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Africa, National Parks

African Safari, Part II – Lake Manyara National Park

After a wonderful couple of days in Tarangire National Park, our guide took us just a few kilometers up the road to Lake Manyara National Park. We spent about half a day there, but it was enough time to really get a feel for the place. The park is known as one of Tanzania’s premiere birdwatching areas, and we saw a wide variety of both birds and other wildlife.

Asia, Japan, Travel and Transit

Riding Around Tokyo on the Yamanote Line

Despite the fact that I don’t speak or read Japanese, I find Tokyo to be a very easy city to get around. That’s largely due to the efficient train service provided by its network of trains and subways. One line in particular does a great job of taking tourists and residents around the city – because it literally goes around the city. In this post we’ll take a look at the Yamanote Line, and get a feel for some of my favorite neighborhoods along the line. What Is the Yamanote Line? The Yamanote Line (山手線 or Yamanote-sen in Japanese) runs through […]

Destination, National Parks, North America

Haleakala National Park

I never thought that I’d feel so close to getting frostbite in Hawaii – but it happened on our trip to Haleakalā National Park. The peak is cold, windy and the weather is raw. Despite the cold, I’d do this trip again in a heartbeat. My expectations for our excursion to watch the sun rise were really high…but the experience exceeded my wildest dreams. In this post I’ll share some information you need to know before visiting the summit, along with some pre- and post-sunrise activities to consider. I’ll close with some tips for capturing breathtaking and moving photos of […]

Collaborative Posts, Recommended

Travel Related Book Recommendations

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a young boy. I was (and still am) a strong introvert, and so I spent a lot of time on my own. Books have always been my window to the world. A few years ago I started reading books about travel – not just city or country guides, but great stories by authors who recounted their trips to exotic parts of the world. I fell in love with the stories of adventures, of faraway lands, and unfamiliar cultures. I’ve also found a few like-minded travel bloggers who have a similar interest in […]