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Saturday, June 13, 2009

In 2001 Diane and I built our home approximately 7 miles North of Marksville, LA, USA on LA Highway 1.  We built a 3 bedroom house with 2-1/2 baths, living, dining, kitchen, office, bar, front and rear foyers, carport and storage room, consisting of 3,000 square feet of heated/cooled area.  In addition I built a 2,400 square feet enclosed metal building for use as a workshop.  Our home sits on a 28 acre site of rural land.

We decided to travel to Asia, particularly Thailand, where my son Randy has been living in Bangkok for the past 14 years.  This is our first visit to that area of the world.  We began our research of Thailand and surrounding countries to decide where we would like to visit.  After considerable internet research we decided, in addition to Thailand, we would visit India, more specifically, Delhi and Agra, where the Taj Mahal, which was at one time listed as one of the seven wonders of the world, is located.

In preparation for our travels our research revealed we needed a number immunizations for a number of diseases that we would be susceptible to come in contact with during our travel in those areas of Asia.  I contacted Fort Polk's Occupational Health Section, to schedule immunizations for overseas travel to high threat areas.  This was accomplished two weeks prior to our departure.  We each received four injections plus prescriptions for Malaria pills which we began taking daily, two days prior to departure, throughout our stay in Asia, and for seven more days after our return.

We booked our flight tickets on the internet, our round trip tickets to and from Bangkok, on 3 June.  In addition, on 8 June we booked our tickets from Bangkok to Delhi, India and return.

By 14 June we had all our planning and preparation completed for our departure.  We made arrangements for Lydia to pick up our mail and for Donna to tend to our pet rabbit, water my garden and pick any vegetables that may become ready for harvest.
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