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Out of the Marianas...travels in Britain
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 7:55 PM


Edinburgh Scotland near castle


Edinburgh "mile" above and castle below

Guarding the Belfast castle

London, KY ???

Where's the niblick, brassie, and spoon

Open since 1828 in Belfast N Ireland

Working women tribute in N Ireland

Outside Belfast

Ireland's Big Ben?

Belfast zoo gorillas 

Belfast castle

Island boys even splash in cold weather



Belfast cannon

Irish trees above and below

Pub crawl in Belfast

Traveller's Name Saipan the "World's Best Place to Retire"
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Elvis retired in the PHILIPPINES!!!

Traveller's rate the best places to retire

Many online polls rate the best beaches, places to live, vacation, and  the ultimate retirement locations, and one fact became clear quickly to travellerdane correspondents, it's some of the same places in all categories and it always has been. There were ten categories compared and affordability was a key because all things considered, retirees should want bang for their buck and a 1300. social

Faces of Asia IV
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Travels in Asia and Pacific IV

Travel photos from across the Pacific and Asia including Japan, Okinawa, China S Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Micronesia including Yap, Chuuk, Guam, Pohnpei, Palau, Kosrea, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia including Borneo, Singapore, Indonesia including Iran Jaya, Bali, Flores, Komodo, Sabah, Nepal, India, Burma or Myanamar, and of course the old raised limestone Northern Marianas Islands including Rota, Tinian, and the young traveller's home in Saipan

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Travels of Dane Hodges from Micronesia I
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 6:51 PM

Brad Pitt did "7 years in Tibet" and 2013 marks "7 years in Micronesia" for Dane Hodges living in and traveling out of Micronesia in pictures!

Seven years from Micronesia

Dane Hodges back home in Saipan in time for sunset

Micronesia boys travel by canoe


First picture of 2013


White tip shark passes Goat Island


Dane strolls with Buddhist monks in an Ancient City at Chang Mai Thailand

Dane flanked by

Travels of Dane Hodges 7 years from Micronesia II
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 6:43 PM

Dane's 7 years from Micronesia part II

Dane blazes the trail

Dane explores the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat Cambodia

Dane Hodges rides the rail across Thailand

The amazing Philippines is almost home to Dane

Dane plays on a Micronesian beach

Great Wall of China is Asia's best place to walk or run

Dane fishes at sunset

Oh Korea!

Dane in the temples of SE Asia

Where else

7 years in Micronesia...2012 in pictures
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 9:25 PM

Seven years in Micronesia with Dane Hodges

First picture of 2013

Dane strolls with Buddhist monks in an Ancient City at Chang Mai Thailand

Dane flanked by Mom in pink and brother Josh in black in Beijing China

Micronesian beaches are remote

Dane breaks at the Great Wall at Mutianyu China

Wangfujing Street Beijing China

Now those elephants over in Africa are...


Dane rides a rickshaw

Northern Marianas wonders and attractions in photos and pictures
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 9:47 PM

Landmarks of the Marianas Islands and Pacific Rim with Dane Hodges


Dane Hodges at Bird Island Saipan in Marianas Islands

Agrihan fumarole field - Agrihan, volcano crater. Approximately 100 x 100 m large fumarole field in the exotic crater of Agrihan.

Asuncion Island - Asuncion. Several volcanoes of Mariana Islands look like almost perfect cones but Asuncion possibly is the most impressive one. Volcano is rising 857 m tall above the sea and

Thailand...touring Siam with Dane Hodges
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 12:01 AM

Thailand...touring Siam with Dane Hodges

Travel day in Siam, Dane Hodges

Everyone loves Thailand is a common comment among tourists and travelers; Thailand has it all is another.  It’s no surprise to anyone who has ever been there that it is the most popular destination in all of Asia, and the title is well disserved.

Dane Hodges LOVES Thailand, and how could you not?  Whether you prefer the southern beaches, the mountainous north, the jungles of

Micronesia...lost in time with Dane Hodges
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 9:06 PM

Micronesia...lost in time with Dane Hodges

Micronesia..lost in time
Imagine thousands of islands and then spread them across millions of square miles in the vast southwest Pacific, then open yours eyes to a beach that runs as far as you can see...welcome to Micronesia; a land lost in time.  So many islands, so many tranquil beaches, so remote, so deserted, so many lost ship wrecks, so much lost treasure, and so vast it is hard to comprehend. 
Seven 7 Wonders of the World by Dane Hodges
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:11 PM

The Traveller's Seven 7 Wonders of the World

Dane Hodges relaxes in the ancient ruins, Cambodia

Six year old Dane Hodges has assembled his natural, ancient, and modern Wonders of the World, and also included the top 50 sites and Wonders of the Pacific and Orient.  Dane also included 7 Wonder Islands, Beaches, and the 7 Wonders of the Underwater World.  His "list" wound up with nine sites in China, and six apiece respectively for

World looks toward Marianas Islands...Cameron conquers the Trench
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 9:02 PM

Guam AP-Breaking News...James Cameron beats field to

Dane Hodges swims his native Marianas Trench National Monument

 the bottom of the Marianas Trench National Marine Monument

Saipan AP-Dane Hodges optimistic after Trench race loss

Saipan - AP More breaking news 6-1-12...China to send Sea Dragon to bottom on marianas Trench...see bottom of this blog

James Cameron has made it to the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the ocean, and the world

Dane Hodges travels China
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 7:38 PM

The city, sites, and people of Beijing with Dane Hodges

Dane Hodges climbs Great Wall Mutianyu,China

Dane flew into Tianjin and after several nights exployering the old port city, the little traveller took the 90 mile 24 minute bullet train ride to the south Beijing station.  Ancient Peking in the hutong region is as charming as Beijing is amazing.  The sights are fantastic, and the public transportation representative of Chinese

Dane Hodges...and the turquoise Sea of Saipan
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 9:06 PM

Northern Marianas Islands...the turquoise Sea of Saipan

Dane Hodges fishing Saipan, CNMI

The Northern Mariana Islands, officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), is a commonwealth in political union with the United States, occupying a strategic region of the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of 15 islands about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. The United States Census Bureau reports the total land area of all

Dane Hodges travels the Philippines!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 12:59 AM

Dane Hodges 2011 Travels in Pictures
Monday, March 12, 2012 - 6:29 PM

Dane Hodges visits the Karen hilltribes in Burma ( Myanmar)

2012 traveller schedule

January -  Rota Island

Dane Hodges fishes in the afternoon

February - Forbidden Island & Bird Island

March - Managaha Island & Tinian

April - Yap Islands

May - Rock Islands, Palau

June - Palawan, Philippines

July - Hanoi, Vietnam to Saigon & Bali, Indonesia

August - Varanasi, India

Dane Hodges digs the lost ruins of Cambodia
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 10:33 PM

Dane Hodges near Angkor Wat moat, Cambodia

Cambodia occupies 181,040 square kilometers of peninsular Southeast Asia. Modern Cambodia is bordered by Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and the Gulf of Thailand, which is a part of the South China Sea. It is all that remains of the once-powerful Khmer empire that flourished in the ninth through the twelfth centuries and dominated much of mainland Southeast Asia.  The population is approxamatly 12 million.


America sweeps traveller's award
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:33 PM

America Sweeps Traveller's Best Destination Awards 2011

Fire one, Dane Hodges and Mom snow play in Cincy

Dane Hodges finally plays America!

Dane was tasked with ranking his 2011 travels that included 29 flights, four train trips, 14 countries, and most every means of transportation one could imagine from rickshaws and elephants to Jeepneys, baht buses, bullets, to flat bottom river rafts, and some would be stunned by the results! 
Micronesia...lost in time
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:31 PM

Imagine thousands of islands and then spread them across millions of square miles in the vast southwest Pacific, then open yours eyes to a beach that runs as far as you can see...welcome to Micronesia; a land lost in time.

Dane Hodges plays with Japanese WWII canon, Saipan

Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It is distinct from Melanesia to the south, and Polynesia to the

Borneo...Dane Hodges in the old rainforest
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:28 PM

Borneo... Dane Hodges in the old rainforest  

Dane Hodges in rainforest canopy, Borneo

The Borneo rainforest is 130 million years old, making it the oldest rainforest in the world and 70 million years older than the Amazon rainforest. Borneo is very rich in biodiversity compared to many other areas (MacKinnon et al. 1998). There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of trees (267 species are dipterocarps), 221

Burma and Lao...along the Mekong with Dane Hodges
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:26 PM

Dane Hodges eats Pineapple rice with mom, Burma

 The history of Burma (Myanmar) covers the period from the time of first-known human settlements 11,000 years ago to the present day. The earliest inhabitants of recorded history were the Pyu who entered the Irrawaddy valley from the north c. 1st century BCE. By the 4th century CE, the Pyu had founded several city states as far south as Prome (Pyay), and adopted Buddhism. Farther south, the Mon, who had entered from

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