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Uncategorized – Captain and Clark https://captainandclark.com The Modern Cartographers, Charting Your World. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 15:05:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sailing Croatia https://captainandclark.com/2019/08/23/sailing-croatia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sailing-croatia https://captainandclark.com/2019/08/23/sailing-croatia/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:26:31 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=18767 I don’t think that it is a secret at this point that Croatia is one of our favorite places in the world. Tawny and I found ourselves in Croatia back in 2013 for the first time and we instantly fell in love with it. So much so that often when we have the opportunity to go to Europe we always tag on some time in Croatia. This is really the biggest compliment we can pay a place since we almost always elect to use our time and resources to travel somewhere new if we can. Croatia though will always hold our hearts.

Most of you know by now that the “captain” in Captain and Clark is more than just a sweet nickname. I actually hold a license to pilot a sailing vessel in blue water conditions and spent quite a bit of my youth learning the ropes at sea. Perhaps less well known on our blog though is that Croatia is one of the finest places to sail in the world. Tawny and I are always daydreaming about going off to charter a yacht with GlobeSailor and spending some time at sea. I used to peruse the want ads to look at all the opening for captains in Croatia. There are a surprising amount of tourists looking for people to come captain their charter boats and an endless supply of sleek and seaworthy vessels waiting for you to come try your hand at navigating the Mediterranean. A large part of this is that it is a great place to learn how to sail. The waters are calm, the weather is mild, and every island you stop at is laden with the most insane food you can conjure. For anyone who hasn’t been yet, you can think of Croatian food as a fusion of German and Italian with a zealous commitment to the local grower. It’s one of the things that makes sailing the Croatian isles so desirable, each port has a specialty that they are anxious to load up in your galley for the journey to the next coastal oasis.

The islands have wild names like Hvar, Vis, Rab, and maybe our favorite… Pag. Pag was famous for the salt production pools the Romans built there and remained dear to the Croatian people because of the sheep cheese that is produced there. The locals tells us the flavor comes from the sparse coastal grass and amount of salt the sheep eat as they wander the hills above the sea. When Tawny and I first tried it we couldn’t believe how good it was. Pag also produces some of the world’s best lace.

There is no end to the list of reasons why we choose to keep coming back to Croatia. Among the top five though are that it is STUNNING, affordable, the food is phenomenal, the people are both gorgeous and in possession of a well refined sense of humor, and the coast is a smooth line of sapphire that drapes across the shoulders of Croatia. One of our favorite towns is Opatija, a coastal gem that was most famous as a resort town in the 1800s. Tawny and I honeymooned there and spent our every waking moment down on the sea.

For me, I just keep thinking about getting on a flight back to a yacht town like Cavtat and spending a month following the wind wherever it may blow us.

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2018 in Review https://captainandclark.com/2019/01/05/2018-in-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2018-in-review https://captainandclark.com/2019/01/05/2018-in-review/#respond Sat, 05 Jan 2019 22:21:40 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=18472 Oh Tawny, my dear sweet love. Once again here we are. Somehow I thought you might not need a re-cap of 2018. Boy was I wrong. You always seem to forget what we do during the year and when the clock hits midnight on December 31st you get sad and remorseful as if we didn’t do anything with the last 365 days.

Luckily for you, I keep detailed records of our year and I am here to remind you of all the powerful moments we shared in 2018.

This was a big year for us, a hard year at times. When 2018 began we were living in Spokane with family, unsure of what was coming next for us, and we had no plans. You were also pregnant, and we had a toddler, so anxiety was high. However…

We still rang in the New Year with fire, passion, and hope.

We cleared a choking forest so that the trees could grow. We also taught Holden how to be a woodsman.

We had one of the best meals of my life. Roasting handmade chorizo sausages and drinking ale behind the castle.


When the snows came in earnest we got creative for our morning walks with Holden. He loved every minute of it.

Yes, it is a sled that I lashed to the base of his stroller.

I know that it felt like we were in Spokane for a lifetime but before winter was even finished we moved all of our worldly possessions back to Tacoma… across the mountains… in the winter… with a 1 year old… while you were pregnant. Bravo us.

Holden learned to shoot a crossbow.

We had a sponsorship with Reddi Wip real cream topping and accidentally got Holden hooked on this delicious, real dairy whipped topping.

International adventurer and famous thrill seeker Mike Corey challenged us to a video production contest and we managed to make content every week for a solid period of time. Some of that content is now featured below. We should thank him for pushing us.

Oh yeah, you got to see Hamilton. Wow. Lucky lucky lady. Somebody must love you.

Which that isn’t surprising since you are so incredible, and you look so damn good.

This is the most beautiful pregnant lady I have ever seen.

We got ourselves a nice new apartment that oddly has two showers next to each other but no tub. No big deal, we just bought Holden his own inflatable Japanese bathtub. It was the perfect spot for him to binge watch the Legend of Korra.

This isn’t the Legend of Korra, it is some YouTube series about these kids doing the jobs of first responders.

You might remember Pretty Gritty Tours, that tour company we started. It turns out it has been doing really well.

We got access to some of the most exclusive and long dreamed of buildings on our wish list. Like Old City Hall.

Official Tour of Old City Hall from Chris Staudinger on Vimeo.

The Realart Theater

Oh, yeah, and Stadium High School, currently our most popular tour.


We got to use our blogging expertise to start some new enterprises and work with some truly amazing clients.

Somebody turned 2 years old! He then regaled us with a beautiful rendition of the Train Song by Blippi.

“Choo choo, here comes the train!”

There was a healthy amount of sailing.

Also fish.

It was exhausting, but you managed to be so radiantly gorgeous throughout it all.

Then we got one of the best surprises of our life. Young Henley was born and our life felt quite a bit more complete.

Holden was thrilled.

Everyone was very impressed because you didn’t think you were in labor. I kept telling you that we needed to go to the hospital and you just wanted to watch Justified and do the dishes.

This year we also dedicated a lot more time to art projects.

Also trains. Which was cool since we got to meet Holden’s hero, Thomas the Tank Engine.

Holden learned a lot about gravity.

We got to spend a lot more time outside, and you did something you would never have done two years ago. You took your new born (1 week old infant!) outside to experience the world. We’ve all come really far in a lot of ways that never get acknowledged.

And you know what? You looked phenomenal.

We did lose the castle. That hurt a lot. We lost some dear friends too, long before their time.

The end of an era.
We will miss you William.

We did have a great deal of new adventures with this young lady.

We were featured in a few really excellent outlets. Which is always nice.

Oh yeah, you were published in National Geographic.

You came to really love Red Velvet as a band. (It’s not true, Tawny hates Red Velvet.)

We took Henley on her first international trip to Canada. There were fish, “seaducks,” locations from Twice’s music video, and the coolest breakfast cafe we have ever been to. Holden got to sit and watch seaplanes take off and land right next to our window. I admit, the Flying Beaver was amazing.

Breakfast at the Flying Beaver

Pretty Gritty Tours got to tour a lot of Tacoma’s Underground and haunted locations.

We got to stand on the roof of Stadium High.

We drove around with elk.

And bison and bears…

…and Holden kissed a tortoise against all our wishes.

No no no no…

There were so many highs. Indoor skydiving, the fair, Portland with the Baos! We rallied hard in a hundred different directions for a multitude of days trips. Something we don’t normally do.

It was a visual year.

And you, of course, were the most stunning part of it.

As we do every year, we hosted an archery tournament. It was nautical themed and well attended by some of the finest people we know. And hey! I beat Kyle! They said it couldn’t be done, and yet it happened.

Mine are the ones closer to the middle.

We did this thing called autumn and we did it with class. Cider presses, leave peeping, pumpkin patches… it was a cornucopia of autumnal glory. 20-something baristas in Uggs across the nation quivered with jealousy at our fall time Instagram.

We nailed Halloween!

You got to pet a wolf and walk with him in the dense cedar forests of the PNW.

That was nice since you yourself are a wolf. Although I think you’re a fox.

We took our kids to Korea this year. Both of them did incredibly well with the 24 hour travel day and 17 hour time change. That might be our greatest achievement of the year honestly.

Although Holden did have his first major public breakdown on the sky tram.
Don’t be fooled by her face. Henley loved Master Sim.

Master Sim got to meet both our kids and Holden had the best time of the trip playing in our old Hapkido dojang.

You also got this very sexy Hwasa coat.

This year was honest and chaotic. We spent a lot of our time raising Holden and Henley and trying to reconcile what it means to be parents and not just world travelers. It’s difficult for me to see our life with clarity lately because I’m usually dodging Cheerios but when I look at moments like this I can see how these moments are changing the foundation of who were in ways that I love.

You were a patient and devoted mother all year long and it always impressed me.

Returning to Hawaii this year with our friends and our kids was a real gift.

When did he become a little man?
Henley loved Hawaii. She came alive there.
Six years of tradition in one photo.

From sleigh-rides to winter games we have done so much this year and rebounded so much farther than we thought we would be able to one year ago. We have our purpose back and a clear direction.

I know this wild haze of rearing children and reinventing ourselves has been messy and savage but I want you to always remember that I love you unconditionally and…

A little piece of wisdom from Tawny’s vision board.
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Our Year in Review – 2017 https://captainandclark.com/2017/11/26/our-year-in-review-2017/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=our-year-in-review-2017 https://captainandclark.com/2017/11/26/our-year-in-review-2017/#comments Mon, 27 Nov 2017 04:48:00 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=18076 Dear Tawny,

It seems unreal, but here we are nearing the end of the year. As always, I know that you start to forget everything that we did since January and I consider it my duty to remind you of all (or at least a great deal of) what we’ve accomplished. We had a lot of apprehension about this year because we had a new element to take into account: our very own Holden Brave. We weren’t sure if we would travel, if we would have time for one another, or if Holden would love the world. As it turns out, 2017 was a wonderful year despite our many worries. Take a moment to be thankful for what we’ve done so far.

 

We went to Hawaii (a few times) and you looked so beautiful each and every time.

You achieved the life-long goal of staying at the Royal Hawaiian.

We hosted a “Winterfest”

We had the opportunity to be a part of one of the best short films every made, directed by the talented Ben Herndon.

We flew to LA and we started a company, Brave World Media with our dear friends Carol and Travis.

 

Holden achieved his lifelong dream of staying at the Westin in Waikiki.

We hiked.

And we partied.

And the whole time, you looked extraordinary!Taw

Then we returned to Hawaii, this time with some of our favorite people.

We did some work with Disney and Holden got over his fear of water. Just in time…

To turn ONE YEAR OLD! With an authentic (and GIANT) Filipino birthday party complete with a roast pig.

We went to Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter AND Volcano Bay. We even got wands. We (as in I) drank over $100 of Butter Beer. So, there’s that.

And through it all, you were a smoldering beauty.

 

Our tour company, Pretty Gritty Tours, signed a contract with the City of Tacoma.

Pretty Gritty Tours

 

We beat Seafall, the best/worst nerd game ever.

 

We explored the sea in real life too, so you don’t have to worry about being too much of a nerd. (Even though you are.)

 

We photographed/video recorded/officiated/and participated in over 6 weddings. Some of which were the most beautiful ceremonies we’ve ever seen. (Other than our own, of course.)

We also discovered that a garter snake can excrete a smell like rotten flesh when threatened. It wasn’t great.

 

We sailed so much. Not enough, but a whole lot.

 

We explored Portland and McMenamins Grand Lodge. 

 

We even went to the zoo pretty regularly.

We got to be a part of two of our dearest friends’ wedding.

 

And you looked so beautiful.

 

Plus, those legs…

We got to meet up with some of the greatest people in the world.

We crashed a honeymoon in Scotland.

And Holden was generally thrilled by all things Scottish. 

 

We flew a hawk

 

 

We even went on a hunt to discover the ruined castle that was the first home of my ancestors in Scotland. I’ll never be able to thank you enough for joining me on that quest. One that I had wanted to do since I was 16.

 

We played around in here.

 

We finally made it to Dubrovnik!

 

Where we immediately spent a fortune on gin.

 

And I carried our sleeping child up and down those damn steps from Game of Thrones while people kept yelling “shame” at one another.

 

We stayed here.

Holden was pretty obsessed with swimming in the Mediterranean.

 

You just looked gorgeous through out it all.

 

We traveled with my brother on his first trip out of the USA.

 

We ate here.

 

And swam here, in Krka National Park.

 

We lived in a local apartment in Croatia for quite some time.

 

And we had dinner on the stone docks of Zadar before we jumped into the Adriatic for dessert.

 

And I got to travel around with you, which was really the best part for me.

 

Some very nice Croatian gentlemen pushed us out of this hole in the street that I drove into to escape a tram that was coming at us head on at full speed.

 

It was glorious.

Holden found out the wonder of Coco Puffs.

 

We had that meal… oh Tawny, that meal at the view cafe, under Lotrscak Tower. Everything was dripping in truffle oil and cava.

 

We took a day-trip to Lake Bled.

 

And then we were like “Well, hell. Let’s do Austria too.” Then we got wrapped up in that random festival that we still don’t know what it was for.

 

Hell, we flew business class on our long flight home. Worth every mile we spent on it. Also one of the best steaks I’ve had, weirdly enough.

We survived jetlag.

 

We delivered some pretty extraordinary tours. Even a couple for our Alma Mater, Pacific Lutheran University.

We also led some successful Ghost Hunts.

 

We filmed in the Finger Lakes with our favorites.

 

We enjoyed time with friends.

 

We explored nature.

 

You, of course, looked exquisite.

We hosted the 11th Annual Castle Staudinger Archery  Tournament.

 

 

We also created SUPER TENT.

 

We celebrated fall with the utmost passion!

 

We even got mistaken for Chip and Joanna Gaines.

And somehow you convinced me to GO BACK to Hawaii.

Oh yeah, our biggest moment yet… somewhere along the way we created a brand new person who we get to meet next May!

 

Oh Tawny, the year isn’t even finished yet and look at all that we’ve accomplished so far. Don’t you forget. We work hard for this life together and I couldn’t be happier to be sharing it with you, Holden, and one more on the way! I love you babe, here’s to a glory laden 2017 and an even greater 2018! Maybe we’ll start sleeping again in 2025.

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As a Traveler and a Healthcare Pro https://captainandclark.com/2016/10/16/as-a-traveler-and-a-healthcare-pro/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=as-a-traveler-and-a-healthcare-pro https://captainandclark.com/2016/10/16/as-a-traveler-and-a-healthcare-pro/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:35:09 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=17163
 

When it comes to being a full-time travel writer and new father, there are a lot of things I worry about. I worry about whether our son’s ears will equalize as we ascend and descend on a plane, or if we packed enough diapers for the six-hour road trip we have planned. Juggling all these new concerns and anxieties is always tricky, especially on top of the original concerns of where to find the best food in Prague and cheap airfare to Iceland. This is why I’ve started to develop what I now call “the adult mentality.” Whereas my previous concerns in life really focused more on where we were going to stay and what kind of sweet beach/mountain would be in the area, I now find myself more concerned with how will I keep my new kiddo safe and do I need insurance. My father warned me that this day would come, and somewhere I’m sure he’s giddy that it finally has.

Travel insurance was a new experience for me. Something that I neglected as a young man but now use more often. Health Insurance is an even newer concern these days. I can’t imagine having had a child recently without it. Unfortunately the topic of health insurance isn’t one that many people my age are really interested in considering. We should be however. Companies like United Healthcare actually offer some pretty sweet tools to help you broaden your knowledge or identify any gaps you might have. It seems like more and more the topic of health care and insurance are increasingly difficult to understand. That’s what I enjoyed about United Healthcare’s site initially is that it allows you to play some straightforward games to test your knowledge and see what kind of healthcare plan is right for you.

1. “If terminology has you stuck, take the UnitedHealthcare quiz to learn more about terms and generic health care information.”

2. “Do you get regular check ups or find yourself having to go to the doctor often? Play the match game that teaches you all about health plan accounts like the HSA. FSA, and HRA that can help you afford those visits.”

3. Everyone’s health care situation is different, and it’s important to know the ratio between out-of-pocket costs and premiums. Use UHC’s slider tool to decipher the difference.”

4. Lastly, You may be wasting money by going to the ER when you could just be going to Urgent Care or using Virtual Visits through your health plan. Figure out which services are most or least expensive by ranking them yourself!”

Try it out and see if you know as much as you think you do. Find out if you are a health plan pro.

Excitingly enough, there’s even the chance that you could win some money just by testing your knowledge of healthcare and adding your email.

This new stage in life wasn’t something that I saw coming but I’m not sad that we’ve arrived here. With our new little baby we are experiencing a new and exciting way of traveling that makes the world seem richer and more alive. It’s also the kind of experience that really reminds me what is most important to me and that it’s time to ensure the safety and longevity of those closest to me.

If you’re on the fence about insurance I’d urge you to reconsider your stance. See if you know as much as you think you do and think about it a little more. Life moves faster and faster it seems with each new day. With so many new developments in life it is nice to be able to put at least one concern that tumbles around in your mind to rest.

 

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Top 5 Reasons to get Travel Insurance https://captainandclark.com/2016/04/27/top-5-reasons-to-get-travel-insurance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-5-reasons-to-get-travel-insurance https://captainandclark.com/2016/04/27/top-5-reasons-to-get-travel-insurance/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:19:55 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=17047

 Are you thinking about getting travel insurance? You should be.

 

It is crazy to me that people even debate this. Especially those of us who lead action packed adventure lifestyles, however a lot of people are one the fence about travel insurance. For us, it just makes sense. We always consider a provider that will cover medical expenses, emergency travel, and travel document retrieval. Since we run our own business we really aren’t willing to pay upfront for a lot of medical costs abroad, should they ever arise. And why would we, when for the price of solid meal here in Tacoma, we could purchase travel insurance for the whole of the trip?

We recently recomended MedEx of United Healthcare Global to our buddy, Ben Herndon before his trip to Australia.

CHECK YOUR COVERAGE HERE

There is a certain piece of mind that comes with knowing that should anything happen you can fully commit to going to the doctor, no matter where you are in the world when things hit the fan.

Still not convinced? Here are my TOP 5 reasons why you should book travel insurance before your next trip.

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#1 – Finding a legit doctor.

The team that works with you in an emergency has a list of reputable professionals wherever you are. If you are hurt or sick the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not you walked into a doctor’s office or a local vet and not being able to ask because you never brushed up on your Albanian like you said you would. When that Mahi you shouldn’t have eaten gives you food posioning, rest assured that you can call your insurer and get directions to a proper doctor that is covered.

 

Tawny Clark

Travel can be dangerous

#2 – Translation

Like we said, trying to work out the phrase “broken clavicle” in French while giving directions to the only Uber driver in Southern France isn’t fun. Luckily a travel insurer like MedEx can provide you with a translator to help you get from point A to point OK.

 

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#3 – Documents and Non-Medical Issues

Perhaps you lost your passport in Bali or you need legal help after your scooter collision in Vietnam, don’t panic, your travel insurance can cover that too. Check with your provider but a lot of coverage will also help you with travel drama that isn’t medically involved.

 

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#4 – Getting Home

If it turns out you have amebas or some other horrible gut problem and you don’t want to visit the doc in Mumbai, but want to get back to see your own doctor, that’s ok too. Most travel insurance covers your cost of getting back home in a medical emergency. Since flights home can often be more expensive than the medial treatment, knowing you’re covered is a huge relief.

 

#5 – Sleep

Being able to sleep on a local farm, in a blizzard, on Iceland is great. It’s even easier knowing that someone out there has your back should you fly off the road in a whiteout. For just a couple dollars a day you can prevent yourself from paying for years in the case that something goes off the plan, and let’s face it, it’s travel. Plans change all the time. It’s better to be prepared.

 

*It should be noted that Travel insurance plans from MedEx are not available for purchase for residents of Washington State or New York. If you want our recommendation for WA or NY travel insurance providers please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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A travel memory come to life https://captainandclark.com/2016/02/14/a-travel-memory-come-to-life/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-travel-memory-come-to-life https://captainandclark.com/2016/02/14/a-travel-memory-come-to-life/#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:23:36 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=16852 Since I was perhaps nine years old I have had a vivid memory of the most incredible pool I have ever visited. In my memory this pool opens up at one end to a dark water slide. I can hear the rush of the water as it begins to turn into a water fall beyond where I can see. The water slide pours out into a slow river that slithers through a jungle and giant stone lizards peer down at me as I float under rope bridges and past yawing caves. All around me brilliant mosaics of sea turtles and mahi are set into the bottom of sapphire pools and shimmer up from below the lapping water. I can remember winding the film reel on my waterproof Kodak (my pride and joy at 9 yrs old) and trying to dive down deep enough to take pictures of the tiled sea life set on the bottom of the pool.

In the memory, the pool was a magical place with hidden hot springs steaming at the peak of small volcanoes and with rope swings and sandy beaches.

“Over the years I even began to think that perhaps the pool was a fantasy. After all I couldn’t even remember where I was when I visited it.”

This is burned into my mind. Now that I’m 30 I know how childhood memories can distort like a water stained picture left in the flooded basement, becoming grander than the reality we see as adults. Over the years, I even began to think that perhaps the pool was a fantasy. After all, I couldn’t remember where I was when I visited it. I used to tell Tawny about sliding down lava tubes and riding a giant inner tube up the caldera of a volcano as it filled with water. She approached these memories with an acceptable level of skepticism.

Two years ago, we were invited to come stay at the Grand Wailea on Maui. The property is so intricately designed and thoughtfully laid out that you feel like you’re entering a dream or a work of art. The resort begins with a waterfall as you pull up and a massive statue of King Kamehameha, spear in hand. As you enter the massive open air complex you are surrounded by water and a lush jungle. The sky pours into the courtyard and bronze figures of Hawaiians blend with the shadows. The real magic for me though began when we turned the corner and saw the pool.

As we came over a small river studded with languid koi, the pool began to take shape. It was instantly as if 20 some years melted away like cotton candy in the rain. It was all there. The river, the bridge, the pools, the mosaics. Not as I had remembered them. They were even grander.

As it turns out, my mom had brought me here over two decades ago for a medical conference she was attending. The pool was as real as I had imagined it.

 

*Be sure to click and drag the photo for full 360 experience!

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You can start at pool #1 and take a series of slides down to the main pool. Through rapids and winding rivers, all along jungles and past caves and grottos. Better yet, the grotto has a full bar in it! Something I had completely missed as a child. The thing that truly blows my mind is the water elevator. Yes. A water elevator. The world’s first. There is a small silver door at the base of a two story volcano. When the keeper of the door waves you in, you swim into the opening and find yourself in the center of a volcano with a massive inner tube inside that has seats on it. Find a spot and take a seat as the volcano starts filling with water. In the course of about 5 minutes the whole caldera fills up and you can swim out at the upper most pool. In essence, you could go from top to bottom of the pool all day and never leave the water. Trust me, I know. I’ve done it.

The pool at the Grand Wailea

My favorite thing to do is to get a floaty ring and drift along the lazy rivers all day long, stopping only to pick up a pina colada or to hit up one of the seven water slides.

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I could honestly spend an entire day in this pool. The part that excites me the most is the thought of our own little baby on the way. (Tawny did want me to mention a special disclaimer that she is in fact six months pregnant in the video.) Here I am, thirty years old, and I am instantly transported back to childlike wonder and elation the moment this pool comes back into view. It’s like meeting an imaginary friend  in real life, or finding out that magic is real. That is a gift that I cannot wait to give to our own little man soon.

 

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What is K-Pop? (Our Current Top 10) https://captainandclark.com/2016/01/14/what-is-k-pop-our-current-top-10/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-is-k-pop-our-current-top-10 https://captainandclark.com/2016/01/14/what-is-k-pop-our-current-top-10/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:32:35 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=16777 K-pop, or “Korean Pop” is a huge movement of popular music originating in the Republic of South Korea.

 

The world of K-Pop is an ever-expanding universe of pastels that is rapidly flying across the Pacific like a tsunami of culture and miniskirts. In case you have no idea what K-Pop is and you’re looking for a taste then you’ve come to the right place. The following is an easy to digest summation of my favorite K-Pop videos that are floating across the YouTube’s these days. Brace yourself, and if you are an epileptic get your meds ready. If you’re a patron of Americana grassroots music scenes and think that the Eagles were the purest form of rock music then I’d urge you to keep and open mind or get super drunk on your locally distilled bourbon before watching.  The following is the most jaw-dropping culmination of hip thrusting and shimmering Asian culture to come out of the ROK. 시작!

#1  – EXID “Everynight”

EXID has burst onto my radar lately and really upped my expectations for K-Pop quality. Their diverse sound and fun attitude never leaves you wanting. While I’m personally a huge fan of “Up & Down” I suggest the casual viewer start here with “Everynight”

 

#2 – Lim Kim “Awoo”

The haunting vocals and simple themes of our new favorite, Lim Kim, (not unlike Lil Kim, but wholly different) are going to set you up for success. She not only plays off the tender heartstrings of love and the thrill of a new romance but she adds cats to her music video so it’s win win.

 

#3 – SNDS “Lionheart”

SNDS, or Girl’s Generation, takes everything I love about K-Pop and distills it down to a perfect music video. It has a catchy upbeat pop rhythm, astoundingly bright colors, romantic revenge, a syrupy feeling of nostalgia for a time and culture that never existed in Korea, and like, I dunno, a dozen members.

 

#4 – CL “Hello Bitches”

CL, the former front woman for 2NE1, has blazed new trails with her solo career. The multilingual song writer and rap super star has led the charge for women in the music industry. She has a sharp sound and an uber-aggressive attitude that is both edgy and topical. She manages to set the bar for other K-Pop artists again and again. Her new single, Hello Bitches, is an excellent example of her dedication to her craft and her unapologetic rap anthem to the world as she steals the genre back from a primarily male industry.

 

#5 – Sistar “Touch My Body”

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum is Sistar. A four girl group that essentially specializes in catchy and fun summer anthems. Their latest, Shake It, is probably so of the most fun music Korea has ever produced. It’s hard for me to skip past Touch My Body though when it comes up on my super specialized playlist. It is the culmination of what so many people love about K-Pop, sex appeal, bright colors, and just enough Konglish to get stuck in your head for all of eternity. It truly bridges cultural gaps so flawlessly that it even made it into a recent episode of Family Guy. Which, let’s face it, is the cultural and social barometer of our time.

 

#6 – IU “Twenty Three”

IU gives us a refreshingly candid and lucid song about being 23 and trying to discover yourself as an individual. It’s essentially the equivalent of Taylor Swift’s “22” but with even more depth and a drug induced Alice in Wonderland motif. My favorite line is “Pretend to be a fox that pretends to be a bear that pretends to be a fox.” I know, it strays from my usual selection of mild violence and dangerously short skirts but it is an unexpected sink hole of depth. Try it. You might like it. Also, be sure to click the CC to “subtitle” unless you find your Korean skills are up to snuff. It’s worth it.

 

#7 – MissA “Only You”

MissA has probably the most lovable collection of artists the K-Pop world has ever seen. With each new uber-catchy anthem of women’s empowerment that single-handedly defend the reputation of the ROK and win the battle for our hearts. Their latest track drop, “Only You” is essentially the journey of four women trying to catch the eye of their love, despite their city being full of pig-headed little boys and peeping toms. I honestly don’t know. However I guarantee that they’ve tapped into an acid induced level of Jungian truth and symbolism.

 

#8 – Ailee “Mind Your Own Business”

Ailee, as I’m sure you know, has a permanent spot on the shelf of my heart. This American girl found her way to stardom when Korea scooped her up and turned her modest dreams of YouTube fame into a K-Pop fantasy. Not only does she hold the magical powers of psychedelic colors and sick beats but she (unlike her other K-Pop contemporaries) has a strong and pure voice that could launch a thousand ships and burn the topless towers of Illium. Indulge your senses.

 

#9 – AOA “Miniskirt”

I really have no articulate justification for this one. It’s all in the name.

 

#10 – Red Velvet “Dumb Dumb”

Red Velvet is my wild card for today. If you’re looking to get a fix on the K-Pop craze, this retro feeling video will give you a pure dose of k-Pop straight to the dome. If you’re not hip to the trend of only wearing one stocking color coding your group, then this is all you need to know.

Are you a K-Pop aficionado? Let us know if you think we made the mortal sin of not mentioning a K-Pop band you love.

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2015 in Review! https://captainandclark.com/2015/12/09/2015-in-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2015-in-review https://captainandclark.com/2015/12/09/2015-in-review/#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2015 09:31:53 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=16597 Dear Tawny,

Guess what? It’s that time of year again. Since 2012 I’ve written you these “year in review” posts because you have such a terrible memory and you never seem to remember how much we actually accomplish in a year. So, buckle up, here we go.

My love, in 2015…

Sweden

We went to Sweden.

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Where we climbed the rooftops there.

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Our year began as we met good friends.

Finland

We also went to Finland.

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And slept here.

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We got to hang out with these glorious people.

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We celebrated my viking heritage.

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And you were so beautiful it hurt.

Viking ferry to Estonia

We sailed to Estonia. On a whim.

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And, as it turns out, we fell in love with Tallinn and Estonia.

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We brought home many pelts. As any good viking would.

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We learned how to brew mead.

 

Speaking of being a viking.

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And you let me braid your hair. I don’t know why.

Tawny Clark and Ashley Day

We spent Valentine’s Day with Ashley Day. As we always do.

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We helped my mom build bee hives.

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We returned to Hawaii.

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And visited Grandpa.

We also wrote about how much our heritage means to us and all that we’ve learned.

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Somehow you got younger.

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And as always, you looked amazing.

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We got stranded on the Pali Haighway. Which actually ended up being pretty awesome.

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We got to see the Merry Monarch festival.

 

We visited Lana’i and got to see so many cats that even you got your fill.
 

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You got even MORE fit.
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And gorgeous.
 

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We got to swim at the Grand Wailea!!
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And enjoy sunsets.
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And drive the road to Hana with quality people.
 

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We embarked on a massive campaign through Europe.
(On May 1st, you can tell because you’re holding a May Day basket, where you hang a basket of flowers on someone’s door and then run away. Something I taught you.)
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In which we ate beaver…
 

And were attacked by one.
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We actually got upgraded to first class on a long flight.
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We went bog trekking and you discovered a new passion for cranberry foraging.
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We arched!!
 

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We kayaked through Latvia under the cover of darkness.
We were baptized in fire, earth, and water while traveling through Lithuania.
We traveled to Luxembourg.
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We got to fall in love with Estonia all over again (TWICE IN ONE YEAR!!)
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We returned to Girona, and partied like it was 1999.
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We found peace.
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We biked through the French countryside.
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We got to see these gorgeous people get married.
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We were there for the first international bucket toss challenge. Even though we lost to Finland.
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We explored so much of Italy with Eurail.
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And we tasted the treasures of Tuscany with Walks of Italy.
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We explored the Oregon coast.
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And we went clam digging. Your favorite.
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We had our minds blown when we saw the David in person.
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We delivered letters on the Maverick Expedition.
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And through it all you only got more beautiful.
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And you worked out like a beast.
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Oh Tawny, we stood in the rain in Pompeii.
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Drank wine on the Amalfi coast.
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We also tackled this monster.
Damn.
 

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We tried a float tank.
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We went to see Post Modern Jukebox.
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We conquered the Tacoma scavenger hunt.
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We explored the great Pac NW.

 

We had adventures with some of the greatest people on Earth.

We had a successful honey harvest.

We even returned to Hawaii, again.

 

 

 

We hosted the finest archery tournament yet.

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Ben Herndon showed us what I would look like if I could grow a beard or if the talented Bart Budwig could grow hair.

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We went back to Barcelona.

 

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And then as soon as we got home you were like, “Oh hey, we are having a BABY!!”

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And you never looked more beautiful than you did in that moment.
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But then again, I know you work hard at it.
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So I went on a life changing quest. Because I turned 30.
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We crushed a ton of apples into cider.
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Went to New York for your birthday. Because you turned 30 too.
Not that you can tell.
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Then we were like, “What the hell, why don’t we move?” So we did.
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And now, Tawny my love, we are in Taiwan working with Janet Hsieh and TLC and Discovery.
 

We lived hard this year. We lived honestly, with compassion, patience, and courage. All of the traits we want our new baby to be instilled with. I hope you look back on this year proudly, this is only a few of the things we accomplished together this year. Just wait and see what 2016 brings.
As always, I love you.

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Honey Harvest at Castle Staudinger [VIDEO] https://captainandclark.com/2015/08/28/honey-harvest-at-castle-staudinger-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=honey-harvest-at-castle-staudinger-video https://captainandclark.com/2015/08/28/honey-harvest-at-castle-staudinger-video/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:23:26 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=16368 This past April my mother made the decision to get bees. As some of you may know there is a serious problem in the world of bees rapidly disappearing. This is a huge problem because bees are the engine that drive the planet. They are the tiny machines that pollinate major crops and the world’s plants. Without them we couldn’t exist. Not only that though but they create honey, which let’s face it, is liquid gold.

When you choose to become a beekeeper it is highly recommended that you take a course. My mom did and it really paid off. This past April we went out to her place in Spokane, WA to help set up the first hive and to help her get ready for the bees.

Eventually the bees arrived in a box. It’s incredible, bees smell delicious, like warm bread and flowers. They are also quite toasty, a box of bees has the same heat as a sleepy puppy. When they arrive you take the tiny container with the queen in it and place her in the new hive with a marshmallow as a cork in her box. Then you pour the other bees into the hive. They will detect the queen and chew the marshmallow to get her out.

the arrival of the bees

The queen inside her box

The queen inside her box

Over the next few months they will explore outwards from the hive within a five mile radius. As they do they will collect flower pollen and return to the hive with it where they will mix it with water and create honey.

Our bees have been doing this since April and it was finally time to harvest the honey.

Honey harvest is traditionally done in August (late summer) when the bees are at the peak of honey production. Honey is the food bees make to survive the winter, so it is important not to take too much. You need to let the bees fill the main hive before you add smaller boxes to the top of the hive. These smaller boxes are known as honey supers and they contain the honey that you can harvest at the end of summer. By early September the bees will wrap up their quest to gather pollen and start to settle in for the long winter.

A strong hive of 50,000 bees can produce around 10 to 15 lbs of honey in a year, sometimes more. The honey is an excellent way to maintain your health and to also relive allergies. It’s best to eat honey from the region you live in to get the best allergy relief.

Tawny and I rode over to Spokane to get the prep work done and make way for all the honey!

Once we opened the hive we removed the frames and placed them inside a large plastic bin. This is important because otherwise the bees will chase you and try to take their honey back. Check out the video to get a firsthand look at what a honey harvest looks like.

 

It took us just over five hours to harvest one hive and we ended up with 12.5 lbs of honey (or just shy of 3 gallons.) The flavor profile is unlike any honey I’ve ever experienced before. Technically I believe it is called “fire-weed” honey which seems to be the general term for wildflower honey.

We’re already making plans to increase the hive count by three for next year. Stay tuned, there’s more to come.

We would love to hear from you! Do you have any experience with bees? Maybe you just love honey, let us know in the comments below!

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Our Experience with the Sensory Deprivation Tank https://captainandclark.com/2015/08/03/our-experience-with-the-sensory-deprivation-tank/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=our-experience-with-the-sensory-deprivation-tank https://captainandclark.com/2015/08/03/our-experience-with-the-sensory-deprivation-tank/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:32:16 +0000 http://captainandclark.com/?p=16204 I was naked. My ears were stuffed with a high-tech wax. In front of me there was a long coffin-shaped box with a space shuttle hatch on the front. Inside it looked like one of the tubes that they put people in cyrostasis for space travel. I took a deep breath, climbed into the hatch, and sealed it behind me. All around me was super dense salt water about a foot deep, and no light at all.

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This was how the greatest dread and highest high of my life began.

You might think that I was gearing up for space travel, and in a sense you’d be right. This was our foray into sensory deprivation, or “floating” as the kids are calling it these day.

Have you ever wanted to experience weightlessness? Do you want to jump through the looking-glass of your own mind and experience a trip without drugs? Well, we have something for you. This was by far the most fascinating trip we’ve ever taken without leaving our home coast.

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Float On, in Portland, OR is the largest float tank center in the USA. Tawny and I had heard about float tanks but never experienced anything like it or heard from anyone who could really describe it. I haven’t ever experienced anything to prepare me for the kind of sensation that you feel in a float tank.

Things to know:

You are weightless: There is over 850 lbs of Epsom salt in the water. When you lie back you float like an apple in a bucket. It feels like you’re drifting through space.

You lose track of your own body: The water is heated to 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit. The result is water that is “skin-receptor neutral” meaning that after a few minutes you lose the ability to tell where you end and the water begins.

There is NO light: The chamber is perfectly dark.

You’re naked: This was a surprise for me, but you float solo, in a dark chamber, in a private room. So, chill, it’s worth it.

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The first four minutes were full of absolute dread. You would think that it would be claustrophobia but it was in fact the exact opposite. I couldn’t see, hear, or feel anything. When I opened my eyes it was pitch black. I took a deep breath and laid back, wiling myself to relax. For those first few minutes I had to hold my hands behind my head because my shoulders ached so badly. I hadn’t realized how much tension I had been carrying in them. It took, what I assume was, ten minutes for them to unwind and I could float without any tension at all.

I could feel myself unwind, and start to relax inch by inch.

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My mind started to wander. Completely uninhibited, it spun off. I was warm, and there was nothing at all to distract me. You really do start to lose track of where your hands and feet are because the water feels so similar to your own finger tips after a while. Sort of like you’re melting into it. Even the water doesn’t feel anything like normal water. Not really. It feels more like you are being pushed upwards. The salt solution is so buoyant that it actually repels you from sinking at all. You drift.

I would love to tell you that I thought long and hard about many deep subjects. Tawny did. After her float she was aglow with new ideas and pitches and she could hardly wait to write them all down. Me? I went to some secret animal part of my brain. It felt like I was a wild mountain cat running through my own head. Strangely serene, despite how it sounds. Like a cougar on a misty morning.

It only felt like a few minutes but we floated for an hour and a half. The minimum time for a float. Soft music gets pumped into your chamber when your time is up and you sort of gently drift back to reality. You jump out, shower, get changed and emerge reborn into the world.

I felt younger. It was like the high after a great massage or a long sleep. All the tension in my shoulders was gone and it felt like my senses were electric. The water bar in the lobby was the most delicious thing I had tasted in days. Lemon water tasted like fine booze all of a sudden.

If you get the chance, you have to try one.

Have you floated before? Let us know about it in the comments below? Tell us if it compares to the Dead Sea.

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