33 Kannon Statues along the Hatenashi-toge pass on the Kohechi trail of Kumano Kodo

There are 33 manifestations of the Japanese Deity, Kannon. We hiked the Kohechi Route of the Kumano Kodo from Hongu to Koyasan. The first section is a pretty intense hike from Yagio to Totsukawa Onsen using the Hatenashi-toge pass. A very interesting feature of this section … Continue reading33 Kannon Statues along the Hatenashi-toge pass on the Kohechi trail of Kumano Kodo

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12 Pounds on My Back

Less than 12 hours until I depart. When I first assembled my pack earlier this weekend it was 18 pounds. After lots of negotiating and some swift cuts I am slightly below 12 pounds. I have reduced the contents of my pack to 11.8 pounds … Continue reading12 Pounds on My Back

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Will I Stay or Will I Go?

Well…we’ve come down to this. After over a year of planning and prepping Dad and I are scheduled to arrive in Osaka in 4 days. The problem is the biggest storm of the year, Typhoon Hagibis is currently pounding Japan and conditions do not look … Continue readingWill I Stay or Will I Go?

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A Spiritual Reset

There comes a time in your life when you realize you are just tired. You realize that the day-to-day stresses and worries of work, family, and life has been a weight on your shoulders for a long time. One day, late last year, while laying … Continue readingA Spiritual Reset

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Our Family’s Visit to the Kennedy Presidential Library

When you hear “Presidential Library” what do you think about? A small group of exhibits? Perhaps a statue or two? Maybe some framed pieces of memorabilia? I had very little expectations when visiting the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. I had never visited a Presidential … Continue readingOur Family’s Visit to the Kennedy Presidential LibraryContinue readingOur Family’s Visit to the Kennedy Presidential Library

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Our Visit to the Zoofari African Wildlife Adventure at the North Carolina Zoo

Today is Mother’s Day and to celebrate the kids and I took my wife to the North Carolina Zoo. Living outside of Raleigh, our family is super fortunate to have access to world-class benefits like the North Carolina Zoo which is located in Asheboro, North … Continue readingOur Visit to the Zoofari African Wildlife Adventure at the North Carolina ZooContinue readingOur Visit to the Zoofari African Wildlife Adventure at the North Carolina Zoo

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10 Crucial Tips for Snow Tubing at Hawk’s Nest in North Carolina

For the MLK holiday weekend my family and I decided to take a trip to Boone North Carolina to go snow tubing! I have been seeing tweets and posts on Facebook lately from friends who have gone and my wife and I figured it would … Continue reading10 Crucial Tips for Snow Tubing at Hawk’s Nest in North CarolinaContinue reading10 Crucial Tips for Snow Tubing at Hawk’s Nest in North Carolina

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Visiting the Titanic Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Ok. So 2 weeks ago my family made a trip downtown to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. My son was invited to a birthday party there and we decided to explore the museum with the other 2 kids for the 2 hours … Continue readingVisiting the Titanic Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural SciencesContinue readingVisiting the Titanic Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences