Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

19Feb/190

Cavortin’ in Davenport

Yesterday we seized on our first sunny day in a while to tool up Highway 1 with Grandpa Liggett, visiting Finn’s favorite restaurant (the Davenport Roadhouse), then heading south to check out beachfront Capitola. Hen went bonkers upon seeing the giant train trestle, so he & I spent some quality time exploring up there with my drone while the other guys chilled down below. Here’s the latest installment of Henry Nack Model Train Central…

…plus some footage I captured of him…

…and a 360º panorama I shot from above:

13Feb/190

A major award

I have no idea what occasioned it, but we were delighted to come home & find that Hen had made Mom-O a lovely hand-lettered certificate affirming her status as Best Mom Ever. 🥰

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7Feb/190

The Mad Scientists of Willow Glen

On Tuesday night we were delighted to check out the fruits of the dudes’ recent forays into science (see gallery).

In the video below, car-lovin' Henry discusses his explorations of Matchbox physics and the impact of a car's age, weight, and axle cleanliness on its downhill speed.

And here Finnster talks us through his & Ethan's experiments to see which substances best keep a paper lion's feet dry & thus keep him afloat the longest.

20Jan/190

Hey Porter!

Henry I spent a frosty few hours chilling in Barstow, CA, during our long journey home. Though the Western America Railroad Museum & historic Harvey House were closed due to the New Year’s holiday, we had a free hand to scramble all around the engines and check out the old equipment. Check out our gallery plus this hands-on tour from Hen:

And here's a little drone footage from Dad-O, set to Johnny Cash:

Lastly, here's an interactive 360º shot from overhead:

14Jan/190

Next-level Nerfing

Finn & our neighbor Henry D. continue to evolve their video production skills, as demonstrated in their latest masked misadventure. For any possibly bewildered grandparents out there, at least it’s an inadvertent tour of the new deck. 😌

13Jan/190

Bunking aboard the Hornet

The guys and I are just back from an overnight visit to the USS Hornet, a highly decorated World War II-era carrier we last visited some 7 years ago (photos). This time around we spent the night with our Cub Scout pack & several hundred other scouts & parents from around the area. On the whole we had a ball touring the ship, grabbing chow on board (“The cookie was exceptional!” reports Hen), and bunking among pals. Check out our gallery.

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I also had a little fun flying my drone over the Hornet & her adjacent Navy ships:

And here’s an interactive 360º panorama from overhead:

5Jan/190

Who’s down for ghost town?

New year, old school: we kicked off 2019 by dropping by the Calico Ghost Town just outside Barstow, CA, during our long journey home. Hen was naturally drawn to the narrow-gauge railroad, while Margot & Finn checked out old shops (sorry, “shoppes”) and sundries. Here’s a gallery and a quick tour of our visit:

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2Jan/190

Behold, the Grand Canyon!

You know how it’s said that “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” can stop postal workers? We felt a bit similar on this trip: not a busted van nor blowing snow nor hours of monotonous desert highways could keep us from the Grand Canyon—and on Sunday we finally made it!

As you can see in our gallery, we took in the awesome, billion-year-old sights over the course of nearly seven miles of walking. We were blessed with a gloriously clear & fairly warm day, and fortunately neither daredevil Hen nor Irish-despondent Dad took a plunge into the canyon. Hen was also more than thrilled to spend a bunch of time up close & personal with the cars of the famous Grand Canyon Railway. Afterwards we pit stopped at an air museum & then finished the day on the neon-lit streets of historic Route 66 in Williams, AZ.

And here you can see some of what we experienced while walking around the canyon & later the train:

1Jan/190

Hola, 2019!

Happy New Year, everyone! Our fam is presently chilling (in every sense) in Flagstaff, AZ, thanks to a winter snowstorm rolling in. Although some of what we’d like to see (including the Lowell Observatory, where Pluto was discovered) is closed due to snow & the holiday, we were able to mosey around downtown, chat with some friendly ND alums, and then catch the New Year’s Eve “Pinecone Drop”! I’m posting a quick gallery before we begin our long trip back west, down from the mountains & into warmer climes.

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Night Sight Train Pano

26Dec/180

Merry Christmas 2018

I feel so deeply fortunate to say that this year our little gang is once again healthy & happy & having a ball. Although we couldn't be together in person with our far-flung family, it's been great to trade phone calls and some pretty excellent gifts—not to mention a little good-natured long-distance trolling (e.g. Ted sending me pictures of our mom's shrimp dip, and me replying with shots of hot tubs in California sunshine) 😌.

We're off to the Grand Canyon (!) bright and early tomorrow (sporting our custom Westy caps from Mom-O), so I'll keep things brief for now & share a few shots from yesterday. Keep an eye out for, among other things, Finn reading his amazing letter from Santa (more on that soon); the leash for our future dog Séamus (!!); Henry getting the currency proof set Auntie Laura got as a baby; Finn "fishing" via a clever Nintendo add-on from Grandpa Liggett; the boys dueling in geography via a globe from Grandma & Grandpa Nack; and more.

Much love to you & yours from Nacks Micro & Macro!

23Dec/180

Catching up with the Gingerbread Men

As the boys swore to me last year (see below), they will never get over the time long ago when I munched off the head of one of their gingerbread men. 🙄

This year they had fun bringing up this bit of history while baking & frosting a new crop of gingers. In honor of the decapitated dude, they even made some faux-gruesome additions to the crew. Check out the gallery to see more.

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12Dec/180

A Willow Glen Caboose (!)

Who knew that for the last 10+ years, we’ve been living just walking distance from a 100-year-old caboose? Henry & I dropped in on last Sunday’s potluck meal for the Silicon Valley Lines & were treated to a tour of our neighbors’ restored machine-turned-office. Here’s a quick peek:

9Dec/180

Backyard Beatdown

When life gives you lemons in the form of a back yard that resembles an urban war zone—well, make it a Nerf war zone! Our trusty neighborhood horse-headed gunslinger "Horz" is back in action against neighborhood menaces "Doggo" and his sister. Enjoy!

3Dec/180

The G-Man Mission Plan

It seems that every kid who grew up in California remembers (often fondly) creating a fourth-grade project that explores the complicated history of the state’s Spanish-built missions. With the help of Legos & some oversight from foreman Mom, Henry produced a pretty great one to turn in today. Check it out:

2Dec/180

SLO Beach Bros

Cabin fever, at least in the days post-Thanksgiving, has proven no match for us the past couple of years, seeing the fam head out to Yosemite, Hearst Castle, and Point Reyes. This year we fired up the Westy and headed down to San Luis Obispo & stayed right by the water & the famous dune of Oceano Beach (see 360º panorama from my drone, at bottom). During the days we checked out SLO’s mission, butterfly grove, and antique shops (you’re welcome, Hen 😉), and at night Finn & I enjoyed some epic long walk-and-chat sessions to the beach and back.

The highlight, though, had to be renting a squad of 4-wheel ATVs:

We tore around the beach amidst thousands of other folks riding dune buggies, motorcycles, trucks, and RVs. Although we experienced a few close calls, Henry does not remain at the bottom of the Return of the Jedi-style Sarlacc pit into which he & his machine plunged, and remained un-crushed by Finn’s stranded vehicle. At the end everyone emerged happy if sandy. (“My legs feel like jelly!” reported Hen.)

Check out this album showing the whole weekend’s worth of adventures, plus our videos from the beach & from the air:

25Nov/182

Chitown ’18

Our pal Samantha tells us that on Friday she attended the wreathing of the Chicago Art Institute’s famous lions, reminding me that I’d somehow totally whiffed on sharing the pics from our great outing with her there in September. She & Henry set out for a day of train adventures while Margot, Finn, & I checked out the museum. Later Finn & I made our way to Lincoln Park Zoo to meet Sahar the lion in both flesh & stuffed forms (only one of which came home with us 😌), and in the evening we took in the views from atop the Chicago Athletic Association before making our way back to the Palmer House. Check out the gallery from our action-packed day!

10Nov/180

Hailing the loot train

On Sunday Hen & I cruised over to the historic Santa Clara Depot to enjoy their giant model train layout & peruse the wares on sale. “What a buy,” as Grandma Nack might’ve put it 😌: we scored a ton of old trestles, buildings, and even cars for super cheap (three coaches for a buck!). Afterwards Hen scarfed down a hot dog & secured a few waves from passing CalTrain engineers. Check it out:

4Nov/180

Micro Mountaineers

 The lads & I are just back from a quick “Guys’ Weekend” camping outing to Mount Diablo (about 60 miles from home) with my friend Justin, his 18-month-old son Jackson, his friend Danny, and Danny’s two little boys (ages 3 & 2). We rolled up in the Westy, popped the roof, and had some good fun hiking, roasting s’mores, and helping corral the younger guys. Little Jackson took a particular shine to Henry, and from his tent at bedtime he kept repeating “‘enRY! ‘enRY!” until I fetched our guy to help tuck him in. 😌 Here’s a gallery (in which I appear for once!—thanks, Justin) from the outing, plus a 360º drone shot (which you can click & drag to navigate) of the spectacular sunset. 

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1Nov/180

3D Halloween

Greetings from 007, Amelia Earhart, & Mr. Horz. 😍
(Hover your mouse back and forth across the image to see the 3D effect. You can do it, Mom! 😜)

My crazy three! 😝😍 #007 #HappyHalloween

Posted by John Nack on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

31Oct/180

Pumpkins, Now & Then

Somewhere in the fun of butterfly watching & Halloween partying & carbohydrate mass-ingestion during our pal Maria’s visit in 2016, I neglected to post pics of that year’s epic pumpkin-carving session. This year I got home too late to carve with Margot & the dudes. So, although I can show just a couple pics of their fun results, I’ll right the old wrong & share this gallery of carving with Maria. You’ll be pleased to know that then as now, I clearly dressed up as Suburban Dork. 😝

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