Archive for April, 2013

Our Life In California & Returning to Rabelo

In just over a week Lisa and I will be leaving for Europe.  We’re not sure where we will meet Rabelo.  We don’t even know if she’ll be ready when we get there, but it doesn’t matter.  With our imminent departure we don’t have time to worry about mundane things like will we have a bunk, bathroom, or kitchen when we arrive. . With all the scurrying about, packing and saying our goodbyes I couldn’t help but do ...

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My Journey to Israel – Creating When Stones Speak

Just before we purchased Rabelo Lisa and I took a trip to Israel. I had recently completed the manuscript for my next book, which takes place in this ancient part of the world, and had to go there to do some research.  The title of the book is “When Stones Speak.”

The story is about a brilliant physicist, Dr. Michael Hannigan that has been working on a very special camera for the past 60 years.  The camera ...

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Trekking Through The Rainforest

In addition to diving with whale sharks we took a day off so that Randy, Robbie and I could tour the local rain forest.  We were looking for monkeys, but found much more.

Edmond, our guide, placed the outboard in gear, and we headed into the heart of the Belizean tropical rain forest.  If we got lucky we’d find monkeys along the rivers.  Unfortunately we were not that lucky, but there was plenty of other wild life ...

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My First Encounter With A Whale Shark

One of my more memorable recent trips was to Belize with my two sons.  I have been scuba diving for over 50 years.  God that makes me sound old?! Yet I’ve never seen a whale shark. Every time I visited a place they inhabited, it was always “you should have been here last week.”  Finally I’d had enough.  Belize is famous for the Whale sharks that congregate just offshore from April to June.  It happens during the full ...

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The Rabelo Travel Log (Facts Collected Along Our Journey)

Over the last six months, though we were only traveling for 4.5 months, we covered 1952 kilometers (1210 miles) of rivers and canals. We past through 455 locks, and at our highest point we were 280 meters (918 feet) above sea level.  It would be interesting to see how many total vertical feet we negotiated.  I would estimate 4500 feet. I’m not sure how many miles of tunnels we went through.  It was probably around 25.  We did ...

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