Desertdwellers' Guestbook

10th October 2019

Guinness and Backyard Pubs!
Thanks for your informative blog on Northern Ireland. Makes me want to visit. I've only been there, Belfast, for 12 paranoid hours in 1997. Interesting to hear the differences between Belfast and London/Derry. I love the tributes you are paying to your mom.
From Blog: Northern Ireland
30th September 2019

I just finished reading your blogs from your 2018 trip to Scotland...
and will be following your trip with Dennis this month. I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, but happy that she was able to experience Scotland (and Ireland) last year. I've just added a couple of castles you mention to my wife and my itinerary for next Sep when we plan to spend two weeks visiting where our ancestors came from. Like your mom, I have recently become very interested in researching both our trees. I visited Devon in May and blogged about that. I have pretty much nailed down Linda's tree going back to the 1200's. Her family name is Hair who came from Ayrshire. In 1700 her 7 times great grandfather married a Corsbie whose mother was Janet Douglas, the great granddaughter of Sir Robert Douglas, Master of Morton. Primogenitor being what it was meant by then she was very much a commoner. She was descended from the Red Douglas's whose ancestral home was Lochleven Castle, where Sir William Douglas was Mary Queen of Scots jailer. Once you hit aristocracy then the number of other ancestors is populated very quickly. Other castles tied to ancestors are Dundonald, Glamis and Dunnotter. So we plan to fly into Edinburgh, rent a car and visit several towns in Ayrshire before making a big circle of northern Scotland. We will end up on Edinburgh for a few days to visit a cousin. So I will be hoping to learn a lot from your blogs!
From Blog: The Isle of Skye
2nd October 2019

Thanks so much for reading and glad it can provide you with some helpful information. Enjoy your trip next year, I just love Scotland and it’s history and look forward to coming back again in a few years to do more exploring and take more time to do some hill walking.
From Blog: The Isle of Skye
29th September 2019

Thank you for this! I am actually traveling to Scotland with my mom next month. Your entry has reminded me what a gift this is and to cherish every moment. Also, I am now determined to track down a Scottish egg while I'm there.
29th September 2019

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful time with your Mom, let me know if you have any questions.
26th September 2019

Sharon would have loved this!
I am so glad you went back to Scotland. Your mom thought that was the best trip she ever took and just gushed to me about what a wonderful travel companion you were. I am not so sure about the haggis thing though. Maybe it tastes better than it looks. But not a single mention of men in kilts, so you don't share all of your mom's traits! Talk to you soon.
29th September 2019

Thanks for reading Bob! Oh I do share Mom’s predilection for kilts but I’ve been toning it down around Dennis this time around :) I’ll call you when I get home to catch up.
19th November 2018

Cool blog
I enjoyed reading your posts on Baja!! Amazing wildlife sightings. Your entusiasm oso beautiful. Im also a phantom whale spotter!
From Blog: La Paz
8th June 2018

Great Travel Blog
Thanks for sharing this. I really enjoyed hearing about your trip and seeing the photos. I can't believe how much resemblance there is between you and your mom. I guess I never paid attention to it before. It sounds like you both had a great time! I definitely want to hear more about our Orkney Islands kinfolk from your mom. That was news to me!
From Blog: Iceland
6th June 2018

Kilmsinham Gaol
If you're still in Dublin check out the prison which is now a museum run by the Office of Public Works. Learned so much about Irish history during this tour.
From Blog: Dublin
12th June 2018

We’ll definitely have to check that out next time, too bad I didn’t see this until after we left. I also need to go back to Belfast and do the tour at that Gaol as well.
From Blog: Dublin
29th May 2018

Brings Back Memories
Scotland is so beautiful. Thanks for posting pictures and blogs about the history of the country. Christi and I visited many of the sites you and your Mum visited when we were there 2 years ago. I loved Edinburgh and like you wish we had more time to explore the city.
27th May 2018

Looks amazing!
So happy to finally get the link from Jeremy, I read everything and very happy to see and hear you are having the trip of a lifetime! I love you both!
25th May 2018

What a wonderful first day!! I do not think I could drive over there either and would be on the side of the road crying with your mom! Please continue to post your adventures!!
2nd November 2017

I truly love this style of keeping family informed. Jessica and Dennis, you both certainly do your homework. Great photos and cute revelations ( ie Dennis being interviewed). I wonder if “National Geographic” would be interested in your talents? You both are living life to the fullest. Thanks for sharing!
24th October 2017

Alison alerted me to your blog yesterday (I'm a volunteer in Records). Loved reading about your adventures & reliving some of my own experiences! Last Christmas my 20-yr-old granddaughter & I spent her winter break on Bali, including several days in Ubud taking cultural classes. For the month of March a friend & I (both avid snorkelers, not divers) were within shouting distance of your dive sites...Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, etc. Can totally relate to your eloquent description of the Raja Ampat area. So many times we just couldn't believe our eyes! We're going back in January for a month. Hope to share notes with you one day.
28th October 2017

Please grab me when you see me, would love to hear about your travels!
22nd October 2017

So enjoyable!
Thanks for sharing your trip
From Blog: Papua to Bali
22nd October 2017

Dogs in lombogan Bali
This is funny, I found your blog because I just got back from Bali, we were in Ubud and then Sanur and crossed to Lombogan Nusa, I was telling my husband all about our trip (my daughter Ana and I Ana mom took the trip just because the 400 some usd fare) first all about the offerings and how hard it was not to step on them and then about this cute chihuahua like dog on the beach in lombogan Island with their eyebrows painted and the dot in the middle and googled it to see if there was a reason for it and there comes your blog with a picture of the same dog an all the things I was talking about. You made my day. By the way I have a house in KINO BAY SONORA I do not know if you are familiar with this area we gave some residents from Tucson there. Be free to contact me you will be welcome to come an visit MY CASA ES SU CASA. I will keep up with your blog. Jet lagged Greetings from Edmond, Ok
From Blog: Papua to Bali
22nd October 2017

Oh how funny that is, glad to see that little dog is famous, he is definitely living the good life there! Hope you had a great trip, we sadly only have 8 days left but are loving everywhere we go. Great place for a mother/daughter trip, I’ll try to talk my Mom into coming for food, yoga and spa treatments every day. I have never been to that town in Mexico but we’ve driven to Puerto Penasco and San Carlos and just love the Sea of Cortez and always want to go back. Our retirement dream is spending winters on the Baja. What a generous offer, would love to check it out and meet up sometime. I’ll send you an email so we have each others contact info. I’d offer you a house swap in AZ but I have 6 rescue dogs that come with the package at our place :)
From Blog: Papua to Bali
21st October 2017

Great writing!
I really enjoy reading about your adventures and look forward to reading your next entry! You have quite a gift for writing. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
6th August 2016

Thanks for such a detailed trip report; culd you please recommend the Tour Operators you used for you day trips out of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal?
7th August 2016

Sorry I don't remember who we used, they were just operators that we found just wandering the streets and were advertised out front of their shops (which are plentiful!)
2nd January 2016

I enjoyed reading your trip report. great shots Thanks for sharing Raymond
From Blog: Wadi Rum
21st December 2015

Capturing the essence
Beautiful photos.
From Blog: Petra

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