Oregon Coast – Shore Acres State Park

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Located off of US 101, about 13 mi. South West of Coos Bay is Shore Acres State Park.

Most of the coastline consists of sandstone cliffs with the occasional secluded cove tucked in. One of the best things about this State Park is that there is a trail that skirts along the cliffs edge, enabling you to get some rather remarkable views. Unfortunately, our day was a little rainy, but we still made the best of it.

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Canoeing Florida – Turner River, Everglades

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Canoeing down the Turner River in the Florida Everglades

If you have lived any portion of your life in Florida, chances are you have been canoeing or kayaking. It is without a doubt on of the most relaxing and rewarding ways to get in touch with mother nature. The ability to to work as a team and slip stealthy down the waterway brings all of your surroundings that much closer.

I grew up as a Boy Scout, attended summer camps (focusing on nature and marine biology), and even has a family who demanded every Sunday be…well…family day. And those days were usually spent exploring the vast wildernesses of Florida. Needless to say, I have done my fair share of canoeing. However, it had been far too long since my last dip into the Florida streams.

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J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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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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Hiking Florida – Corkscrew Swamp Boardwalk

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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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Life in Japan – Tokyo Night in Black & White

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Living alone in Tokyo can get kind of boring late at night, especially after you have been there a while. I used to walk around at 2am and look for interesting shots to convert into black and white photos. Not all of these shots were taken late at night, a lot were also taken along my trips home from the office, or in between izakayas. Click the link for more photos!

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Life in Japan – Kirishima Volcano

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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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