Category Archives: Uncategorized

Western China Adventure 1st 6 Days

Beth, Will & Jo, Shelby & I  arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in western China from Shanghai on Day 1 (April 30, 2017) of our 12 day trek. Rented a car then onto Ya’an for the night to visit the Pandas on Day 2 before heading further west to Ya Jiang for the night. Day 3 onto Mandala Hostel in Dao Cheng. Day 4 drove to Shangri-La town to catch bus enroute over Jianziwan Mountain Pass (Altitude 15,285 ft) to our Qunzhen’s Tibetan Inn in Yading, China. Spent that afternoon in Ya Ding Dao Cheng National Park, Sichuan Province, China hiking up to 13,385 feet elevation at base of Xiannairi Snow Peak (19,790 Feet). Day 5  hiked 5 hours up 15,600 feet elevation overlooking Milk Lake in Ya Ding Dao Cheng National Park. It snowed coming back down! We drove back to Dao Cheng to spend two nights at the Mandala Hostel again to complete Day 6. Day 7 onto the actual town of Shangri-La before heading on Day 8 to Lijiang via Tiger Leaping Gorge into Yunnan Province. Day 9 & 10 at Luga Lake biking ~40 miles at 9,000 feet! Day 11 stopover in Xi Chang enroute to Chengdu to fly back to Shanghai. Carpe diem!!!



Disney Dopey Challenge 48.6 Miles

WE DID IT! Dopey Challenge-48.6 miles in 4 days at DisneyWorld (5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons)! Up by 3:30 AM each day! RunDisney cancelled the Half Saturday due to weather, but we ran with thousands of others at the Disney Resorts to get that one completed. Great cheering squad of Will & Jo and Shelby (Victoria/Colin/Ellie from Charlotte)! The final Sunday Full Marathon (26.2 miles) started at 36 degrees & windy, so we wore surgical gowns at the beginning. Sore, but ecstatic to complete after 6 months of training! Carpe diem! m&b

Carpe Diem!

This is the home blog page for Dr. Mark Miller and his family.  We have moved up to Blowing Rock, North Carolina full-time. I have retired from private practice, but busy with Dermasensa (a start-up cosmeceutical company including exports to China), missions & family. We were in Fayetteville, NC for 25+ years from 1988, although I was born and raised there. We love to travel and go on medical mission trips all over the world. Mark has provided disaster medical relief in Ecuador, Nepal, Iraq, & for Hurricane Katrina. Mark has been to AFRICA (Swaziland, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia x 2, Zimbabwee, Lesotho, South Africa, Egypt), ASIA (Philippines & China) CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA (Honduras, Peru x 3, Belieze, Ecuador, Costa Rica x 2) and MIDDLE EAST (Iraq’03, also spending some time in Iran, Israel, Jordan & Syria in the 1970′s) traveling to 50 countries. Beth & Mark now regularly provide medical/logisticmillercampbell-hawaii-reunion-16 support for high school seniors on mission trips worldwide.

So when you might be thinking, “Where in the world are the Millers?,” just come here to our blog, “”

Carpe diem! mark, beth, will & jo, victoria & colin & ellie, shelby

Day 9, Greensboro with Newmans, then onto Blowing Rock, NC, Oct. 30th, 2016

106 RV miles (~2 hours) to Greensboro, NC, 2998 total

122 RV miles (~2 hours) to Blowing Rock, NC, 3120 total

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” –Douglas Adams

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

We left Charlotte for Greensboro to pick up our car that we left at the Newmans (we had left from here 11 days ago on a one way flight to LA)! We were greeted by Patrice & David and had a wonderful lunch. This journey ends having returned home from Los Angeles after flying out one way 11 days ago and driving back on a 9 day southern route cross country adventure! Home Sweet Home!  The next journey begins…Where Are The Millers?img_4766img_4761img_4756img_4767


Day 8, Charlotte, NC, Oct. 29th, 2016 with Campbells

715 RV miles (11 hours) today, 2892 total

“Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” — Lois Wyse

We left the “Big Easy” New Orleans & traveled all the way up to Charlotte, NC to see our grandchild, Ellie June Campbell, staying the night in Thumper, Jr in their apartment parking lot area. Back in North Carolina, m&b