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.
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 the winter with a great trip to Western Maryland.
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 of these places come with incredible scenery too.
Suggested hiking route through a Civil War battlefield PLUS a possibly historically inaccurate history lesson
Finding edible native plants to eat (foraging) can be a valuable skill. Identifying edible fruits, nuts, and fungi can add something special to your next hike, even if you don't plan to eat them. Here are some suggestions for a few edible plants found around the Mid-Atlantic.
Highlights of the light show in Guangzhou, China along the Pearl River
Nara Park, only 45 minutes by train from Osaka, is home to hundreds of Sika Deer that roam the city freely.
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 of the world. In Japan, I didn’t feel as compelled to “escape the city” as I usually do in big cities.
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.
It turns out we picked a few temples for the itinerary. I didn’t know what to see in Japan. So when we decided to travel to Japan, my wife did most of the planning. Looking at the map, there are too many temples to see them all, but I suppose we made it to the major temples. Additionally, we saw most of the major attractions and popular street markets in two major cities.
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 way too. Here are a few signs from our time in Japan:
Hong Kong is a very safe place to begin with, and it’s a shame that some of the protests have turned violent. We did see some protesters and evidence of vandalism. However the media in China and the US appears to overinflate much of the protest activities (surprise).