Wundervu, Colorado

Summertime, oh, summertime, life’s so sweet.

Summer mornings with nothing to do, cooled by a gentle breeze and grass at my feet, grass so green, so thick, it tickles bare feet, to my ears comes the steady sound of crickets hidden away, on the fence the squirrels run with reckless abandon, above birds perched on branches high above serenading me daily with their song, and the blue lake that beckons me for a swim.

Where did you go this summer? one asks.

To the lake with my friends, to Dallas to see my daughter, to Colorado to see my son. To Norway and Denmark, for two weeks of fun.

What do remember best of all? they inquire.


Wondervu, Colorado, and Eldora Lodge, tucked away in Coal Creek Canyon, on Highway 72 past Whispering Pines, along the drive from Golden to Nederland, where few care to go. Then off the grid on Gross Reservoir Road to who knows where.

All so long ago, like yesterday, hard to remember, impossible to forget.

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Labor Day 2019


Labor Day, the name is not a good fit.

We don’t celebrate work, quite the opposite. We celebrate taking a break, a last chance to enjoy summer, a day at the beach, a trip to the mountains, or nothing at all. All year we work hard, I get it. Last chance for a little down time. It is good for the soul.

Take it easy, shouldn’t life be Stressless?

My last summer trip is to Wyoming, to Red Rock and Rawlins, hangouts for Butch Cassidy and his gang, to Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, then to Devil’s Tower.

Ten days into my trip, just outside rustic and rugged Hulett, Wyoming, south on Highway 24.


At the top of the crest I caught sight of Devil’s Tower, in the distance, rising out of the earth like a finger pointing to heaven. Little wonder that Steven Spielberg used the setting as a scene in a movie for an alien apparition. It is a view that has been shared by countless others, seen at other times by other travelers on foot, by horse, and in wagons, by those that came to settle this land, by the Indians who lived here for millennia.

The reaction: Awe, not fear. How majestic is Nature, how uniquely beautiful. I must go up, I think I can, that’s who I am. At least to the base to watch the rock climbers do their thing.



Stressless Stories


The White House

The traveler caught a glimpse of the white house outside the bus window. It was just a momentary glimpse and he would not have remembered the moment or the house had he not taken a picture.

What was it about the white house?

Strange, the traveler thought, it was a farmhouse without crops or animals. Perhaps it was the ordinariness, a plain white box look, symmetrical but for the front door, that revealed nothing of the personalities of those who lived there. The bus was on its way from the western coast of Norway, from Ålesund to world-famous Geiranger with a stop in Ikornnes. If you are counting in kilometers, it is around 120 km passing through and over three distinctive fjords, watching all the while spectacular landscape unlike anything the traveler was familiar with. The roads were two lane, adequate for the summer traffic, and winding, as they make their way along the waterway with a ferry or two to cross to the other side of a fjord.

It was not unlike the farm houses in Maine, where the traveler had been the summer before. Nor was it unlike the mountain cabins in Montana where private people went to get away from the city. To the traveler, the White House would forever remain a mystery like so many places.

The traveler put down his camera and continued to watch the scenery roll by. The traveler was looking forward to Geiranger, the waterfalls, the hiking trails and people.


Zen Thing

The world is too beautiful to talk about. It should be experienced.

I am simply sitting silently, witnessing the beauty of Nature, of life passing before me. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness, the pure enjoyment of the thing.

The moment is not lost on me. Nor is the place. It is the Oregon coast, Highway 101, south of Cannon Beach on the way to Manzanita. It comes back to me every time I sit in my Stressless recliner, close my eyes, and imagine my happy place. I can feel the mist rising from the ocean. I can smell the salt in the air.

I am Stressless and at peace.

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Ålesund Norway

It is not far down to paradise…, not to far to never-never land.
Christopher Cross, Sailing, 1980

It is 3,476 miles from New York City to Ålesund Norway. Then it is a short boat ride up the stunningly beautiful Geirangerfjord to Ikornnes where they make Stressless recliners.

Before making the trip up the fjord take time to see Ålesund.


Ålesund lies on Norway’s western coast in Møre og Romsdal County. Its architecture is almost entirely Art Nouveau the result of a fire in 1904 that destroyed the entire town. Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany often vacationed in the Sunnmøre District. After the fire, he sent four warships with materials to build temporary shelters and barracks.

Alesund Art Nouveau Architecture
Ålesund Architecture

There are panoramic views of Ålesund and the coastal archipelago and fjords from Mount Aksla.

View of Alesund from Mt Aksla
View of Alesund from Mt Aksla

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music credit – one with the ocean by markvard