Karen Martell @karenm

  • karenm

    January 17th at 5:57am

    My dad passed away Sunday morning and I found this picture in his top drawer. He taught me to embrace challenge with the utmost wonder and enthusiasm, prioritize family and friends above all else, and to savor the small joys in life whether it was the early morning sun, music, dancing, cooking, boating, or a good story. He took his duty as a father seriously, providing counsel and concern until the end - advising me on a big career decision just last week and beaming with joy at how much I love David. You will be loved, missed and respected forever more Dad. May you live on in our actions, decisions and values for decades to come. Rest in peace knowing that you left our hearts incredibly full.

    paulina831

    4 days ago
    What a sweet picture and what a beautiful note. Im si sorry for your loss Karen. Sending you big warm sunny hugs from Mex.

    jdarrow45

    4 days ago
    oh Karen, I am so so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how you loved this man....

    adamwchase

    4 days ago
    I'm sure you are keeping his spirit alive, well and smiling with pride.

    chrissycadigann_

    4 days ago
    So sorry Karen💕

    catiebeck

    4 days ago
    I'll be holding you in my thoughts, so sorry for your grave loss, he sounds like a wonderful dad and man.

    thisiscassidy

    4 days ago
    Love.

    katemwendt

    4 days ago
    What a perfect and meaningful tribute ❤

    denise461

    4 days ago
    Beautiful 😘

    heybear01

    4 days ago
    Sending you so much love dear friend. So sorry for your loss. ❤

    kristaaahoff

    4 days ago
    So sorry Karen ❤
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  • karenm

    January 12th at 3:44pm

    In the midst of all this rain, thinking of this beautiful sunrise in Bagan and the first hot air balloon making its way up over the horizon.

  • karenm

    January 8th at 7:59am

    We "climbed" more than we thought we would in Myanmar, but it sure felt good to go to Planet Granite this afternoon. :)

  • karenm

    January 4th at 6:26pm

    This pretty much sums up our feelings about e-bikes, Bagan, and traveling together. What a trip! Now back to work and ready for another amazing year.

    sierralepeep

    16 days ago
    So much joy ❤️👌

    yvnchng

    16 days ago
    @karenm I'll teach you next time I see you!

    cdyer3

    17 days ago
    LOVE!

    karenm

    17 days ago
    @yvnchng thanks! David told me I need to learn your chopstick holder technique. Hope you had a relaxing break!

    yvnchng

    17 days ago
    glad you guys made it back in once piece! 😄 Your photos look so magicalllll!

    vallerina05

    17 days ago
    So adorable! Another amazing adventure!
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  • karenm

    January 4th at 6:24pm

    New Year's Day at Schwedagon Pagoda, visible from almost anywhere in Yangon and one of Buddhism's most sacred sites. The 325ft zedi, adorned with 27 metric tons of gold and thousands of diamonds and gems, is believed to enshrine 8 hairs of the Buddha. We visited just as I was coming down with some pretty horrific food poisoning, so I was all about sitting in the shade and listening to these women sing.

  • karenm

    January 4th at 12:49pm

    New Year's in Yangon! Kandawgyi Lake was definitely our favorite and the most tranquil part of an otherwise busy and congested city. At this point, we were ready for the comforts of civilization (aka a dinner of pizza, salad, and wine; air conditioning; TV; coffee that wasn't Via; and conditioner!).

  • karenm

    January 3rd at 7:17pm

    Phaung Daw U Pagoda is the venue for one of the Myanmar's most important festivals marking the start of Buddhist Lent in October. The focal point is the parade of the temple's amorphous Buddha statues aboard a royal barge, that travels to Inle's 18 largest settlements.

  • karenm

    January 3rd at 7:16pm

    Grocery shopping when you live on a lake! More impressive were the floating gardens on Inle or "kyunpaw," which are created by collecting weeds from the surface, lashing them together to form meter long strips, anchoring them to the bottom of the lake with bamboo poles, and heaping them with mud. The tomato gardens were most striking but cauliflower, cucumbers, cabbage, peas, beans and eggplants are grown year round and the floating gardens can accommodate fluctuating water levels, which is key during monsoons. Surplus produce is then taken by fishing boats to a five day rotating market.

  • karenm

    January 3rd at 7:48am

    The amazingly graceful fishermen of Inle Lake propel themselves by wrapping one leg around oars fixed to the stern of flat bottomed canoes so they can keep their hands free to man the net. Each teak boat takes one month to make, costs $2400 and last 25 years.

  • karenm

    January 3rd at 7:45am

    Cruising through Inle Lake. 70,000 Intha live in the 200 towns and scattered villages clustered along the shores of the lake, which is 13 miles long and 7 miles wide. We visited a silversmith, teak carving studio, silk and lotus weaving workshop, and floating gardens and ate fish curry and vermicelli salad at a restaurant built on stilts. It's amazing how adaptable humans can be to so many different environments.

    cdyer3

    18 days ago
    Silk and lotus weaving workshop! Oh my!! 🤗

    stacydelin

    18 days ago
    So cool. Been loving your photos from this trip!
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