Spending 3 Amazing Days at Joshua Tree National Park

Spending 3 Amazing Days at Joshua Tree National Park

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” “We must not only protect the countryside and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities … Once our natural splendor is…

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In Search of Tulou (土樓) Day Trip

In Search of Tulou (土樓) Day Trip

One of unique types of architecture in China are the Tulou (土樓) which means “earth/soil building.” They were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. You may recognize this architecture as it has been popularized by Stephen Chow’s movie, “Kung Fu Hustle.” Some Tulou are over 600 years old and were built like fortresses to protect the family or clan within the walls. I’ve been interested in these buildings for a while since my mother’s family is of…

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Quick One Day Layover in Beijing, China

Quick One Day Layover in Beijing, China

Spending a quick 18 hours in Beijing, China was a whirlwind. It was an overnight layover and my first non-work related solo trip in a few years. I had quite the adventure – managed to get lost multiple times, had a crazy taxi driver and thought I was going to be kidnapped, slept in a shared dorm room at a hostel for the first time, and yet saw beautiful architecture in the Forbidden City and the famous Tiananmen Square. Why…

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How to Hike Jade Mountain in One Day

How to Hike Jade Mountain in One Day

Jade Mountain (玉山) is one of the top hiking challenges in Taiwan. There are about 100 peaks higher than 3000 m (9843 ft) in Taiwan. Jade Mountain’s main peak tops off at 3,952 m (12,966 ft), the highest in Taiwan, and gives hikers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Work gives me the chance to travel to Asia few times a year and I had a trip scheduled for Taiwan in May. My friends who are avid hikers planned a Jade…

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How to Pack for Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

How to Pack for Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

Getting ready for the Mount Kilimanjaro climb? It is easy to pack your luggage for the climb, especially if you have the proper gear. We planned a few months in advance with procuring gear. It helped that our trip was around the holidays for sales! Your tour operator will provide a list of things to bring, so definitely use the list as reference. If you forget something, such as hiking/trekking poles, sleeping bags, pillows, etc, your tour operator can procure…

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Fun Things To Do in Moshi, Tanzania

Fun Things To Do in Moshi, Tanzania

What is there to do in Moshi, Tanzania? Moshi is one of the major cities used as a starting point before the Mount Kilimanjaro climb or a safari; another option is Arusha. Most visitors spend a  night in town before and after their adventures and then take off for the airport. We had a few extra rest days to explore and wanted to share with you some fun things to do. Explore the main area/downtown Moshi. Depending on where you’re…

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Photo Journal: Tanzania Safari in 7 Days

Photo Journal: Tanzania Safari in 7 Days

If you haven’t done a safari, add it to your bucket list now! You’ll be in awe of the animals in their natural habitats – caring for their family and babies, eating, hunting, walking around, being lazy, and even dying. You can witness the full circle of life. It is quite a sight and there is plenty of photo opportunities along the way!   We added the safari to our overall Tanzania trip. The first week was hiking Mount Kilimanjaro,…

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (Days 6-7)

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (Days 6-7)

We’re sharing our report of our Mount Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho Route for 7 days/6 nights. Check out our trip report for the final stretch of our journey on Days 6-7. Refer to: Trip Report Days 1-2; Trip Report Days 3-5 Related post: Why Mount Kilimanjaro is Awesome and Challenging; Day 6 – January 3, 2017 Summit Day was similar to running a marathon: You have a hard time sleeping the night before due to the excitement and anxiety. Once you…

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (Days 3-5)

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (Days 3-5)

We’re sharing our report of our Mount Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho Route for 7 days/6 nights. Check out our trip report for Days 3-5 below or Trip Report Days 1-2 or Trip Report Days 6-7. Related post: Why Mount Kilimanjaro is Awesome and Challenging Day 3 – December 31, 2016 Happy New Year’s Eve! The theme of the day was: “Rain, rain go away. Come again, another day.” It was another gray day with the rain.   After breakfast, we trekked across…

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (Days 1-2)

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (Days 1-2)

Interested to see what we went through daily for our Mount Kilimanjaro climb? We completed the Lemosho route in 7 days/6 nights (original plan was 8 days/7 nights). Check out our trip report for Days 1 & 2 below to experience the hike for yourself. Refer to Trip Report Days 3-5 and Trip Report Days 6-7. Related post on why Mount Kilimanjaro is Awesome and Challenging. Day 1 – December 29, 2016 It’s the first day of our Mount Kilimanjaro hike and we’re…

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