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North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas December 26th 2008

Tamara and Rosanna had always wanted to spend New Years Eve in Las Vegas. Will saw no reason to go since he wasn't 21. I am always ready to go anywhere. The girls finally convinced Linda to go, since Will could take care of the animals. So the day after Christmas, which we always celebrate at home with the whole family, we hit the road. 26 December 2008 Friday. With winter days being so short I wanted to get an early start so the we could get to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah while it was still light. But getting everyone up and ready to leave by 8 am proved impossible. I guess I should have been happy with the 9 am departure, but consequently we had to miss Canyonlands. We drove west ... read more
Arches NP
Arches NP
Arches NP

Africa » Uganda » Northern Region » Murchison Falls NP October 18th 2008

In October 2008 I had an opportunity to visit Uganda, primarily as part of an Engineering Ministries International team to learn about construction management in East Africa. My previous blog is an account of the work of this team. Before returning to the States, I joined two others for a three day safari of Murchison Falls NP. Wednesday, 15 October 2008, three of the EMI team, John J., John W, and me (my first name is also John, but to avoid further confusion I went by my middle name Robert, or Bob) went on safari. After breakfast at the guest house in Kampala, we loaded up the Land Cruiser for the drive north to Murchison Falls. Fortunately, most of the road was paved, although a stretch south of Masindi was still under construction; an aid project ... read more
Cruising up the Nile to Murchison Falls
Hippos in the Nile
Approaching Murchison Falls

Africa » Uganda » Central Region October 14th 2008

In October 2008, I had an opportunity to visit Uganda as part of a team from Engineering Ministries International learning construction management techniques in East Africa. EMI provides planning, design, and construction management services free of charge to organizations who serve the poorest of the poor around the world. Facilities include hospitals and clinics, schools and orphanages, roads and water systems, etc. I departed Denver early Monday morning, October 6, 2008, and after a few hour stopover in Amsterdam, arrived 30 hours later in Entebbe, the evening of Tuesday, October 7. I was amazed at the number of aid workers on the plane. I payed my $50 in new bills for a visa and checked through customs. As it was dark, I didn't see much of Uganda on the hour long drive to the guest house ... read more
Team lunch in Jinja
EMI Team arrives at Arise Africa International project in Jinja
Diggin the footings for kitchen/dining facility for orphanage


On 10 May 2008 Linda, Will and myself flew from Denver to Vancouver, where we met up with our daughter Rosanna who flew in from Roanoke, Virginia where she had just finished her semester at Virginia Tech. We all arrived late so ordered some pizza delivered to our hotel room, and then sacked out. The following morning, we had brunch with Karen, a former classmate from Dalat School who I hadn't seen for 40 years. It's amazing how it seemed like just yesterday! Afterwards we packed up and took a taxi to the pier where we checked through and boarded the Celebrity Mercury, our home for the next week. I'll be brief. The ship was fantastic. The cabins were immaculate and comfortable, the service was top notch, the food was gourmet, even with five courses each ... read more
Linda, Rosanna and Will checking out our stateroom
Rosanna and Will showing us the bathroom
Leaving Vancouver behind

Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin June 4th 2007

Monday, June 4, 2007, began with a 7 AM arrival from Chiang Mai at the Sam Sen railroad station in Bangkok, about 15 minutes from the guest home that my sister, Carol, manages. We had a quick breakfast and showers, changed clothes, dropped off dirty clothes and packed up clean clothes, and by 9 AM we were off again with the guest home driver and van, with our first stop being the Rose Gardens. Back in the '60s the Rose Garden owner, who was a friend of my dad, started Thailand In Miniature (TIM) Land near Don Muang Airport. Anyway, he eventually became the mayor of Bangkok, a very good one, and his small tourist attraction moved and evolved into what is now the Rose Gardens, an extensive area with recreated Thai village where a wide ... read more
Rosanna learning to play the Thai version of a xylaphone while Tamara watches
Mike learning martial arts at the Rose Garden
Buddha in cave @ Petchaburi

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai June 1st 2007

We arrived in Chiang Mai early Friday morning, June 1, 2007 on the overnight express train from Lopburi. We caught a taxi van to the Amari Rincome Hotel on the western outskirts of town, at the base of Doi Suthep mountain. This was my first visit since 1983, and just like Bangkok, EVERYTHING had changed. My wife, Linda, and I lived here from February 1974 to July 1975. I was then working for the Defense Department overseeing the construction of the 48 kilometer road to the top of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, and an 18 building radar station and cantonment area for the Royal Thai Air Force. I had previously surveyed the top of this mountain as a high school senior; working 12 hour days, seven days per week, for six weeks. Our ... read more
Betty, Mike, Will & Bob looking over Chiang Mai from Doi Suthep
Rosanna @ temple on Doi Suthep
Tamara & Rosanna in front of billboard of the Royal Family

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand May 30th 2007

On Wednesday, May 30, 2007, we hired the guest home driver and van, and right after breakfast left Bangkok headed north towards Ayuthaya and then east to Khao Yai National Park and the Khorat Plateau. We took the superhighway which provided a fast exit from the city. Our first stop was the king's summer palace at Bang Pa-In, about an hour north of Bangkok. The royal family has many palaces scattered around the country. This was one of the older ones, dating from 1850 - 1900, that the king could ride the royal barge up the Chao Praya River to get away from it all. Again, the kids had to don long sleeve shirts and pants to display appropriate decorum. In my view the highlight of this stop was the ornated Phra Thinang Aisawan Thipha-at pavilion ... read more
Mike, Betty, Rosanna, & Will @ Ayuthaya Temple
Ayuthaya Temple
Tamara climbing at Ayuthaya temple

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok May 26th 2007

It looks like my first entry which tells about my layover in Tokyo was successful, including pictures...not sure how I did it! Anyway, I'm on a roll. We left off the last entry landing at Bangkok's Suvanabhumi International Airport at 11:00 PM on May 26, 2007. I speak Thai and still can't pronounce this name, so I don't know how others do it. Don Muang, the name of the old airport was much easier. My sister, Carol, and her husband, Steve, were there to meet us. My sister manages the Alliance Guest Home (built by my parents in 1967) in the Sapan Kwai area of northern Bangkok, so that's where we proceeded; going to bed immediately...remember our day started with the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo! I'm so glad I didn't have to try to find ... read more
Will & Rosanna dressed appropriately for the Grand Palace
Touring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Will, Rosanna, Bob, & Tamara @ Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Asia » Japan » Tokyo May 24th 2007

This is my first travel blog entry, and as such it is my trial run for entering text and pictures so that when I take my next trip, this time to China and Southeast Asia, I will be able to provide credible blog entries. I have enjoyed reading travelblog for several months now in anticipation of this next trip, and am ready to dive in. Although I presently do not fit the normal profile, being retired and prefering more upscale accommodations (and spelling words correctly), I once was young and adventurous. While a high school senior I treked by myself to the top of the highest mountain in Thailand (Doi Inthanon), sleeping in hill tribes huts along the way. I surveyed the top of the mountain for a radar station, and found that the highest point ... read more
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tamara, Rosanna, Will & friends @ Imperial Palace Gardens
Rosanna, Bob, and Tamara @ Hozomon Gate

Europe » France » Paris January 10th 2006

10 January 2006 Tuesday. We caught the tube to Waterloo Station where we caught the Eurostar train through the Chunnel to Paris. The train is very nice and fast, and the country side was interesting to pass through, despite the winter's gloom. In no time we were in Paris-Nord, arriving around noon. We caught a taxi to our hotel in Montmartre, and checked in. I asked the desk clerk where the nearest internet café was, and he pointed left down the street. As usual, it turned out to be to the right. We explored the Montmartre and Pigalle area that afternoon, and walked up the hill to check out the Basilique de Sacre Couer. We sat on the front steps admiring the view of Paris as the sun went down. We walked to a nearby sidewalk ... read more
Bob at Versailles Palace
Rosanna and Tamara at Notre Dame Cathedral
Tamara and Rosanna at the Louvre




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