The climbfish have now evolved to cover my life in the US - including very exiting life in downtown Baltimore (aka the wire) and ocean research expeditions with NOAA. I don't promise frequent updates but I will try and cover the most and least exiting times here. Enjoy!
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Taking the Leap

I can fly! Old Rag Trail, Shenandoah National Park
Time eventually came to leap across the big pond and come back the the US to start working out of an office again (what is that all about..?), summer is always too short for my liking. Luckily there are plenty of fun things to too look forward to this fall, a NOAA trip to the Caribbean and quite a few extended federal holiday weekends to sneak away for some shorter adventures. But for now I am back on the Commute train to DC, and currently use my time going through a couple of thousand pictures I took this summer. Due to the slow paperwork process to renew my work permit I got to stay around an additional 20 days in Sweden before it was all in hand, and I was happy to take advantage of the extra time given.

Playing disc golf with my friends in Uppsala
Just like the old days (except for the baby stroller..)
My alter ego Sam Torney from the US joining in for a fishing adventure in Gothenburg.
I lost one of my shoes sinking down in the mud while taking this shot...
Some weird facts; I took over Sams job at NOAA, Sam is working at MMT in Gothenburg
(almost the same job as my old one, but another company), and he is also covering
for one of my best friends who is on maternity leave - and it is all a coincident (or is it?)

Me and Jonas went kayaking again on the west coast to see if the
trouts where still home where we found them earlier in the summer
It's getting darker...
And darker... No fish this time, we enjoyed the August night sky instead.
The following day we had more luck, catching our share of
makril and sea trout from the Kayak on our way home
Back our country place it was time to harvest for the yearly crayfish party
Alexander keeping a close eye on a crayfish with fast big claws
Collecting gold
When the kids fell asleep, the snaps came out...
Tripp, Trapp, Trull... Alex, Oliver and Wille learning where milk comes from
Wille is growing fast!
A rare moment of stillness. Kristoffer came out and played with their 10 week old pupy,
I want one (only thing is that you have to move to Greenland when they get bigger).
Old Simba is moving at a slower pace, but keeps a stern eye at the kids.
Time to pass down tree climbing skills to a younger generation of adventures.
I also gave Alexander some new ideas on where to ride his bike.
Next time we will find something higher.
Wille enjoying the rain, inspired by his uncle, I set such fine examples!

And this is where his genes comes from... My sister Anna orbiting Globen, Stockholm

Anna posing for my photo shoot for CrossNature. Hammarbybacken, Stockholm
Crossing the pond! I had an unreal view of Greenland as we flew by. There was
thousands of icebergs floating away from the glaciers and there were huge blue lakes
of melt water on the ice. Back at NOAA they reported a record low for the
Artic Ice cover. Got to stop this flying around business...

Now I know why I came back to the US... The size of the blueberry pie!
Me and our room mate Andrew fueling up on trail mix before hiking in Shenandoah National Park
Out in the woods we found an old presidential camp and got an excellent guided tour
in the "Brown House"by this gentlemen. Apparently president Hoover who lived here
loved his fishing and there was old fishing gear everywhere. He would have my vote..
Presidential fishing waters in Shenandoah Mountains.
How could I leave my rod at home. I should know better. Never. Leave. Rod.
Found a beautiful snake digesting his lunch on a sunny rock.
He did not move much so I ventured in for a close shot. 
Andrew enjoying a modest fire
Oh isn't it heavenly! (you can't see the insects..), Heavenly Acres Campground
One of many view points on the hike to Old Rag
Nothing stood in our way...
Hopkins students practicing Teamwork

Yet another challenge for the fearless mountaineers (yes, you could walk around as well)

Payback for a  mornings hard work
Beutiful ponds at the top producing large
quantities of mosquitoes, What is it
with great views and insects?
Butterflies eating poo, amazing.