2016 started off great with 8 days in Costa Rica! However, the rest of the year is undecided.
2015 Summer Adventures!
This summer is a true travel year for me. I've taken three great trips so far and one final destination in August. The adventure started in May with a return trip to Bangkok. I've updated my Bangkok page with 60 new tips! During this trip, I went on a day trip to Ayutthaya, the original capital of Thailand. I loved the old ruins although most sites are fully exposed to the sun, it was hot! With plenty of time, I decided to spend 5 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia again. I can't get enough of Angkor Archeological Park. I spent most of my time around Angkor Wat and explored less visited areas around Angkor Thom. The entire 15 days were memorable and I would not hesitate to go again next year.
I was only back from my Thailand-Cambodia trip for 10 days before I left on a week long adventure up the northern California Coast from San Fransisco to Crescent City. My main goal was exploring Redwoods National Park. I accomplished this and also visited many other state parks along the coast and some nice little towns. All these pages are new. I have grouped them together based on the town I was staying in when I visited them, starting with the most north and working my way south:
It was a lot to see and do over the 7 days I had. I hiked 14 trails and over 60 miles. I enjoyed every second of it!
But the adventure didn't stop here. I returned home for only one day and then drove 8 hours north on the east coast to Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park! Another week here exploring on an easier pace and I was ready for a travel break.
The final trip of the summer was to Beijing, China. This was my 6th visit to Beijing and each time I go I love it more. So much to see and great history. I hiked another section of the Great Wall which was exciting but still one more to go. It took several months but my Beijing page is mostly updated. I am planning to return again next year!
Well, I have been on VT since 2006. Posted a bit of my travels at that time then took more than several years off from this site for no particular reason. But did not stop my travels. I'm back posting regularly now and enjoying the experience more and more each day. Not only is it fun and rewarding to share experiences, it's also a great way to look back and reminisce. To recall the adventures gone by. I only wish I had documented more of my adventures. So, hopefully, I am here to stay, for good or for bad.*
Where I'm most comfortable
I am fortunate to have a job I love. Part of this is because I get to take my students on various outdoor adventure trips. Even though I live in New Jersey, there is plenty of local adventure to be had. But I don't limit our adventures to the tri state area. Every winter, spring and summer break, I am taking the students somewhere. Usually Costa Rica in winter and Utah in spring. Summer is always the wild card and has ranged from China to Yellowstone National Park.
So, I am most comfortable hiking a trail, riding a mountain bike, skiing or kayaking. To share these experiences with students and get paid for it, is a dream come true. I have been living this dream for the last 18 years.*
Riding the wave of life
You can't control the ocean of life....You can only learn to ride the waves with a little grace and style - Lansdon
Life is like riding a wave.....To keep your balance, you must keep moving - Carlson
All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine - Jeff Spicoli
Something to think about.
I came across this passage in an outdoor magazine recently and found it interesting. Not sure how I feel about it yet but it was thought provoking and decided to share on my page.
Spare me the mundane fade of natural causes, the gentle expire in the dark of night. Take me rudely, in a frantic gnashing of claws and canines in some far wilderness. Unleash your vipers, your flash floods, your stampeding wildfires. Give me the awful clarity of freefall, the mad carnival ride of avalanche. Drag these well-used bones from the trail into one final glorious maelstrom of discovery - and while you're at it release the goddamn Kraken.
I've lived well. I've adventured widely. I will not die poorly.