Thursday, April 22, 2010

Snorkeling with John

We snorkeled together three times. The first two times were good practice, but the water wasn't clear, because of storms. I had trouble with cramping in my calves, so we weren't in the water more than 30 minutes each time. The third time, the water was very clear. We stayed out for a total of two hours, with a rest break in the middle.

We saw many kinds of fish and crabs. I brought home some new coral and seaweed we found floating in the water and a hermit crab for our aquarium.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mike in our kitchen

:-) A quick web cam photo to prove I'm real.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kuriat Islands, Tunisia

They are about 18 kilometers off the coast of Monastir, Tunisia.

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This is our pirate ship. I'm holding the camera about one inch above the surface of the water.

I'm in the water, behind our pirate ship.

Joshua is climbing down into the water. He was glad we didn't see any jelly fish in the water. We saw three large red jelly fish on the way there.

Something growing on a steel pole off the coast of Kuriat Island, Tunisia. I assume it is coral.

My favorite fish today. The stuff falling around him is some left over broiled fish from lunch. The workers assured me it was a waste of time to put cooked fish in the water, but it drew over 50 fish to me in minutes.

This is the clearest fish photo I took today.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Camel Ride in Douz Tunisia

Mike on his camel

Mike and Sue after our camel ride

Mike, Sue and Joshua

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Saw a jellyfish

Aequorea Victoria jellyfish off the coast of California. See full resolution‎ (1,600 × 1,200 pixels, file size: 450 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)

Joshua and I were snorkeling north of Sousse this evening. We happened across a small jelly fish that resembled an Aequorea Victoria. Joshua did a quick u-turn for the beach. We were about 50 yards from the shore.

I didn't want anything to happen to him, off alone. What if he saw another jelly fish on his way back without me? So I quickly grabbed his arm with one hand. I studied the transparent jellyfish, less than 3 inches in diameter, with black specks around its bell perimeter. Joshua will say it was much larger! I couldn't see any long tentacles.

Josh enjoyed looking at our jellyfish for a very short time. It started to swim toward our faces. :-0 Joshua shouted through his snorkel tube, "I'm getting out of here!" As I held him tight, I raised my right hand and pushed enough water toward the jellyfish to change its direction. Then it propelled itself gently out to sea, a beautiful sight to see! Wish we had a camera with us.

Some extremely important rules of SCUBA diving or snorkeling we learned in Dakar, Senegal:
  • Always dive with a buddy! Never, ever, dive alone! Keep an eye on your buddy. Make sure everything is OK. When something happens to you, your buddy could be the difference between your life and death.
  • Relax! Being relaxed in water is vital in an emergency. When something happens, follow these steps: stop, breathe, think and act. Never panic and immediately flee or surface. You can make a minor situation fatal.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Kantaoui Golf Course

Mike and Sandy walking the Panoramic Course

We're at the tee for the green on the other end of the lake. The Mediterranean Sea is the darker blue that merges with the blue sky in the back ground, beyond the white buildings.

Joshua at the practice green

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Mike's Montana Birthday Brownie


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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mike's Christmas Dinner

It took a lot of self control! No seconds either. Top right are my oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Abidjan Zoo

This turtle is over 60 years old.

Cany the elephant is 16 years old

Mike, Sue, Josh, John and George Assouf

George arrived to tour the zoo with us. This is a large Silk Cotton tree or Kapok (Ceiba pentrandra). Notice how the trunk branches out into supports. In French it is called a Fromager. Fromager is French for cheese tree, because the ripe seedpod smells like cheese.

John and Sue

The others were all on this bench that was on two piles of dirt a foot above the ground. Erosion had worn away the surrounding dirt.

Josh, John , Sue and Mike

As I joined them, the ground crumbled and it tipped forward. John caught the bench as we jumped from it. Then we took this photo.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Water Baseball

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Monday, June 2, 2008

John working in Africa

Daniel and John are nailing the first side piece to the pulpit.

The fruit of over 4 hours work!

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Joshua's Baptism

Gavin Johnson, Joshua and Mike

Josh was so excited when he came up out of the water. He clenched his hands in victory. It was so much fun!

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John's baptism

Gavin Johnson, John and Mike
John is just coming up out of the water in this photo. What a joyous moment to share with the CCC 2008 team!

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Sousse, Tunisia port

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Camel ride clothes

Mike, Sue, Joshua camel ride clothes
Mike, Sue, Joshua camel ride clothes in Douz, Tunisia

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Aleria beach crab

Mike, Joshua, Nassif

I was able to capture this crab on the beach. He is actually holding on to my stick, so he thinks he captured me. When we set the stick down on the ground, he ran off into the ocean. We are at the Aleria Beach, a less expensive beach not far from Abidjan.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Flight simulator

We're getting our instructions about how to operate the flight simulator at the SAC Air and Space Museum

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John's motorcycle

We're in the parking lot of the SAC Air and Space Museum near Ashland, NE

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

MGA Convertible

Joshua took this photo of me in the parking lot of Chuck-e-Cheese in Omaha, NE. No, it isn't my MGA. My 1957 MGA is in storage behind a barn in Lawson, Missouri

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Oceans of Fun KC, MO

After swimming all day in the various pools, we took this photo.

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Sue, Mike, Joshua

We're at a mini-missions conference at Rosemont Alliance Church

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Disney World

Here we are in the Magic Kingdom, thanks to Wendy, who took this photo and provided our day passes. We had a wonderful day!

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Windy Gap North Carolina

How exciting to visit the Young Life Windy Gap Camp on my 51st birthday. Joshua and I are standing on the trail where I knelt and put my faith in Christ alone for salvation at about 9 PM, May 29, 1977.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Simon Family

We had a great stay with the Simons. They are members at the Statesville Alliance Church. Tom, Joyce and all the children are great folks. We even had freshly rolled oats for breakfast! Joshua loved playing in their yard. We hated to leave.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Curly's Harley-Davidson

Here I am at Curly's Harley-Davidson, exit 10, Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2007

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Saturday, November 4, 2006

Paris Eiffel Tower

Mike, Sue, Claire, Philippe and Joshua
We're standing across the street from the Eiffel Tower, at Place Trocadero Square. I put my Kodak Z7590 on 1.6 second exposure to get the tower all lit up and the flash to light us.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Marrakesh round point

Night photo at the round point by the train station in Marrakesh, Morocco. In French it is written Marrakech.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Joshua's 1st SCUBA Dive

The Oceanium diving center and the fish of
Dakar had the pleasure of the first dive:
Joshua Farho
March 22, 2006
Joshua dived to 3 meters, about 9 feet, and saw many fish and even some sea urchins. He doesn't like them at all. His dive lasted about 20 minutes. He was too cold to continue on much longer. The water that day was cold, about 17C or 63F. I, Mike, dived at a different location that day. I wore two diving suits to stay warm.

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Sunday, January 1, 2006

Mike New Year 2006

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Lebanese Ambasador to Cote d'Ivoire and Mike

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Maria and Ramon Sanchez and Mike

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Sunday, August 7, 2005

Mike wall climbing

I was trying to break the record as the oldest person to climb the wall at Matt Cook's house. It is a lot harder than it looks. I was nervous too about the iron spike on the top of the neighbor's adjoining wall.

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Saturday, March 5, 2005

St. Paul's Mission Hays, Montana

Father Bob, James, Father Joseph and Mike
See more photos from St. Paul's Catholic Mission in Hays, Montana

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump

Mike at the Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump in Havre, Montana.

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