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Jun 3, 2017 - Fun with Friends

Sorry about the lack of an update yesterday. I arrived at Maddy's around 10:30 and we had a fabulous time catching up while visiting on her patio. Then we had a delicious lunch at a nearby German restaurant before going for a long walk in her neighborhood. There are pear orchards nearby - this is the area where most of the Harry and David's pears are grown. After our walk I went to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Sooners VICTORY before meeting Linda at the airport. This morning Maddy fixed us a marvelous (and leisurely) breakfast and then...

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Sep 30, 2016 - Unique Perspectives

From each journey, there are memorable details that cross my consciousness more often than the rest. For this trip, the notable snippets are etched, not in photos (though I will admit, that is how I usually preserve them) but rather just in my mind. Trying to explain them is a little like trying to hold sand in my hand--but here goes --the unbelievable moon rising over the Sahara's endless sand --watching Ibrahim sing and dance as he led our camels through the desert and realizing that he slept away from our camp under a tree --hearing the...

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Oct 24, 2014 - Medford, OR...

After a quick stop for last hugs & kisses with the girls we got under way around noon on Wednesday. Noon you say, lol? Even later than normal for sure. It was pouring when we woke and we weren't in any hurry to break camp during and we were only going to travel to Medford, about 3 hours away. Vehicles can actually make it a bit quicker than that but 199 is a narrow, windy road and when it's wet it's a tough go. It continued to rain all the way to town so we made one quick stop in Cave Junction & then moved on. Son Don has been telling us...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Crater Lake, Oregon

Monday, July 21, 2014 – Last Day on the Road – Medford Oregon to home At 7:00 we are off to Crater Lake. It is cloudy and 62 degrees and there are blue mountains on the horizon. This is what I remember and love in the mountains. Pine trees thicker than the hair on a dog and rivers wide, and deep with lots of water in them. Large lakes surrounded by trees and green underbrush foliage beneath them. Ahh back to the Cascades! We did not see any other cars for at least 30 miles. Could be because it is 8:20. Lol. Just as I wrote that a guy on a...

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Jul 20, 2014 - Red Wood National and State Park

Sunday, July 20, 2014 Mendocino and Red Wood National and State Parks We left at 8:20 off to ultimately Medford, Oregon. We listened to some nice old hymns on Sirius this morning for our church. At 9:50 we are in the Red Wood National and State Park. I got to see a baby black bear scamper up the hill beside the road in the Lady Bird Johnson Grove. President Nixon dedicated this grove of Red Wood Trees to her because of her work to create the National Park and her work in beautifying the US. It all ties together doesn’t it. This National...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Rich & Poor

Our first stop after leaving Arcata was in Medford, OR. We had been there to see Zane play basketball and that was a great experience. This time we were here to part with some serious greenbacks, as we needed to replace the tires on the motorhome. The tires had plenty of tread left, but the recommendation is to replace them every 7 years due to cracking on the sidewalls. No one really likes to do this as they run around $600 per tire (and we need 6 of them), but the horror stories of accidents and damage to the coach from blowouts makes...

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Nov 16, 2013 - Thankful for many blessings

India was an unforgettable experience with the sights and sounds indelibly etched in my mind. I made many new friends, survived the traffic, and was touched by the pride, stories and incredible bravery of the women of the Anchal Project. I don't believe there is any way to translate all of the emotions I felt during my brief but intense 10 days into words, but as I ponder it now that I am back, I will try. Stay tuned. I hope that those who are interested in more details read the blog of my co-adventurers as they did an amazing job of...

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Nov 14, 2013 - An untimely demise

I am really sad to say I am cutting my India adventure short and returning home. My back pain is so intense that I cannot function in India in a productive way. I leave tonight for a journey that takes me from Calcuta to Mombai to Frankfort to Denver to San Francisco then home. Not exactly direct routing but I will eventually get home. I will share more impressions when I am comfortable again. Namaste to all of you who have taken the time to follow me in this challenging country.

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Nov 13, 2013 - Rural India and no Internet

We journeyed from Jaipur to Agra and then on to Ajmer. No wifi and no way to catch up on all the details in a quick entry before I get some much needed sleep and the group heads to Kolcutta. But here are the basics. We visited Anchal, the DFW funded site in Ajmer and met the women currently in training to do the sewing for the project. These are women trying to improve their lives and their children's circumstances by getting out of the sex trades and/or abusive relationships. The project has a new contract with Urban Outfitters for a...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Jaipur

Our last tourist day before we start our journey to visit the DFW sites we have come to see starts with a trip on an elephant up to the Amber Fort. The group has not traveled this far unscathed, two have a bit of tourista, two have colds and I am afraid I am joining the latter group. I am powering through, however. The elephant ride was a hoot-and the only way to get up the long road to the fort. Following our tour we headed for an art and textile demonstration (interpret:sales) and exiting the fort we were bombarded with hawkers who are...

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Nov 9, 2013 - Such busy days!

Today started at 5:45 as we headed to the Taj Mahal to try and "beat the rush". No such luck. We waited in the line until 7:30 and finally got in. The Taj was shrouded in fog, but the sky got a bit clearer as the sun came up. We left there and headed for Fatehpur Sikri. Following lunch we had a long ride to Jaipur. The air here is very polluted and we have not seen blue sky since we arrived. A few side notes-for my continued "growth" I have eaten all Indian meals ( they serve the same thing almost every meal so I am getting familiar with...

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Nov 8, 2013 - A great day of sites

We started exploring today-Old Delhi, a cacophony of colors, sounds and crowds folowing our yoga session and Ayurveda treatment. What an experience. The yogi was very enthusiastic and then came our treatments. Considered medical not a massage,Ii was assisted onto a mahogany table with a small lip-a heater blowing on the oil at my feet, then she proceeded to whisk all my "bad energy" away. I got a great hand and foot and head massage in addition, then a steam in an old fashioned box, then a shower with granular soap they helped get the oil...

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