Gojo Falls

Just 30 minutes or so outside of our fair city of Kawagoe rests a beautifully forested area near Chichibu, which I am slowly coming to adore. Mountains, rivers, and meadows dominate the landscape, and it was in this setting that my wife discovered a short hike to Gojo Falls. Easing me into an eventual hike […]

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Chichibu Shibazakura Festival

In my fair Saitama prefecture are many natural wonders, much to my delight. A mere 20 kilometers (12.5 miles, roughly) from my city is Chichibu, a city that is gaining more popularity with tourists as its natural wonders and festivals gain visibility. Getting there takes over an hour, due to having to go around several […]

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Fey Canyon Trail

Arizona is known for some incredible hiking. Not being much of a hiker, I tend to shy away from larger challenges, such as mountains, in favor of the more beaten path. During a beautiful spring day, I was lucky enough to drive through Sedona to a path known as the Fey Canyon Trail to take […]

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Horseshoe Bend

There are a ton of really cool natural wonders here in Arizona: The Grand Canyon, Montezuma Well, The Petrified Forest, The Painted Desert, and so many more. On a chilly winter trip up to Page, we decided to take a quick stop at one place you may have seen in photographs before: Horseshoe Bend.

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Antelope Canyon

Continuing on the natural wonder theme I have developed for Arizona, I wanted to see one of the most photographed places on Earth: Antelope Canyon. One photograph taken in this canyon sold for over a million dollars, and the image of this place can be seen as wallpaper on Mac and Windows machines alike. It […]

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Nutria Rats

On our swamp tour, one of the airboat passengers pointed out a large animal scurrying through the tall swamp grass. Our seasoned Bayou pilot slowed the boat and killed the engine. Before us stood a big fat swamp rat, which our guide called a Nutria rat. From there, he told us a little bit about […]

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Lafitte Swamp Tour

One thing that many people suggest that you do when visiting Louisiana is to take a swamp tour. They come in two flavors: The slower pontoon-style boat tours and the quicker airboat tours. For the uninitiated, airboats are the ones with the giant fan on the back that help the boat skim across very shallow […]

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Steamboat Natchez

One of the defining features of New Orleans is the mighty Mississippi river, which I learned recently is the third-longest river in the world. The bend in the river next to which the city was built gives it its nickname: The Crescent City. While visiting, I decided to do one of the most touristy things […]

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Urban Gardening: Phoenix

I’ve never really had much of a green thumb: My forays into growing plants were usually confined to elementary school science experiments with growing beanstalks from seeds wrapped in wet paper towels. Seeking to expand my growing horizons, I decided to undertake some balcony gardening with my wife. Given Arizona’s relentless heat and arid climate, […]

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Biosphere 2

Deep in the desert outside of a little town called Oracle, there exists one of the most impressive structures built in all of Arizona: Biosphere 2. It started with this intense futurist dream of space colonization, moved onto a much-publicized┬áscience experiment, and eventually landed as a branch of the University of Arizona. Prepare for a […]

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