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!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Berlin Marathon 2008

The Berlin marathon is regarded as one of, if not the, fastest marathon courses in the world. This is due in large part to how flat the city is and how comfortable the climate is around race day.
One of the best parts about the Berlin course is that it's a big loop and the city's transportation system is excellent. Kacey was able to hop on and off the U-Bahn at various points around the course to take pictures of me and took stuff from me that I no longer needed (like empty bottles or clothing).
Berlin Marathon Course Map


The world record was set before I reached the halfway point. I think I ran as well as I could have, even though I was following a "run 9 minutes, walk 1 minute" program. And besides, I wasn't planning on setting any records today.
Right around mile 20, I popped open a bottle of the Powerbar Mg shot. It definitely helped my fading legs. I also darted inside a convenience store to buy some more Gatorade and a can of Red Bull because I just wasn't getting the hydration/energy from the race-supplied beverages.
See those two ladies in black and white behind me? 
My finish time was just over 5:05, which isn't what I was aiming for...but it does mean that I finished. I did walk more in the last couple miles, but I put everything in to the last half-mile and ended up passing some ladies I started the race next to earlier in the morning.
Almost there!


I forget how long I sat in the ice bath afterwards, but it felt so good. At best, I might run one more marathon in my life...but I won't feel bad if I don't.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Born in a Belgian Orphanage for dogs

Today, we visited something like the Humane Society in Belgium and found a dog that we really liked.
His mother was pregnant when she arrived at the pound, so we can't take him home until he's weened and socialized a little bit (usually around 7 weeks old).
He chose us to take him home.

Dear old mom
Kacey really wants to get a Bernese mountain dog too.
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Monday, September 01, 2008

Weekend in Scotland

We took advantage of a three day weekend to go to Scotland. We visited Loch Lomond and the Scottish Highlands, the Stone of Scone, played around at St. Andrews, and even took a ride on the Falkirk Wheel.

Loch Lomond & the Scottish Highlands



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