Category Archives: Travel

LDS Miracle in Ethiopia?

Elder M. Russell Ballard, an LDS apostle, recently retold one of his personal spiritual experiences, proof to him of miracles.  His talk is summarized in wheatandtares.org: Elder Ballard relates an experience he had in 1984 visiting Ethiopia during the terrible ’83-’85 … Continue reading

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Outdoor Waterless Urinals in Paris

Over 50 years ago, I served an LDS mission in northeastern France (Alsace-Lorraine).  Public urination was a problem.  For example, on the exterior of Strasbourg’s beautiful Gothic cathedral were “defense d’uriner” (don’t urinate) signs.  The signs didn’t seem to do … Continue reading

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Visit to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

Bret Berger’s and my’s recent trip (July 2017) to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique,was coordinated by the Carr Foundation.  Greg Carr, founder of the foundation, is a high school friend of Bret’s and his foundation has a 20-year agreement to manage … Continue reading

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Three Must-do Adventures in Central Romania

During a recent trip to Romania (Oct 2017), there were 3 areas/sites that I really enjoyed.  The area around Medias is known for its wonderful fortified churches.  While we didn’t visit any, they were very prominent features in the regional … Continue reading

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Installing Swing Sets in Roma Romania

Recently a friend, his cousin, and I traveled to Eastern Europe to install 2 swing sets in central Romania. The work was coordinated by an LDS service missionary couple.  They lined us up with a British couple working with Roma … Continue reading

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Gemeskut (Shadoof) in Central Romania

While traveling in central Romania, we ran across a narrow valley with shallow groundwater.  Several of the farms along the roadway had gemeskuts.  They are being used for stockwatering. The gemeskut has a history that goes back to ancient Egypt … Continue reading

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Traveling to the Highlands above Cuzco, Peru

We had agreed to install playground equipment at a very rural school in the highlands (14,000 feet above sea level) located above Cuzco, Peru (10,000 feet).  It is the ancestral village of the mother of our hosts, the Cardenas-Torres family. … Continue reading

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