Micronaxx The adventures of Finn & Henry

15Jan/180

Our Mission to the Mission

Finn’s been studying the Spanish missions in class, learning enough to school us old folks on many interesting details about Junipero Serra, Gaspar de Portolà, and more. Having the day off of school & work, Margot suggested that we take the guys down to explore the Carmel Mission today—so off we went.

You can see some highlights in the video below & through a handful of photos (several of which are 360º panoramas I captured inside the Mission; click them to go into interactive mode).

30Dec/170

From Red Ryders to Luscious Legos: Christmas 2017

“You’ll shoot your eye out!” Happily that hasn’t happened yet, and both bandito Hen & Nintendo-lover Finn are happily ensconced in a pile of Legos, wonderful books from Grandma & Grandpa Nack, a Lego-style drone (!) from the Lingle cousins, and more. Here’s a little gallery of the chaps celebrating with Grandpa Liggett. We feel, and are, blessed indeed. 🙂

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26Dec/170

Putting the “Santa” in “Santa Cruz”: Christmas Lights Train 2017

All the way back in 2011, we enjoyed taking the lads on a Christmasy train ride through town (see little gallery & vid). Given that Hen’s passion for trains has only increased, this year we brought along Grandpa Liggett for an evening ride that featured letter-writing to the big guy, visits from Mrs. Claus & then Santa, and finally some requisite “cooling off” at Marianne’s Ice Cream. Check out the gallery and the short video below. 

[Retro bonus trains: See also Christmas Lights Train 2013 (the tiny one in the park), the Chicago CTA Lights Train in 2012, and Oakland Zoo Lights all the way back in 2010.]

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22Dec/170

First Concert! 🎶🎺🥁

This fall the dudes made their first real foray into playing music, with Finn picking up drum sticks & Henry grabbing a trumpet. On Wednesday they treated us to their first-ever concert. Check out this little handful of pics & the video below.

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16Dec/170

Yellowstone: The Young & The Faithful

Having explored the surrounding region (Jackson Hole, the Grand Tetons) on previous days, on the Wednesday of our trip we finally made it into Yellowstone proper—and to Old Faithful! The weather was pretty touch-and-go, but at least the boys heeded our warnings (and those of some friendly rangers) and didn’t fall into any hot springs & get liquified. 😬 In this gallery you can see some of our travels and the critters (both living & stuffed) we saw along the way.

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14Dec/170

Goats Beware!

“Waste not, want not”—true, but you might gain an unwanted reputation!

Around our house I (“The Goat”) am infamous for finishing off others’ chow a little too quickly—something I’ve largely stopped doing, though Finn will never let me off the hook for decapitating his gingerbread man years ago. In any case, this week I discovered that each boy had surrounded his cookie "Masterpiece” with cautionary text aimed my way. As you can see from Henry’s, it was “The opposite of Bon Appetite for Dad today!"

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10Dec/170

Tough Crowd at T Time

These days, by the time we get around to T.A.L.B. at 8:30pm, chances are that Ol’ Dad has been blowing & going since before dawn. Consequently, recent story quality has been… well, let’s say uneven. I was kinda proud of the new characters I invented recently—Mr. Robert Cat, a bobcat, and Moe Hunculus, a homunculus—although Finn just shook his head and said “I often wonder whether you’re having a stroke.” 😝

By contrast, when our friend Maria is in town, she really pulls out the stops. Whereas I just try to invent stuff on the fly, she starts mapping out characters & events ahead of time using a pen & notebook. I’m pretty sure that somewhere she has a wall that looks like this: 

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Anyway, Finn noted the other day that “T” quality has varied widely lately—largely depending on who’s doing the telling:

Happily, I’ve been working to up my game recently, and we’ve been having a lot of fun incorporating Finn’s Yellowstone buddy Bert the (stuffed) Buffalo—who, it turns out, is quite the dancer. A few collaborative sketches of Bert in action are below. 🐃😊

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26Nov/170

Yosemite 2016: *Now* It Can Be Told!

A year ago today, we found ourselves shivering all night in a stranded, barf-coated VW van clinging to the edge of a Yosemite canyon. Although we captured some cool photos that Thanksgiving weekend, I think the whole experience (which you’ve no doubt heard about many times already!) left us just shaken enough that we weren’t eager to dwell on the pics.

A year later, however, it’s fun to look through our gallery and see the before & after shots of the canyon (from blue sky to two feet of snow in a matter of hours!); the boys exploring our pop-top camper; Finn slipping into the freezing river; Hen photo-bombing his bro; our epic snowball fight; and more. Enjoy!—and if you’re really feeling nostalgic/bored, check out other Yosemite adventures from when the guys were tiny.

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25Nov/170

Happy Nack Friday

This Thanksgiving we’ve kept things pretty quiet, enjoying a feast at home with the guys (despite the gas on our oven having gone out; thanks, neighbors Scott & Karen for letting us borrow yours!), then heading north on Friday to enjoy California beach beauty at Point Reyes. En route Finn filled us in with tons of interesting details about the place’s history (featuring privateer Sir Francis Drake plundering Spanish galleons, coming ashore, and burying the booty!). He also couldn’t stop jabbering about his Christmas wish list, leading (as you’ll see) Margot to take matters into her own hands—literally.

Here’s a little gallery from our adventures so far. Now Go Irish!

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12Nov/170

Yellowstone: Teton Adventures

Following our chairlift ride & snowball fight in Teton Village, we headed out to explore Jackson Hole & the nearby Tetons. We were thrilled to spot a bear rustling around maybe 50 yards away, but he scampered into the woods before I could capture his photo. Fortunately the mountains couldn’t run as fast, so we were able to get them on camera along with some pronghorn, deer, and historic buildings before enjoying some local Mexican chow. Check out our gallery.

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4Nov/170

Halloween 2017: I sing of horns & the claws…

Well, another great Halloween is in the books & in our bellies. Gone (for now) are the days of the dudes rocking Mom-O’s awesome homemade costumes, but they still looked cool in their viking & werewolf getups. Finn cruised around another neighborhood with his pals while Hen patrolled near our house with neighbors Henry D. & Sadie. Check our our little gallery!

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18Oct/170

Balloon & Goon

Amidst all the fun the guys had visiting Grandma & Grandpa Nack in Big G this past summer, I neglected to share photos of our evening out exploring hot air balloons in Galena Territory with our Murray/Mahoney cousins. So, taking a little break from Yellowstone pics, here’s a little gallery. Note that this was during Hen’s unfortunate but mercifully brief “roll eyes to ruin every photo” phase, so at Finn’s urging I added a little something extra to the final shot. 🙂

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17Oct/170

Yellowstone Tuesday: A Ride to the Top

"Hey Dad, call me 'Hannibal Deflector!'" yelled Finn as he & G-Man duked it out with me in our long-awaited "epic snowball fight." We'd climbed some 4,000 via the tram at Teton Village, where we were staying at the local hostel. While Margot wisely kept her feet dry, the rest of us trudged to the top of the snowy hill to glimpse the Grand Tetons poking through the clouds. Mippy (Finn's robot dinosaur) made the ascent & an appearance, and we were treated to seeing a paraglider toss himself off the mountaintop. Oh, and happily we didn't need bear spray. 🙂 Check out our little gallery from the adventure.

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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12Oct/170

Yellowstone Monday: Teton & Beyond

The first full day of our Yellowstone trip saw us make our way to Jackson, Wyoming for a whole bunch of adventures, including:

  • Rubbernecking at the amazing, snow-flocked foliage
  • Wolfing down some tangy meat at the Big Hole BBQ
  • Battling it out in an impromptu snowball fight on a mountain pass
  • Getting some new stuffed buddies (Teton the wolf, Alexander the bear) at the Jackson Hole visitor center
  • Driving up towards the Tetons & spying some moose (meese? :-))
  • Spotting a pronghorn hopping around near Jenny Lake
  • Catching a whole family of lady elk along the road

Check out the gallery!

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8Oct/170

Yellowstone Sunday: Treehouse of Wonder

For our first night’s stay en route to Yellowstone, Margot somehow found a super funky, sword-filled Quonset hut with its own treehouse. After driving through hours of snowy darkness (what we dubbed “the jellyfish,” given its appearance in our headlights), we were greeted by colorful & charming retired fire chief Jonathan. He told us that he’d built the treehouse for his grandkids & that he now runs ropes courses for student groups. The cabin itself had been built to house workers who’d been constructing a nearby dam, after which it was disassembled & moved up to its current location.

As you can see in our photo gallery and in the video below, we all had a blast staying there—especially the dudes!

 

1Oct/170

Mountain Men, Young & Old

Last weekend Finn & I joined his Webelos scout crew on what proved to be a rather epic hike in the Santa Cruz mountains just off Highway 1. As you can see in our gallery, on Saturday we climbed & climbed over the course of a six-mile trail, then set up our rather sad & bizarre little pup tent. Thankfully Sunday was mostly downhill, and upon returning to civilization, Finn was more than happy to take me up on my offer of an immense burger.

1Oct/170

Take a helmet full of ice cream…

...add one Hen, apply liberally; observe from a safe distance. :-p

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. 😀

18Sep/170

Chalk-Rockin’ Streets

Yesterday Mom-O & Hen buzzed over to San Jose’s Luna Park to check out the annual street-chalk festival. As you can imagine, the young art connoisseur flipped out over giant owls, soda-drinking goats, and more. Here’s a little gallery from the outing.

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