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Old 06-01-2016, 03:50 AM   #1
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Whats the furthest youve been from home, what`s the most Indy thing you`ve done?

It`s the mileage...

Further to TempleRunner`s recent post suggesting that the spirit of Indy is more than just a screen accurate hat and jacket, and Finn`s comment about being an "Outdoorsman", I was thinking about my own love of travel and adventure, inspired at least in part by the influence Indy has had on my life, and these questions occurred to me:

What`s the furthest youve ever been from home?
What`s the most Indy thing you`ve ever done?

For me, its my trip to Alaska, ( went rock climbing just outside Skagway, that was pretty amazing,) and a couple of years ago wife and I travelled through Thailand into Cambodia, visited Ankor Wat. Incredible experience.
What about you guys...?

Ankor Wat



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Old 06-01-2016, 01:46 PM   #2
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Drones,

There is a similar thread about this:
Farthest Away You've Been from Home?

Great pics! Angkor is on my hit-list so I envy you! One of my best friends went there during his honeymoon and loved it. Must have been a great adventure for you.

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Some Ravenheads actually travel around the globe but don't post about it (like a certain someone who recently encountered tigers in India)!

For me, the furthest from home (Montreal) was to Egypt in 2009 & the most Indy-ish thing was crawling through the tight, sloped, claustrophobic tunnels inside Khafren's pyramid. (The 2nd largest & the one worth visiting for Indy fans.)



P.S. An equally cool, Indy-ish thing happened in Dominican Republic (1992) but it was not as far from home as Egypt...
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Old 06-02-2016, 03:13 AM   #3
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There is a similar thread about this:
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He even posted in that thread already. Almost the same thing sans pictures.

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Some Ravenheads actually travel around the globe but don't post about it (like a certain someone who recently encountered tigers in India)!

That guy sounds like a jerk.

Disney Parks is cool.
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Old 06-02-2016, 07:34 AM   #4
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He even posted in that thread already. Almost the same thing sans pictures.

I`d forgotten about that post. Well remembered.

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For me, the furthest from home (Montreal) was to Egypt in 2009 & the most Indy-ish thing was crawling through the tight, sloped, claustrophobic tunnels inside Khafren's pyramid. (The 2nd largest & the one worth visiting for Indy fans.)

Great photo Stoo, love the pith helmet

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Old 06-04-2016, 05:17 AM   #5
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Furthest from home I have been is North Carolina with my then girlfriend ( when we lived in kent UK). The most indy like thing ive done during my formative years (about 18ish I think). When I lived on the isle of sheppey a cliff edge dropped revealing a small tunnel system. So mysrlf and a couple fruends decided to gear up and go gor a look. Incredibly stupid and dangerous but as we all know when you are 18 you are indestructable.

However after getting torches and stuff for the expedition we entered the tunnel. It turned out only be about 15' deep. Never mind..... but the next day another land slip covered it over..... NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN!!!

Oh and my then girlfriend is no longer my girlfriend.....

SHE's MY WIFE... (holds out fist for fist bump).
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:49 AM   #6
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It may have only been 15` deep, but you had the adventure AND got the girl.
Sounds very Indy to me
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:52 PM   #7
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That guy sounds like a jerk.
A total schmuck! On 2 separate occasions, I spent alcohol-filled nights with him in Oakland at 2 'exotic atmosphere' bars and, yes, the guy is a bona-fide douchebag.
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Great photo Stoo, love the pith helmet
Thanks, Drones. (Stay tuned to the "Indy Gear and Props" section for my latest pith helmet purchase.)

Correction: I'm back & forth between 2 homes. The Cairo trip wasn't my farthest because that was from my "new home" in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (and not my "real home" in Montreal, Canada) so my farthest actual travel distance is from Neuchâtel to San Francisco (which I've endured twice now)....13 hours by direct flight.

Without a doubt, others have experienced much farther distances (Oakland to India, Norway to Indonesia, etc.)

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Old 06-21-2016, 11:00 PM   #8
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From the US to Korea for a year. Took forever to get there. East Coast to West Coast with stops in Alaska and Japan.

From the US to Germany many times. Travel within Europe.

From the US to the Middle East twice for a year each. First trip, military plane blew an engine and had to make an emergency landing in Spain until it was fixed.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:40 AM   #9
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Utah and Last Crusade film locations

Just returned home after a visit to the States. Spent 3 weeks travelling around Wyoming and Utah, visited (among other places) Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Canyonlands and Arches National parks. One of the highlights for me was a visit to Balanced Rock, as used in the opening shot from Last Crusade.
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:38 AM   #10
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Travels I did: France (snowboarding), Spain (as a kid), Tunesia, Egypt (been to the Valley of the Kings and the hottest place I've ever been) and Vietnam. Can't believe Vietnam has been my last trip and it's been four years ago already. The most Indy thing I ever did was I think Valley of the Kings but I didn't really liked Egypt at the time as I always thought I would. Than again I was only 16 at the time. Vietnam was 4 years ago at the age of 26. The Indy thing I did there was eating a duck embryo. Still sometimes it eaches and I know I just have to go for it. Guess I'm not much of a solo traveller. Even if it's just to take that step. Can't believe now I once flew to Ho Chi Minh by myself. I wasn't alone there, though.
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:41 PM   #11
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Furthest I have been? New Zealand. Which is on the other side of the globe from where I live, the Netherlands.

And as I went there via Tokio and returned home by way of San Francisco, I did indeed go around the world.

Most Indy thing I have done? Well, apart from the fact that I am a teacher, part time...

There are a lot of things to choose from.

-Jumping out of an aeroplane...
-Participating in experimental archeology...
-Meeting Sallah and Short-Round...
-Exploring ruined temples and secret passages in Greece...
-Obtaining an ancient Roman ring and smuggling it out of Turkey...
-Spending an evening at the Lapin Agile in Paris...
-Exploring ancient ruins in Egypt by day and talking about politics with the locals by night...

I don't know. I guess the thing that comes to mind right now is when I was in the valley of the kings wearing my fedora, the tumb of king Tuth Ank Amen was sealed off to the public because an Egyptian camera crew was filming there.

I was about to walk away when one of the crew shouted out:

"But do let that guy that looks like Indiana Jones in. He'll look great in the shot!"
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:51 PM   #12
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Military service has taken me to Korea, Saudi Arabia, England, Germany, Japan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, France.

Toured some sites and places when I had the chance.
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:20 PM   #13
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What`s the most Indy thing you've ever done?

I knew an arsehole who thought trekking through a montane rainforest at night during a torrential downpour was a good idea.


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Old 04-23-2017, 09:15 PM   #14
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The furthest I've ever been from home is Barcelona, but I didn't do anything particularly Indy like on that trip.

The most-Indy like thing is either going to the British Museum in London or my hike up to Waimoku Falls on Maui. A trip through a bamboo forest to a 400 foot waterfall felt Indy-like.
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I knew an arsehole who thought trekking through a montane rainforest at night during a torrential downpour was a good idea.
Just got your postcard today. Madagascar? VERY cool. Sounds like an amazing trip! Hope you had fun with the lemurs & leeches!

My recent journey to Thailand beats Cairo as farther but I didn't leave from my Montreal home so San Francisco wins by about 100 miles. (♫ "So long on the plane, it drove us insane." ♫)

8735 km / 5428 miles - Montreal to Cairo
9171 km / 5698 miles - Neuchâtel to Bangkok
9341 km / 5804 miles - Neuchâtel to San Francisco

Did a lot of Indy-ish things in Thailand (elephants, monkeys, ancient temples, bamboo raft, etc.) and will post some photos in the Thailand thread.
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Old 04-26-2017, 08:37 PM   #16
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Just got your postcard today. Madagascar? VERY cool. Sounds like an amazing trip! Hope you had fun with the lemurs & leeches!

My recent journey to Thailand beats Cairo as farther but I didn't leave from my Montreal home so San Francisco wins by about 100 miles. (♫ "So long on the plane, it drove us insane." ♫)

8735 km / 5428 miles - Montreal to Cairo
9171 km / 5698 miles - Neuchâtel to Bangkok
9341 km / 5804 miles - Neuchâtel to San Francisco

Did a lot of Indy-ish things in Thailand (elephants, monkeys, ancient temples, bamboo raft, etc.) and will post some photos in the Thailand thread.

Please do Stoo, I want to know where you went and what you thought of the country as I went last year. My trip also included all of the same Indy-ish things you mentioned. As far as this thread is concerned, New York to Bangkok is certainly the farthest from home I have ever been. Before that trip it would have been my trip to China, which was my first time in Asia.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:39 AM   #17
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Just got your postcard today. Madagascar? VERY cool. Sounds like an amazing trip! Hope you had fun with the lemurs & leeches!

Amazing. That's infinitely faster than the Turkish Post.

Fourteen different species of lemurs and... about fifty leeches.
Maybe more.


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My recent journey to Thailand beats Cairo as farther but I didn't leave from my Montreal home so San Francisco wins by about 100 miles. (♫ "So long on the plane, it drove us insane." ♫)

SFO to Madagascar is 24 hours of continuous flying.

I can't go any further. Following a stay on La Reunion, I've gone as physically far as I can.

18,157 km/11,505 miles
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Old 05-04-2017, 10:18 AM   #18
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I would imagine you had to make multiple connections each way just to get there from SF, did you have to go back to Madagascar from Reunion island? What brought you to all the way to Reunion?
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:42 PM   #19
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I did an archaeological field school during my undergraduate. This field school was located in Ostia Antica (just outside of Ostia) and for it we worked for a month doing an excavation of a roman era tomb as part of my coursework.

That is the most Indy thing I've ever done and probably the furthest away from home.
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riding an elephant in the jungles of thailand
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Old 06-05-2017, 04:14 AM   #21
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I would imagine you had to make multiple connections each way just to get there from SF...

You'd be surprised. Very few airlines actually fly to Madagascar, and most of them offer multiple connections. I forget which airline it was, but one had stops in NYC, Germany, somewhere else then Addis Ababa and eventually Madagascar. As it stands, Turkish Airlines flies direct to Istanbul (not Constantinople) and then direct to Antananarivo. Each leg was about 12-hours.

If anybody is planning a trip to Africa, I would suggest that they seriously consider Turkish Airlines. They appear to hit every major African city and country by extension. Spend any amount of time in Ataturk International Airport and you'll get a chance to observe the length and breadth if the Muslim World.

The airport in Antananarivo is so small that there's no room to park the jets overnight. They disembark before returning to Mauritius and overnighting there.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:36 PM   #22
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Furthest I've ever been from home (Austin, TX). Taipei, Taiwan or Moree, NSW, Australia. Not sure which is further. Most Indy thing - nothing related to archeology but my dad and I escaped a police riot in New York, eventually ducking into a subway and catching a train. Meeting my girlfriend in Australia and traveling with her felt Indy to me.
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Just spent a couple of weeks adventuring in the Austrian Alps


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