 11th, we felt like we’d been gone a week or longer!

We went to Takhini Hot Pools (which you may know as Takhini Hot Springs—I guess it’s a copyright thing) and camped, spending a lot of time in the springs. That felt great! We didn’t find as much sunshine as Michelle craved, but the constant squalls between sunny breaks felt fantastic while we were in the tubs. There’s nothing like sitting up to your chin in hot water while rain falls hard on your head, raising splashes several inches off the water surface. At one point, we had dark purple storm clouds all around us, while we sat in the center of a sucker hole, bathed in sunlight as well as hot water (if you’re not familiar with the term, see Sucker Hole). On the final night, a double rainbow hung above the tubs, the brighter one as sharp and clear as neon lighting.

Yukon Suspension Bridge

The Yukon Suspension Bridge, between Whitehorse, Canada, and Skagway, Alaska (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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