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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

FSCE Certifications

Foreign Service Construction Engineers are responsible for managing multi-million dollar projects to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. To ensure that these facilities represent American values and the best in American architecture, design, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture and construction execution we have to get several certifications. For me, fall is my re-certification time.

Friday, January 06, 2017


Qatar Airways had direct flights back to the US for our Christmas break, so we took an extended layover in Doha before making the return flight to Jeddah. We spent the day walking along the Corniche, took a ride across the harbor, and got lost in Souq Watiq looking for pearls.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Our second year in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

We're  two years in to our second tour in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is hard to describe just how foreign it is to those who haven't been here, but the following posts might give you some idea. (USE THIS DRAFT)

This mural in Jeddah's Airport (Ranked #1...
worst in the world!) and screams
"Welcome to Saudi Arabia!"

Getting in and getting settled:

Things kind of specific to working in Jeddah and/or Saudi Arabia:
Mosque, Petrol, Supermarket, and ATM:
For when you're running on low on anything.
One of these trees is not like the others.
Not sure this is what they meant by "catch a ride"
Traffic circle art that looks like an accident?
Places to get out of Saudi Arabia:
Other Blogs about Jeddah / Saudi Arabia:

Saudi Arabia in the News:

So, yeah, that's about it. I plan to move most of these links to "our end of tour" reference page when we leave, but I'll probably keep adding links to this page until then. That said, when I change things up, this hyperlink should stay the same but I'll probably link from this post to "the end of tour" page to some time in 2017.

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