The Acropolis Was On The Bucket List

The Acropolis Was On The Bucket List
On the road …again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   G for Greece Greece was on his bucket list of places to see well before the popular concept of “things to do and things to see before one kicks the bucket” was made into a...
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Lemurs And Thieves

Lemurs And Thieves
On the road…again!  Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   M is for Madagascar   Madagascar is so puzzling as a nation that even the people who live there generally acknowledge t hat it would be meaningful to divide up the island into four distinct regions....
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Camping At An Abandoned Gold Mine

Camping At An Abandoned Gold Mine
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Canyon on the Feather River     Of several trips to the large property on the Feather River, one of them turned into a real adventure.  A land owner wanted his square mile of land...
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Zipping

Zipping
Flying through the trees like a squirrel or monkey...who wouldn't love that?  My first adventure ziplining began with trepidation and ended with exhilaration.  I wanted to take my husband on a "different' kind of trip, one that was daring but not TOO daring.  Googling around located this thing called ziplining in...
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Travel Memories

Travel Memories
Travel Memories “I haven’t travelled everywhere, but it is on my list.” Susan Sontag.                              I confess – I have a secret passion for travel. I’m sure that the seed for my passion was deeply embedded in me at the age of 3 ½ years when I became a monthly boarder...
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A favorite travel destination for me is...

A favorite travel destination for me is...
Hooper Bald 5,450' (One of the highest points in the Nantahala National Forest, N.C. 2008....Car camping at it's finest!   I tell ya, I truly enjoy camping.  Now, there are different types of camping so let's get that straight right off the bat.  There is rv camping where you've got a...
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Much Of Tikal In Guatemala Is Still Buried

Much Of Tikal In Guatemala Is Still Buried
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   G is Guatemala The people of Guatemala have always been a personal attraction because of their cultural distinctiveness.  A mixture of Mestizo, Indians, and European-looking classes have ensured that in any given place you are...
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Softball Overseas Part II

Softball Overseas Part II
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Softball Overseas Part II   Within a year of completing the Cape Verde assignment, Footloose Forester was selected to serve as Senior Forestry Advisor for a USAID project in Haiti. His interest in softball came...
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Softball Overseas Part I

Softball Overseas Part I
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek Softball Overseas Part I They say that when you go overseas you should plan for downtime by developing hobbies. Softball was not exactly a hobby, but a sport that enjoyed wide popularity around the world and...
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Oh say now, my most memorable travel destinations are MN & ND doncha know!

Oh say now, my most memorable travel destinations are MN & ND doncha know!
Describe an experience from a memorable travel destination you've been to: Hmmm... this is a hard one.  What makes a trip memorable? The adventure, the differences, the people, the trip there, what you did when you were there, the scenery, the occassion? I've seen beautiful scenic sights,great  night life, historical locations...
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Watching Thieves Working

Watching Thieves Working
  On the road…. again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   N is Nigeria One of the stopover countries, Nigeria will always come to mind because of the stories associated with it.  As we ate dinner at the home of a newly arrived USAID program...
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An Irish Tale

An Irish Tale
The young man at the garage in Cork ambled over to our car.  His thinly veiled annoyance made it clear he saw us as an interruption in his day.  I put on my best smile and said, “I’ve had a blowout and need to get a tire repaired.”  He looked surprised...
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The Restaurants Had No Food

The Restaurants Had No Food
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   G is for Ghana   Only after Ghana defeated the United States in World Cup soccer in 2006 did it occur to the Footloose Forester that a Ghana story might get somebody’s attention.  The name Ghana...
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Lost in Paris

I once learned a valuable lesson about travelling in a foreign country – always know where you are and where you are going. Seems obvious, I know, but it can be surprisingly easy to get lost. I was in my 20s when I went to Europe one October. My husband, Brian,...
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Open Air Markets In Laos Are Exotic

Open Air Markets In Laos Are Exotic
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   L is for Laos Laos  is as exotic a country as most people will ever visit.  In the 1960s when the Footloose Forester  first visited, the market place reeked of the distinctive smell of marijuana...
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On The Road.....Again! In Thailand and Laos

On The Road.....Again!  In Thailand and Laos
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   T for Thailand Two weeks was the limit for a visa to Thailand, so the Footloose Forester too soon had to leave the vacation atmosphere of Bangkok and seek adventure elsewhere.  Vacation, yes, since eating good...
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Muchas Monarcas!

Muchas Monarcas!
I love animals and I love to travel so when the opportunity to combine these passions presents itself, I rarely pass it up. That is how my husband, Mike, and I found ourselves at the top of a mountain in Mexico surrounded by millions of butterflies in the winter of 2008....
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mexico

mexico
For a girl who had never been far from home, flying to Cancun was a big adventure. I was going with my new husband, Greg, on our honeymoon and this man was someone I wanted to travel with. In my previous life(before Greg I had always found excuses about why not...
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Backpacking in Asia

Backpacking in Asia
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek Backpackers   Part I As the two-year Peace Corps assignment in Pakistan was coming to an end, the Peace Corps Representative in Lahore began setting up the details for a return flight to the USA for a...
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Nightmares and Daydreams of Indonesia

Nightmares and Daydreams of Indonesia
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek Nightmares and Daydreams of Indonesia   Of all the many memories of foreign lands that are among the very deepest in the conscious and sub-conscious thoughts of the Footloose Forester, more of them are about Indonesia than...
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