Top 10 Travel Photos – 2014 #2

2014 was my most traveled year yet.  I had the good fortune to bring in the New Year in the Philippines before returning to my job in South Korea.  Summer vacation was spent backpacking Vietnam and Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) brought me to Japan.  I ventured to Shanghai before heading back to America for the end Read More …

Boracay, Philippines – A sneak peek

I’ve been busy beating this virus I brought back from the Philippines and dealing with ‘complications’ at work aka no pay & the CEO stealing our pensions.  The good news is I’m almost finished sorting through my pictures and editing the first narrative from Boracay; not to mention I’ve still got everything from my Christmas hike Read More …

An Autumn day in Seoraksan National Park

We woke up at Seoraksan Morning inn in Sokcho looking forward to a 2 kilometer walk to Seoraksan National Park.  The cute Korean couple who run the inn helped us find a local restaurant where Blaine, Katya, Masha, Varya, Nina and I ate some bibimbap before starting our stroll. The road along our 30 minute Read More …

Back to Bukhansan National Park

Ben and I decided that our last big excursion would be to Bukhansan National Park.  He had visited earlier in the week doing the same hike I did on my first time in Bukhansan.  We were excited to see if any of the fall foliage was popping its head and planned on heading to Songchu 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 …

A southwest journey to find True North – Zion National Park, Day 5

Imagine you are trying to get a car full of people ready for a 3 day trip.  Don’t forget we are backpacking ,which means we have to carry everything in our packs.  Okay now lets double that to 2 cars with 9 people.  Yeah, it took us a while to get moving this morning.  Especially Read More …

A southwest journey to find True North – Grand Canyon, Day 4

Its starting to feel like we actually know how to make and break camp.  Guess that means we should get ready for our only night in a hotel!  But first we gotta earn it.  With our SUV’s stuffed to the brim and a quick general store and gas stop, we set out for a hidden Read More …