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Switzerland 2016 - Hoher Mountain Leave a comment Read more »

Switzerland 2016 – Hoher Mountain

Another day another mountain to explore in Appenzell. Today it’s the Hoher Kasten, a 1791 meter peak in the Appenzell Alps overlooking the Rhine. Our cable car starts at the base station in Brulisau a little south of Appenzell. Originally built in 1964, the cable…


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Switzerland 2016 – St. Gallen

We take the train from Schwende to Gossau via Herisau then an express to St. Gallen for a day of exploring in this historic town. 1. Textilmuseum St. Gallen Housed in a former textile mill, the St. Gallen textile museum was founded in 1878 and…


Switzerland 2016 - Kronberg Leave a comment Read more »

Switzerland 2016 – Kronberg

The 1663 meter tall Kronberg mountain, in the western part of Appenzell near the town of Jakobsbad, boasts a cable car, great luge ride down the mountain, a rope park, and miles of hiking trails. The rope park features 52 active elements like swaying obstacles…


Changsha for the Holidays 2016 Leave a comment Read more »

Changsha for the Holidays 2016

This Thanksgiving, we decided it has been way too long since we visited all of our great friends and family in Changsha, China. We journeyed back to my lovely wife’s home land to see some sights and celebrate our holiday with some of our closest…


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Seattle – Kerry Park

Kerry Park is a small neighborhood park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington. It’s only a little over 1 acre in size. The park was given to the city of Seattle in 1927 by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sperry Kerry.…


Switzerland 2016 - Appenzell - Ebenalp and Stein Leave a comment Read more »

Switzerland 2016 – Appenzell – Ebenalp and Stein

We start our day at the top of the Ebenalp the northernmost summit of the Appenzell Alps – the Ebenalp. Since 1955 this mountain has been a popular hiking and parasailing destination for tourists and locals. Later we drive to Stein and visit the Appenzeller Show Cheese Dairy to see just how those yummy Swiss cheeses are made. Next door to the Appenzeller Show Cheese Dairy in Stein is the Folklore museum, which showcases the rich farming and Alpine dairy traditions of Appenzell.


Switzerland 2016 - Zurich Leave a comment Read more »

Switzerland 2016 – Zurich

Located on the shores of Lake Zurich, Chinagarten Zurich is a beautiful garden that was a gift from Zurich’s partner town of Kunming, China and is dedicated to the three friends of Winter. The three friends of Winter symbolize the pine tree, the bamboo, and…


Lakewold Gardens 2016 Leave a comment Read more »

Lakewold Gardens 2016

We visit Lakewold Gardens, a beautiful 10 acre estate garden in Lakewood Washington. It was started by Eulalie Wagner in 1938. The name is a middle English word meaning “lake-woods” and that’s the setting for this remarkable garden. Photos from our visit: Video from our…


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Moment in Paradise

I was lucky enough to win a spot in an all-expenses paid vacation to the beautiful country of Mauritius, courtesy of my employer. My wife and I journeyed to this tropical paradise and discovered some of the wonderful places that abound on this island off…


United Northwest Model Train Show 2016 Leave a comment Read more »

United Northwest Model Train Show 2016

We visit the 24th annual United Northwest Model Railroad show at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington. This year had the show spanning across three buildings and an outdoor demonstration area. There were lots of great layouts operating in all the most popular scales…


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