Miri - A Myriad of Mines
From Kuching, we island-hopped up to the city of Miri, still in Malaysia, but just next to the border of Brunei. It was here in Miri, where we started seeing huge oil platforms constructed in the waters just offshore. Our learning about hydrocarbons in chemistry happened to coincide with this part of our journey. (I wish I could say I planned it that way, but we just ‘struck oil’ on timing!) During a field trip to the Miri Petroleum Museum, we gained a deeper understanding of the various uses of petroleum, life on the oil platforms, and the processes involved in locating, drilling, transporting, and refining oil. Suddenly, sailing past these mini cities on stilts became fascinating. Who’d have thought that oil would be so interesting??
|The first oil well in Miri|
|Kids working hard to pump up oil!|
Each night from the marina we could see glowing structures across the water, like the Parade of Lights set up at Christmastime, except this one featured sea creatures and tall ships. The colorful illumination intrigued us, we were like moths attracted to a porchlight. We vowed to go. How could we not?
|Dinner in Miri|
|Shopping in Miri|
|Haircut in Miri|
|Mark, Sarah and friends riding Harleys in desert over 14 years ago!|
|Bikers week in Miri, Malaysia|