Nanning Museum of Nationalities

Long Layover: One Day in Nanning, China

Long Layover: One day in Nanning, China By Chinese standards, Nanning is a tiny city. With just 2 million people, it is barely the size of a neighborhood in one of China’s Pearl River cities. Even so, it is the Capital and the largest and most populous city of Guangxi Province. My Friends and I, like many travelers, stopped in Nanning on our way from Hanoi to Hong Kong on the tail end of a[…]

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Yangshuo and Guilin in Pictures

Photogallery: Yangshuo and Guilin in Pictures (China)

Yangshuo and Guilin in Pictures Guilin City was established sometime during the fourth century. Located in the Northeast corner of Guangxi Province, the dramatic karst landscape is a major draw to tourists from all over the world. These pictures of Yangshuo and Guilin: captured on a whirlwind, weekend trip show the magnificent landscapes, and impressive cultural heritage of a fascinating region.    

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The view from the trail to Gothic Basin in Washington, State

Mountain Loop Hiking: Gothic Basin

Mountain Loop Hiking: Gothic Basin   Designated a National Scenic Byway in 1991, Washington State’s Mountain Loop Highway provides access to some of the finest hiking in the Pacific Northwest. Washington Trails Association lists 137 hikes on the Mountain Loop Highway – enough to hold the interest of even the most avid hiker. It is difficult to overstate how quickly one moves from populated and developed to remote and desolate in this part of the[…]

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A Planning Guide to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

A Planning Guide to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail   Washington State’s John Wayne Pioneer Trail and Iron Horse State Park is just emerging as a premier long-distance multi-use trail. Built along the old “Milwaukee Road” railroad grade the trail stretches from North Bend to the Idaho border, although the further east you go from the Snoqualmie Tunnel, the worse the trail conditions get. The trail is a multi-use trail open to hikers, bicycles, horses,[…]

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Lake Easton State Park

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail – Day 5

Walking the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Day 5: Around Lake Easton (5.5 miles) I arrived at Easton State Park a day earlier than I had intended and decided to use the extra day to walk around the Lake Easton. I wanted to use my GPS tracker to double check some distances against my estimates from the walk from Roaring Creek to the Lake Easton State Park. Bonnie, my dog, and I set off from the[…]

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