Vietnam Part 1: Hanoi

Vietnam Part 1: Hanoi

For my birthday, Rachel and I went to Vietnam. We had both always wanted to go and there was a very cheap plane ticket from NY. We were going to see my grandfather for his birthday anyway, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Unfortunately, as cheap tickets usually go, it was not the most direct flight… JFK-DTW-ICN-HAN. Let me just say, that DTW-ICN leg was a bear. On the plus side, it was on the soon-to-retire Delta 747-400s. After…

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Singapore: Day 2

Singapore: Day 2

After a whirlwind day 1, I managed to again wake up early and hit the streets. To be honest, the city itself was kind of boring and expensive. I had two goals, hit a quality hawker stall, and make it to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Food first. I had heard there was this amazing food hawker, Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee. It was in Hong Lim Food Market, which, as far as I can tell wasn’t as popular as…

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Singapore: Day 1

Singapore: Day 1

In October, I found a super-cheap flight to Singapore on flyertalk’s Mileage Run forum. I’d never been on a mileage run and I really wanted to be Platinum Medallion again, so I thought I would go for it. A “true” mileage run is no nights in a hotel, but this trip was going to be 24+ hours of flights each way. I sure as hell wasn’t going all the way to Singapore to sit in the airport! I decided to…

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In Europe

In Europe

В этом году мы с моей женой ездили в Россию. Здесь я пишу о поездке и я вам показываю фотографии. Мы ездили в Россию зимой и летом. Все говорили, что мы безумены ездить в Россию но мы любим зиму. Летом дни длинные. Это двадсетьтри часов. Мы ехали в Москву на Мегаполис из Московский Вокзал.

Pictures from the Air

Pictures from the Air

I set this site up primarily to give context to the pictures from the Grand Canyon. Since I haven’t managed to put anything else up, I thought I might get into the spirit of updating by posting some of my favorite pictures from the past year or so of flying. Of course i had to start with the Grand Canyon. I took this trip with Rachel and my mom. The flight was totally worth it to see the real scale…

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Grand Canyon – Postscript/Postmortem

Grand Canyon – Postscript/Postmortem

Now that I’ve had some more time to think about my trip to the bottom, I figured I’d give a little background of what equipment I brought, how I used it, and what I would have done differently. First, what did I bring? Backpack: Kelty Lakota 65 – I got this at REI Outlet. I liked my Kelty tent and this seemed to be the right size for multi-day hikes. I was happy with basically everything about it. It has…

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Grand Canyon – Part V: Indian Garden to Bright Angel Trailhead [2014/12/07]

Grand Canyon – Part V: Indian Garden to Bright Angel Trailhead [2014/12/07]

If you haven’t read Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV, you should. It seems strange to read Part V first. Go on. So after waking up and making some Gnorr Instant Side Pasta, and lazing around, it was time to make the final ascent. It is about 3000 feet up to the South Rim and about 5 miles of hiking. Below is the view leaving Indian Garden. You can see the South Rim through the gap in…

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Grand Canyon – Part IV: Plateau Point [2014/12/06]

Grand Canyon – Part IV: Plateau Point [2014/12/06]

If you haven’t read Part I, Part II, and Part III, I suggest you check those out first. These are probably the best pictures of the whole trip. You’ve got to earn them! By looking at all my other pictures and reading my witty commentary! Go back, I’ll wait. Ok, cool. So after I pitched camp at Indian Garden, I immediately headed for Plateau Point. The sun was beginning to set and I thought it would make for a once…

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Grand Canyon – Part III: Colorado River to Indian Garden [2014/12/06]

Grand Canyon – Part III: Colorado River to Indian Garden [2014/12/06]

If you haven’t already seen Part I and Part II, I suggest you check them out first. So after bidding adieu (or adios or whatever) to the Colorado, I began the ascent to Indian Garden. The hike to Indian Garden is significantly smaller elevation than the hike from Indian Garden out. I guess that’s good because if I would have known how hard it would the last day, I may have joined the Park Service like one joins the French…

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Grand Canyon – Part II: Bright Angel Campground [2014/12/05-06]

Grand Canyon – Part II: Bright Angel Campground [2014/12/05-06]

If you haven’t read Part I, check it out first. You should see all the work I put in before you see me lounging and drinking beer… All said, it took me about 5 hours to get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. A lot of people told me it would take 3-4 hours, but I guess I took my sweet time. Once I got there, my dogs were barking. I picked a camp site right next to Bright…

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