Taroko Gorge- Hehuanshan – Motorbiking from the Pacific Ocean to 3,416m

After hiking Shakadang Trail I was convinced I needed to see more of Taroko National Park and decided to take my scooter to the highest peak. Doing some quick research at my hostel I discovered Xiafengkou(siafengkou) had a 2 hour hike to the top of Hehuanshan at an altitude of 3,416m. Locals told me the Read More …

Trekking with a Red Karen Tribe – Chiang Mai, Thailand

After a week in paradise Brian and I jumped on a plane for Chiang Mai ready to play with elephants, trek through the jungle and spend a few days on motorbikes.  We quickly found the backpacker area near Tha Phae gate in the old City of Chiang Mai and grabbed a room. Finding a room in Chiang Mai Read More …

Ulleungdo – A weekend on Korea’s exotic island

Exploring Korean exotic islands is quickly turning the summer of 2015 into one of the best of my life!  We jumped on the Seoul Hiking Group bus and headed to he eastern port of Donghae before setting up tents on the beach and waking up to the waves.  The 3 hour ferry from Donghae to Read More …

Bijindo – Take 2 on Korea’s Hidden Paradise

This weekend I took my second trip to Bijin Island (Bijindo).  Last time I called this slice of paradise a “hint of Thailand” just off the southern coast of South Korea.  This trip proved that to be even more true as the waters warmed up and the sun joined us for an incredible weekend.  The only Read More …

Hiking Dinosaur Ridge, Seoraksan National Park – Seoul Hiking Group

Walking through Seorkasan’s midnight forest we glanced skyward at glimmering stars when suddenly a bright light streaked across the sky!  Our hiking crew let out a cry of joy as a second shooting star ran across the heavens.  I know that was a god omen for my second trek along Dinosaur Ridge in Seoraksan National Park. Read More …

Bijindo – A hint of Thailand in Korea

Bijindo is an island just south of South Korea.  After enjoying a sunrise hike in Hwangmaesan we took the ferry from Tongyeong Ferry Terminal to Bijin Island (do means island in Korean).  The 40 minute trip went quickly as sea spray and fresh air came over the sides of the boat while a few seagulls entertained Read More …

In the Shadow of Mount Olympus – Hurricane Ridge

Waking up in a rainforest is an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list.  The pristine sounds of nature trickling through the canopy are a soothing alarm clock as the sun rises in the east.  My brother and I crawled out of our tent to birds chirping and dew glistening on blades of grass Read More …

In the Shadow of Mount Olympus – The Hoh Rainforest

When most people hear rainforest they immediately think of a tropical one, perhaps The Amazon, in Costa Rica or a tropical island.  It turns out a rainforest is based on how much precipitation falls and has nothing to do with proximity to the tropics.  I know crazy, right?  There are in fact tropical rainforests like Read More …

A southwest journey to find True North – Zion National Park, Day 7

We woke up for our last day of backpacking full of excitement!  Just a few miles on the West Rim Trail before we would reach Angel’s Landing, one of the main reasons we picked this route.  After breakfast we took a water count, decided that we had enough to make it to Angel’s Landing and Read More …

A southwest journey to find True North – Zion National Park, Day 6

On the sixth day we saw aliens!  Well maybe not, but we were great at breaking camp by now and enjoyed a spectacular display in last night’s sky, complete with satellites dancing across the black expanse speckled with stellar constellations.   After a water count we were off, knowing that we would need to refill at Read More …