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We Went to Tibet!

After the Sapphire, we flew from Beijing to Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous Region for a week long immersion in Tibetan Buddhism, plate collision geology, and Yak Momos. It was a truly amazing trip with visits to Gyantse, Shigatse, and touring the incredible scenery between. The geology was a fascinating jumble due to the rapid uplift and fracturing into high mountains and deep valleys. The sheer height of the mountains roads and surrounding peaks was mind boggling, viewing nearly 6,700 m (22,000') peaks from 5,000 m (16,000') passes.

Home Again (from Asia)!

Back-to-back 17-day cruises on the Sapphire were exhilarating--we could have done more! There were so many new places, new experiences, new tastes, and best of all new friends encountered. Sure the weather was hot and muggy most of the time and we did flirt with Typhoon Phanfone, missing Busan, South Korea near the end of the second voyage, but it was still an incredible experience. Thanks to everyone who attended my lectures, sipped wine with us in Vines, or graced us with their conversation at meals. We loved every minute.

Studying Climate Change

I'm taking an on-line course on climate change (from MIT). I've never tried one of these before and it's pretty interesting. The video lectures are deceptively easy, but the problems are rigorous. So far it's been a great refresher. It's been a long time since I studied black body radiation. Also, filling in the gaps of exactly how isotopic ratios are used as proxies for ancient temperature and adding detail to how Milankovitch cycles nudge the climate towards glacial and interglacial periods has been terrific.