Akaka Falls

See the World for Free

The idea here is to TRAVEL THE WORLD regardless of time or budget. It dawned on me one day that even if I had unlimited time and money (which I definitley do not), I still couldn't see everything in the world that I'd like to see--I'm simply not going to live long enough to do it.

But I had a bit of brain wave and soon after the travel envelope was born. This is an actual physical envelope. I typed the name of every country in the world, plus every state in the US on little slips of paper which I then put into the envelope. In the beginning we (myself, my husband, Dave and daugher Catherine) would draw out a slip at random at the beginning of the month and that's where we would go---at least in our minds. We grab some books about the country from the library and put them in our bathroom to look at. We also check out some videos about the country if any. We check it out on googleearth, listen to the music, try the food, maybe even attempt to learn a dance or celebrate a festival.

After the first two years we discovered that even virtual traveling can be tiring, so we travel now whenever I happen to be in the mood.

It's great fun. I especially love it when people I meet have been to the place I'm "visiting" in real life, or get excited and have some virtual adventures of their own. I hope that anyone who comes across this blog will feel welcome to come with us on the trip!

You have a standing reservation to see it all!

Sep 23, 2013

Testing Testing

I found out what the Marshall Islands are famous for---nuclear testing. After WW2, the US government decided that these islands were the most godforsaken place on earth and therefore perfect for testing nuclear bombs.

This is a picture of Enewetak Atoll.  According to the book The Atomic Times,  by Michael Harris, US soldiers with visions of tropical jungles and exotic women were dropped off here for a 12 month tour of duty. The military had already evacuated all the residents, stripped off the jungle and covered the island with concrete.  The island is about 1 mile square. The first time Michael went swimming he saw a fish with three eyes. That was the last time he went swimming.  You won't learn much about the Marshall Islands from this book, but it's an interesting record of military shortsightedness.