Wild Fall Harvest

Persimmon, Paw paw, and Hickory Nut - 9/2019

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.

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Arashiyama – The Ryokan Experience and Nature

View from the Arashiyama Bridge - 10-23-2019

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.

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Osaka and Kyoto – cities and temples

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.

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Hong Kong – outside the big city at Big Buddha and Tai O

With one free day in Hong Kong, there is only so much you can do. There are several options for popular tourist attractions. Despite Hong Kong being a rather small area, there is still a lot of ground to cover. Since we were stuck in a city during our previous day in Macau, we opted for some “non-city” attractions while in Hong Kong. That sounds unlikely if you have ever seen a picture of the skyline. However Hong Kong has an amazing countryside outside of the urban areas.

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