As we arrived home after so many months of wandering, my blogging friend, Sunee from Sunee Sees the World, nominated me to participate in the 7 Links Game started by Tripbase, where bloggers make a list of 7 past posts, which might be favorites, or most commented, or most helpful. The timing seems fitting [...]
Ninjutsu demonstration in Japan at the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum
The Kansai region of Japan is well known for its historical significance. Visitors flock to famous sites such as Himeji and Osaka Castles. It boasts many superlatives: Hōryū-ji Golden Hall, the oldest wooden structure in the world, Tōdai-ji Main Hall, the largest wooden structure in the [...]
Our love for Japan began when we chose it years ago as a first overseas destination for our young children. Although our trip around the world with our now tween and teen girls was to be about exploring new places, all four of us found Japan creeping into our “I want to go there” lists. [...]
It’s all about what lives in the water. Whether it is the sea or fresh water, Marlie wants to experience what lies under the waves. The other day I took her to the Aquarium here in Chiang Mai, I think this is the tenth aquarium she has dragged me to in various cities around the [...]
Bangkok, Thailand, and the Chao Phraya River from the Temple of Dawn
Colorful bows and umbrellas on a long tail boat.
Longtails lined up
Bow of the King’s boat at the Royal Barges Museum
Restoring the barge- a worker helping to restore the gold leaf on one of the royal barges
Figurehead on a [...]
Bananas on the boat
Ahhh. Air conditioning is delicious. We’ve moved to our last stop in the Seychelles, on the Island of Praslin. The heat on the boat was tiring. Coming from a different latitude, we’d expected that the thermal mass of the ocean would be cooler than the air on land, rather than [...]
We chose Zimbabwe because the transfer from the Chobe Safari Lodge was a lot cheaper. When we still had Grover, the since deceased Land Rover, several people told us we should not drive over to Victoria Falls, as the red tape for getting a vehicle across the border into either Zambia or Zimbabwe is a [...]
By John- a letter to his friends
We headed back to Maun after our Land Rover, a 2010 with only 23,000km on it, broke down. Fortunately it happened while we were just getting ready to leave camp to head to the next campsite +/-100km away. We had been at this site in Moremi Game [...]
The San of the Kalahari lit their fire with the friction of sticks. On this fire, they made us a meal of nuts, squash, wildebeest, and beetles gathered and hunted from the desert.
As we’ve wandered through southern Africa the past few months, the magic of travel has given us some interesting juxtaposed experiences: Cattle [...]
The family looking up at the Sani Pass, which is impassable due to a rock slide.
We tried again to venture into the tiny kingdom of Lesotho. We spent a week circling around the outside, exploring the ring of mountains which cradle it. We moved most every night, a wandering path that gave little time [...]
Without question, the hardest part of our lives at home to leave for this trip around the world was our dogs, Ayla and Sadie. More than our cats or horses or house or things. OK, maybe or maybe not more than our friends, but equal at any rate. They are our canine children and siblings, [...]
Our wandering brings some interesting juxtapositions, showing us the full story by coincidence. Driving out of Baviaanskloof into the Gamtoos Valley of South Africa, we were surrounded by citrus orchards. Looking for a place to spend the night, we happened upon a sweet little guest house overlooking rows of lemon trees. We watched the tractor [...]
“I want to hold a baby cheetah!” Hannah was almost beside herself with excitement when she found information about the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn. The movie Duma has long been a favorite of both girls, and the idea that we might get to interact with these impressive cats was a big draw. We were [...]
We spent a lifetime on the ranch, connecting people who live in cities to horses and the outdoors. Now, on the opposite side of the world, we’ve immersed ourselves in South African agriculture. We’ve learned that the reeds used for thatch grow only between the Breede and Gourits Rivers, and the plants take at least [...]
Doing the tourist thing at Cape Agulhas, standing on the southernmost tip of Africa, where oceans meet.
We’ve added another night to our stay in Hermanus. We just don’t really want to leave, and our days here were spent with too much driving around and not enough putting ourselves in the picture as we looked [...]