Blog Entries

I'm trying something new out and giving myself a place to write some smaller diary-like notes (hmm, a blog perhaps?) on my un-related daily thoughts and activities; the things that don't warrant their own article/adventure post.


Proof That I Need All This Crap
Nov 28, 2019   Costa Rica

Every trip I end up with my packing cube full of stuff that sits there barely touched. I'ts like the stuff drawer in the kitchen at home b ....

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Nose to the Grindstone
Nov 25, 2019   Costa Rica

I'm finally spending a ton of hours trying to get caught up on at least some parts of this sadly unfinished website of mine! Since my nice welcome tour of t ....

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Adversity - a Test or a Warning?
Nov 22, 2019   Costa Rica

I seem to be facing a lot of adversity on this trip. Is it a test to see if I can handle it? Is it a sign that I shouldn’t be doing th ....

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Building a New Nest in Monteverde
Nov 22, 2019   Costa Rica

Wow, I love my new place! And the owner really puts his heart into it. He and his 85 year old father run the place and the two of them ....

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Travel Plan Challenge & Raffle Tix
Nov 20, 2019   Costa Rica

OMG What a pain in the ass it is to get out of this place! I'll get into more of the details later but I have spent so much ....

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New Friends Feel Like Old Friends
Nov 19, 2019   Costa Rica

Just getting settled into Zancudo and it's almost time to leave. I made some new friends, mainly my neighbor Sue who we met while Dave ....

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Happy Birthday Cynthia!
Nov 18, 2019   Costa Rica

I'd normally be traveling with Cynthia for her birthday. November just works out to be a great time to travel both for the weather where we want to go and ....

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Alone Again
Nov 16, 2019   Costa Rica

It's been a wonderful week with Dave, David, and my new Facebook travel group friend here. I was so happy to have my guy here and even a bit more family drama entered the picture ....

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Fresh Clean Morning
Nov 10, 2019   Costa Rica

Holy cow did it come down last night! The hardest it has since I’ve been here, and for a long time. I wonder where poor Mr. sloth went for the rain. Some critte ....

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Guilt and Glee
Nov 9, 2019   Costa Rica

Well I'm in full on hermit mode at the moment. I swear it's a good thing I have food or I might starve to death lest I have to leave the property. What the hell kind of tra ....

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My $10 Cinnamon Rolls
Nov 6, 2019   Costa Rica

For being so secluded, it's actually hard to have an entire day to yourself here. First of all, it's no surprise they start work early here. I have a feel ....

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Got Some Expat Connections
Nov 5, 2019   Costa Rica

Well I moved the table away from the window and there was no raccoon last night! Fingers crossed that does it. I cleaned up all the oil (somehow the ....

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I Have Someone to Clean My Yard
Nov 5, 2019   Costa Rica

This is my 5th day alone in Costa Rica. Time sure flies when you're doing nothing! I am really loving the feeling of not HAVING to do anyt ....

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Determined to Go to the Halloween Party
Nov 1, 2019   Costa Rica

Well that was fun. We kept hearing about the Halloween party at Sol y Mar, the only restaurant open this time of year and ....

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Lost Money and Stolen Shoes
Oct 30, 2019   Costa Rica

Feeling a bit of a downer today. I was finally getting caught up on my budget yesterday (yeah, I love keeping track of what I spend traveling), ....

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Met a Man with Coconuts
Oct 29, 2019   Costa Rica

Lynn came backup up from her daily treasure hunt on the beach and said there was a man lingering around down there and was wondering what he was doing the ....

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So Amazed By the Nature Here!
Oct 28, 2019   Costa Rica

We successfully bought groceries (they deliver to the pier for free - yay) and confirmed that there was indeed a 12pm shared public boat going ....

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All I Want is a Shower and Some Sleep
Oct 24, 2019   Costa Rica

A little over 30 hours from when I left home to when I got to the stopover town of Golfito. It's been a fun journey so far (flight, flight, bus, walk, bus, bus) but I'm so tired and stinky right now.

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Not-So-Failed Day at Uluwatu
Jul 30, 2017   Indonesia

Even though the surfing was a failure, it's a really cool area! Nice vibe, bunch of little restaurants and shops built into the cliff overlookin ....

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Dave and I Are Finally in SE Asia Together!
Jul 29, 2017   Indonesia

Not only are Dave and I finally here together, we brought the kids (by kids, I mean Dave's daughter and her boyfri ....

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Stuck in Saigon
Nov 29, 2008   Vietnam

Unable to fly back to Bangkok, we spent some time in the big city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and went on some nearby tours.

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Panama Canal & San Blas
Apr 29, 2007   Panama

The big city full of drugs, the canal, and the San Blas Islands. << old website quick post >>

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Our Stay in Salinas
Oct 12, 2006   Dominican Republic

Headed to Dominican Republic so Steve could go kiteboarding. Salinas turned out to be a cool little town.

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Baños de Agua Santa
Jul 16, 2002   Ecuador

Went to visit a local friend in Ecuador and enjoyed this small town.

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Osa Penninsula
Oct 14, 2001   Costa Rica

My first solo journey. Went to meet Steve in Costa Rica right after 9/11.

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Guatemala, Our Final Stop
Apr 4, 2001   Guatemala

There is so much to see and do in Guatemala! Exploring, local festivals, ancient ruins, natural sites. We are ending this trip on a good note!

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Staying on an Island the Size of a Football Field
Mar 21, 2001   Honduras

Cayos Cochinos, was an adventure. Ocean like bathwater and very limited facilities.

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Hablamos Español
Mar 10, 2001   Nicaragua

3 weeks in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua taking private Spanish lessons and living with a local family.

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Judy & Steve Visit Costa Rica
Feb 8, 2001   Costa Rica

Mom & Steve came with us for a fun adventure in Costa Rica. Then we were off on our own again.

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Ancient Sites of Greece & New Year's Eve
Dec 21, 2000   Greece

Modern and COLD Greece in December. Made the best of it and moved on to warmer climates.

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After a Slow Start, We Loved Egypt
Dec 10, 2000   Egypt

Buried tombs everywhere, an incredible cruise down the Nile, bright and lively food, Egypt is everything you'd think it would be.

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Vic Falls, Lake Kariba, Hippos
Dec 3, 2000   Zimbabwe

Old posts from my very first travel website and my first backpacking trip (a year in 2000-2001)! Nov 23, Thanksgiving We didn’t eve ....

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Nepal (Never Ending Peace And Love)
Oct 28, 2000   Nepal

Enjoyed Nepal very much and our friend Shadan even came to visit us there!

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Hill Tribe Trek out of Chang Mai
Sep 15, 2000   Thailand

Seldom liking tours at all, this one in Chang Mai turned out to be exceptional since we happened to be there for their yearly celebration.

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Cambodia - Could Have Been Better
Sep 2, 2000   Cambodia

The country is just not quite right after what they suffered at the hand of the Khmer Rouge.

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The Thais Are Such Happy People
Aug 22, 2000   Thailand

Our first introduction to Thailand couldn't be better. Perfect secluded beaches, interesting history, caves, and fun in the city!

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Borneo Better than Mainland
Jul 11, 2000   Malaysia

Jungles and headhunters! That's the theme in Borneo.

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Indonesia Wrap-Up
Jul 2, 2000   Indonesia

Our first visit to Indonesia and we loved it. There's so much more to see but we did see a lot.

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Java and the Big 4
Jun 16, 2000   Indonesia

A trip to Yogyakarta, then we hit some great highlights on Java. Borobudur, the Water Castle, Merapi, and Gunung Bromo.

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Bali - Our First Experience with SE Asian Culture
Jun 9, 2000   Indonesia

Rice paddies, monkeys, caves. This is an entirely new culture for us and we love it!

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Welcome to Australia
May 21, 2000   Australia

Wow, Australia is huge. A month isn't nearly long enough.

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The Adrenaline Capital of the World
May 6, 2000   New Zealand

What a blast we've had in New Zealand! New friends, glowing worms, and living in a van.

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Fiji Was Wonderful
Apr 15, 2000   Fiji

Fiji has been absolutely wonderful. We’ve never seen any place so green with tropical jungles. The whole island is unspoiled lush land spotted with small villages ....

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Arrived Like Green Tourists
Apr 8, 2000   Fiji

Fiji was my very first stop on my very first budget trip! :)

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