New River Gorge National Park – A scenic weekend

It's the newest national park in the United States! Geologically though, the New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in the country as well. This Summer has been busy, and other than exploring very locally, we have not been able to venture far from home so far this year. But we were able …

Waymarked Trails – The best free trail data on the web

It's the best (and easiest to use) trail data that is completely free to use and download.  You haven't heard of it?  Well allow me to introduce you. Disclaimer: All of the screenshots provided are from the Waymarked Trails website and I do not claim ownership of any of their content. I am merely a …

Exploring – Green Ridge State Forest by truck

It appears that winter is already over. In fact it seems like it's been over for a month. It's been unseasonably warm with temperatures in the 70s on multiple days in Maryland. I suppose I didn't take my own advice all that much this winter to go outside in the cold, but we wrapped up …

iOverlander – How to find a place to stay on the fly

This post is about the iOverlander App. It is the best tool I know of that finds you free or very cheap places to stay when traveling and exploring the outdoors. It's geared toward RV travel, but it can be very useful for finding places when traveling by car, van, bike, or even walking. Many …

Arashiyama – The Ryokan Experience and Nature

After a few days in Osaka and Kyoto, we moved outside of the big city to Arashiyama; located on the outskirts of Kyoto. This is more of my kind of town since I'm not a big-city kind of guy. However, the big cities in Japan are remarkably clean, safe, and quiet compared to the rest …

Pictures of food – Osaka and Kyoto

The title says it all. This is the "millennial" thing to do I suppose. Pictures and descriptions of food, drinks, and food-related places during our time in Japan. Food! Food is generally pretty cheap in Japan (and really good). We were able to get a solid dinner (usually with drinks) for 2 people for under …

Lost in translation – Japan edition

Similar to China, I was able to keep myself entertained with signage in Japan. The Japanese are a little more diligent in ensuring that their English translations make sense. Some things still get through though. It's interesting to see how different cultures convey rules and ordinances in signs. Products can be advertised in an interesting …

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