Eugene Magazine: Two days in Florence

One thing I love about living in Eugene is that you are about an hour from the Cascade Mountains to the east, and an hour from the Pacific Ocean to the west. Florence, OR, is a nice spot for a weekend getaway to the coast, and I had a lot of fun breaking down some … Read more

Barely breathing on the roof of the world

About 14 years ago, I was barely breathing on the roof of the world. I’d been on an indie traveler tour, overlanding through Tibet in Land Rovers, watching yaks, talking with people in their villages, and seeing a part of the world that, even today, is still a hard place to get to and get … Read more

Beyond the Pin: A Small Taste of Hong Kong

Over on The Martini of Destiny Pinterest Board, there’s this photo (outlined here in red): A street more clogged with little red top van-taxi-things than New York City is with yellow cabs. Bright signs that I can’t read, hanging between buildings. A sense of much going on in a very compact space. It’s a street … Read more

On Homestays and Couchsurfing

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler Sometimes people think we’re nuts. Like when we said we wouldn’t be staying in hotels during our Japan trip. Instead, we’d be staying in the homes of strangers. There’s a method to our madness though, and homestays proved to be a great way for us to travel as a … Read more

Amongst the Monkeys

A Day at Arashiyama Monkey Park, Kyoto Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler Our first day in Kyoto dawned bright and lovely. We thought about all the walking we’d done over the last few days, and decided the flat, not-much-walking-required area of Arashiyama would be perfect. So I don’t know what then possessed us to … Read more

This Is Not a Trash Can

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler “I don’t know you,” Jodie said, holding her hand over her face as I walked back over to where we were waiting for our train. “What are you talking about?” I replied. “I’m talking about all the Japanese people wondering why the white guy is taking pictures of a … Read more

The Family in Kyoto

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler Not only was Kyoto bloody chilly, we’d realized that Connor’s fleece jacket had somehow never made it to the Portland airport with us. But maybe a new jacket was just a 5-minute walk away. After surviving the tantrum on the train and arriving in Kyoto, we had a couple … Read more

Colorado in Kyoto

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler We passed by this Cafe Colorado Espresso place during our first wandering afternoon in Kyoto. We’d considered finding our way to a big shrine that on the map looked nearby, but in reality was much farther away than we really felt like walking. Sadly, we didn’t get around to … Read more

Macadamia Nuts & Crunchy Cheese

Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler We first encountered these ridiculously delicious Australian snacks on our Shinkansen ride from Tokyo to Kyoto. Crunchy cheese and macadamia nuts. I’ve never seen them before. I probably shouldn’t ever see them again, because I never, ever, ever want to stop eating them. More Tokyo Toddler

Shinkansen: The Quiet Bullet of Japan

Tokyo to Kyoto on the Shinkansen Bullet Train Follow the adventure: The Tokyo Toddler If only the incredible bullet trains of Japan were a cure for toddler tantrums. We’d ridden many a train already. The speedy and overall smooth Narita Express. The clean, efficient local Tokyo trains of the Japan Rail and Odankyu lines. But … Read more