Chattanooga Choo Choo

Chattanooga Choo Choo

A week following my trip to Honduras, I departed for the Disaster Preparedness Symposium in Tennessee. This event took place in early March and I was excited to see the Chattanooga Choo Choo. I had also pre-ordered several new parts for my new Fat Boy that I was looking forward to picking up. Continue reading → Chattanooga Choo Choo

Cyprus & Harley’s

Cyprus & Harley’s

Having a five day break between returning from Colombia with Paula, work called. January was a month for going back to Cyprus and some adventures with Harley’s. On January 12, I began the same journey as a year earlier, to Cyprus. This time to complete the course that was started and get certified in peer support. Continue reading → Cyprus & Harley’s

Two Panama City’s

The Two Panama City’s

Following my trip to Oxford, I had another short turnaround in San Jose. It was now mid-August of 2012 and I had trips lined up to the two Panama City’s. Yes, it can get confusing, and I have many times been trying to get to one of them only to find my booking to the wrong one. Anyone flying to Panama City needs to check their tickets carefully. Continue reading → Two Panama City’s

Lake Naivasha National Park

Lake Naivasha National Park

Departing the shortest deployment ever in the Sahel, I left for Nairobi on May 16, 2012. This would be a good trip for a dual SRMT and HEAT course. The best part of this trip would be the finale after the training. Most of the trainers would take a day to adventure in Lake Naivasha National Park. But the training would be first on the docket. Continue reading → Lake Naivasha National Park

Wild Ride, Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

It was nice to have been able to spend a month in Costa Rica before my next trip. I had a deal of administrative tasks to do from the previous year. I was also planning now for my first trip in Central America since Colombia a year earlier. This time, Tegucigalpa, Honduras was on tap. Continue reading → Wild Ride, Honduras

South Africa II

South Africa – Again

When the first part of the CISM course was completed, it was back on the road. Flying from Cyprus back down to Cape Town, South Africa for two reasons. It was again time for our annual Humanitarian Operations Team meeting and some training. Continue reading → South Africa II


Palmares Harley Festival

Having the month of December free was nice. I had purchased my first Harley Davidson in mid 2011, a nice Sportster 1200. I already had my next trip in mind for mid-January, but really was taking some time enjoying riding around Costa Rica. Just prior to my trip to Cyprus, there was an event called the Palmares Harley Festival. This was usually the final event of the annual Palmares Festival. Continue reading → Cyprus

Phuket, Thailand (Part II)


The morning of November 19, 2011, we gathered in front of the Grand Mercure hotel to board the busses for the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach. SRMT over, we were in HEAT mode, in our lovely military style uniforms and ready to train. The lime green busses were waiting to take everyone to the new venue in luxury and comfort. Continue reading → Phuket, Thailand (Part II)

Nairobi HEAT

Nairobi HEAT

Having returned to Nairobi on August 20, I was ready to assist with the Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT). Before the Nairobi HEAT, I needed to settle into my new apartment in Westlands. My apartment at the Gardens Apartments was a two bedroom on the sixth floor of a six story building. The thing with Nairobi, however, no elevators! This meant stairs and lots of exercise…just don’t forget anything! Continue reading → Nairobi HEAT