Author Archives: Physics Tramp

The Agra Fort and other sites at Agra

The Taj Mahal is certainly the world’s grandest tomb.  The sultan built it for his wife, who died young.  His residence was the Agra fort.  It was a grand structure in itself, only overshadowed by the great Taj Mahal. Lunch … Continue reading

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Agra and the Taj Mahal

Not long after we departed Delhi it was daylight.  Then we noticed that many of the people on board were very physically fit and they carried assortments of odd metal artifacts.  After Agra, the flight was going on to Katmandu, … Continue reading

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Delhi airport at 2 AM

Our stay in India had been shortened by one day, sadly, and we had to rush to get back on schedule. We arrived at Delhi airport about 2 AM.  The place was packed with throngs of people.  Because of India’s … Continue reading

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To Hong Kong

Although I had been to Hong Kong twice and Elle once, our boys had never been there.  I was able to have them meet all the people that had been to the Willans’ prayer meeting.  The Christian, former Triad leader, … Continue reading

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From Sydney to Bali

Our church had missionaries in Bali.  They were about to begin construction of a church there, so our first stop in returning to the US was a stop in Bali for about a week. We flew from Sydney to Bali … Continue reading

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A final trip to Perth

As we were making plans to migrate to the United States, we drove from Sydney across the Australian continent to Perth, to visit Elle’s sister and family.  On the way over I stopped in Kambalda, a mining town, and visited … Continue reading

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Project for the Mount Newman Railway

The Mount Newman Railway, a private railway owned by BHP Billiton that transports iron ore from Mount Whaleback to Port Hedland, Western Australia, needed some seismic work done as part of a grade realignment.   We stayed at a field camp … Continue reading

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The Mayaguez incident

About the time Elle and I were to depart from Hong Kong for Bangkok, a US merchant ship, the S.S. Mayaguez, was hijacked by the Cambodian Khmer Rouge.  President Ford ordered that American forces based in Thailand attack and recapture … Continue reading

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I go to Catholic Church with Philip Lui

The day following our extraordinary experience with the rain at Tai Po, I met Philip Lui at the Catholic Church he attended.  As we took our places in Church, he said, “I haven’t said confession for a long time. He … Continue reading

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Rain event near Tai Po harbor

On my second project at Hong Kong later in 1975, we did seismic traverses in the hills around Tai Po harbor, north of Kowloon.  I had a new assistant named Philip Lui. The last traverse area was on a prominent … Continue reading

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