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I Finally Beat My Blog Into Submission

Guest Post by  Willis Eschenbach Well, I finally bit the bullet and successfully got my own blog up and running. It’s called “Skating on the underside of the ice“. The “About This Blog” page says: My name is Willis Eschenbach. I am a generalist. My CV is here. This is a blog of my thoughts…

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Pushing the Adventure Button

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach My good fortune this week was to drive with my gorgeous ex-fiancee up to go fishing on the Columbia River. My mad friend John Whitlatch and his lovely wife Allie have their Buoy 10 fish camp there at the mouth of the Columbia every year. So we jumped in the wheels,…

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Rolling Home

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Up early this morning, drinking coffee in the Aussie sunshine with a kookaburra cackling in the background and listening to Dwight Yoakum and Buck Owens sing a duet version of Buck’s old classic song “The Streets of Bakersfield” … Hey, you don’t know me, but you don’t like me You say you…

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Motomania

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Today was all about motor sports. Mike and I started by taking the bikes for a spin. Unfortunately, in my haste to go riding I didn’t check the tires on the BMW, and the front tire was quite low. As a result, the sucker didn’t steer at all correctly. It…

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Ta Moko

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Yesterday afternoon we took off at 3:45 from Fiji en route to Brisbane. I always enjoy that flight, it’s often a cross-section of the types of clouds seen at different temperatures. Interestingly, we flew right over the course that we had just sailed. So having just seen the weather from…

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Fiji Waters

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, I’ve been using a home-made thermometer setup to measure the air and water temperatures of the waters around Fiji. To start with, I’ve been thinking about just why I did it. The answer, as with many things in my life, is “I’m not…

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Gang Aft Agley

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach At least things started well on the voyage to New Caledonia. We got the ship all prepared, we cleared Customs and Immigration, and the good Fijian folks at the Vuda Point Marina came out to sing the lovely Fijian song of farewell, “Isa Lei”. The weather was stunning, the sea…