Five years of travel together

I realized that five years ago I was in China visiting Pepper.  We spent part of her fall break traveling China and seeing Beijing, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors (look at how small Jordan is!),  the Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes as well as her home of Shanghai.  I got to hang out with and get to know Jordan.

Later that year they visited Alaska.  I went back to China along with Kevin and we checked out the Ice Festival in Harbin.  Then the spring of 2010, we did a trip to Africa with principle time in Zimbabwe and stops in Botswana and Zambia.

Walking with lions in Zimbabwe.

After they moved to Alaska we kept up our travels.  Our honeymoon was spent trompsing the ancient Mayan civilizations through modern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

The next year the family went to parts of Europe with Kevin and Trina.  We hit Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Prague and then Italy.

Figuring out our plan in Rome.
Figuring out our plan in Rome.

Later that year was when we moved to Mongolia.  We got to see quite a bit of the country — though wished we could have seen more.  We spent time in Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka for our winter breaks from the cold.  We passed through Beijing and Seoul a number of times.

We rode the Trans-Siberian railroad from Ulaanbaatar to Moscow and spent a bit of time seeing things in Russia.

Pepper ready to travel!

We’re in India now and have started to see some bits of the country.  We headed off to Bangladesh for our fall break and have plans for the rest of our upcoming breaks to spend within India seeing more of the amazing and diverse country.

Along the way, Jordan has been with us for many of these trips.  For some, Kevin and Trina have been there.  Also, Brooke and Mike VanElzakker and Jay and Shannon… friends and family that I’m sure we will travel with again.

Five years gone, and many more ahead of us!

zieak (2207 Posts)

Ryan "Zieak" McFarland dabbles. Beards. Making things. Travel. Genealogy. Frugality and excessiveness. Fitness and fatness. He's a PE teacher in India, usually calls Alaska home and is a happy father to two boys and the husband to a suddenly crafty wife.


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