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.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sri Lanka Family Vacation Summary

Our family of four spent a little over a week in Sri Lanka and covered quite a bit of territory. From animal safaris in the jungle to Buddhist & Hindu temples on the mountain sides, with train rides through tea plantations along the way, Sri Lanka was an amazing place to visit. We highly recommend most of the the things we did, and have included as much info as we can for you to plan your own trip.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Our last day in Sri Lanka took us from the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, to the Royal Botanical Gardens, and finally the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage before heading to the airport.
This photo is from the Temple of the Tooth

Saturday, September 17, 2016


We drove to Kandy, visiting a tea plantation/factory and Ramboda water falls along the way. I won't lie to you, this post is still in the roughest of note form and i have to upload some photos still.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Nanu Oya to Nuwara Eliya

Today is split between taking a train ride to Nanuoya, then driving to Nuwarealiya (also known as "Little England") for some high tea and horse riding along Gregory's Lake.


Thursday, September 15, 2016


We spent today relaxing in the Sri Lankan mountains near Ella. What, you didn't know there were mountains?


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Arugam Bay Beach Day

It's always a good idea to plan a rest day into a long trip, and for this trip we chose to spend it at the beach in Arugam Bay.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sigiriya Fortress and Traditional Sri Lankan Village

Today, we visited a traditional Sri Lankan village on our way past the Sigiriya rock fortress. We also saw a Hindu parade where the people had hooks in their skin!


Monday, September 12, 2016

Anuradhapura & an Elephant Safari in Minneriya

In the north of Sri Lanka, we visited the ancient capital city of Anuradhapura and then went on safari in Minneriya National park where we saw over 150 elephants in the wild!


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Leopard Safari in Wilpattu

Sri Lanka has several national parks that are home to leopards. The most popular one is Yala in the south, but it closes for September and part of October. So, we went north to Wilpattu National park and went on safari to see some leopards there. Like this one drinking from a water hole!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Abu Dhabi

To start off our Sri Lankan family vacation, we flew through Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was mostly to break up one long day of travel into two shorter days. The first night we went to Yas Island, and the following day we saw the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque before our flight out to Sri Lanka.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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