70 Followers!!

This is to be a thank you to ALL of my supporters, but especially those specifically on WordPress.  This blog is the sprout of my life’s ambition, and you, dear readers, are the fertile soil gathering around that sprout. Were I a gardener, I’d be able to shape the soil on my own.  Instead, I must draw you to me, which makes your presence far more inspiring and meaningful.  Thank you for staying, and thank you for your support.

My apologies to loyal readers for missing last week; traveling for Easter threw off my rhythm, and I honestly have yet to find it again.  A couple weeks ago, my patrons saw a teaser for an article on Iron Hill Brewery (via Patreon Lens—it’s like a Snapchat story), and I wanted to confirm for you guys that I’ll be posting that article within the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, the next article coming up (maybe even before next Sunday) is an introductory piece on the next international trip I’m taking: the better part of a month spent in Burundi, at the center of Africa.  Longtime readers will recognize the name, as I posted a series of articles a couple years ago—the last time I was there.  Please tune in; Burundi is my favorite place I’ve ever been, and I want to show you why.  I could try now, but it would pale in comparison to what I’d produce out there.  Suffice to say that some of the poorest people in the world, who face adversity from their government and from each other that the average American can’t possibly fathom, are at the same time some of the happiest and most generous people I’ve ever met.  I cannot wait to see them again.

If, perchance, you’re interested in expressing your support further, there are a few avenues down which you could consider heading.  Here is a link to the official Umbrella Terms Facebook page, where more likes will make me more credible to potential sponsors, which would allow me to spend more time creating content.  I can’t post a link to my Instagram, but @littleblueumbrellas is where you’ll find my account.  If you’re interested in supporting me more directly, my Patreon page could always use more subscribers, and for just two dollars a post, you could gain access to every picture I take in my travels, not just the ones useful in my articles or that look good together in an album on Facebook.

In any case, your support means the world to me, and to show it, I’ve compiled some  pictures for your enjoyment (ones that I couldn’t find another place for).  Here’s to the next year of travel!

 

First up, some Thailand:

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Ao Phang Nga National Park
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Guided kayak tour through a really cool lagoon.
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A different view of James Bond Island (the famous rock spike is just inside that lagoon.

 

Up next, a little Myrtle Beach (and Charleston):

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Broadway at the Beach by night.
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Charleston’s ubiquitous Angel Oak: perhaps the most famous example of the gorgeous Southern Live Oak.

 

And who could forget Ireland:

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Inside the adorable church on the Hill of Tara.  This article’s headline image was taken atop a passage grave that also sits on top the hill.
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It’s quite easy to get to Ireland’s Eye from Howth Harbor (behind the camera in this picture).  This Martello tower is one of the only manmade structures on the island.
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About an hour south of Dublin proper lies this ruined monastic site that predates the United States by about five hundred years.

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