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The Adventure Continues…

Hello World! It has been an incredibly long time since my last post (nearly 10 months!) and I have only recently begun to wonder to myself, ‘why the hiatus?’ It seems like only yesterday that I was going on about Turkey and yet so much has happened during my absence from the blogging world. While it is surprisingly difficult to keep an up-to-date account on one’s life while you’re constantly on the move, in all honesty, I’m sure that it boils down to general laziness. I apologize and I hope to correct my malfeasance immediately! It has been 1 year, 5 months since setting off on this adventure and the vast accumulation of travel stories, tips, and WTF moments has made me eager to share the journey with others. My aim is to post updates about the places I’ve already ventured and keep active with the places I’m heading. The posts will hopefully be entertaining, inspiring, and most of all, informative. It is uncanny the amount of travel information that is on the net and how much of it doesn’t answer the basic questions that all travelers have or don’t know they should be asking! Traveling continued full-heartedly after Turkey (June 2014) and led me on to Athens, the Peloponnese, Corfu, Andalucia and Barcelona, Portugal, Morocco, northern Italy, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, London, back across the pond to my ‘home’ in Ohio, cross-country to my second ‘home’ in Oregon, all before trekking trans-Atlantic again to Ireland, the Lake District of England, Scotland, and currently, Shetland Island! I look forward to chipping away at the rust that has corroded my ability to write and perhaps form a nice patina in its place. Please, stay tuned for more travel updates in the coming days. And so, I leave you with this: A nurse walks into a patient’s room, glances over his chart, and retrieves a rectal thermometer from her coat pocket. Staring at the instrument she says, ‘Great, some asshole has my pen.’

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Conserving the Monuments of Wake Island

In the autumn of 2010 I traveled to one of the most remote places on earth, Wake Island.

Wake Island is a coral atoll composed of three islands (Wilkes, Wake, and Peale) and a reef surrounding a central lagoon. It is a mere blip on the map with a coastline of only 12 miles (19 km), but it holds significant importance in American history. Wake lies approximately 893 miles (1,437 km) north of the Marshall Islands, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of Hawaii, and 1,510 miles (2,430 km) to the east of Guam. The closest land is the uninhabited Bokak Atoll 348 miles (560 km) to the south east. As I said, it is quite remote.
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