Summaries


“Dream dreams and write them aye,

but live them first.”― Samuel Eliot Morison
To organize our life story in a way that makes some sort of sense for the reader, we have divided up the last two decades according to our tour assignments. Each of those assignments links to the trip summaries we took during our time there, but we also list the trips on this page.

You also have the option to search on the Summary tag to see all of the summary posts in chronological order.
 


End of Tour Summaries
State Assignment #2: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
And if our stories recounting the adventures we had in the region aren't not enough to satisfy your interest in learning more about the local culture, religion, and history, we recommend these books and movies about Saudi Arabia.
State Assignment #1: Washington, D.C.
Our first post in the Foreign Service was actually a domestic assignment. Greg was assigned to support projects in Europe, so he got to travel quite a bit.
USAF Assignment #4: HQ Air Force Special Operations Command
There is a reason why they are called the "Quiet Professionals." This was Greg's last assignment in the military, so it covers his military-to-civilian transition preparations.
USAF Assignment #3: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
Our first military assignment together. Lots of travel around Europe. Became a family of three.
USAF Assignment #2: Osan Air Base, South Korea
Greg's 1-year unaccompanied tour. Kacey joined him for a month long excursion through Australia and New Zealand.
USAF Assignment #1: RED HORSE, Hurlburt Field, Florida
Greg's first assignment in the military, along with his first deployment.

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Our Travel Journals
Our American Southwest Trip
We drove from Albuquerque to the Grand Canyon, stopping along the way to see the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, canyon cliff dwellings, volcanic fields, and several other interesting places.
Our Excursions to Oman
Oman was our favorite destination on the Arabian Peninsula. We sailed up fjords on a dhow, hiked through the Wadi Shab canyon, and enjoyed the old world feel of Muscat.
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.
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.
TDY to Turkmenistan
Greg had a short assignment to Ashgabat that gave him the opportunity to visit the Gates of Hell, make a stop on the Silk Road, and ride the same breed of horse that the Turkmen cavalry rode to fight the Russians near the border with Iran.
Discovering Turkey
We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.
Gulf of Mexico Cruise
Kacey, Greg and several of Kacey's extended family departed from New Orleans on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship bound for Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Belize City, Belize.
Greek Island Cruise
Kacey & Greg departed from Venice on a Costa Cruise ship bound for Bari, Italy; Katakolon (Olympia), Santorini, and Rhodes in Greece; and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Baltic Sea Cruise (2009)
Greg and Kacey set sail from Amsterdam on a Celebrity Cruise ship bound for Warnemunde, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersberg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Copenhagen, Denmark.
Australia
Sydney, Alice Springs/Uluru, Cairns, and the diving the Great Barrier Reef.
New Zealand
Auckland to Queenstown and many places in between on the North and South Islands.
South American Tour (SA05)

Greg and Kacey's first international trip together. We visited Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Deployment #1
Greg's first deployment to Qatar, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Deployment #2
Greg's second deployment to Qatar, might as well have been a footnote.
Road Trip USA
Greg's 7,700+ mile road trip across the United States that took over three weeks and covered 26 states.
Europe 2002 (E02)

Greg's solo trip to Germany, Austria, Czech Republic
Europe 2001 (E01)
Greg's trip to with fraternity brothers Andy and McG to Iceland, Netherlands, and Belgium
Asia 1999 (A99)
Greg and his fraternity brother Chris spent the summer of 1999 in Hong Kong on an internship. During that time, Greg also visited Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Beijing, Macau, and Bali.
Europe 1999 (E99)
Greg's solo trip to Paris, Normandy Beaches, Bayeax, Bern, Genoa, Milan, and Marseilles.
Europe 1997 (E97)
Greg and his fraternity brother Micah visited London, Cardiff, Stonehenge, and Amsterdam during their Spring break in 1997.
SEA Semester
Kacey's two month sailing adventure in 1996 aboard the R/V Westward that took her around the Gulf of Mexico.

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