American Southwest Family Vacation

We followed historic Route 66 on our way to see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, plus much more in New Mexico and Arizona.

End of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Here are our stories from two and a half years of living in Saudi Arabia while exploring the region.

Excursions to Oman

On two different trips, we strolled Muscat, hiked Wadi Shab, and sailed a dhow through the fjords of Musandam.

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.

Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

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

Thursday, August 26, 2004

A day off in Doha

Today was the first time in a month that I wore civilian clothes. Tim and I went downtown with Kevin, first to a mall, then to meet with our contracting connection. The mall was big. Had Starbucks, bought another swimsuit.
My kind of Oasis

Our map isn't current. The intersections are roundabouts and traffic laws don't seem to apply. It's awesome, like a video game. You could also describe it as "25 monkeys with their tails tied together, thrown into a pit with a crocodile." Met with our contractor and had some Turkish coffee. He accidentally on some TV ad for Europorn. Weird. Had a buffett lunch at the Marriot. Nive. Salmon, good cheese, real bread. Plus local dishes.

We drove around afterwards, validating the map. It's so off it's funny. But we did find a few places worth visiting next time for pics & gifts. Returned for the unit's BBQ, watched Olympic soccer, then found out that I now have internet in my room.
Really? A School bus?
All in all, a good day.

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Sunday, August 01, 2004

The Middle East is kind of like West Texas

It's like 0515, I'd been up for at least two hours.

Same picture, different exposure so you can actually see my face.

World's largest sand trap.

Hammering concrete forms to release trapped air.

Hurricane Ivan hits home. Lucky me, no damage.

4-wheelin' through the desert.

Local Lounge Lizard. That's a 2x4 it's holding for scale.

Around 0430, fog so thick you can't see the end of the dorm building.

When the sun came up, the fog was still very thick.

I've been sitting here waiting for a ride on the new MBTA Tan Line.

Oh, and the Red Sox swept the 2004 World Series.

The sunsets here are enchanting. I also like the contrast between the sun-bleached
white rocks with the dark tan sand, which makes the barren scenery a little more scenic.

If it were up to me, we'd be running our morning PT in formation and calling out jodies as loud as we can.
But 24-hr quiet hours puts a damper on that kind of fun. I'm leading the pack, far right.

Up in the mornin' with the risin' sun, gonna run all day 'til the runnin's done

My first day of work after my promotion to 1st Lieutenant. Same job, same duties, still responding to "LT"

If you're wondering why I've got sunglasses on...

The view from my chair as the sun sets. Rather bright. Check out the dust that's encrusted on the glass.

My first ride on a military aircraft. Fortunately, I got a window seat.

One of the reasons I joined the Air Force was to go where most tourists don't.

For instance, Uzbekistan. Yes, it is a real country, and I've been there.

Days over 120F: 11
Hottest day: 9 Sep 04 (129F, 102 WBGT)
Highest WBGT: 8 Sep 04 (122 WBGT, 116F)

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