Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

20May/190

Train Trip vol. 3: Visiting the Spike

It would, of course, be insane to attend the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike being struck and not see the spike itself! So, following our museum visit on Thursday, Hen & I headed down to the beautiful state capitol building in Salt Lake City where the spike is housed.

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Bittersweet news: As a bonus we got to see one of the three silver companion spikes along with Abraham Lincoln’s hand-signed order authorizing the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, but as a result of the fragile paper’s presence, we weren’t allowed to take photos of the spike! Hen was miffed, but we agreed that we’d make up for it by visiting the spike after it returns to its usual resting place at Stanford University.

Afterwards we headed down to SLC’s historic Union Pacific depot, which has now been converted into a lovely pedestrian mall that featured live music & food trucks—oh, and plenty of trainspotting on the adjacent rails! Check out our pics from the eve.

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19May/190

Train Trip vol. 1: Big Boy Bash

Man, it's taken a full week for Henry & me to decompress from our trip and to just start sharing our adventures. To make things manageable, I've opted to break our epic into sections. So... here we go!

Flying into Salt Lake on Wednesday afternoon, we bumped into some fellow railfans who were already prepping their period garb for the celebrations. After landing we grabbed our car & headed up to Ogden, UT, where the famous Big Boy steam engine—the world's largest at 1.2 million pounds (!), and newly restored after years of work—was due to make its triumphant return. Hen & I found shelter from the blustery evening in the trackside Zephyr Cafe, constructed from an old railcar!

And then, the next morning—it was time. Hen was, of course, practically vibrating with excitement, and he wasn't let down. Union Pacific & the state of Utah put on quite a show—bringing in the governor & other speakers, and shutting down streets to host numerous pop-up shops. After much excited waiting, we finally saw the old gal pull in & get reunited with UP's other working steam engine, the 844. Making up with sneakiness what he lacks in height, Hen was able to make his way to near the front of the crowd to capture some shots.

Check out those images & more in our gallery!

5May/190

Hot roddin’ with Hen

G-Man might forget a thing or three, but not when it comes to vital details like when local car shows are taking place. 😌 On Friday he & I checked out San Jose show we attended last year, this time bringing along my drone. Happily he shares my interest in photography, so the two of us captured a bunch of details large & small. Here’s a little gallery from our evening out plus a 360º drone pano. (Click & drag it, mom. 🙃)

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30Apr/190

Mick, Marin, and Mare Island

The dudes (including Seamus!) and I got the Westy back in action this past weekend, enjoying a most excellent trip to SF & points beyond. Poor Margot took a spill on her scooter last week, so it was just us guys heading up to meet my old friend Mick Swiney (just as great as ever nearly 20 years later) on the waterfront below the Bay Bridge.

After dropping Mick off we headed across the Golden Gate to Marin Co. to help our friends Monica & Peter celebrate their 50th birthdays & 20th anniversary. Afterwards the lads & I journeyed to the old Navy base on Mare Island for some quick camping & droning while Seamus "pollinated himself" (as Finn put it), happily rolling in the bounty from our trees.

Check out our gallery from the trip as well as an interactive 360º panorama from our campsite.

21Apr/190

Moose of the Sea

 We spent a wonderful (if salty, sandy, and tiring) Easter Sunday enjoying the beach & giving Mr. Seamus his first taste of the sea—making him at last the long-prophesied Sea Moose. 😌 Besides play-battling other dogs & digging well into the earth’s crust, Seamus enjoyed crashing out next to our little shade tent & standing dutiful, excitable watch against marauding seagulls. Check out a little gallery of photos, plus this vid of his seaside stylings:

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19Mar/190

St. Paddy’s on the Farm

Realizing that we were long overdue for a visit to our friends Matthias & Samantha's farm, the dudes & I headed over on Sunday for some high-speed mayhem on the quad, followed by a little farm work and some mayhem in the sprinkler. Check out the action below plus a handful of pics.

17Mar/190

Operation Disgruntled Leprechaun

Oh man, we’ve all been there: You’re psyched up to bite into a delicious chocolate chip cookie, only to discover—raisins!! It’s not that they’re objectively bad, just that they’re not what was promised. Our expressive man Henry does not take such things lightly—to say the least. Behold… The Taste of BETRAYAL! 😝☘️ (Happily he recovered quickly. Happy St. Pat’s to you & yours!)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

21Feb/191

High, Son

On many recent weekends, the boys have gone looking for their friend Henry D., only to scurry home after about 60 seconds with the bad news, "He's rock climbing." This has happened so often that "rock climbing" has become shorthand for getting cheated out of hanging out with a friend.

So, this past weekend, when Henry D. invited the boys to come with him, they jumped at (read: were brutally cajoled into taking 😌) the opportunity—and they did great! Here are a couple of quick pics courtesy of Henry's dad David:

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:

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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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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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!

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!

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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