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The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway

A Long and Winding Road

 

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is like a great winding snake through the trees, past endless vistas where the mountains seem to recede into infinity.  Continue reading

Cabilao, Philippines

Two Tickets to Paradise

Cabilao, Philippines

This is what January feels like in the Philippines, I thought, as our  boat motored across a perfect expanse of blue toward the little island of Cabilao.  The January place we had just left with its grey and ice and bundled clothing literally melted away.

Blue sky, blue water, warm skin, a thousand dancing diamonds stretched out before me. Continue reading

D house Boutique Resort in Hangzhou, China

D House Boutique Resort

D house Boutique Resort in Hangzhou, China
D House Boutique Resort is a unique little place tucked away on a quiet pedestrian only street in an old section of Hangzhou. It is a hidden gem of a spot: perfectly located just steps away from Qinghefang Ancient Street, old neighbourhood alleys, picturesque walks along the canal, a drum tower, and Zhongshan Road- which shuts down to traffic in the evenings to make way for an assortment of food stalls and stands selling baubles. If that weren’t enough, it is a pleasant 30 minute walk to the West Lake area and Leifang Pagoda. All of the best parts of Hangzhou at your fingertips. Continue reading

West Lake walkabout: scenes from Hangzhou, China

West Lake Walkabout

West Lake walkabout: scenes from Hangzhou, China

We woke on our first morning in Hangzhou to the sound of birds chirping in the courtyard. I kept my eyes squeezed shut and listened intently to their song, not yet wanting to break the spell, and tried to imagine what words the ancient Chinese poets would use to describe the moment. Is it possible that there was a proverb somewhere in their early morning music?
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Lara Scuba Diving

Travel Scuba Gear: How We Get Down on Vacation

Lara Scuba Diving

Lara during a dive in the Philippines

The first time I put my head under water and took a deep breath from that rental regulator I knew I was hooked. I wanted to go deep, explore wrecks, navigate underwater caves, dive with sharks, and see the world’s greatest reefs. I bought all my own gear, and my wife’s, as soon as we got our open water certifications.

I sought out people who had similar interests, finally finding a far more experienced, and knowledgable diver to mentor me. (Thanks Jay!)

Then, I went through the painful experience of replacing almost every piece of equipment I had purchased. Continue reading

Shanghai, China: long distance shuttle bus station

Travel Tip: How to get to Hangzhou, China

Shanghai, China: long distance shuttle bus station

waiting for the long distance bus…

From Shanghai, you have a couple easy options for getting to Hangzhou. It serves as a nice hub for other points westward (Tunxi, Huangshan, etc…) and is definitely worth the stop for a day or two of exploring and eating. Continue reading