The Top Places to Visit in South Dakota

South Dakota is not only one of my favorite states, it is one of my favorite places on the planet. Wonderfully desolate and geographically stunning, South Dakota is intriguingly not at the top of most traveler's list of places to explore. This is to great benefit for the Explorer and outdoors inclined traveler, as the … Continue reading The Top Places to Visit in South Dakota

Yunnan Dreams, Part 2: Dali

"Why the hell did I eat that?” I thought aloud, while my stomach vibrated and my elbows laid squeezed between the arms of fellow passengers on a train from Lijiang to Dali. I kept my legs and feet hunched under the seat as there was no leg room in this extremely crowded and cramped train … Continue reading Yunnan Dreams, Part 2: Dali

Mt Rainier: Climbing The Big One

Making the decision to climb Mt Rainier is a serious undertaking that requires honest consideration and elaborate planning. It is difficult for climbers who have climbed (hiked) other peaks in the lower forty eight states to grasp the magnitude and scope of Mt. Rainier's terrain. Mt Rainier, standing at 14,411, is the most heavily glaciated … Continue reading Mt Rainier: Climbing The Big One

Trekking Through China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge

Overlooking Naxi Villages and Rice Terraces in The Tiger Leaping Gorge It was late August of 2017 and I had spent the last couple days wandering around the culturally vibrant city of Lijiang in China's northern Yunnan province. Resting in the foothills of the Himalaya, Lijiang is the ethnic home to Naxi people who have … Continue reading Trekking Through China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge

Dingle, Ireland; The Last Port of Call…

The Dingle Peninsula, reaching out of the northwest side of County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland, is one of the most rugged, majestic and ancient places in all of the North Atlantic. The Peninsula is home to over 2000 identified archeological sites, dating all the way to the Mesolithic era; 4000 BC and before. … Continue reading Dingle, Ireland; The Last Port of Call…

Luang Prabang; Explorer Shot

Luang Prabang in north central Laos is an ancient town resting on the Banks of iconic rivers; The Mekong and Nam Khan. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and a location where western colonial and traditional Lao Buddhist influences combine to form a truly historic and culturally unique city in Southeast Asia. French Colonial … Continue reading Luang Prabang; Explorer Shot

Meandering Through Lijiang

I arrived in Lijiang with fatigue and an upset stomach. After spending the previous week, battling a horrendous stomach that probably came about from consuming unfiltered water, I was still a bit queezy and sleep deprived. The Outskirts of Lijiang I stepped off the crowded bus onto the streets of the prolific Yunnan city and … Continue reading Meandering Through Lijiang