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Welcome! I'm Hal Breidenbach, a retired software engineer but still a tinkerer and maker. I keep myself busy with a variety of different projects, everything from home renovations to building robots. I find Make Magazine useful, and I enjoy going to the annual Maker Faire at The Henry Ford Museum.

I live in the United States in Ann Arbor, Michigan with my wife Cathie. We stay active year-round contra dancing and attending dance camps all over the country. I'm on the Facilities Committee for Concourse Hall which hosts many dance events. I also collect stringed instruments (which I sometimes play), meet with a Humanist study group, and take part in a book club.

My three daughters have long since left the nest. My eldest, Anne, gave me two wonderful grandkids. My middle daughter, Sarah, is currently studying website design and has taken on my website as her first project. My youngest, Becky ( www.beckybreidenbach.com ), is an aspiring novelist who has just about finished her first novel.

Hal and Cathie

With Cathie at Zorba's Restaurant in Greece

Now that I've got the time, I'm doing my best to travel the world. Since retiring in 2008, Cathie and I have traveled to England, Ireland, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. In 2016 we went to India and this year we went to Cuba. We often travel in groups with a company called Overseas Adventure Travel that arranges for interactions with local cultures. And of course we've been to Canada many times, as it's right next door. We've also been to America's final frontier, Alaska.

During the winter we do a lot of cross-country skiing and during the summer we go on the occasional camping trip. We used to canoe camp but we haven't lately, so we've decided to sell our wooden canoe. It's a 1918 well-cared-for classic. There's more information if you're interested. We bought kayaks instead, and we take them out on Barton Pond and the Huron River.

Cathie in her Kayak

Cathie in her new kayak