S: Erica and Lloyd's Travels
BC: Erica and Lloyd at Lake Manasarovar in the Tibetan Autonomous Region 500 miles from Lhasa August, 2001
3: Camels and goats in Saudi Arabia 2000 - 2002
4: Our favorite rug merchant at the Afghan Souq | Bedouin-style jewelry at the Airport Souq | Bedouin-style jewelry at the Airport Souq | Erica inspects an antique at the Airport Souq | Shopping in Saudi Arabia 2000 - 2002
5: A family picnics on the Red Sea in Jeddah | The King Abdul Aziz Fountain and the King's Palace in Jeddah
6: Signs around Jeddah | Effat College, where we worked. The Bin Ladin family business. Wendy's has a family section.
7: Camel Races and the child jockeys who ride Saudi Arabia
8: March 2001 Haj Break Trip to the Asir Region | Asir National Park David, Kerry,Erica | Erica takes pictures at the Hanging Village of Habalah (abaya tied around waist) | The elephant road near Zahran al Janoub | Hanging Village of Habalah The villagers reached their homes using rope ladders. We reached them by cable car.
9: March 2001 Haj Break Our trip to the Asir Region included a camping tip in the Empty Quarter nearYeman. In a sandstorm. | Compare our tents after the sand storm (Erica's and Lloyd's top, Kerry's and David's below) to the Bedouin encampment within sight.
10: In early September, 2001, we went camping at Bani Saad, near Taif. Campsites we used were pull-offs just next to the precipitous road winding from the mountain top to the valley. Usually there was quite a group of us. One morning Karen built a campfire and made a full, Australian, cooked breakfast with fried eggs and veal bacon. | Another morning, at daybreak, a car drove along the road from the valley. It stopped just by our campsite. We heard a single occupant get out of the car. We were a little nervous. Suddenly a man's voice rang out through the breaking dawn. The man was praying. It was absolutely beautiful to hear his voice soaring to the sky and echoing from the mountainsides.
11: Erica finds a comfortable seat during a camping trip to Moon Mountain near Jeddah | The view from our tent at Bani Saad | Camping around Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2000-2002
12: March, 2002 camping Trip to Rabigh, north of Jeddah Camping trips to the beach usually started on Thursday, after those who had to work on Thursday were free. Thursday night we'd have a night dive in the Red Sea. Then a campfire and food and sheisha and some homemade beverages. Friday morning would start with a morning dive. Then breakfast and we'd head back to Jeddah. | Many weekends we would hang out at one of several "private" beaches near Jeddah. These beaches had dive operations and walk-in dives to the coral wall. Often we saw the King's yacht in the distance. One time it passed over us as we dove. We wondered if the mine sweepers rumored to accompany the yacht would act as diver sweepers as well.
13: After a camping trip near Bani Saad we thought we'd show our "dangerous curves. | This was our last camping trip in Saudi Arabia. Diane Mott (far left), Kerry Laufer (middle), Erica and, eschewing her abaya, Karen Riley.
14: On the water around Phuket, Thailand February, 2002 | "James Bond Island" in the Andaman Sea | Similan Islands, where we dove | The Andaman Sea
15: Around Bangkok, Thailand February, 2002 Erica and Lloyd try their hand at crafting monk's bowls at the 'Monk's Bowl Village' which turned out to be an alley of only a couple of artisans Late at night the tuk-tuk is the best way to get around.
16: Views of the Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand February 2002
17: Ayutthaya Thailand February, 2002 Reclining Buddha | Three pictures of Wat Phra Mahathat at Ayutthaya Third with Wat Ratburana in distance
18: October, 1998 trip to Ireland | Erica waves at the Burren. | We drank many a Guinness for strength.
19: July-August 2001 Tibet | Top of Mount Kailash: elevation over 18,000 ft. | Pilgrims circumambulate the mountain sacred to Buddhist, Hindu, Jaine, Jain and Bonpo | We had trouble with the altitude, even though we had trained and acclimatized. We made ourselves walk for 28 minutes then rest for 2. This routine allowed us to be passed many times by the man in this picture who not only had no shoes, he had no foot on his left leg.
20: July-August 2001 Tibet | The Gurla Mandhata Mountan across Lake Manasarovar. Near Mount Kailash | The Himalyas of Tibet | Circumambulating Mount Kailash
21: July-August 2001 Tibet | This was a rather frightening ferry crossing. The mechanics of the ferry were fascinating, using the current and a system of ropes to lever the ferry across. | The water was so high the vehicles had to drive over the submerged wheel tracks to reach land. On our return trip the ferry was closed due to the danger. But that didn't stop our guide from taking Lloyd ("the muscle") and trying to bribe or intimidate the operators to take us across.
22: July-August 2001 Tibet | Three pictures around Lhasa. Outside Jokhang Temple. We showed this little boy the picture we took and he gave me his pin. | Inside and outside Jokhang Temple | Erica takes advantage of a road-filthy and broken-down vehicle to teach English
23: After a day of circumambulating Mount Kailash Erica uses gloves to warm her feet after her boots got wet crossing a stream. | Erica (purple coat) gives way to the yaks near Mount Kailash. | Erica (purple coat) pets a yak near Mount Kailash.