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The Journey of our Lives

This journey is the result of Bon's passion for travel. Without her enthusiasm, mind for detail, cheerleading, and all around travel competence I can safely say this journey would not have materialized.

It is also a tribute to Bill & Ruth Nelson...YouTube Tribute

I say 'journey' singular, but now after more than 10 years we have extended our travels to include many parts of the world in separate trips each one could be considered a 'journey' unto itself. We actually began our travels a week before 9/ll when our family plus friend, Jake, left to meet Bonnie's sister in the Philippines at the end of her Peace Corps service. Unfortunately, I knew nothing of MyTripJournal at that time and kept no log of our travels. We travelled for 2 weeks in the Philippines (getting Scuba certified on Apo Island), then on to Hong Kong, overland throughout China for a month (visiting Bejing, the Yangsi before the dam was completed, N. to Urumqi, and W. China near the Tibetian border), Thailand, Laos, Viet Nam, Singapore, Papau New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand...an 8 months odyssey which whetted appetites for more. What we envisioned as a journey became journeys and so it goes....

We travel light...small backpack and daypack, to expidite our moving about and not be too conspicuous. We travel on a budget: +/- $600/mo. (due to the devalued dollar, our most recent trip (Pickup Trip) averaged $900/mo,.+) excluding air fares, malaria pills, vaccines, and the occasional extraordinary tour/side trip. Our intent is to go as the locals travel and see/experience as much as we can via osmosis. This is not easy being very obviously still "tourists" to the locals but we try! We do not have any special language abilities(no French or local lingo, although Tim does speak/understand a good deal of Spanish) but always we attempt to learn the basics of the local tongue...please, thank you, bathroom, excuse me, how much, where is, etc.

We hope our adventures bring some sense of where we are and what is happening there. Trying to connect ourselves with the whole of life, we find some peace. In the midst of a seemingly chaotic day we hope to find moments of joy, beauty, poetry...the music of our short heartbeat on this our Earthship!

Above all else, we do make a difference no matter who we are, where we are, what lives we live - animal, plant, stone, water - it is all becoming!



As part of my interest in being involved in our Earth adventure, I also attempt to bring to this journal information which concerns our Earth in ways which might threaten it's ongoing diversity or perhaps inform us as to what others are doing. Below is just such information which I hope you, the interested traveler, will find enlightening and perhaps even motivate you to pursue further.

Excellent sources for current affairs world wide:

Most Important Video You'll Ever Watch

Visit Radio France Worldwide in 15 Languages

Site of Vanishing Cultures Project

A Plenitude Economy

Consumerism-less

Check: First Around the World by Bicycle 1887

Hiroshima to Fukushima
Helen Caldicott

Check Out Helen Caldicott's Whole Speech

Photos of Some of Trips

EDIT 2-6-17:
My recommendation due to environmental collapse coming...if you are over 55 years old, avoid travel by plane, ANYWHERE.
Our travels during the past 15+ years have validated most of the claims by scientists that human caused change to our environment is responsible for what will be the 6th Extinction event that we know about.
Check out this website:
Indo Enviro Plague
And this is just a small example of what is happening in Africa, many other parts of Asia (especially China and India), and Russia. Even in Canada where coal tar mining has decimated huge tracts of land.
I will try to post more examples as time goes on and investigative reporter turn up examples like the one above! READ AND LEARN!

UPDATE- EGYPT 5/4/2017: Example of World in Crisis

ADDITION to CIRCLE TRIP:
4-2-2005 Lebanon trip to Baalbek:
Monolith Largest Made by Human Hands

3-21-2005 Damascus: Syria, origin of music 4000 years ago
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