50 States – 50 Countries – Thailand

50 States – 50 Countries – Thailand

The exotic ancient kingdom of Siam celebrated in the musical “The King and I,” lies primarily on the Gulf of Thailand nestled between Burma, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Laos. Bangkok, the capital, teems with life, palaces, elaborate statues & palaces, elephants and speeding tuk tuks. Now a visual highlights tour of Thailand…FAR EAST 2009 ALL 245 (2)FAR EAST 2009 ALL 254 (2)FAR EAST 2009 ALL 209 (2)

The Chao Phraya River

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Tuk Tuk

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50 States – 50 Countries – California (Part 1)

50 States – 50 Countries – California (Part 1)

The “Golden State” is big. Not Texas or Alaska big, but it takes up almost half of the “Left Coast.” Home to movie stars, Hollywood, several national parks, a wide variety of climates, a lot of liberal Democrats, Beach Boys, surfing, Spanish Mission, wineries, and a mix of many cultures and races. So many places, animals and people to see, I decided to break this post up into multiple parts.  Enjoy!

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State Capitol Building in Sacremento…

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Governor’s Mansion, Sacremento…

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San Diego…

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Coronado Hotel in San Diego. The site of the movie “Some Like it Hot.”

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Balboa Park in San Diego…

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Bodega Bay, film site for “The Birds.”

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Napa Valley home to many wineries…

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California wildlife…

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Wild Turkeys


Roosevelt Elk

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Rare white pelicans

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Sea Lions

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Queen Mary, Long Beach

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Great Heron, Long Beach

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Sierra Mountains…

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Capistrano Mission…


Many Victorian homes and hotels…

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Lava Beds National Monument…

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Hollywood Bowl, site of many famous concerts, including the Beatles in 1964 and 1965.

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Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, site of many Hollywood premieres…

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More of our photographs later!!

50 States – 50 Countries – Korea

50 States – 50 Countries – Korea

With North Korea in the news, I thought I would share my photos of South Korea during my time there in 1970-71. I spent most of my time in the mountains & valleys just short of the DMZ where small villages, open markets, mud huts, and rice paddies dotted the countryside.

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Harvesting rice…

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Rice paddies…

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Rice on the way to market…

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Open Market…Kimchi (pickled cabbage) is very popular. They bury the extra in large jars in the summer then dig it up to eat in the winter after it had fermented for several months. Avoid public transportation in the winter because everybody eats the stuff…very powerful! They also make a potent rice wine called makkoli.

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Have baby will travel…

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Home and chicken coop all in one. Charcoal bricks under the floor heated the huts in winter.

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That’s me in the hills just south of the Hantan River…

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Hantan River…

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A converted train track in the 70’s, today it is used for a commuter train that runs south to Seoul, the capital. This is crossing the Hantan headed toward Panmunjom, located in North Hwanghae Province. Originally it was a village just north of the de facto border between North and South Korea, where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement that paused the Korean War was signed.

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One the outposts where soldiers stand guard looking toward the DMZ and North Korea.

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Even 40 years ago a commuter train ran to Seoul from the far north. Looks empty here but the train made 30 stops after we got on at the end stop and the car filled with adults, children, vendors selling food, and livestock (mostly chickens).

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Yes, it gets cold in South Korea and it snows. Lakes, ponds, and rice paddies all freeze over, providing lots of places to ice skate.

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Seoul Train Station

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Ancient Seoul was once a walled city…and is filled with Buddhist temples…

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Seoul Korea 1970-71

Kids loved having their picture taken and practicing their English.

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Traditional papa-san outfit…only seven family names in Korea, the most popular is Kim followed by Lee and Park.

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Anybody remember pay phones?

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Big celebration in this Seoul park as everybody comes out for a book/pamphlet burning of propaganda from North Korea. You can see the pile on the far right before they set it on fire.


Richard Allan Jones is an author, actor, musician, and world traveler. You can find his novels, “Drafted” and “Identity Check” on amazon.com.


50 States – 50 Countries — Oregon

50 States – 50 Countries — Oregon

A new series of photographs we’ve taken from around the globe in our 50 years of traveling…The cover photo is Crater Lake National Park.

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There are many covered bridges in the state…especially around Cottage Grove…

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Miles of rugged coastline including the famous “Haystack” rock…

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The famous Astoria Column built high on a hill overlooking the town and the Columbia River delta …

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The mighty Columbia River was a major route for explorers, passengers, and freight…

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Multnomah Falls is the largest of the many waterfalls east of Portland along the Columbia River…

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Sea otters can be seen eating and frolicking along the shore…

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You might recognize “Mikey’s” home used in the movie “The Goonies,” located in Astoria…

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Oregon is also known for its wide selection of fine wines…

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Don’t miss the expansive Rose Garden in the hills above Portland…

Happy Trails!