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Helen retired from flying, and Neil is mostly retired from pulp and paper industry engineering.

We spend Christmas and New Year in Guatemala and Belize, which included touristing in Guatemala, mostly on the "chicken buses",  lazing in a beachfront cabin in Placencia, (Helen in photo) and a week's sailing on a chartered catamaran with both boys.   Summer sailing is described below.

Helen and Neil continued to volunteer as First Responders at home, and also as instructors in the handicapped ski program at Owl's Head, ski area.  ( http://www.sportsadaptes.ca/en/content/winter-program  )

We had a ski trip to Whistler, with stops in Calgary and Golden, BC en route to visit friends and ski too.    
Photo shows. Helen at top of Blackcomb Glacier

We drove home from Whistler via Arches National Park in Utah, and Helen's Mum's winter home in Tucson.
In April Neil headed to Germany to launch Milvina, with Helen arriving a month later after organising family things at home and attending her 45th Nursing School reunion.
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After the usual Spring work, we headed North, as fast as (not very good) weather allowed, through Denmark, to Flekkifjord in Southern Norway  Map shows route as far as Lofoten Islands, (with details in the north further down this page)
The links below follow the summer's route, all in Norway:
Norway South of Stattlandet : (Updated 21 June 13)
Statt to Arctic Circle : (Updated 22 June 13)
Arctic Circle to Bodo :(Updated 22 June 13)
Bodo to Reine: (Updated 29 July 13)
Lofotens - Reine : (Updated 29 July 13)
Lofotens - North of Reine  (Updated 29 July 13)
Gutvika to Nordskot  (Updated 18 August 13)
Lofotens in the wet  (Updated 18 Aug 13)
Hike across Norway
  (Updated 19 Aug 13)
Narvik area (Updated 19 Aug 13)
Narvik to Raftsundet  (Update 19 Aug 13)
Raftsundet  (Update 22 Aug 13)
Lonkanfjord  (Update 22 Aug 13)
Whales and Harstad  Updated 23 Aug 13)
Tromso (Updated Oct 2013)
Lyngen (Updated 7 Dec 13)

Practical aspects of sailing in Norway (Under construction)

From starting in Germany, to the Arctic Circle, we sailed about 1200 miles.

After getting North of the Arctic circle as fast as we enjoyable could, we spent some time cruising around at a more leisurely pace, as shown in the map to the left.

The total distance sailed North of the Circle  was about 800 miles.

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