Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

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

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

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.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

Friday, July 12, 2013


Every so often, I check to the viewing stats for this blog. I get the biggest spikes when the Foreign Service Oral Assessments are announced as well as when invitations to the FSS orientation classes start going out. But after that, I have to say that having the next largest followings in Russia and China is a bit, um, disconcerting?

But to be fair, I suppose I should at least acknowledge the intelligence officers and/or hackers who are probably disappointed after stumbling on this site looking for something interesting. So:  

Вот, возьмите! Добро пожаловать! Что нового?  Извините, У меня плохо с русским. Пожалуйста, не повредить моем сайте. Я не возиться с вашим материалом, пожалуйста, не связывайтесь с моим. Договорились?



That said, I've been to both countries and really enjoyed them. I've studied a little of each language, and can just barely remember the polite phrases to use with all the Chinese tourists and Russian seasonal workers that I seem to be running into on a more frequent basis. Or are you guys following me?

Friday, July 05, 2013

An Outer Banks 4th of July

Our family spent the Fourth of July week in the Outer Banks with the extended family of my wife's brother's in-laws.
Happy 4th of July!

The boardwalk over the dunes to the beach

Because every little girl should see wild horses on the beach

Up close with the wild horses (but still in our vehicle, per the law)

Safety first: homemade sparkler shield

The calm before the...

...waves! Run away!


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