Happy Earth Day everyone! I thought about writing a post about how we need to protect our fragile planet, reduce, reuse, recycle and support political leaders and businesses that safeguard the environment. But I realized that all my readers are smart, environmentally conscious people who are […]
All posts tagged: Indonesia
Trekking Rinjani Tips and Advice
A little over a year ago I decided to torture myself on a three-day trek up Mount Rinjani in Indonesia. Since writing about the trek, those posts have become among the most popular on this blog. It seems there are a lot of people searching the internet about […]
The Fascinating Culture of the Tana Toraja
We call them “National Geographic Moments.” They are the times we get to experience a unique and exotic culture, something you see in the pages of the iconic magazine but never expect to see in real life.
An Ode to the Sun
One of the downsides to living in Alaska, even though we technically have 24 hours of sunlight in the summer, is that we often get weeks of rain and don’t see the sun. It is depressing when it is 49 degrees outside in July with pouring […]
The Wild Funerals of the Tana Toraja, or My Wife is a Vegetarian Now
WARNING: This post features descriptions and photos of animal sacrifice. The events pictured made my wife a vegetarian. Read at your own risk.
Komodo National Park: One of the Great Wildlife Spectacles on Earth
When I was a kid in school learning about Komodo dragons, those mythical giant lizards that live on a few tropical islands far off in the exotic land of Indonesia, I never dreamed in my wildest imagination that I’d go there someday. I dreamed of traveling […]
17 Islands National Park, or the Reward for the Bus Ride from Hell
My last post was a tale of my arduous 45 mile (75km) bus journey from Bajawa to Riung on the island of Flores that took a staggering 6.5 hours.
From Bajawa to Riung: The Longest 45 Mile Bus Ride on Earth
If I told you that we were on a bus for 6 hours and 45 minutes and only went 45 miles, you’d probably assume that we broke down or were stuck in a major traffic jam. That would be false.
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Trekking Rinjani Day 3: Beaches and Bintang
WHACK! WHACK! The wind was blowing so hard that our tent nearly blew away and the poles were flexing so far that they were whacking me in the face. This awoke me from my slumber, but I merely rolled over so the poles would strike the side […]
Trekking Rinjani Day 2: Turned Back By the Elements
It was a night filled with dread. Wind ripped at our tent, whistled through the trees and howled like a freight train.
Trekking Mount Rinjani Day 1: A Day of Suffering
As we took the first of many steps on our three-day trek up Mount Rinjani, I looked up at the summit looming high above and thought to myself, “That doesn’t look too far. We will easily climb this.” About 10 minutes later, as I was […]