Current Topics of Interest

Glacier National Park

Aug 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures

This blog is about Glacier NP but before we get there, it all begins in Idaho. My good friend Donna (see Cambodia/Thailand Trip) owns a cabin on Lake Pend Oreille and invited me up for her 5 for 5 swim to raise money for the Aogaah Foundation in Cambodia. Their goal (Donna and Kate) was […]



NESA 2011

Jul 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures

I just returned from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. I attended the Mission Aircrew School (MAS) Intermediate Pilot & Observer track. My goal was to successfully complete observer training and to gain my wings. The week was extremely challenging but also very rewarding. On July 30, […]



Aogaah Foundation Cambodia

Jul 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest

One of the reasons why I went to Cambodia this year was to visit the Aogaah Foundation. The purpose of this nonprofit organization is to provide free education to improvised kids. The school was founded by a retired Maricopa Community College District math professor and, as an educator, I wanted to make a difference in […]



Angkor Wat Archeological Park

Jun 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures

Angkor Wat Archeological Park is a region near Siem Reap, Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire. The Angkorian period was from ~800 to 1400 ad. While in Cambodia I visited 4 of the temples including Angkor Wat. The first temple I visited is called Banteay Srei. It is a 10th century […]



Cambodian Cooking Class

Jun 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Culinary-Explorer, Current Topics of Interest, Geo-Explorer, Si's Kitchen, Travel Adventures

Today I went to a Cambodian cooking class in Siem Reap at the Tigre De Papier Restaurant. Here is Donna giving you a video recap: Donna and I went to a Thai cooking class just a few days ago in Koh Chang so we were eager to compare the similarities and differences between the two. […]



Koh Chang Thai Cooking School

Jun 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Culinary-Explorer, Current Topics of Interest, Geo-Explorer, Si's Kitchen, Travel Adventures

Today I took my very first cooking class and it was in Thailand. The Koh Chang Thai Cooking School is located on Koh Chang island and the head chef is Nam. She was very knowledgeable on traditional Thai spices and foods. http://www.kohchangthaicooking.com/ Our class was 4 hours long (9-1) and between the two of us […]



Thailand Excursion

Jun 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures

Today Donna and I navigated our way by boat, car, multiple minivans, and a ferry to Koh Chang Island, Thailand. Donna has done an amazing job finding cool places for us to stay. We are are at a guesthouse that is on an estuary sitting on stilts allowing the tide to flow in and out […]



Cambodia 2011

May 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures

This is for my mom, aunt Dottie, and friends like Dee, so they can follow my adventures (Hi to you all!). I am having a great time in Cambodia. My phone doesn’t enable me to do a full blog on my trip but I will post more pictures and videos when I get home. Here’s […]



Warrior Dash 2011

May 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Health & Fitness

My good friend Lisa talked me into doing our first running event together. It is called the Warrior Dash. It is a 3.4 mile run with about 12 obstacles along the way. Our only goal for this event was to finish. Here is a recap of the event.



Superstition Hike 4/10/11

Apr 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Health & Fitness

We decided to go on a longer, more challenging, superstitions hike. Over 1/3 of this hike involved climbing over and scrambling around river boulders. The total hike length was around 14 miles and it was a 9 hour hiking day.