First Backpacking Trip – Young Lakes

Last year, Betty and I decided we wanted to give real backpacking a try. We have a couple of friends who are pretty “hardcore” doing multiple day backpacking trips that cover many miles each day, so we thought it would be a good idea to go with them. First, it was a good idea… but…

Closing out 2016

2016 has been an amazing, yet tough year. We witnessed a crazy election, many changes around the world, many many losses and much more. It’s easy to focus on all of the tough times, but there is still plenty to be grateful for… and with that, here are some highlights from 2016 with just a…

Hawai’i – Hilo, Volcano, and Kona

Last Hawaii vacation, we were lucky enough to be escorted around by my brother in-laws future in-laws. They owned a place in Volcano and showed us parts of Hilo and Kona. We opted for the nature/historic sites as it seems the Big Island has a ton of great outdoors and is home to the largest…

Nara and Kyoto

Ohh the fabled deer park with aggressive, yet friendly deer. It was fun, I must say. Though, I would almost venture to say these deer were too friendly with humans… The bowing was super cute, they wouldn’t bite your hands and overall it was a symbiotic relationship between the deer and the city. The deer…

Osaka, Japan

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to join a work trip out in Taiwan. Afterwards, Betty and I decided to travel to Japan for our first time! We decided to visit the more “traditional” Japan and went to Oaska, Nara and Kyoto. We landed late at night and went straight to our hotel. The…

Chasing Waterfalls

With El Niño this year, local waterfalls became abundant. Earlier this year, Betty and I decided we wanted to do more hikes, so naturally, we went looking for waterfalls. Personally, I’ve enjoyed waterfalls… especially in years past when Yosemite had all of its different falls flowing. This year, we ventured down to the South Bay…

Palm Springs and Joshua Tree

This post will be mostly photos as Palm Springs and Joshua Tree were visually amazing. Palm Springs was an interesting mix of old and new… and the casinos :P. Joshua Tree was out of this world and definitely worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. It is known as a “climbers paradise”, but also…

A Weekend in Big Sur and Monterey

After a few planning sessions, we were able to get our schedules to align with my Mom and Stepdad for a mini-vacation down to Big Sur and Monterey. Betty and I have been meaning to get down to Big Sur and Monterey for a while now, so this was a great opportunity! Next time, we’ll…

A Walk in the (Golden Gate) Park

  With Betty’s aunts in town visiting from Taiwan, it’s a great time to put on the tourist hat and do things I normally don’t do. It’s always a good excuse to see things for a second or third time and enjoy it – often times many years after the first time. We spent the…

Flashback to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam

  With all this warm weather this year, I was thinking about the last time I had seen or felt some cooler weather. Tahoe this year had some snow, but not enough for it to feel like winter in Tahoe. So flashback about 18 months to Thanksgiving 2013, I was with Betty’s family on vacation…

Oahu Sites and Landmarks 2014

 During our second visit to Oahu, we tried to do more “local” stuff and/or things that we didn’t get around to the first time. We spent some time hiking, eating at different (and some of the same) places, and overall just try to balance a relaxing vacation with exploration and new experiences. In short, we…

Half Moon Bay Hike

  During our time off at the end of the year, we decided to stay local and do a few hikes and exploration of cities near by. One day we decided to do an easy but scenic hike in Half Moon Bay. We started by parking at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to check out the…