Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Sketchbook Diary of Belgium, France and Switzerland, 2016

Click here to enjoy my sketchbook video.
June 29, 2016. I took the bus from Eugene, Oregon, to Portland and flew to Brussels, Belgium, took the train to Ghent, about an hour away, and was met by my Moroccan friend, Abdelaouhab Kerrou. At 32 years of age, he is fluent in five languages. First his native Berber tongue from the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Starting in grade school he learned Arabic, French and English, plus lessons in reading and writing Berber because the government wants people to retain their culture. Since he migrated to Belgium after marrying a Belgium tourist who was visiting the Todra Gorge where he grew up, he has learned Dutch in a mandatory program for all migrants.


Monday, September 5, 2016

New Zealand South Island sketches and photos

New Zealand South Island click on this title to see a video of my sketches and photos.
Hiking the famous Milford Track was my main motivation for going to New Zeland. But wait until you see my flight around Mt. Cook and hiking on a glacier!

New Zealand South Island sketches and photos

New Zealand South Island click on this title to see a video of my sketches and photos.
Hiking the famous Milford Track was my main motivation for going to New Zeland. But wait until you see my flight around Mt. Cook and hiking on a glacier!

New Zealand, North Island 2014 photos and sketches



Loved cycling the Hauraki Trail, canoeing for five days on the Wanganui River and visiting Hobbiton.

Belgium, France and Switzerland photos 2016.

Belgium, France, Switzerland hiking in 2016 click on this link to see a video of the photos

It was an action packed summer and it is good to be home.
Some of my photos are in this video and I thought you might enjoy it.
Here is a recap, so you know what you are seeing.
June 29 I flew into Brussels, Belgium, and spent two nights nearby in Ghent, at the home of one of my Moroccan friends who married a Belgium woman. Then I flew to Bordeaux, France and spent two nights with a delightful family I met on couchsurfing.
From Bordeaux I took a train to Thiviers, for the wedding week of Baptiste, my French friend whom I met on couchsurfing.org also.

After that I flew from Bordeaux to Geneva, took a train across Switzerland to Lindau, Germany, walked around Lake Constance to Rankweil, Austria, and then across Switzerland to Geneva, 360 miles. After relaxing for a few days in the Alps, I went to Chamonix, France and hiked around Mont Blanc for 11 days before returning to Belgium. There was a new baby, Belgium and Moroccan! And the parents were visiting from Morocco, whom I met in 2006, but have not seen for a few years. I arrived in Eugene on August 30. Whew!

Met many wonderful people, ate good food and walked to my heart's content.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Walking the Malibu Coast, Zuma Beach, Westward Beach, Point Dume to Paradise Cove Beach.

To use public transportation, take the Bus 514 from Santa Monica to Zuma Beach. Walk the beach to Paradise Cove. At the pier, walk up the road to catch the Bus 514 back to Santa Monica. The guidebook shows accommodation on Map 2, the Malibu Inn. (The numbers are mile markers, starting from Trancas on Map 1.)


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Walking the Malibu Coast in California

Southern California Coast Walk, Malibu to the Tijuana River, 188 miles. A terrific guidebook

This is the first walk in the guidebook, the start of a 188 mile walk, or a wonderful day walk.

Saunter past the world's most expensive homes of the rich and famous.

It is all flat, except a few feet down to the beach.

Public transport from Santa Monica is on Bus 534 to the end at Trances.

The guidebook takes you down the entire beach from Malibu to the Tijuana River, in day walks, three day itineraries, week long walks or do it all in one go. Places to stay, eat and public transport are included on the maps themselves.

Plus it includes the author's charming sketchbook diary.