Foliage Season in Japan

My dear friends and fellow bloggers, I am back! And I have certainly missed you all!

Last month I took some much needed time away from work and went to Japan for a visit. This was my third time in the country. I traveled extensively in the Kansai region, checking out autumn foliage as the season progressed.

Below is a quick recap of my trip. Continue reading “Foliage Season in Japan”

Hiking: Annette Lake

Here in the Pacific Northwest, it always amazes me how quickly our mood shifts according to the weather – one day it was rainy and gloomy, the other sunny and uplifted. Fortunately later was the case on Saturday. And it just so happened to be the day of the Chinese Double Ninth Festival, also known as the climbing festival.

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So there we are, setting out to a mountain. Continue reading “Hiking: Annette Lake”

Yellowstone National Park – Yellowstone Falls & a Bear

After Artist Paint Pots and Norris Geyser Basin, we returned to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – visiting its South Rim.

Artist point offers one of the most photographed views in Yellowstone.

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Both the upper and lower decks were awash with tour groups and of course everybody wanted to take a picture of themselves in front of this iconic view, sans others. Continue reading “Yellowstone National Park – Yellowstone Falls & a Bear”

Yellowstone National Park – Norris Geyser Basin

By now, we have encountered four major geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park. They are Geyser, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles.

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Porcelain Basin

Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest, oldest and most dynamic thermal area in the park. It is also the location of the world’s tallest active geyser. Continue reading “Yellowstone National Park – Norris Geyser Basin”