Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Driving through Zuni country

Between Albuquerque and the Grand Canyon are the lands of several Native American tribes, like the Zuni, Pueblo, Navaho, Hopi, and many more. We opted to leave the interstate and learn more about the Zuni people.
Native American Tribal Areas in Arizona and New Mexico
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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Badlands of El Malpais

We started our trip through the American West in Albuquerque, traveling west to El Malpais National Monument before ending the day in Zuni country.
People looking out over El Malpais lava field
The floor is lava!
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

End Of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

We spent two and a half years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on our second tour in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State. As you might imagine, it was quite foreign and it's a little hard to convey the full experience to those who haven't been here, but the following posts might give you some idea of what it was like. (DRAFT)
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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Al Ula Desert Safari

Rough Draft: Our second day in Al Ula opened with a canyon safari to see the sun rise and closed with a journey back in time as we walked through the long abandoned old town. As you might expect, we took a lot of pictures:

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Mada'in Saleh - Al Ula

Mada'in Saleh is sometimes referred to as "The Saudi Petra". This post is in a rushed draft form to share with some friends. It's notes and photos, not edited at all.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Red Sea Safari - Al Lith

We had the opportunity to join Red Sea Safaris on a two-day search for whale sharks in the Red Sea along a reef near Al Lith, where the season runs from mid-March to mid-May. Our tour organizers are also whale shark researchers...so our kids also got to see what real field research is all about! On the first day we saw blue spotted rays and moray eels. On the second day, we saw many of the same things...plus manta rays and dolphins!
Aboard the Dream Island
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Via Roma & Cassino War Cemetery

Closing out our visit to Italy, we drove from Sorrento to Rome, stopping at the Cassino War Cemetery along the way.
Cassino War Cemetery and Monte Cassino
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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Amalfi Coast

With no firm plans for the day, we drove along the dramatic Amalfi Coast (considered by many to be one of the "Wonders of the World") making stops in Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
Seaside in Positano
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End Of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

We spent two and a half years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on our second tour in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State. As you migh...

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