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Camano Island 2017

We visit Camano Island for the first time and start with the wonderful English Boom Trail for some birding, then on to Cama Beach State Park where we build a wooden boat and walk along the beach, then on to Camano Island State Park to…


Anacortes and Deception Pass 2017 Leave a comment Read more »

Anacortes and Deception Pass 2017

Overview We visit Anacortes and Deception Pass State Park, with a hike along the picturesque Tommy Thompson Trail, dramatic views of the Pass from the famous bridge, and relaxation on the lovely West Beach. Tommy Thompson Trail We start our walk on the trail at…


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Museum of Flight

We visit the Boeing Museum of Flight and Space in Renton, WA.


Switzerland 2016 - Last Day in Appenzell Leave a comment Read more »

Switzerland 2016 – Last Day in Appenzell

Our last day in Appenzell we take a stroll down the road to Steinegg, revisit the Appenzell Show Cheese Dairy to take in a live folk-music performance, and later we go back up the Santis! Photos from our visit:


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Switzerland 2016 – Santis

A little higher than the Ebenalp, the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif of northeastern Switzerland is the Santis at over 2500 meters above sea level. We take a 10 minute, 2300 meter long cable car ride to the summit station. The Santis has been…


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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…


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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…


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.


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