Posts tagged "travel"
Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Our last stop before departing the States for Europe was Atlanta to see my brother Brian and his wife Meg, my aunt Sue and a gaggle of friends…sadly, not everyone we would have liked to see, but we caught quite a few folks. About halfway through, Brian and Meg took Toni and me to Charleston,...
Xi'an and Beijing

Xi’an and Beijing

When Toni and I decided that we were going to take one last trip outside of Japan before we moved, we had a few choices. The top of the list consisted of New Zealand, Vietnam and China. In the end, we decided on China because we wanted to see what is one of the most...
Return From China

Return From China

We’re back from a week long trip in China and I really gotta say, it’s not what I expected. Awesome, just unexpected. We visited Xi’an and Beijing, in that order, and had guided tours arranged through a local travel agency here. Having only a week (5 days really when travel is factored in), we tried...
Anacapa Island

Anacapa Island

After spending a couple of weeks in Fallon, NV, Toni and I traveled to Point Mugu, CA, about an hour down the 1 from LA. The scenery on the coast was lovely and it was very nice to be staying so near the beach, but what really captivated me were the ghostly shapes of the...
Mono Lake

Mono Lake

First off, my wife and I are fine in the aftermath of the largest earthquake ever to strike Japan and the accompanying tsunami… and the nuclear crisis. Many around me have voluntarily departed for the States, but there are a few of us who have decided to stay and weather the storm, so to speak....
Sand Mountain, Nevada

Sand Mountain, Nevada

The first stop on Toni and my journey through the States recently was Fallon, Nevada. Fallon is a sleepy little flyspeck of a town that is known (at least locally) as the Oasis of Nevada. I was a bit skeptical of this label (it is in the middle of the desert in Nevada after all)...
Last Stop On The Honeymoon: Snow Monkeys

Last Stop On The Honeymoon: Snow Monkeys

Snow Monkeys, or Japanese White Macaques, are one of the iconic sights of winter in Japan. This was the second time I was able to make the trip to an onsen in Nagano prefecture that is frequented by the local snow monkeys. Unfortunately for me, there wasn’t much snow on either trip and very little...
Noto Peninsula Coast

Noto Peninsula Coast

From Lamp no Yado, Toni and I decided to take a drive along the coast of the northern tip of the Noto Peninsula on the second day. The weather had turned for the worse as far as walking goes, but really not too bad for pictures… at least for the times when the snow was...
Honeymoon Location 2: Lamp no Yado

Honeymoon Location 2: Lamp no Yado

From Wanosato, we trekked north along various expressways and eventually smaller roads to the very northern tip of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. It was a really neat trip through the Northern Alps out of the high passes into the coastal plains on the north coast of Honshu. It was very interesting to see...
Takayama: Day 3

Takayama: Day 3

Our last day in the area, we traveled an hour to Shirakawa-go and the village of Ogimachi, an historic village that is preserved in the traditional look and construction of the Kiritsuma-Gassho-zukuri style of houses. These houses are constructed to withstand enormous loads of snow and high winds that are prevalent in the high mountain valleys...
Takayama: Day 2

Takayama: Day 2

Our second day took us to the Shinhotaka Ropeway where we were treated to some spectacular views of the Northern Alps and a fantastic ropeway (tram) ride that took us to 2,200 meters. The mountains were already covered with a thick layer of snow and the frigid air was absolutely wonderful after the extra-long summer and...
Honeymoon Location 1: Takayama

Honeymoon Location 1: Takayama

Our first stop on our Japanese honeymoon was a lovely Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) called Wanosato. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the setting and above all, the people who pampered us. We were treated like royalty and ate better than I have at any point in my life. Our dinners ranged from shabu-shabu...
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