Ocean Viewers

Two Norwegian marine biologists leaving a trail of blog posts, videos and quirky music all the way from Seattle to San Francisco. We are SKOG. You won't catch us on stage.
Oct 5 '12

San Francisco!!

Tags: San Francisco Oysters California sunset redwood beach alcatraz

Oct 4 '12

Smitten by San Francisco

In San Francisco we were picked up by Guri’s sister and her sisters boyfriend. We were told that the great weather just had arrived as well and that the famous San Fran fog, called Karl, hadn’t shown up to greet us. (Maybe next time Karl?). And from here on, my dear reader, begins a food adventure you must yourself embark upon.

We had the world best tacos at Tacolicious (http://tacolicioussf.com) - kudos to the chefs for only serving sustainable fish. We had icecreams from heaven at Smitten (http://www.yelp.no/biz/smitten-ice-cream-san-francisco). And let me just say that shopping for beer in Norway at the grocery store has become a laughing matter. We had a great time eating raw Oysters at a secluded (and I’m sorry to say secret) place. And before heading into the Redwood forests we ate at Plow - I’ll remember those pancakes for ever. http://www.eatatplow.com/

Thank you so much Marte and Van for showing us such a great time, we forgive you for trying to kill us in that hill - it was all worth it!

~Marianne

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Oct 2 '12

Making our way to San Francisco!

We left The Beaver State (nickname for Oregon) and Eugene in a long aluminum tank (Yay, Amtrak!) on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Eugene sent us on our way with a hangover (I’ll surely will remember for ever) and a great vegan lunch in our stomachs. We were heading for the Bear State and the great city of San Francisco. This meant a 15 hour ride trough dense evergreen forests (I think it was pine - looked like pine, tall as hell), darkness, sunrise, wetlands, salt refineries, ghost towns (people had to leave their homes when the wetlands were claimed by the state) and fields of berries and artichoke. Did you know Marilyn Monroe won the title “Miss California Artichoke Queen” in 1947?

Queen

The train engineer, which also served as a great guide,  told us about it all. We arrived in sunny San Francisco the next morning, a little wiser.

~ Marianne

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Oct 1 '12

Our Eugene Experience depicted

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Sep 30 '12

Eugene, Oregon. AKA The Party Town for Party Grrrls

Leaving Portland we were faced with two choices. Either heading for the comfort of the ocean mist at the west coast, or continuing our exploration of the Willamette Valley.

Bewildered so far away from an ocean bed, bewitched by American books and brews, our best bet became the not so bolting bus down the beautiful valley to Eugene. The city of… uhm… well, the birthplace of Nike actually.

An old man at the info center in Portland told us that Eugene was the “party town for party girls”… Standing in Eugene 24 hours later, with the dirt and gravel of this small town beneath our feet, watching the heat rise from the dusty road in front of us - I’d say we had our doubts… I swear I could hear a banjo playing somewhere in the background and a small part of me really expected to see Clint Eastwood driving one of the many trucks passing by…

We went out for dinner at a pizza place, figuring we would tuck in early and be ready for the looong train-ride down to San Francisco. Oh man, did we figure wrong! A couple of drinks, a bottle of wine, a couple of beers and a double whiskey later (“…the schmmokiest whone ya gahht, thank yah… *wink-wink*”) we found ourselves in the lively company of a granny groupie (yeah, she called herself that) and a couple of dudes and dudettes at a concert. A band of bluegrass brothers called the Conjugal Visitors blew us away with music that just made it impossible not to stomp, slap thigh and howl out loud. It was… rad.

The old man obviously knew what he was talking about. That night, Eugene really was the party town for these two Norwegian party girls. Thank you, Eugene!

~Guri

The bluegrass folks: Conjugal Visitors http://www.facebook.com/ConjugalVisitors

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Sep 29 '12

After a couple of days in Seattle we took the oh so cheap and great Bolt bus to the city of roses Portland, Oregon.

We almost died in the Indian summer sun looking for our hotel, which was not as close to downtown as it looked on the map. But the first half of the walk along the river Willamette was nice (much to do with that we didn’t know how far we had to go yet). The National Geographic vessel Sea Lion had docked by an old harbor and we dreamed about going for an expedition. - But we didn’t. We had our own expedition to tend to: Portland.

Portland wants to be as environmentally friendly as possible. You see it in the way they encourage you to recycle and be conscious about your effect on the environment with your everyday activities. We went to the café Laughing Planet ( read more here: http://laughingplanetcafe.com/about/history/) and actually felt good about having a “junk food” meal. Portland also has great beer (micro brewery is big on the west coast) and great shopping (we went through hell trying not to buy anything, our backpacks were already heavy enough).

But three great things about Portland:
1. Powell’s bookstore (http://www.powells.com)
2. Jogging along the river side, looking at the birds and the tame, friendly squirrels
3. Window shopping (painful, but good) down the NW 23 Avenue

~ Marianne

Tags: Portland Powell's books Shopping

Sep 21 '12
Vancouver Waterfront, Canada
As the sun set, we decided to take a walk along the waterfront. It is amazingly beautiful. The mountains, forests and the Pacific Ocean are all there, at your doorstep, within reach and providing both resources and recreation. A giant sculpture of a blue water drop is placed at the harbour to symbolize the significance of water in supporting life on Earth.

Vancouver Waterfront, Canada

As the sun set, we decided to take a walk along the waterfront. It is amazingly beautiful. The mountains, forests and the Pacific Ocean are all there, at your doorstep, within reach and providing both resources and recreation. A giant sculpture of a blue water drop is placed at the harbour to symbolize the significance of water in supporting life on Earth.

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Sep 21 '12
As kind of a spur of the moment thing, the two marine biologists headed for Vancouver, Canada yesterday. Arriving the city (Bolt Bus 10 dollars – cheap!) they immediately noticed a globe of glass glimmering in the sun. Exited to discover that it was the Telus World of Science building, the geeks decided to add it to their list of places to see and things to do… 
The hight of our “Ultimate Experience” was the Hubble movie. With Leonardo DiCaprio as guide and the eye of the Hubble telescope as our vessel we travelled and marvelled at space and time for a while. I loved the way the beautiful pictures were wrapped in scientific facts. They could have eased up on the “We had to explore the universe to realize how unique our own home is - and to take care of it” kind of talk, though. The exhibit called “Sustainability”, where we were shown how much oil is used, how much water is consumed and polluted and how much non-recyclable waste is produced every year gave a hollowness to DiCaprio’s words that felt uncomfortable. Are we really taking care of Earth? In hindsight I feel like the Hubble movie was really more about finding a new home… to screw up… Lots of beautiful pictures and amazing facts made it worthwhile though.
As for the rest of the experience - Science shmience, man… It felt more like a giant playground for kids. Although we totally endorse the effort to stimulate kids curiosity through play, we were disappointed to find very little brain exercise for grownups.

As kind of a spur of the moment thing, the two marine biologists headed for Vancouver, Canada yesterday. Arriving the city (Bolt Bus 10 dollars – cheap!) they immediately noticed a globe of glass glimmering in the sun. Exited to discover that it was the Telus World of Science building, the geeks decided to add it to their list of places to see and things to do…

The hight of our “Ultimate Experience” was the Hubble movie. With Leonardo DiCaprio as guide and the eye of the Hubble telescope as our vessel we travelled and marvelled at space and time for a while. I loved the way the beautiful pictures were wrapped in scientific facts. They could have eased up on the “We had to explore the universe to realize how unique our own home is - and to take care of it” kind of talk, though. The exhibit called “Sustainability”, where we were shown how much oil is used, how much water is consumed and polluted and how much non-recyclable waste is produced every year gave a hollowness to DiCaprio’s words that felt uncomfortable. Are we really taking care of Earth? In hindsight I feel like the Hubble movie was really more about finding a new home… to screw up… Lots of beautiful pictures and amazing facts made it worthwhile though.

As for the rest of the experience - Science shmience, man… It felt more like a giant playground for kids. Although we totally endorse the effort to stimulate kids curiosity through play, we were disappointed to find very little brain exercise for grownups.

Tags: Vancouver Telus World of Science Waterfront Canada

Sep 19 '12

Seattle by night is just as exciting. If you need tips on where to take your girlfriend/boyfriend out for a romantic evening in this city - ask us. For some reason we had quite a number of those “Oh, this would have been so romantic if only…” moments.

Our top six moments were:
1) The ferris wheel stopping at the point where we had the most spectacular view of the space needle and the city at night.
2) Taking a stroll along the Post Alley and dining at a cosy Italian restaurant called the Pink Door.
3) Walking along the waterfront at sunset.
4) Walking through the cave-like tropical fish section of the Seattle aquarium and suddenly realizing we were alone in there…!
5) Spending time at the top of the space needle at closing time.
6) Experiencing the buzz of the Pike Place Market and talking to the shop keepers.

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Sep 18 '12

Our first day in Seattle was hectic, but SO good. Check out our sunlit day to-dos…

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