The Wall of Jiankou

Last week I summited Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was difficult, to say the least. I couldn’t help but think back on our adventure along the unrestored part of the Great Wall. This death-defying adventure on the wall of Jiankou was a highlight of our time in China and I think about…

My Birthday Present!

Yesterday was my birthday. It’s okay that you didn’t get me anything. šŸ™‚ Jennifer arranged for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds to fly over the house. Isn’t she amazing?!?! The news said that they were here for the Air Force Academy graduation, but we know the real reason… birthday! šŸ™‚ I’ve got some new content that…

A Broken Wall Sunset

I meant to post this last Friday as a welcome to the Chinese New Year… the year of the dog. “Who let the dogs out?” Sorry, my younger self showing through there…  For the rest of you that was the chorus to a fairly terrible song released in 2000. So this Broken Wall Sunset image is…

Venetian Gondola

The Venetian Gondola is iconic. You see one of these small romantic boats and you immediately know you are in Venice or perhaps Vegas. For those who have been to the latter but not the former, you are missing out. I like Vegas, but the Venetian hotel ain’t got nothing on the general article. The…

Ancient Path into the Unknown

 When Jennifer and I went to China our top priority was to see The Great Wall in its restored state as well as the ruins of this once great wonder. When we arrived on the unrestored section of the Wall known as Jiankou we were greeted with this view. An uncertain ancient path into the…

Dawn of a New Day

Hello 2018! This is the dawn of a new day and a new year. I took this image of a water tower at dawn in Texas from a Walmart. Yes even the mundane of boon-docking in a Walmart parking lot can result in a memorable moment. I look forward to a great 2018 full of…

The Glen After Dark

Colorado Springs was founded by General William Jackson Palmer after the Civil War. He built a castle for his family home and called the land at the mouth of Queen’s Canyon (named after his wife) Glen Eyrie. Today the family home and property is a stunningly beautiful conference center that shares much of the same…

In the Locks

For many years I dreamed of visiting the Panama Canal, to be in the locks, in person. Growing up, I wanted to be an engineer and the idea of how humans could change the very world by our sheer will fascinated me. In many profound ways this passageway changed the world, but at a great…

Bolivian Train

The freedom that a train provides doesn’t mean much to the average American because while much of our industry rides the rails, we do not. On many of my adventures around the world, the train has opened up locations on the globe that I couldn’t have afforded to travel to without this form of transit….

An African Commute

A few years back I spent a month in Zimbabwe. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to traverse the country seeing all the immense beauty that there is in the African wildlife and landscapes. The thing that blew me away the most was seeing its people going about their daily lives, full of hardship and manual labor,…

Castillo de San Cristobal

San Juan, Puerto Rico, the capital city of a territory owned by the United States, is also the second oldest European capital city in the Americas. It has many historical structures. This is Castillo de San Cristobal. It is one of two forts in the capital city. The complex is massive and very fun to explore.

Great Wall Sunrise

Today is the Chinese New Year and what better way to celebrate than to post one of my favorite photos from our trip to China. This image was taken as the sun rose over The Great Wall – A Great Wall Sunrise. The Great Wall spans over 5,500 miles and very little of it has been…