Mel loved the sand crabs and spent an hour trying to get this shot as they are quite timid creatures.

Eric and I get pretty high as we did some solo climbing it was pretty exciting and decently scary.


Well we’re starting our trip off with a little climbing vaction at Hat Ton Sai in southern Thailand. Being out of American culture has been extremely refreshing, not that I don’t love my home, it’s just nice to experience other cultures again and be outside of our comfort zone, it felt like a breath of fresh air getting off the plane, even though in truth it was very polluted air. Some of the high moments have been deep water solo climbing, eating new fruit and watching sand crabs create intricate designs on the beach. The low moments are sunburns, mosquitos, and spiders the size of my hand in our clothes. We wanted to save on sunscreen and only got the 15 spf because the 30 was 20 bucks; however, it wasn’t worth the saved money as we all got burnt to a crisp. That’s the worse of it though, overall we feel super blessed. Next we head to Pattaya to see if we can do some work with an Irish team that is working with a local ministry that helps women out of prostitution. Love ya!

and we’re off

After a great time in Tucson and Phoenix with Mel’s family and our good friends Jason and Heather we take off tomorrow and land in Thailand on Friday thanks to a super time warp. We got to summit Mount Lemmon while in Tucson a much needed relief from the heat, the cool air was almost as refreshing as being reunited with dear friends….almost. Next stop Railay Beach!

those who wander

The word wander has it’s root from the old english word wend or also wind.This gives the word quite a different meaning in that generally to wander is a useless moving about. We almost think of someone sleepwalking as wandering, aimless and perhaps a little lost. Perhaps a first look at the wind may also give a similar impression, it comes and goes without any real direction, however while it may not have an evident direction, it as a definite purpose. That is why we set out to wander, we have no real direction that we ourselves can see, however we know that when we wander it is inevitable that much needed elements will be brought into our lives, almost like the wind brings the rain to the soil.

So without further ado I introduce to you the wanderers.

Eric D. Retterbush

Eric has been known to have a bit of what some might call wander-lust. This may come from the combination of his great ability to live in each moment tagged with a history of traveling on worldwide escapades. However this trip seems a little different then past gaunts, in that he currently feels pretty content with his flagstaff community. Perhaps his lust is turning to love who knows to find out more about Eric visit his blog at http://bush777.xanga.com/

Melissa L. Dohse

Mel has never been to Asia, though she has traveled much in Africa and Central America. Melissa hopes to pursue a lifelong dream of working with oppressed and trafficked women in southern Asia. One purpose of this trip is to explore that calling to see if perhaps any long term opportunities may present themselves. You can find out more about Mel at her blog http://www.melissadohse.blogspot.com/

Michael L. Barger

Michael might be known for his ability to create community. He is an experienced traveler and a seasoned guide, however Michael’s true gift lies in creating friendship, something he hopes to deepen with his fellow pilgrims on this four month trip. To find out more about Michael stay tuned.

and your author

I have made short little trips into Asia in the past that have only aroused an appetite for more. One of my hopes for this trip is to allow any fallacies of western theology to be broken down to make way for truth. I am also very much looking forward to riding a train through India with my wife and a couple of great friends. you can find out more about myself at http://krisdohse.wordpress.com/

Thanks for joining us as we wander!

“The Wandering”

A face, a memory, a soul.

An impact. such as a star fallen in the dirt or a bolt of fire bursting a tree.

A door, a road, a way.

An opportunity. such as a chance to open ones heart, or to renew ones mind.

A person, a life, a history.

An eternal flame. such as nothing we can imagine or think or comprehend.

All contained within and yet containing the wandering where the wine overflows and the fire is not quenched.