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Trip Start Sep 01, 2007
Trip End Sep 10, 2008

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

bangkok, thailand

sweet baby:  jason has a chat with amy's youngest, selah (did I spell that right amy?)

soi cowboy:  all of the raunchy things you have ever heard about in bangkok happen on this street or one of the other 2 like it.   we just had to go and see what was on.  we didn't have enough penicillin to go inside but the people watching was good.  there was even an elephant that came down the street!

crazy street food:  this is from the cart in front of us.  you can see roaches, grasshoppers, frogs, locusts, cicadas and other stuff the guy didn't have the english word for.

poipet, cambodia

muddy road:  the condition of the road after the rain cleared up.

having a great time:  jason and I are crammed in the back of the bus, no air con, no bathroom and no food.   having a great time.   you will notice there are no photos to follow this.

siam reap, cambodia

does this lion make my butt look big?:  all the lions that guard angor wat have this hole where the tail should be.  I think there were some feathers or something in them.

wall carvings:  can you believe that these were done centuries ago in such fine detail????

buddahs:  we took a million photos of the place and we walked around for a long time.   inside you come across a pavilion that houses all the buddahs.

ankgor wat:  the central portion of angor wat.  the complex itself is huge so one photo just doesn't capture it all without some fancy lens we don't have.   this captures the gist of it

proof we were there.  doesn't it look like a backdrop?

the wall:  reliefs of nice detail flow the whole way around the outside of the main temple building.  this is just one side.

the whole thing:  the ankgor wat temple as seen from across the small pond.  there are several more buildings within the complex

now that’s a moat:  this moat then continues all the way around the outside of the complex itself.

I think this gate is on the terrace of elephants

ta bayon:  this is a very interesting temple inside of the angor thom complex.  it has 216 faces of avalokitesharva, shown here all over it.   it has many levels and lots of nooks and crannies to explore

detail photo of some carvings at ta bayon

Buddha and snakes:  the back of this carving shows 7 snake heads forming a petal like backdrop for the Buddha

like indiana jones:  here we are posed near one of the faces, enjoying the aura of indiana jones that permeates the complex

from a distance:  ta bayon seen from the street

lost world:  jason walks through ta prohm.  this place is not restored fully.

jungle temple:  the jungle has literally taken over this place and the roots intertwine in the stones to hold it up

where is jason?:  can you find jason amidst the rubble?

phnom penh, cambodia

cambodian 7-11:  this is what we call a cambodian 7-11.   fuel, food and sundries.  who needs overhead costs?

crossing cambodia:  it is a flat and dusty affair

getting green:  closer to the mekong river, things start to green up a bit

roadside house:  houses are usually on stilts and just the basics.

mekong riverside:  houses and lean-tos line the riverfront.   crossing a branch of the mekong going into phnom penh

omg:  jason and irene's view from the back of a moto-rickshaw in phnom pehn.  we are heading directly into oncoming traffic.

there is always room for one more fare.   3 passengers and a moto driver on a moped.  you can see the driver is wearing one of the common masks for the dust and fumes

looking out the back of the rickshaw.  they all just drive wherever and then sort it out later.

so many people:skulls peer out at us at the memorial on the killing fields

so many heads: there are 17 levels to the memorial and this is only half of the people killed here.

 irene walks by the mass graves that have been excavated.

bones and clothes are still coming up after each rain exposes more people's remains, still in the ground

looking like a local:  irene all wrapped up for the fumes and dust.   just a few days will leave you with a sore throat and sinus issues.

documentation:  at s-21 they documented every prisoner but the cases against the remaining khmer have been dropped in some instances for lack of evidence!!

inside the prison itself the people had very little room

short stop:  the gas comes in a drum with a pump in phnom

oxen pulling carts in from the fields near phnom

ready for the flood:  houses like this are all over just off the side of the road

for sale:  while waiting for the ferry you can watch everything for sale walk by.  notice in the background how many people are in the mini van.  I counted 25.  and the ladies in the back of the truck wear the krama, or checkered scarf for the head, face and neck.

take a moped:  I can't believe this guy can drive this moped with all the stuff on it.


ho chi minh city, viet nam

totem:  had to take this photo of a bar in saigon. I didn't know there were any skins here?

driving in a maze:  this is an intersection near our hotel.  we never saw an accident here and there are thousands of motorcycles and pedestrians just going to it

to market:  taking in the market in saigon

snake charmer:  irene holds a python at the start of our mekong delta tour

heading down a narrow mangrove slot on unicorn island near mytho

capturing sunset over the mekong delta, near cantho

riverfront:  check out the different styles of living just on the waterfront

floating market, cai rang:  the floating market as seen from the top of one of the supply boats

front rower:  one of the stand up front rowing boats at the market

jason savors the lovely pineapple available at the market

fishing:  a man standing on a pylon casts a net into the river

local food:  like most markets, the meat and fish are open to air and not covered.  walk around and identify the animals.....this one I believe was dog.   the tail was too long and straight for a pig.

snake eater:  not ready to try dog yet, jason tries snake, also a local delicacy

hong kong, china

the city skyline:  looking at the hong kong island skyline from the ferry crossing to kowloon

us in kowloon:  posing on the waterfront of kowloon looking back on hong kong island

the walking tour led us through the chinese medicine area.   you can find horns of all kinds, seahorses, etc but we have no idea what they are used for.

an old style junk sailing in the straits

streets of kowloon:  just daily life going on here looks like a huge crowd.

I said guard the bags
--I am guarding the bags

shanghai, china

our room:  having never been on a sleeper train before, I was excited to check it all out.  this is our room

shanghai waterfront:  looking across the river to the waterfront you can see a needle, a shell, 2 worlds and lots of skyscrapers

big ben:  the near side of the water front houses all the old buildings of old shanghai.  I think the clock tower is in the customs building

don’t get hurt:  I don't know if I was the only butthead who took a photo but since I was standing there so long I thought I would.  this is the man and woman before the ambulance came

tainted photo: we just had to ruin the skyline!

pepsi:  this one is for you dave.  I told you I would find pepsi somewhere.

no one said doors always have to be rectangular.   this is at the entrance of the yuyuang gardens

garden:  the rock structures and surrounds are quite nice.  we took tons of photos. can you imagine it like this 200 or more years ago?

2 door:  round doorways, now that's an idea

2 pagoda:  the surrounds of the gardens seem to go on forever in a maze of rock and flowers

jason tries to look happy about the blossoms

big coy pond. this looks like the japanese tea gardens in san francisco to me. but it is still in shanghai

no one says fences have to be level either

isn't this furniture great?

resting in the pagoda by the coy pond

resting at a stone cove inside the garden.  if only they would bring us some tea....

a shadow puppet show like the one we saw in indonesia, chinese style. this is in the market that surrounds the gardens.

panda in a pen.

a ming vase on display at the museum

qingdao, china

goody:  food arrives at the table and it looks edible.  goody. on the train to qingdao after yet another guard helped us out

fresh seaweed being prepared in the market

blood?:  still haven't figured these out.  the current speculation is that they are like a blood sausage

pupae:  got word on these.  they are the empty pupae of the silk worm, roasted for eating

jason scorpion:  jason gets the second scorpion down no problem

irene scorpion:  onlookers laugh while irene chokes her scorpion down

beach number 1:  the beach is full on tomb sweeping day

undies:  don't have a swimsuit? no worries just go in your undies.   hmmm.  somehow, after the age of say 10, that seems a little weird to me. our  cultures are very different for sure

in the port of qingdao just as we leave on the new golden bridge boat for korea

my bunk:  we aren't allowed to be in a room of 4 but in a dorm of 60, well that's ok......
our bunks on board the ship

look, white people:  I went into the bathroom as we approached port and came out to find jason taking photos with a bunch of koreans, one by one with a handful of mystery sausages.   when I showed up, it started all over so I took a photo with them all together.   (I wonder why they do it one by one when they travel together?)  turns out they were trying to get rid of the meat products that you can't take into korea.  no one else would take them because they knew better.

seoul, south korea

junk vs art:  I think this guy was trying to make a statement with his house.  there was useful stuff on it.  wheelchairs, bikes, etc.  ben has only seen him a few times

guard and drum:  at deoksugung park.  this is a palace area starting in the 1400's.  the guards dress in the style of the period.

me and ben:  I haven't seen my friend ben since I was a junior in high school way back when.   letters and email can really keep people connected.  this is us walking along the han river in the blossoms

us in the blossoms:  I nice shot of us enjoying the scenery around the han river area

tank:  I only remember my dad telling me 2 things about being in the korean war.  one was that he was driving along in a tank.  this is taken at the war museum in seoul near the base

finding out:  Well, now that everyone knows, we can put this photo in where it belongs.  Though clearly positive, we didn't believe the test.  So we waited another week and took another one before calling our parents.   This photo was taken at our friend ben's house in Seoul, Korea.

sleeping beauties:  I talked about the rough schedules that many koreans keep.  this is the result.  everyone falls asleep on the subway and appears to magically wake up before their stop

palace roof detail:  changdeokgung palace complex and secret garden have some great buildings.  this is a shot of the detailed painting on the underside of the roof

secret garden:  a photo of the serene secret garden

garden rooms and some of the rooms where visitors to the palace complex would stay

this juniper tree is something like 750 years old.

dinner in korea is always a multi dish event.

north korea:  in the DMZ, you must stand behind a barrier to take photos.   this is the best one I could get of the border.    in the distance you can see the enormous north korean flag on its ever taller flag pole

train to nowhere:  this is the train from the DMZ that currently goes to nowhere

I am so done with this trip:  irene throws in the towel on the trip.   too bad there are no trains scheduled---ever

conference now:  this is a shot looking from the south korean side towards north korea from inside the joint security area.  conference row is separated by the concrete block that the men are standing around.  notice the tall stature of the south korean soldiers.   they are hand picked for this detail based on size.  they hold this tae kwon do posture and give only half a profile to the opposition.   the north korean soldiers are facing north korea to prevent defecting.  the two facing each other are to watch each other! not necessarily the border

us at the bridge:  here we are at the bridge of no return.  once you go across this, you cannot come back.   there is a story of an american soldier who walked across it one night in a drunken despair over the idea of being sent from the korean war on to the viet nam war.  supposedly he thought they would just capture him and return him to the US and he would go to the brig.   he did, but in north korea.   40 years later, he was released and now lives in japan.

kim chi:  kim chi pots at the folk village

floor heating:  as it turns out, built in floor heating is not a new invention.   they used to make a fire below the house to keep the whole floor warm.  the hole underneath is where they accessed the fire or coals

carrying water:  carrying water at the folk village

grinding grains:  jason tries his hand at the grinding wheel in the folk village

dancing and drumming:  Samulnori is a dance and drum style that is performed here in south korea.  The drummers dance while drumming and get really acrobatic.   They have swirling ribbons on their hats that they get going and then they start these leaps they are doing here.   For the dancers reading, it's like a really high barrel roll combined with a turning leap.   It's like watching a group of really colorful birds around a feeding or nesting area

bridging the gap:  Jason has an affinity for bridges as we will need to build a few on our property out in Willow some day.   Taken at the folk village

folk village:  korea really has lovely country side.   this is taken again at the folk village.  they have a whole river system running through it.

magic candy:  this is the 10,000 strand candy made from hardened honey that is floured and stretched before your eyes.  then it is stuffed with a nut mixture.   
in the end it resembles a cocoon but tastes really good.

soreksan:  we finally made it to the national park of soreksan

at the top of 2 falls:  At the top of the biryong pokpo (2 waterfalls hike) we found this refreshing scene.  The park is really lovely and looks like it would be great to come at all of the seasons to watch the foliage change

he speaks korean?:  Smokey the bear goes everywhere.  Once with a group of military kids who all pulled out their "coin", Jason pulled out his smokey the bear coin to show his pride.  As I had no coin, I had to buy the round of drinks.   Ever since then, we can't seem to escape the bear.   He even speaks Korean

buddahs in the forest:  This Buddah is in the middle of the park.    So many of the places here have special meaning and acted as hermitages for the monks of days long ago.   People come here to reflect and pray while enjoying family and exercise.   Great combination.

cherry sap candy:  We think this is cherry sap.   Or maybe apple sap.   Whichever of the trees that are now in bloom.  Looks like honey and tastes sweet but with a thicker consistency.   Anyway, these little ladies sit on the side of the trails with a can of this stuff.  They swirl it on a stick and you just eat it.   However, it flows quicker than you think it will and we saw many kids crying over having dropped theirs as well as kids with it everywhere in an effort to beat the flow.

hermitage:  Hermitage at the top of  the tipping rock trail.   Rumor has it that you can actually move these several ton boulders with the right team work.   The rocks are carved with Chinese characters because the Korean language system wasn't adopted at the time of this hermitage in 600 AD.

rocks in the fog:  Beyond the hermitage the trail continues up into the fog.   Until you come to this rock wall.   Then you meet the steep stairs going up into the fog.  You can't see the bottom or the top and it is really freaky.   Poor Jason had to turn around and take me down because I suddenly froze and couldn't make myself go anymore because I was so spooked

swastikas have other meanings:  Swastikas appear on many Buddhist temples here.  I don't know the actual meaning of them.  But I do know that Korean Buddhism contains an element of the old shamanistic ways.  Most temples have an anti chamber dedicated to the mountain gods.   All are painted brightly and are  really pretty.  However, you can't photograph the inside of this one.

blossoms line the road:  The blossoms were going strong during our visit.   This is the rode leaving soreksan lined on the side with blooming trees.  It was really pretty.

Beijing, china

choking down a noodle bowl:  somewhere over the yellow sea on a boat between korea and Beijing irene chokes down another surprise noodle bowl.   so named for the chinese title of contents.  never know what you are going to get until you cook it up. 
speaking of eating.  I need to add a bit about false advertising here.  nauseated, we walked around the boat trying to figure out what I could eat.   we saw a sign that showed vanilla soft serve ice cream topped with fresh fruit.    so we pointed at the sign.  the lady nodded and brought us her version:
shaved ice topped with condensed sweetened milk, RED BEANS, and bits of dried, candied fruit that resembled juju bees.  
ummmmm, yeah, that does wonders for my confidence in the picture menu.

chinese medicine:  in Beijing a guy lifts up his shirt to show us the results of cupping.   a chinese medicine technique

looking over the hootong:  from our Beijing hostel, looking out over the hootong: a walled in neighborhood of maze style streets

the square on an empty day:  Tiananmen square on a relatively empty day

map of the wall:  good thing it is in chinese in case we need to know where to go during our hike along the wall

us on the wall:  me and jason on a portion of the great wall of china

view on the wall:  view of the wall from one of the forts

jason on the wall:  what more can I say?

to the horizon:  the wall stretches away into the distance

unrestored portion:  unrestored portion of the wall

looking out over the wall: looking out over the wall from one of the forts

both of us at the wall:  how come the self portraits come out better than the ones other people take?

us by someone else:  other people have such a different eye for the photo.  ever notice when you ask someone to take your photo how different it can look from what you imagined?

pro-china protest:  these cars were flying the chinese flag and honking around Tiananmen square.  but even pro-chinese protests bring the attention of the cops

I wish I had a duck bill:  most americans first saw people wearing masks in public on videos of china during the outbreak of sars.   now the image is rare and brought many stares.   however, the air pollution, fine dust, all the smoke and so many people coughing without covering their mouths led me to this.   it cut down the smells and the yellow mucous but I still wished for a duck bill N-95 respirator.

us in the square:  jason and I in Tiananmen square, Beijing, china

I wear a onesie:  I don't know if all men are required to serve in the police or army.  but their uniforms fit as if they are all hand me downs.   then I noticed that the police men are wearing a onesie-style jumpsuit.   that's why the belt is often all the way down to the legs

olympic clock:  olympic clocks are in each big city hosting an event.   they can keep it clean, as you see the guys up there dusting it off.  but they can't pick up the trash on the streets.   it will be very interesting to view what they show of the olympics and compare it to what we saw.

pee in the garbage son:  one of the things contributing to the garbage and smells:  children peeing and pooping in the streets.  this kid has been lifted up by his dad to openly pee into the garbage can.   evidently he thought that was more acceptable to just on the side of the can itself.

tomb line:  this is the line that stretches all the way around the square to go and visit mao's tomb.   on the day we went, it was closed.   but you can't take bags, or cameras in there.   these people wait for a long time just to march past him.

peking duck:  it took me a lot of reading to realize that Beijing used to be known as peking.  therefore peking duck is the specialty in this region.   duh!  anyway, this is the place that was recommended to us.  they bring the duck out and cut it up for you and show you how to wrap it up in the wraps and eat it.   the meat is quite good and the wraps are good overall.

the head:  the food is good but when you order a 1/2 a duck, they bring 1/2 a duck.   here is our 1/2 of duck head.   what exactly am I supposed to do with this?   see that the duck has a cerebellar area?  or am I supposed to suck the contents out?

1 forbidden city:  the forbidden city is now open for tourism.   the day started out really dreary and rainy but warmed and cleared later on. this shot is taken near the entrance.   notice the big pot in the foreground.  these were filled with water as the fire extinguishers.

2 forbidden city:  a river runs through it--because they diverted it to make the city more sacred.   still the area around the edges of the city following the river is quite nice and calm.

3 forbidden city:  this is a close up of a carving on a door.   the buildings are all ornately carved, decorated or painted.

4 forbidden city:  the city is like a giant pretty color maze.  these doorways and hallways show a bit but you just can't get the scale of it on a photo at all

5 forbidden city:  the rooftops are pretty neat too.   we tried to get photos of all the roof tops from up high but they didn't really turn out.

6 forbidden city:  this is one of my favorite photos.   looking out from the main archway of the forbidden city, you can see the guard posted and Tiananmen square.

7 forbidden city:  after you pass out of the city through the arches, you look back and see the big photo of mao.

hard sleeper:  we had a lot of trouble even getting on a train in a sleeper compartment.  we certainly could not get a soft sleeper.   so here I am crammed into the top bunk of the hard sleeper we have to get to Xi’an.  it was leaving in the evening and arriving in the early morning, so it turned out to be tolerable.   the beds are nearly the same in softness, so evidently "hard" and "soft" maybe refers to the time you will have on your journey.

Xian, china

1 Xian:  6000 year old ruined city that is now known as bampo

jason makes a better one:  jason's stature goes with the size of the warrior better than mine

terra cotta irene:  at the terra cotta factory, they keep one of them headless because everyone wants this photo

making rugs:  Xian is the start of the silk road.  so of course, we had to see someone making a rug!

2 terra cotta:  our first view of the actual warriors.   this is in pit 3, which is still an active archeological site

laying down:  unrestored army bits

restored:  restored infantry soldier

officer hair detail:  close up detail of the hair of a restored officer

us:  this is us in front of the big pit in all the photos everyone knows.   but, the person taking the photo didn't pay attention to getting both them and us.    nice photo of us though.

big pit:  the big pit first view.   the covered portions are under a canopy of sorts that they have not cleared out yet.  but you can clearly see the soldiers lined up and ready for battle

all different faces:  this close up is a little grainy because people kept bumping me.   but you can see how the faces are all different.  each warrior has something a little bit different about them

us at the terra cottas:  a better shot of us at the front of the terra cotta warrior’s big pit

no pants:  finally got a shot of a kid with the bare butt slit pants.   you can see his bare bum sticking out just a touch.   the first time I saw them I thought the kid had torn his pants!

night bell tower:  the bell tower in the middle of Xian at night

day bell tower:  same bell tower during the day.

tai chi:  this is one of the unfortunate times that my mood got in the way of my learning.   here on the street I saw people doing tai chi early in the morning.  I had always dreamed of learning real tai chi in china.  but I was too ill tempered to make the arrangements.   
incidentally, we would also see people dancing to bells or cymbals in the evening time.  it was always women with large fans and the men making the music.  someone said this was also a local form of meditation.

chinglish:  chinglish is a phenomenon of translating chinese characters into english.  chinese characters have a contextual meaning and can therefore mean many different things all with one symbol.   signs are not typically translated by someone who speaks both chinese and english fluently, but rather by the person who speaks the best in the company.  this may be the janitor.  because he has the best english, no one in the company can check the accuracy.   and you get signs like this.   this means stay back for your safety.  some were so funny I actually had to stop and write them down.   for example, "just ware is for water is rushed forward in the response, and please don't be moved by the hand".  to mean auto flush in a toilet. 
also good "stretch hand the water and please not to tap". this means: auto faucet, do not tap.

riding xian’s wall:  irene riding around the top of xian's historical wall.  one of the oldest city walls in all of china, it encloses the center of the city, which has now well outgrown the boundary.  the wall offers great exercise and great views of the city from all angles.

more of the wall:  a view looking down the stretch of one of the wall's sides.

just one man’s mess:  part of what made me so nauseated during my stay in china was the hygiene.    not only does everyone smoke, they ash and flick on the floor along with any food that doesn't make it into their mouths or they don't want.   it isn't cleaned between customers.  the next set just comes in and adds to it.   this is the mess from just one guy.

big goose pagoda jason:  jason stands in front of the big goose pagoda while we wait for the fountain and light show.

the light show:  once the light show finally starts, everyone runs around the edge and pushes to get a good position so they can have their photos taken and such.

goose and light show:  we got pretty bored pretty fast because with all the people pushing us, we couldn't really enjoy the show so we walked away early.  but we managed to get this shot on the way out.  it would have been pretty neat without the rude people

returning to hong kong, china

foghorn:  jason wonders how this guy was able to swallow a foghorn and says he can almost see it through his gaping mouth.

close up:  yes, we could really get this close to him and he would not wake up.   can you see the rot on his teeth?  I think I can hear him by memory!!!!  good thing he didn't have gerd breath on top of it.  I totally would have thrown up.

back in anchorage, alaska, usa

one of these? sure:  Meeting cute and well mannered kids like Amy and Kip's can make anyone say "I want one of these".   Shortly after our visit with them in Bangkok we made the decision to cut the trip short due to finances.  If that was the case, couldn't we also move up our expansion plans too?  Besides, the chances of getting pregnant in your 30's can slow down.   It may take some time.   We can keep going until then anyway.   (photo taken in Bangkok, Selah Baggett, 7 months)

maybe we should have gone to the race track:  Turns out the chances were pretty good for us.   Just a few short weeks after making the decision, we arrived to Seoul, Korea, to visit my school-days-friend, Ben.   He was good enough to accept a box for us from home.  In it I packed a few pregnancy tests in case the trip plans were changing. I just knew we needed to use one.  How?  Little stuff that really could have been anything.   I could smell EVERYTHING.   If someone had been smoking here 2 hours ago, I could tell.   The market smells were overwhelming to the point of nearly fainting.   My feet hurt like my shoes suddenly stopped supporting me.   And I suddenly wouldn't eat another egg to save my soul. Still, we found this result a little surprising and overwhelming. Now what?   We didn't expect the question to present itself so fast; mostly because it changed the trip right now.   The border to Tibet still wasn't open but we were going to try Nepal and India.   Now India was out because of malaria, so why bother with Nepal?  We can cut out some things in Africa and just go to the areas without malaria and then carry on to Europe and do our prenatal tests there. That meant from Xian we need to return to Hong Kong and catch the flight on to South Africa from there.    The dollar was falling and over the next few weeks Europe was turning into just visiting family and then heading home.  We finished our time in Korea and returned to China when my nausea hit.   The food aversions became more intense and I was eating and feeling poorly.   Now the ranting and raving on the smoke and the food for the China entries make sense, huh?  Can you imagine being pregnant, constantly around smoke and garbage and feces and then getting a plate of food that has the whole parts of the animal hacked up into it?  It took all of me not to vomit on the table then and there.   I certainly wouldn't eat it. There was not a place to go without smoke.  The air quality had left me sick for a long time and I had already come down with a slight fever once. People were hacking and coughing all over the place without covering their mouths or washing hands.   If it continued this way, I was worried we might not stay pregnant.   By the time we arrived to Xian, I was living on peanut butter and jelly on crackers and KFC and had taken to wearing a surgical mask to block out some of the smells and smoke. Our next stop after China was to be South Africa.   How would getting food, etc be there?   All the other kids traveling said that food and crime were issues there.  I began to worry.  Then the final blows came.   Somehow I had convinced myself that our insurance would cover prenatal testing and it didn't.  Not only that but in Euro, or worse, English pounds, the tests outlined by my doctor would cost a fortune.   We needed to get home to save money, our sanity, the new pregnancy, (and if my mood swings continued to rage, our marriage!).   This brings you to the current entry.  (photo taken in Korea)

we made that:  baby jordet, it seems, did just fine on peanut butter and jelly on crackers.  (taken in anchorage)

playing wii:  jason and steve play the wii at kimberly's place.  they were boxing each other and really grunting and sweating, it was funny. Taken in Illinois.

former anchorage family:  tony and kelly brown used to live in anchorage.   they found me when I first moved up and treated me like family.   it was great to always have their guidance and support while I was so far from my own family.   now living back on the rez in wisconsin, it was great to see them again. Taken in wisconsin

the rez family:  cousins Paula and Richard (snuff) dodge with irene and Jason on the reservation in wisconsin

wolf river:  jason and phydough hanging out at the wolf river on my reservation in wisconsin.  this is taken just above rooster falls.

stanford pow wow:  Irene, Jason, phydough, with college friends crystal, chris and Maribel at the Stanford pow wow.

2 preggos:  Irene, lisa and Jennifer at coyote point state recreational area in the bay area. Lisa 8+ months pregnant, Irene 2+ months pregnant

mimo:  Irene, Jason, mimo, lisa and Robert at coyote point. mimo is my godfather.  lisa is his neice.

devil’s slide:  when my parents first moved to montara, california, my home town, the realtor said "oh don't buy that house, the tunnel is going to come out there when they finally put the highway in".  so they bought our house on east avenue.   that was in 1975.  the tunnel is only now being built in 2008.  I heard and couldn't believe it so we took a drive to check it out.

bridging devil’s slide:  another shot from the other side.   this bridge is going to the start of the tunnel I think.   it is just amazing to see this happening.  when I was a kid, the road would fall into the ocean and then you had to go the long way around to get to the city for school.   it was such a nightmare for traffic because the other road was only 2 lanes as well.

driving to alaska:  we were plenty tired.   it took everything we had to write the journal every night.   it seemed the last leg home would never end and we were dragging.   we only took a few photos on the way from san fran to alaska.   this one was at watson lake.  the ice was still on the lake.  the day was lovely.   we wished we had the money and energy to stop since we rushed down to make our flights on time.

all is quiet: we were safely home for a day, staying with jason's mom.  and suddenly things got really quiet.  I went looking for my husband and found him in the back yard, making fire.    smokejumpers, it seems, can hardly live without them.  all was much better after this.
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