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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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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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

China: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Stories and Pictures

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part XII:  Zhangjiajie National Forest Park …In stories and pictures The Story of The Buses (Day 1) I arrived at the Wulingyuan entrance to the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park at 8:15 in the morning.  I found the ticket window, purchased my ticket, and pushed through the gate. I was immediately confronted with a choice and none of the tools with which to[…]

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Yangjiajie Cable Way in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

China: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – Guide

A practical Guide to  Zhangjiajie National Forest Park 张家界国家森林公园 Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of China’s most beautiful national parks. It is quite famous inside of China and draws large crowds during holidays.  The astonishing natural beauty inside the park, however, makes braving the crowds worthwhile. Getting to the park from the city of Zhangjiajie The park entrances are between 30 and 50 kilometers from the town of Zhangjiajie.  You can take a bus[…]

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Seattle Skyline from the Baimbridge Ferry

USA: My Seattle Top 5

My Seattle Top 5   Seattle holds a special place in my heart. I first visited Seattle more than 30 years ago at the tender age of eight. The city became an annual stop for my family and for ten days every summer we learned to love baseball, Seattle-style chowder, and the stagnant smell of the Puget Sound.  Even though Seattle has changed dramatically over the years,  my list of favorite things to do in[…]

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Bonnie on the Pioneer Trail

Odyssey of an Albanian Dog Bonnie on the Pioneer Trail After flying into Seattle, Bonnie and I headed immediately for the mountains and spent six days walking and camping the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington’s Iron Horse State park. Our ramble took us through dense pine forests, across numerous train trestles, and through through the 2.3 mile-long Snoqualmie tunnel.   Please follow and like us:

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