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!

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Weather, or not.

Let me talk for a minute about the fog. It hangs in the early morning, so thick you can't see the end of the trailer. I hear it gets thicker as the 'winter' comes. There's still so much dust in the air that it gets trapped in the fog. When the sun burns away the early morning fog, you're left with a powdery film on everything: windows, vehicles, skin, clothes. You can try to wash/brush it away, but all you get are sandy streaks (and sometimes water dribbling down). You can't shake the dust out because you have to take it outside and there's more dust out there.

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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Lessons in Septics

Ok, so we had a massive rain last night. Unfortunately, the septic tank outside the office was almost empty and therefore bouyant, so when the water seeped down around the floated up. And that broke the pipes...
That big white thing is supposed to be underground
That blue liquid is supposed to be in the white container

And now the whole area's contaminated
So, we've got a lake in the backyard now. And since we can't really get any work done, we might as well have some fun with it. So, onto the internet to get instructions for making paper boats to hold the inaugural Desert Regatta!
The regatta begins

The competition capsized!

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Quick trip to the Embassy

Woke at 3am, thought about sleeping in, but I went to the gym and biked 20 miles. At least I think it's miles, but I probably should have checked. Then I did some PT, ran 2 miles. Went downtown to get Kevin's passport with him at the embassy. I was basically just going along because we're not allowed to go downtown alone.

We turned a street too early and ended up getting lost, but it turned out we were only driving in circles. The embassy is ok, but it's customer service section is only open like 12 hours a week. Got back without incident. I stayed late at the office for a meeting, then dropped Kevin off at the passenger terminal (yes, he got the passport on the day he left). Now I have his truck. All mine.

Surf & turf wednesday, and I was pretty much exhausted. I wanted to swim, but didn't have time for it tonight. Also waiting on my goggles to arrive.

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