Volga River Cruise including Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan & the Caspian Sea – August 9 – 24, 2018
Three days in Moscow before boarding the M.S. Volga Dream. We visited 5 cities on the way to St. Petersburg. Hence to Peterhof and Peter the Great’s Palace on the Gulf of Finland. We flew to Georgia and Armenia and from there Azerbaijan, Land of Fire and the oil rich city of Baku on the Caspian Sea.
Princess Cruise to Japan, Taiwan, Okinawa and Korea May 13 - 27, 2018
We flew to Kobe, Japan then boarded the Diamond Princess and visited several temples. In Beppu, Japan we toured Kochi Castle. Touring the Peace Park in Hiroshima, Japan was touching. Visiting the International Cemetery in Busan, South Korea was also touching. I read The Geisha Who Bewitched the West, from the ships library to review for Book Club.
Vietnam, Cambodia and Angkor Watt - Aug. 10 - 25th 2017 (Album) - Viet Kong Tunnels (Slideshow)
The trip broadened our understanding of South East Asia and the War in Vietnam. Click Dereliction of Duty my for synopsis and summary of the book. Viking’s “Magnificent Mekong” River trip took us from Saigon down the Mekong River and then by bus to Cambodia’s royal palace and the killing fields. Thence to the ruins of Angkor Wat and ended in Hanoi.
South America - Antarctica Jan. 29 - Feb. 24 2017
From Santiago, Chile we boarded our cruise ship. Ports of call included Puerto Montt, Castro Isia, Puerto Chacabuca, and Punta Arenas. Sailing through the Chilean Fjords, Tierra del Fuego, and the Strait of Magellan. We docked at Ushuaia where we visited Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) National Park. We visited Falkland Islands, Puerto Madryn, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay and ended our trip at Iguazu Falls.
Trans-Siberian Railroad 2016
We enjoyed our trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad through China, Mongolia, Siberia and Kazan to Moscow August 21-September 4. However, after one sleepless night Tom wrote: “The train grinds, shakes, jerks, creaks, sways thumps, clickity-clacks, clangs, vibrates, squeaks, slams, jolts and careens. It has its own discordant rhythm. From September 5 - 12 we enjoyed an extension through the Baltics. 1. China 2. Mongolia 3. Siberia 4. Kazan & Moscow 5. Baltic Trip 6. Salt Mine 7. Description
Nepal - Oct. 24 – 28th 2015
Our flight from S.L.C. to Delhi was “funless.” We were delayed for 3 hours at the Newark airport. The Fun For Less tour group flew to Kathmandu and visited Durba Square. The next morning we took a breathtaking flight around Mount Everest and returned to India.
India – Oct. 28 – Nov. 15th 2015
Varanasi & Ganges River. Agra the Ghost City and the Taj Mahal. In Jaipur we climbed to the Amber Fort by Elephant. We took camel carts through the Pushcar Festival then visited a Jain Temple. In Udaipur we stayed in the 5 Star Marble Lake Palace Hotel.
Deli – Nov. 7 - 8th 2015
We toured Jama Masjid Mosque, Raj Ghat (where Mahatma Ghandhi was cremated), Emperor Humayan’s tomb and Qutbar Minar. Jack Marshall’s farewell lecture included Tom singing “Amazing Grace.” The two-day flight back to Utah through Minneapolis, Minnesota was also funless.
Mission Presentation Feb. 2012 - Nov. 2014
We entered the MTC on February 20, 2012 and were released from Cape Town South Africa Mission on October 15, 2013. Three days later we joined a tour of Turkey and the Holy Land. Elder Stokoe and I lived in Port Elizabeth where we enjoyed presenting PEF firesides, assisting with “Planning for Success” classes and attending District and Zone meetings. We inspected flats and supported our twelve young Elders. On December 3rd we were called to Grahamstown Branch. We drove between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth covering two assignments. On March 3, 2013 we moved back to P.E. On April 18 we were called to help out Motherwell Group. In ten months that group had grown from just six members to over 60 people attending and the group became Motherwell Branch.
Mediterranean Cruise Jun. 2009
The Farley Cousin included the children of Stan Farley and Spouses; their cousins Corinne Young (Everett) and Diane Stokoe (Tom) with grandchild Alexandra and Andrew Belov. The group flew into Barcelona, Spain and set sail on the Voyager of the Seas, May 31, 2009. Five Hundred and Sixteen photos with captians portray the voyage and identify places that they visited. The cousins and grandkids flew home June 7th while the Stokoes and Youngs flew on to Cairo.
Egypt Jun. 2009
The Youngs and Stokoes tour Egypt including Memphis, first capital of upper and lower Egypt; Sakkara (Step Pyiramids of Zoser); Giza (Great Pyramids & sphinx;); Aswan (City, Dam, and Philae Temple); Luxor (ancient Karnak) and the Valley of the Kings.
China, Album 1 Jun. 2007
Visiting the China Folk Villages and the magical Li River at Guilin. Cruising the Yangtze, visiting Three Gorges Dam and exploring the Shen Nong Stream. Wandering through the market at Fengdu, and being entertained by senior citizens.
China, Album 2 Jun. 2007
Visiting the famous Buddhist grotto at Bao Ding Hill, the Terra Cotta Warriors, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Sacred Way. A stop at a silk carpet workshop and a jade shop.
Hong Kong and Thailand, Album 3 Jun. 2007
A brief visit to the LDS Temple and navigating the subway to Hong Kong Harbor. Exploring Bangkok's train and floating markets with Boom and Toom. A visit to the Royal palace and Golden Triangle. A stop at the Long Necks' Village, elephant trekking, riding in ox carts and floating on bamboo rafts. In Singapore, touring the Orchid gardens, city, harbor, shopping, and a foot massage.