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, January 20, 2018

The 2018 Federal Shutdown for FSCEs

The 2018 U.S. government shutdown began at midnight EST on January 20, 2018 because a bill failed to pass the Senate 50–49 on January 19, 2018. That set off a chain of furlough-related questions about who is working and how are they getting paid? This unofficial post examines the specific case for the Foreign Service Construction Engineers (FSCEs) working in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO).


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