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ANNOUNCING NEW TRAVEL PLANS

We have been having a great time the last two weeks in Na Kae, Isan, Thailand.  Today is the fourth and final day of Songkran and it looks to be as wet and wild as the last three. But tomorrow we hit the road once again.  I am excited to announce our tentative travel plans. […]

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THE REAL SONGKRAN: NA KAE, ISAN, THAILAND

When I awoke this morning I had no idea I would be writing this post.  After all, it was just yesterday that  I wrote about my last 10 days of family chilling in Isan, Thailand. This morning, Anna informed me that my services as a photographer would be required.  I was instructed to get my […]

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Life Slows Down in Isan, Thailand

Welcome to Isan, a region in the northeastern most part of the Kingdom of Thailand.    Isan consists of 20 provinces and is the largest region of Thailand.  It also has the lowest per capita income with agriculture being its primary industry. Muay Thai boxing originated here as well.  The primary language is Isan, a […]

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Diving the Similan and Surin Islands

Four Days and Fourteen Dives: A Photo Essay   The Similan Islands National Marine Park is routinely included in National Geographic’s and various SCUBA magazine lists of the world’s top ten dive sites.  Richelieu Rock in Mu Ko Surin National Park was recently rated the number four dive site in the world.  Both groups of islands are located […]

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Singapore Welcomes the Year of the Horse

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2014  A PHOTO ESSAY We came to Singapore to do a little business and decided to make a mini holiday of it staying through the beginning of the Chinese New Year, a major national holiday.  Singapore, the Lion City, is clean, efficient, vibrant and expensive (except for the wonderful hawker stalls and […]

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THIS HIDDEN KRABI DAY HIKE ROCKS!

It’s strenuous.   It’s a bit hard to find.   It’s worth it!   Recently, I asked one of my dive instructors at Aquavision if he knew any good day hikes in the area.  I had been feeling the lack of exercise in my body and knew I had to shift the grid.  With a […]

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GETTING MY PADI ON, AO NANG STYLE

THE SCUBA CHRONICLES, KRABI, THAILAND   Back in May, I fulfilled a decades old dream by becoming a certified SCUBA diver.  Recently, I discovered Aqua Vision, a 5 star PADI dive resort in Ao Nang, a rather touristy beach resort area about 30 minutes by shared taxi (songtao) from Krabi.  I met manager Andy, an […]

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Two Trips to the Tiger Cave Temple

Shortly after arrival in Krabi, I took a songtao (shared pickup truck taxi) to Wat Tham Sua, the Tiger Cave Temple.  This large working temple complex is at the base of a mountain.   I spent some time checking out the temple cave, where legend has it a tiger once lived.  It is also an […]

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RAFTING THE GRAND CANYON!

  I went home to California this summer for a couple months.  It was great to see family and old friends.  I also got s chance to lead some hikes in Big Basin Redwood State Park where I have been a docent for over a decade.   After a few weeks, however, I began to […]

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