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Krisiun @ Gefle Metal Festival

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Max Kolesne

#geflemetalfestival #geflemetal @Krisiun

Sunny Krisiun

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Moyses Kolesne

Högalid Church (Högalidskyrkan)

Högalid Church

When I was in the airport on my way to Scandinavia last summer I noticed that someone had left The Girl in the Spider’s Web at the gate. I picked it up and started reading. A few weeks later I found myself in several of the exact locations mentioned in the book when I visited Stockholm.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the fourth book in the Millennium series so I went back and read book one (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) when I got back to the USA in August. Currently I’m reading book two (The Girl Who Played with Fire).

During my reading a couple nights ago, a scene is described in which Lisbeth Salander is chased up a hill in a park-like setting to get to a church. I thought, “hmmmm…, that sounds like the church I climbed a hill to get to when I was killing time before my bike tour of Stockholm a few months ago”. Sure enough, they are one in the same place. With a little more research I found out that the place I ate my lunch next to (across the street from this church) is where Lisbeth’s first apartment was and the author, Stieg Larsson, is buried at Högalidskyrkan. Small world or something…

Happy birthday, Carlos Gonzalez!

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Carlos Gonzalez gets five from Colorado Rockies third base coach Stu Cole after hitting a home run off Jake Arrieta at Coors Field in 2014

@CarGo5 @CGonzalezHub

Happy birthday, Johan Soderberg!

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Johan Soderberg of Amon Amarth @ 2017 Gefle Metal Festival

@AmonAmarthBand #JOMSVIKING #geflemetalfestival #geflemetal @AmonSoderberg

Reflecting on September

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Manzanita Lake @ Lassen Volcanic National Park (September 2017)

Lassen’s Painted Dunes from Cinder Cone

Lassen's Painted Dunes from Cinder Cone

On our way out of Lassen a couple weeks ago we decided to head to a different corner of the park to hike Cinder Cone. While Lassen’s more known areas weren’t crowded on a weekday in September, Butte Lake and Cinder Cone were pretty much deserted. The hike up Cinder Cone wasn’t that long, but the extreme winds and shifting, rocky surface made for an exhausting climb. However, the effort was well worth the views at the top.

The lake in this photo is Snag Lake with Ash Butte to the left of it. As the rays of sunlight moved from the lake to dance over the Painted Dunes the scene was truly spectacular.

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