Great American Western Road Trip: Summer 2018

4 weeks, 3 kids, 1 van, 16 different lodgings, 5400+ miles, 12+ National or State Parks and Monuments adds up to 1 Epic Adventure.

American Southwest Family Vacation 2017

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.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Manderscheid Medieval Burgenfest

Under the shadow of two castles (Niederburg and Oberburg) we watched a jousting tournament while all around us fire-eaters, jugglers, jesters, storytellers musical concerts did their thing.
 In addition to food and games, there was also an artisan market demonstrating many trades and skills from the era. And I thought that these type of things only happened in the US.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Wittlich Pigfest

Can you think of anything more fun than BBQ and beer? The Wittlich Pigfest (officially "Säubrennerkirmes" or "Pig Burning") commemorates the ill-fated day back in the middle ages when a pig destroyed the town.
 How? Well, back then, they closed the city gates each evening because they were afraid of invaders. One evening, the guard didn't find the bolt to close the door so he used a carrot instead of the bolt - and the door was closed.
These little piggies went wee wee wee all the way home
However, in the middle of the night, a pig strolled by and saw the carrot and ate it. What happened? Ganau, of course, the door opened and the enemy entered the town. The angry townspeople decided to punish the pigs...so they made a huge fire and herded all the pigs into the marketplace and cooked them!

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