Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

21Apr/180

G-Man Ahoy — Port of Call: Point Reyes

During last week’s Westy excursion, Hen & I explored the famous (and now sadly half-burnt) Point Reyes shipwreck while Mom-O & Finn read in the van. Hen was eager to keep hopping over the little creek & scrambling around (as you can see in last week’s gallery) and watching windsurfers, while I happily tried my hand at capturing him & the boat from above. Check out the resulting short vid:

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29Mar/180

The Pearly Whites Emerge!

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The time has come! Our man Henry got his braces off after 15 months. He was a complete orthodontic champ for the entire duration of brace-wearing. He was always on top of wearing the required rubber bands, and he never complained about tooth or mouth pain - kind of miraculous for our little grump! He was pretty nervous about how painful it might be to get them removed, and also anticipating how weird it would feel to not have them on his teeth anymore!

Happily the removal was no big deal, and he is getting used to having more room in his mouth and beautifully-aligned pearly whites. To celebrate the braces' removal, we gave Henry two more of his dad's old Lionel train cars - a flatbed and a crane car, so he was immediately off to the basement to add them to his rig!

24Mar/180

Democracy on the Move

We were honored to walk the walk—literally—behind our lads today in the March For Our Lives, hoping to bring some sanity to the debate over gun violence and control. When some high schoolers asked for help carrying their sign in this student-led movement, Hen stepped right up, then stepped to the front of the 10,000-strong march. We love our soon-to-be-voters! 💪🇺🇸

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22Mar/180

Finnster, Now & Then

To commemorate our big man’s tenth (!!) full orbit around the Sun, I compiled a little photo tour of him through the years:

Compare that to how grown up he looked this week reading the qualities of a good Scout at our recent pack meeting:

And just for completely random comparison, here he is cavorting with Grandpa Nack right after Hen was born (“Kinda steep!”):

22Feb/180

Dogsledville!

Even twelve hours later, I kinda can’t believe it: we took the dudes dogsledding today!

Yesterday en route home from a great day of skiing (more on that soon), we happened to spy in the distance tiny teams of what looked to be dogs pulling sleds. Sure enough, Alpine Adventures (“Your destination for dog-powered fun!” ☺️) is happy to host little tours and even let you try driving a sled! We booked a lunchtime session and were delighted to take turns driving, riding in the sled, and riding in a little sleigh behind a snowmobile (as the dogs pull just two people at a time).

We learned a ton from our guide Joe, a transplant from Georgia who’s been working with dogs for a decade. Just in case you were curious, each dog can run up to 20 miles per day, consumes roughly 6,000 calories worth of meat & other food each day, and comfortably lives outside all winter in his or her own little straw-filled barrel—as you can see in the pictures. Check out this gallery from the day plus a couple of quick videos below.

19Feb/180

Foamy Hailstorm: Denver Edition

Our trip to Colorado got off to a rousing start as the boys joined their Nerf-loving cousins Patrick & Charlie for a battle royale at the nearby “Dart Warz” (i.e. a suburban warehouse full of sugared-up pre-teens & flying projectiles; what could be better? 😉). Here’s a brief taste of the action:

7Feb/180

Science Fair!

The lads got their learnin' on over the last couple of weeks, conducting experiments with conductivity (Finn) and plate tectonics (Hen). Here's a brief peek at Willow Glen Elementary's science fair, held last night:

18Jan/180

Firing away with Matthias

Being a big German dude with pellet guns, a 4x4, and a cool accent, my teammate Matthias has quickly become something of a folk hero to the boys. (“You’re still #1, Dad,” Finn informs me, “but Matthias is definitely #2." :-))

He recently upgraded the pellet gun he uses to defend his chickens from bobcat attack, so he quite generously passed his older one to Finn & invited the guys over for some backyard target practice. We also enjoyed joining Matthias & his wife Samantha for some clay trap shooting. Though the boys didn’t shoot that day, we ran into their pal Damian at the range, and they’re up for trying it out on our next visit. (Meanwhile born-scavenger Hen took to filling his pockets—and later my car—with dozens of spent shotgun shells. 🙄)

Check out the young marksmen in action:

14Oct/170

Yellowstone Friday: Lava Hot Springs Swimming

Driving up from Salt Lake City, we happened upon the charming little town of Lava Hot Springs. Although we found some amazing pizza & square-shaped ice cream cones (!), we didn’t have time for a dip in any of the local springs. Happily Margot was able to rejigger our travel plans & book us a place to stay on our return trip.

Check out a gallery & quick video showing the amazingly beautiful evening we got to spend taking a dip with our dudes!

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23Sep/170

The Hentastic Voyage

I awoke to find that Google Photos had made me this fun little retrospective of our beloved G-Man. Check out his evolution from squashy little blob to fun-sized goofball. 😀

30Jul/170

NYC Saturday: Katz’s & the Lower East Side

Given that our flight wasn't set to leave Newark until afternoon, we decided to spend some time Saturday exploring a bit of Manhattan's historic Lower East Side. At Katz's Deli the boys & I challenged each other to partake of some especially sour pickles; Finn learned that bacon sadly isn't kosher (darn!); and we washed things down by splitting some cheesecake. Afterwards we discovered Economy Candy (where Hen scored a Tootsie Pop the size of his head) and made our way to Morgenstern's Ice Cream (perhaps you're detecting a theme? :-)). Here's a brief photo/video montage from the day:

23Jul/170

Whiplash rides again!

Twenty-odd years ago, I took young Ted Nack to a rodeo in Galena where we saw Whiplash The Cowboy Monkey—a crazy little collie-riding Capuchin. I've never forgotten that little dude & had told Margot and the boys about him over the years. Imagine my surprise and delight, then, when I learned on Friday that not only is Whiplash alive & well (age 25!), but that he was coming to a rodeo near us. Check out this brief tour of our trip to the California Rodeo in Salinas yesterday—and Whiplash, long may you ride!

11Jul/170

Henry’s Eighth!

We can't believe that it's been eight full rides around the Sun since our young Hen suddenly charged into the world, and we continue to have a blast with him. We'll try to post more pics from his birthday shortly, but in the meantime here's a peek at our epic day at Great America:

26Jun/170

Grandpa & the Guys

On the heels of a great visit & Father's Day spent with Grandpa Nack, here's a little time capsule (much like the one we made for Grandma Nack) showing the chaps’ adventures together over the years. You can view it as a video (below) or as a gallery. (Happy belated Father’s Day, Dad!)

22Jun/170

Mississippi Queen

“A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again” is how David Foster Wallace memorably described his experience aboard a cruise ship. By contrast, we had a ball cruising the Mississippi with the boys (see previously shared pics), but turning the boat into a temporary aircraft carrier for my drone was… not my soundest idea. Here’s the footage I was able to salvage amidst my semi-frantic attempts to land the drone (which kept getting blown backward as it approached the boat). Enjoy (?)!

21Jun/170

Alpine Mayhem

In case you somehow didn’t get enough of our downhill hijinks the other day, check out this pair of vids. (And if you’re feeling nostalgic, compare them to the time the whole fam sledded at once, three years ago.)

To quote Hen on this one, Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!😝 (turn up your speakers)

And in this vid, you can click and drag around as it plays, seeing the scene in 360º mode!

19Jun/170

Alpine Cruising!

Yesterday we had a ball riding Chestnut Mountain’s Alpine Slide down to the Mississippi, then tooling around the backwaters for an hour before hitting the slide another half dozen times. As you might be able to see, Hen started out pretty nervous but grew to love the slide, getting faster with each run. Here’s a little gallery from the day, plus a video of Henry in action.

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27May/170

Wrapping Up the Dragons’ Tale

Finn, Hen, and their fellow Green Dragons closed out the season in style last night, playing their 19th (!!) game of the season and their first on the “majors” field. I took the boys to practice at the batting cage beforehand, and it paid off with Hen knocking in an RBI, then scoring a run, and with Finn connecting probably harder than he has all season. Here’s a little gallery and video montage of the game and celebration.

10May/170

Mother’s Day with Grandma Nack

The dudes are really looking forward to their impending adventures in Galena with Grandma & Grandpa Nack. In the meantime, the video below is a fun little time capsule of some times with Grandma over the years (automatically created by Google Photos!), and here's a little gallery of their times together.

26Apr/170

Chaos Reigns @ The Googleplex

Much like we did in 2015 and then again last year (pics), the boys & I dropped in on Google's annual Take Your Kids To Work Day. After engaging in some sugar-fueled Greco-Roman beatdowns, the boys checked out an animal exhibit (how 'bout that anteater!), Finn got himself a new hoodie, and Hen scored a giant plush Android. 🙂 Check out a bit of the proceedings:

Bonus throwback: Finn doing his best Dad-O impression at the whiteboard during our 2015 visit: