Please share some of our 2011 in photos


January snow at the cabin we co-own on Pine Mountain Lake, near Groveland, CA

In March, we traveled to the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

and Machu Picchu (Peru)

The tropic sun was too much for Paul's Stanford cap!

The Equator near Quito, Ecuador

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Island critters are really very tame!

Cusco, Peru -11,152 feet elevation

Machu Picchu is as spectacular as it looks!

Traveling with our friends Meg & Rob (Australia) and John & Jean (Connecticut)

In April, Paul with Cousin Red Van Buren on his 92nd Birthday in Albany, OR

We were at Pine Mountain Lake for July 4 and our fabulous  "I'm going to wash that man out of my hair" (from the musical South Pacific) entry in the Boat Parade

Pine Mountain Lake Cabin

Pontoon Boat - South Pacific Theme

But Karen and Paul missed the Boat Parade, because on July 2 Paul was stricken with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purapura ("ITP"), a blood disease caused by low platelets (normal is 150 to 400, and his was only 2 - see, and he spent a week in a Modesto, CA, hospital.




Karen reprised her role in True Grit at our annual Academy Awards Party


In September, Karen, Paul and Amy (from Washington, DC, where she works for the U.S. State Department) spent three weeks in China, starting in Shanghai, cruising for 8 days up the Yangtze River, flying to Xian to see the Terra Cotta Warriors and then flying to Beijing for Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.


Tongli Canal near Shanghai

Suzhou Gardens

Nanjing City Wall

"Locks of Love" at Yellow Mountain

Three Gorges Dam

Xian - The amazing Terra Cotta Warriors

Obligatory Cute Panda!

Summer Palace Lake near Beijing

Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Great Wall of China

On The Sacred Way to the Ming Tombs

Lunch in a family home in a Beijing hutong


Unfortunately, after our return from China in September, Paul had a reoccurrence of his ITP low platelet blood disease, his platelet count was back down to only 2, and he was again in the hospital.  He is continuing treatment with various drugs, including Prednisone.


Erik (from grad school at The University of South Dakota) and Amy (from her job with the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC) came home for a week

at Thanksgiving and an early Christmas (as Karen and Paul were to be on a 35-day cruise from Cape Town, South Africa, to Singapore over Christmas and New Years).

Thanksgiving at Pine Mountain Lake

Our smallest Christmas Tree ever!


Stanford University had another great football season! 

If only they did not have to play the University of Oregon (only 2 losses in the last two years)!

Stanford vs. Notre Dame

Paul & Karen Van Buren

Los Altos, CA