Call 2 Adventure's Guestbook

17th March 2013

Glad you are feeling better
There is nothing worse than being sick in a crappy room. We loved our time in Vientiane but we were there during the boat festival. Really glad you are feeling better. On to new adventures.
14th February 2013

Excellent photos of a fascinating visit to "Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf.
2nd February 2013

Reminds me of our honeymoon
Hi Donavin, Glad you are enjoying your trip! Your photos remind me of our honeymoon, although it looks much busier there now....not sure if it was the time of year that we went (November) or if the word has gotten out and more travelers have been visiting there since 2008? I was surprised to read that you found a spicy Cambodian dish, as they tend not to go spicy, and if asked will comment on their crazy Thai neighbors for liking spicy food. :) And what I wouldn\'t give for a good local massage right now...or 5 of them in a row! It is fun to know that we have shared the amazing experience of traveling SE Asia - it is a special place!
31st January 2013

Donavin Wick Blogs
We both have appreciated your beautifully written accounts of this trip and excellent photography. It is amazing what sophistication is seen in these ruins. Things were constructed to be beautiful and to last!
21st January 2013

wonderful adventure in a totally different culture
glad you found the ancient civilization of the Central Highlands of Laos. beautiful photos that capture the heavy tree canopy vegetation and rugged sheer limestone mountains. glad to see that the area is recovering after the 1960s and 70s. did the people show any animosity toward Americans or were they too interested in money? want to be very careful in that part of the world, N. Thailand and the Lao Highlands, much of the world's opium/heroin industry is based there. Political and police corruption is rampant. The Hmong war lords when I was there were gods with guns in total control of the heroin world trade. Be safe and keep taking pictures. Don't eat the dog or cat meat, disgustingly good.
18th December 2012

Exciting times for you Donavin!
I take nearly parental pride and happiness in all you've become and done in the last few years. I always knew you were bigger than the 'Couv and a restrictive religion. Have a wonderful trip and stay well. I was in Vietnam and Cambodia a few years ago and just loved it. Siem Riep is overrun by tourists however.
14th January 2013

Thanks Joy.
I've just posted the first update from the trip and I see that I didn't have you on the subsribers list. You'll want to visit my page for the first update, all future updates you should receive email notification of. Happy New Year and I hope all is well for you.
10th December 2012

Have an amazing trip - sounds fantastic! No doubt it will be an exciting adventure. Remember.... breathe deeply, tread lightly, or hold fast Look forward to hearing all about it first hand soon enough!
19th August 2012
Man reading paper

His name
Alamoti Tautakitaki of Hunga Vava'u. He was one of my teachers at Tonga College in the early 1980s. Very good man. He is heavy involved in community projects for the outer islands in the Kingdom.
4th February 2011
The Aquarium Cafe

miss my work
can't wait to come back there
6th January 2011

You're a hardy bunch. Sounds like an amazing adventure!
5th January 2011

Great Trip Report
Thanks for sharing this adventure with us, sounds like a trip you'll remember for a long, long time.
5th January 2011

Hey Donavin, Great photos and fantastic story - so happy to hear that you and Lisette had a great time enjoying one of New Zealand's finest 'walks'. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to be there with you guys, but my thoughts definitely were. Great update and all the best this New Year. ~M
25th August 2010

How was it?
Hi my name is Kiki! How was ur trip to tonga?? Im from tonga!!!!No lie
29th April 2010

Harbour Bridge
By 1984 the Auckland Harbour Bridge Authority had completed its aim. The bridge had been built and was running smoothly and so the Authority was therefore wound up. The operation and maintenance of the bridge was handed over to the Ministry of Works now Transit NZ. In 1987 cracks were discovered in the clippon welds triggering a major repair job with teams on men working nightly for a year. Traffic control became the responsibility of the NZ Police who made the decision in the early 1990s to build a moveable barrier designed to prevent deaths from head on collisions in the middle lanes. A new harbour crossing tunnel, which would have four lanes, is constructed to alleviate congestion on the Harbour Bridge. It would be similar to how the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel are sustainable for Sydney.
5th April 2010

Donavin: I hadn't gotten your last few posts (my computer probably flagged them as spam). I was shocked to see that you'd broken your leg so badly - but I'm glad that you are feeling much better. Happy to see that you're doing so well in NZ.
5th April 2010

happy easter!
looks like you had a nice holiday!
5th April 2010

Happy Easter. We hope your leg is healing. Love ya.
4th April 2010

Glad you are able to get out more .Take care of the legs.You only get two of them. Love grandma
4th April 2010

Nice pictures!
The car looks like it's working great - the pictures are lovely and a beautiful way to start Easter morning! Thanks for sharing your travels with us!
4th April 2010

Glad that you are out and about again. You have chosen a good car for your "adventuremobile". We appreciate your photos, and story. NZ is a beautiful country and seems so peaceful. Enjoy! Jim and Melinda
22nd February 2010

Totally jealous of everything in that picture!!! I'm still staring at 2+ feet of snow on the ground in Minneapolis. Just got back from a little vacation in Florida too that ended up being freezing cold. No beach time as I had hoped! Winter gives Minnesotan's a great appreciation for summers! Take care. Still wishing you a speedy recovery! Emily
21st February 2010

Glad you are on the way to recovery
Donavin we'er thinking about you every day.That must been a real accident with your leg when its taking so long to recover. LOVE GRANDMA HAZEN
21st February 2010

Your day in the sun!
Great news that you are able to get out and about again, and there is lots more to look forward to. Seattle is sunny and in the mid fifties, but the air is heavy with pollen and my eyes are watering! This good weather makes me get the antique cars out and go for some short drives. It feels so good. Melinda is doing ok after her 5th week on dialysis, but this life comes with a lot of challenges. She copes well. Our best to you Donavin, and thanks for sharing this blog with us. Jim Lesniak
18th February 2010

Hey! I come from Tonga but I've never been there i just want to ask one question, Why did you go to Tonga? I'm just impress to hear that two guys that don't come from Tonga went to Tonga!

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