Spring Deployment 2010

Alright, so...we're finally back from our deployment. It was a fairly interesting adventure. I know I already posted pictures from Hong Kong, so I will not post those ones again, so I will start with Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Malaysia is split up between a bunch of islands. Kota Kinabalu is on the island of Borneo. All of the pictures I took are actually of my trip up Mt. Kinabalu. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Random picture of the rainforest.

I thought this tree looked cool. This one was pretty close to the summit.

The way back down the mountain.

Looking all tired and sweaty...and this was only about a quarter of the way up!

Alright, so this is a picture of Mt. Kinabalu. I really wanted to make it to the top, but after I got to this one point where we had to grab a rope and climb up a steep rock face...I decided it would be safer to turn back...especially since I was by myself. If you want to see the video I took near the top, you can check out my youtube page. I'll be posting the link for it at the end of this blog.

So, this is the beach in Pattaya, Thailand...beautiful isn't it?

Another view of the Beach.

So this creepy building in the background is "the Santuary of Truth." It's supposed to be a place where people go to "rediscover" religion. The idea behind the place is that the man who decided to build it believed that the problems in society all go back to our turn from religion. So he built this temple. Kind of scary looking isn't it? That's why I'm making the "this place is creepy" face in this picture.

Sunset in Pattaya, Thailand.

This is a banner on the street in Thailand of the Thai King. He no longer holds any real power, although he is still held in high regard.

The next group of pictures are from Vladivostok, Russia. Fukuoka, Japan was actually our port visit after Thailand, but I didn't really take many good pictures there, so I figured I would skip on to Russia.


This really good Chicken Garlic soup I had.

Russian Orthodox Church. I was actually able to find a vendor who was selling stuff at one of the church's, and I bought I Russian Bible from her...kind of cool huh?

The USS Blue Ridge, moored in Vladivostok, Russia.

While we were in Vladivostok, there were celebrating what they call "Victory Day." It's when the celebrate their victory over the Germans in WWII. They have a big parade, which is nothing more than a military force demonstration. Our sailors were invited to join in the parade, as of course we helped defeat the Germans. You'll notice I was actually trying to take a picture of the Blue Ridge sailors in this picture. Unfortunately the road was so packed, I couldn't get close enough to get a good picture...so this is the best I could come up with.

Alright, well, that's all the pictures I'm going to post from this past deployment. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Oh yeah...forgot to post the link for my youtube channel. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/user/jsnhnsckr.


Oh, and I forgot to explain my dirty shirt in the picture by the "Sanctuary of Truth." Alright...so while we were in Thailand they were celebrating this water festival. So everywhere you went in the city they had water guns and buckets of water, and they were attacking each other with water. It was nearly impossible to get around with out being accosted by water gun bearing renegades. Not only were they spraying you with water, they were also trying to rub this white paste on people...hence why I have a bunch of white splotches on my shirt.
Meg said…
haha! Jay, i totally laughed at that "creepy face" picture!! love the story :) teen talk, we would have said that that place was "sketch". And that is probably exactly what i would have said if i were there!!
i always enjoy your pictures. really cool.
miss ya!