September 23, 20112 Comments

Hiking Florida – Ten Thousand Islands NWR

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Heading south on Tamiami Trail (41) just a few miles past Collier-Seminole State Park is a little access point called the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The trail has been there for a little while, however recently they have made it more accessible with a parking lot, new signs, and a small lookout tower. I took a quick stop one day to see what it was all about.

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April 25, 2011No Comments

Guatemala – Hiking Volcano Pacaya

Climbing Volcano Pacaya
Volcano Pacaya lies 19 mi southwest of Guatemala City, which is about an hours bus ride from Antigua. The volcano sits inside the Pacaya National Park and touts an elevation of 8,373 feet.
So far, the last activity reported has been the eruption that peaked on May 27, 2010, causing ash to rain down in Guatemala City, Antigua and Escuintla. Since the last eruption, there have been visible lava flows where hikers can get close enough to cook a marshmallow.

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December 4, 20091 Comment

Hiking Florida – Kirby Storter Boardwalk, Everglades

Kirby Storter Boardwalk, Florida Everglades

I was headed down to the Keys for the 4th of July and took the beautiful Tamiami Trail over. It had been a few years since I've driven all the way across. So needless to say I was a little intrigued when I passed what appeared to be a new (to me) boardwalk called Kirby Shorter.

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September 7, 20095 Comments

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a curious place. Located on Sanibel Island, Florida, it fits in perfectly with the surrounding area. For those that have never been to Sanibel, one of the main things to do is rent or bring your own bicycle. With bike paths along most of the major parts of the island, it's quite the friendly place for the recreational cyclist. Basically a nice easy way to tour the island, and the wildlife refuge is no different.

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July 12, 20091 Comment

Hiking Florida – Old Briggs Nature Center, Naples

The Conservancy at Briggs Nature Center

Located between Naples and Marco Island lies the 9,200-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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July 6, 20092 Comments

Hiking Florida – Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, Everglades

Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is a 2000 ft boardwalk through the Fakahatchee Strand.

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June 16, 20091 Comment

Hiking Florida – Corkscrew Swamp Boardwalk

The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Boardwalk

Located in South West Florida, 14 miles inland from I-75, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary boasts the longest boardwalk (2.25 mi) in any US park. It's also home to over 200 permanent/temporary birds and has the largest forest of ancient bald cypress in North America. The Sanctuary is owned and operated by the National Audubon Society which it acclaims as their crown jewel of sanctuaries.

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May 23, 2009No Comments

Life in Japan – Kirishima Volcano


In an effort to rebuild my blog, I am starting to repost the Nihon no Jinsei series. I am looking to see if some of my family still has the text that went along with these photos. So until then, please enjoy the photos alone.

This installment was my hiking journey up the Kirishima Volcano in Ebino Japan. One of the most memorable experiences I had while in Japan.

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