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Protected: On to Utah

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So, after 48 long hours of travel, we made it to Hawaii four days ago.  It’s a tremendous relief to have the packing done, the car sold, the last work from the office finished (well, almost, I did bring a little bit with me), and get someplace warm.  Still, we are already missing Bishkek and […]

Picnik at Lake Issyk Kul

Lake Issyk Kul is the tenth largest lake in the world (by volume) and the second largest mountain lake (after Lake Titicaca, which I have also visited). It is also the second largest saline lake in the world, after the Caspian Sea (so, bigger than the Great Salt Lake). It’s not heavily salty, just enough […]


We had a nice visit to Utah. We went up to Park City for a couple of days and got to spend some time with family.

On the way home

Just a few pics from the road.

Protected: Hundred Islands

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Banaue Rice Terraces

The weather did not really cooperate with our trip to the rice terraces. It rained most of the time we were in Banaue, and the mist blocked the view. Still, we had a good time and got to show my parents one of the great heritage sites of the world. (Click on the thumbnail to […]

Road to Banaue

We went to Banaue to see the rice terraces. It’s a ten hour drive, but mostly through interesting country.

Swimming With Sharks

Of course, the primary reason for our trip to Albay and Sorsogon Provinces was to swim with the whale sharks, which we did the next day. It was pretty exciting. You go out in a boat, which searches the sea for one of the monsters (the largest of all sharks). Once you find one and […]

Albay Province

We flew down to Albay Province to swim with the whale sharks. My friend, Joey Salceda is the Governor of Albay, and he was kind enough to meet us and have breakfast with us. We took the very first flight down there, and as we headed out to the airport at the crack of dawn […]