Thailand: Jackfruit & Durian

Thailand is a jackpot of exotic, delicious fruit. The fruit comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes that I would bet you could not have imagined exist on our planet. I know that time and time again I have been shocked by the beauty and diversity of the fruits that nature produces. You might recognize durian and jackfruit … Read More

Geo-Joint: Delaware’s Twelve-Mile Circle

The Geo-Joint brings up the subject of borders every once in a while because they’re so basic to how humans define their place on earth. We solidify our styles, foods, cultures, and even our gene pools according to borders that define “us” and “them.” So as artificial as they often are, their importance can’t be denied. We’ve also talked about … Read More

Thailand: Gender in Thai

A curious aspect of the Thai language is how the words change depending on the gender of the person speaking. Don’t be surprised when you begin to notice the same sentence being spoken in different ways, depending on who is speaking. Here is an example of how gender affects the way someone speaks. To be polite, at the end of … Read More

Geo-Joint: Glaciers in the Tropics

When you think of the equatorial tropics, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is a beach—a warm, breezy, sea-level scene, complete with coconut palms. Or maybe a lush rainforest, soaking wet and humid, with a steamy heat that makes you break into a sweat just thinking about it. Less likely is the thought of high mountain peaks, … Read More

Thailand: Khao Lom Muak

Last week we talked about what should know before tackling the 990 foot tall climb of Khao Lom Muak. This week, here are some other logistics that would be super helpful to you as you are prepping for your adventure. The view of Khao Lom Muak from the beach below. The fastest way to get to the start of the … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Lost Nazi Gold Train

The buried gold of pirate stories is the dream of every 8-year-old kid, but historians say pirates were not particularly prone to putting their plunder in a hole and covering it. It’s documented to have happened a few times, though the goods were not commonly buried and left behind unguarded. Burying helped obscure the holdings until the diggers could return … Read More

Thailand: Khao Lom Muak: Before You Go

Get ready to work for your view—Khao Lom Muak is 990 feet tall! The climb starts with stairs and then becomes a steep rocky trail that is zig-zagged with large static ropes to aid your upward progress and the long slippery descent. Because of the difficult terrain, the military posts soldiers at different points along the trail to give a … Read More

Geo-Joint: Sandy Beaches on the Move

Does any bit of ground change its appearance on a seasonal, weekly, daily, or even hourly basis as much as the beach? The tide comes in and goes out a couple of times a day in most places, narrowing and widening the margin between land and sea. Different days produce greater or smaller piles of washed-up kelp, flotsam, and jetsam, … Read More

Thailand: A Deadly Combination – Durian and Alcohol

There is a Thai belief that you should not eat durian and drink alcohol together—they often believe the combination can kill you. I thought that this was crazy, and started to do some research into the science, fully expecting that this belief was bogus. Lo and behold! There is actually some truth to this belief, and the science to back … Read More

Geo-Joint: Les Grands Goulets

Almost any road, even one crossing a flat valley floor, is the product of careful engineering and hard work. If that road goes over water or through some hills, that much more planning and effort is involved. True mountain roads are really a challenge, but their basic route may follow old game or first-inhabitants’ trails. Rock can be blasted to … Read More