Home Leave | Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Kail and I spent part of home leave visiting my sister in Virginia Beach, where, previously unbeknownst to us, there are several hiking trails at state parks and national wildlife refuges within an hour’s drive or so. We went on a couple hikes during our one-week stay, the first of which was at the Great Dismal Swamp NationalContinue reading “Home Leave | Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge”

R&R in Hawaii | Volcanoes National Park & The Big Island, Part Two

The third part of our Hawaiian vacation brought us to the other side of the Big Island, a moist rainforest that is vastly different from the arid lava fields near Kona, to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We stayed in a little B&B near the main park entrance and spent the better part of two daysContinue reading “R&R in Hawaii | Volcanoes National Park & The Big Island, Part Two”

R&R in Hawaii | Pearl Harbor

Other than a trip to the North Shore, our major excursion during our short stay on Oahu was a visit to Pearl Harbor. It was a very moving experience, and somewhat eerie to see the remains of the USS Arizona submerged underwater, the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewman killed aboard.

Parque del Bicentenario

View of the San Salvador Volcano from Parque del Bicentenario.As I predicted, one of the biggest adjustments to life in San Salvador is the inability to walk and run around outside. Due to security and safety reasons (both crime- and traffic-related), it’s just not something you do here — at least not very easily (andContinue reading “Parque del Bicentenario”