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!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Shark Tank Dive

So, we're building unit cohesion on a weekend trip to Busan. By diving with sharks. I mean, really, that's one of those "you've either done it or you haven't" kind of bonding things, right? 
The Busan Aquarium: No shark attacks in the last 6 days!
This is the view of spectators from inside the tank.
He's totally friendly once you get to know him...
What's the sign for "Shark behind you?"

Ok, hang loose!
Doesn't also sound much more dangerous to describe them as "sand tiger sharks" rather than "nurse sharks?"
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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Cherry Blossoms in Gyeong Ju

I heard that there's a cherry blossom festival in Gyeong Ju, several hours drive away. So, Jay, PJ, and I hopped into my car to see if we could find it. The train wasn't an option, since we didn't know where we were going and wouldn't have transportation if we needed it once we got there. The plan is simple: drive until we see cherry blossoms.











This actually turned out to be a long day, and will be the first, last, and only Korean road trip I take in my car because gas is just too expensive off-base. But the public transportation system really does tie most of the country together, so it's kind of win-win.
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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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