Wandering in the Jungle – Andhra Pradesh

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“Time spent in India has a extraordinary effect on one. ” – Tahir Shah He clearly never spent much time at an Indian bus station, or perhaps that effect might be anger, frustration, or confusion.  I jest…sort of.  It’s 600am and we are wandering through the crowds of the city bus terminal in Hyderabad.  Buses, cars, rickshaws, carts … [Read more...]

Visiting the Bone Setter – India

Visiting the Bone Setter - India

An old city injury requires an old city solution. Or at least that sounds like justification enough. For those who don’t know, I’m pretty accident prone.  Ok I’m very accident prone as I’ve been known to fall down going up stairs, find mysterious wounds on me, or walk into the occasional wall.  I’ve even been told that I’m better on skis than … [Read more...]

2013 Year in Review – Life, Lessons, and Learning

Shenandoah National Park - Virginia

2013 was an interesting year…one of the most memorable to date. The beginning of 2013 found me in Qatar celebrating New Years with family members in a country I had visited 19 years prior. Qatar had certainly changed a lot in those 19 years although I only have vague recollection of my time there previously. All my cousins were grown, married, and … [Read more...]

Photo Essay: Visiting Ice at the Gaylord National Hotel

Ice Display - Gaylord National Hotel

I had no intentions of visiting the Ice display at the Gaylord National Hotel.  But one of my friends had a friend visiting and they already purchased tickets and I figured I should probably go along and what it is all about.  Annually the hotel hosts an ice display that I had heard about for a few years now living in the DC area and didn’t think … [Read more...]

Egypt: Saint Catherine’s Monastery et al.

Camels - Saint Catherine's Monastery - Mount Sinai - Egypt

The way down was fairly uneventful for us. Whisky seemed to reprise his role in our group or perhaps his uncanny body double.  But the benefit of morning hiking is that you can actually see where you go.  The clot of hikers slowly flowed down the mountain steps onto the trail below and Whisky bounded along laden with our friend upon his back. If … [Read more...]

Egypt: In the steps of Moses

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“Wow that was scary” – C said as we got out of the van into the darkness. I looked around and thought about the hike ahead, and strangely had no recollection of the journey to get here.  For better or worse over years I’ve developed the ability to sleep almost anywhere.  A sort of parlor trick to perhaps amuse my row mates on those cramped … [Read more...]