The Olympic Discovery Trail in Washington State

Tales from the Olympic Discovery Trail

The Long Walk Tales from the Olympic Discovery Trail Day 1 – Rialto Beach to Mora Campground Distance: 2 miles Wildlife Seen: Two otters swimming in a dark pool right next to the road. Every journey begins somewhere and mine began at Rialto Beach on the Olympic Peninsula’s Pacific Coast. After setting up camp at Mora Campground, my dad, my dog (Bonnie) and I walked the two miles to the beach in the waning hours of[…]

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Rialto Beach Washington

The Long Walk – A plan for a self-powered journey across the United States

The Long Walk A plan for a self-powered journey across The United States Beginning in July, 2017 my dog, Bonnie and I are beginning a self-powered trip across The United States.  The journey stretches from the Pacific Ocean as far east as our legs, and money will carry us. The rules are that when possible we will travel using our own power – by foot, bicycle, or boat. Washington Our journey begins at the pacific[…]

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Nanxun, China

China: Water Towns of the Yangtze River Delta – Nanxun

China: Water Towns of the Yangtze River Delta – Nanxun Time Out Shanghai lists Nanxun as their favorite water town – the least commercial and the most interesting.  So I caught a bus from Suzhou to Nanxun. During the Tang and Song Dynasties, Suzhou was at the heart of China’s Silk production.  By the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1368), Nanxun had taken over the production of the finest raw silk.  Silk made the town wealthy.[…]

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Suzhou, China

China: Water Towns of the Yangtze River Delta – Suzhou

China: Water Towns of The Yangtze River Delta Visitors go to the water towns of the Yangtze River Delta to get away from the bustle of the nearby cities of Hangzhou and Shanghai.  They come to absorb the beauty of the Classical Gardens and to bask in quiet of the tiny lanes along murky canals. The famous city of Suzhou and the towns of Tongli, Luzhi, Zhujiajiao, Xitang, Wuzhen, Nanxun, and Zhouzhuang each draw thousands of[…]

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Xi'an, China

China: A Weekend in Xi’an

What to do with a weekend in Xi’an Xi’an was once a great capital city that was home to the confluence of cultures that met at the end of the silk road.  Today, Xi’an is China’s second most popular tourist destination. Like many travelers, I had only a short time to explore this great city.  Here is what I did on a short weekend in Xi’an. 1. Come Face to Face with the Terra-cotta Army The Terracotta Army of[…]

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Long Layover: 6 Hours in Shanghai

Long Layover: 6 Hours in Shanghai My bus pulled into the Shanghai South Long Distance Coach Terminal at 9 am.  Since my flight wasn’t scheduled to depart from Dupong International Airport until 7:20, I wanted to make as much as I could of my six hours in Shanghai. I did a little research and opted for a circular route beginning and ending at People’s Square and encompassing several of Shanghai’s most popular attractions.  Here is what I did with[…]

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Hong Kong's Wilson Trail Stage 1 Violet Hill Hike

China: Hiking Hong Kong’s Wilson Trail

Hiking in Hong Kong A Practical Guide to Hong Kong’s Wilson Trail Hong Kong’s Wilson Trail is one of the region’s three long distance trails. The 78 kilometer route is broken into 10 stages ranging from 5 to 15 kilometers each.  I hiked the wilson trail two stages at a time over the course of 5 weekends in late 2016 and early 2017.  While the Maclehose trail tends to hit the peaks, the Wilson trail crosses ridges[…]

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