outdoors

Arty weekend around Austin.

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As it’s been many months and I have a new (temporary) home and new (permanent?) camera, here are a few images from my weekend. I am taking in as much of Austin and the surrounding areas before I mosey back to my hometown in Florida. I still have more images to share from my time abroad […]

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Doi Inthanon, a park of beauty

Chiang Mai
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Doi Inthanon National Park hosts the highest point in Thailand at 2565.3341 meters above sea level and has an impressive collection of birds, animals, plants and flowers within its border. As Chiang Mai is starting to heat up and smoke, it is a nice retreat from the city. Our journey began with our friend channeling his […]

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Up up and away!

Chiang Rai
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Saturday found us at the Thailand International Balloon Festival, a two-day event hosting 15 hot air balloons from “around the world”. As I’ve always wanted to go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta launch, we braved a very early morning to see their first launch and a new future passion was created. With the sky […]

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I love a parade, Loi Kratong.

Chiang Mai
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Last week wrapped up the beautiful Loi Kratong festivities here in Chiang Mai. The celebrations transformed the city into a huge outdoor festival that couldn’t be stopped with constant rain nor quieted, as fireworks sounded at all hours (even during the day). The streets were filled with tourists and locals alike taking part in this festival […]

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Life and Death at Baan Dam “Black House”

Chiang Rai
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I stand in a huge room staring at the head and hide of a large alligator that is laid across a table and wonder what I’ve gotten myself into but it’s not just the full alligator, it’s also the snake-skin and chairs made of buffalo horns, or skulls, or hides, or all of the above […]

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13+1 Photos from Hang Dong District in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
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Today we escaped the house and explored our district, Hang Dong. Heading south on Canal Road we finally peeked in at the temple shielded by high walls. We were not disappointed. I probably say it every time, but Wat Khong Khao is my new favorite temple. With a wander around the grounds we were back […]

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The hidden gem: Suan Phakkad Palace Museum

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My mom’s second foray into Thai culture was at the Suan Phakkad Palace Museum. This is a hidden gem in Bangkok offering beautiful green gardens, traditional Thai stilted homes and a rich look into Thai culture. Where we unfortunately had an abbreviated tour of 30 minutes, there is much to explore over multiple hours. As the […]

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Check-in from Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
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In less than a week my mom will be visiting and I will be back to my “second home” Bangkok! I fear that lately I’ve not been terribly motivated to write about our mini adventures. We are settled in to Chiang Mai after being here a month and perhaps it feels a bit too much […]

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