Shanghai: The Bund, the Pearl Tower, and Acrobatics

Not a Good StartThe day didn't start out so great. I'm tired, cranky, and sitting on a bus with a guide who talks nonstop. I'm not sure I'll ever take another tour like this again because of the feeling that I don't have any choices.I feel the urge to run off the bus,...

Trip to China: ABQ to LA to Beijing

Our first park we found - people were dancingand enjoying the outdoors, even though it wasa bit cold.My friends and I decided we needed an overseas trip, and without a specific location in mind we went searching for a deal. We found a good deal through China Spree, a...

Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Park, New Mexico

It's time to do some more hiking!Calm waters and colorful rocksFrijoles at BandelierWe were looking for a place untouched by the fires last year and we thought Frijoles Canyon would be a good bet. Fire no, at least not on the lower half, but there is a lot of evidence...

The 4T trail in Portland, Oregon

Recently when I was in Portland I signed up for a guided hike on the 4 T trail from the place I was staying, the Northwest Portland Hostel.Great view of Mt Hood from the Council Crest ParkWorth the trip even if the guide was condescendingOnly $5 for transportation and...