The “worst” race that led to a National Championship

I am very big for a marathon runner at 6´2″ and around 190 pounds for races. Typically people my size can run a marathon but finish quite slowly. In fact, one year, I was running the Portland Marathon in my quest to break three hours and you have an option of getting weighed beforehand toContinue reading “The “worst” race that led to a National Championship”

Scary boat mishap – Maldives

We were staying on Biyadhoo Island in the Maldives having a blissful, relaxing week. Sensational snorkeling daily. They offered a boat trip that would take you out to swim with the enormous manta rays. As we were boarding the boat I noticed there weren’t any life preservers so I asked them to provide one forContinue reading “Scary boat mishap – Maldives”

Phuket, Thailand

I had wanted to go to Thailand for decades. Finally we planned a week long vacation there from Abu Dhabi. When I went to confirm the flights at the last minute I realized there was a mistake. I believe the flights would only go to Bangkok. I was somehow able to make a last minuteContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand”

Jordán and Israel

If  I had to rank travel experiences this would be near the top. There is so much to see in a relatively small area. You can feel the history, religion and conflict. We started out the trip in Amman, Jordan. Jordan is a country that has absorbed millions of refugees from Palestine, Syria and IContinue reading “Jordán and Israel”

Languages Learned

Along with traveling, languages have always been a passion of mine. English is my first language but I have studied, learned and utilized many others to varying degrees. I studied Spanish for four years in high school and a couple of quarters at Western Washington University. One of those quarters I lived and studied inContinue reading “Languages Learned”

Lucky to be Alive- Lopez Island, Washington State

In the Summer of 2007, I had just finished my first year as an assistant principal in a high school in the State of Washington. It was a challenging year as all years are as a high school administrator. My roles included: supervisión of instructors in science, math, social studies and physical education; overseeing theContinue reading “Lucky to be Alive- Lopez Island, Washington State”