Wisconsin- Go BIG or Go Home!

Brian won’t make you rich, but he will make you fat, tan, and happy!

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Off On Safari

June 23rd – Day 1

At 8am, in front of our hotel, we were met by our guide, Humphrey, and personal chef, Severini. After a quick stop at the Bushmen office, we were off to Arusha. Arusha is a very big city, one which serves as a jumping off point for the big Safari parks in Tanzania. It was the first large city we’ve spent any time in since arriving in Africa.

 

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6 days on Kilimanjaro

June 16th – Day 1

Liz: Watched by curious monkeys, we commenced our hike in the thick, lush, rainforest. Being from southern California, the depth of green in places like this never ceases to amaze me.

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Africa: Rwanda Gorillas

Today was a once-in-lifetime kind of day. One of those days that make you stop, take a deep breath, and say “take this in, you are not going to experience something like this ever, ever again.”

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Africa: Rwanda Genocide Museum

After a restful day in Moshi, we hopped on a plane early this morning for Rwanda. The air travel here is a bit like riding a bus. On the way to your destination, the plane stops, and you wait while other people get on and off. Our bus stopped in Kenya, then Burundi, and finally Rwanda. As we landed in Burundi, I eyed soldiers with rifles camouflaged in the tall grass. Something about this didn’t sit right. Continue reading

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Arrived in Moshi

After  25 actual hours on airplanes and 42 total  hours of travel time, we have made it to Moshi the town that sits at the base of Mt.Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. We are both deeply exhausted but happy to finally be here.

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San Gorgonio Mountain

During our 16 miles and 6,000 vertical feet together, Gorgonio threw some good punches. First it tried to get me with an achy left hip flexor followed by my own tears as I pondered whether or not this was a result of my age. My present for my 31 ½ birthday is achy hips?

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Pre Gorgonio Mountain Hike

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Maui Engagement photos

We are in fervent anticipation for our wedding pictures so to stop our nail biting, Mike our photographer sent over the pictures we took the Friday before we were married.

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Joshua Tree

After a long week, knowing I am heading into nature always rejuvenates me. It’s like an instant second wind.

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Santiago Peak 1 point. Liz 0.

Peter and I, both sick with colds, decided this morning at 6:00am that we were still going to attempt getting to the top of Santiago Peak. Standing at 5,689 feet, Santiago Peak is the highest peak in the Santa Ana mountains. Continue reading

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San Clemente-Temecula Bike Tour

I have been mourning our wedding week and its absolute perfection for almost a week now. It was our dream come true and then…with some hugs and tears… it ended.
But, as with all big events in life, I learned something about myself.

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Laguna Beach Bachelorette weekend

After this weekend, I have caught myself in daydreams, reflecting on family, reflecting on friends and more keenly, on friendship. Continue reading

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Thailand: Chili-squid flavored Lays

Every good gas station has a horned bull, and every good 711 has chili-squid flavored Lays potato chips.

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Thailand: Kittens, spice, and diving

We have been in this tiny area of East Railay for over a week now and are getting very comfortable. The biggest surprise is … kittens! There are kittens everywhere. All different colors, some with tails, some without.

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Thailand: Bangkok

We started our trip with an adventurous day in Bangkok. I say adventurous because it was adventure figuring out whether or not I was going to pass out or throw up at any given point in the day.

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Thailand: Made it Railay

Hi! We are in Railay in the south of Thailand. I have so much good stuff for my next unofficial blog post but it will take some time for me to put it all together. Nothing like an “off the beaten path backpackers paradise” for some good comic material. Best part of today was rock climbing. I was half way up the rock, heard some rustling in the trees, looked over and saw a family of Monkeys eating tree leaves. It was AMAZING. They were SO close. We are happy, eating super cheap and delicious food, still waking up at 5 (that would be me), are staying at an awesome place with a pool for 16 dollars a night.

More later when I have some time to sit and write…

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Thailand: The Sun Rises In Bangkok

We’ve arrived. At 6:00am I jumped out of bed and was ready to bust a big Bangkok day. Peter informed me that he would be ready to bust his big Bangkok in approx. two more hours of uninterrupted sleep. Continue reading

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