Author Archives: Ken

Chasing the Aurora Borealis

The outlook was grim. Clouds in the forecast. Moderate solar activity. Impenetrable but intriguing dials and graphs on SolarHam. But anything can happen. Our friends Chris and Angie had arranged for us all to spend the last two days of our visit … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Alaska… in winter?!

Christmas in Alaska. Fairbanks, to be exact. Some friends asked if we were taking a cruise; others asked if we’d see polar bears. Then they’d pause and think about it. Fairbanks. It’s inland. It’s cold. It’s dark. “Why are you going to Alaska in … Continue reading

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Muppet Flashback

You know how Karen and I recently went on a Muppet pilgrimage, spending an entire day studying Muppets behind glass in a museum? That wasn’t the first time. Back in 2009, Karen and I went to the very same city (Atlanta), to the … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Muppets!

It was a Muppet pilgrimage. And it was not my first. A few years ago, the Henson family announced that it was donating oodles of Jim Henson artifacts to Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts. How much stuff? The Center broke ground on a … Continue reading

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Toilets: Turkey Edition

You know you’re in a Muslim country when you see this sign over the sink: It’s time for Turkish toilets!  

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On My Own at Efes

After ten days of mosques and cousins and balloons and caves… Karen had simply had enough of all this beauty and fun! OK, actually, Karen headed home before me to get back to work and to our dog, Cosmo. Knowing … Continue reading

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Ken vs. Wild Dog

Conversations about our travels often involve someone saying to us, “Wow, I can’t believe you [rode a bungie swing / slept in a wat / hiked the Everest trail / whatever]. I’d be too scared to do that.” We reply with a … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Mortgages & Matrimony

What?! Almost a year without a post on the blog? Have Karen and Ken stopped traveling, finally giving up their frivolous and unnecessarily-horizon-broadening pastime to settle down with a house, a station wagon, and 1.7 kids? No way. It was a close call, though. We … Continue reading

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Cave + Hotel = Cave Hotel

Göreme is full of intriguing geological formations and stone houses. We flew over them, we toured them… we slept in them. We couldn’t resist the chance to stay at a cave hotel, and this one turned out to have an interesting history. Despite a … Continue reading

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Aloft!

Historical, geological, even biblical (Acts 2:9), the Cappadocia region is endlessly intriguing at ground level. Just wait until you see it from the sky. Hot air balloon rides over Cappadocia (Kapadokya in Turkish) have become so popular that the government limits the number of … Continue reading

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