“The Home Away From Home” (Sichuan, China – April 28, 2009 to May 3, 2009)

Once uncle got home from work, we conversed for a bit. Unfortunately, he had a pretty thick Sichuan accent or dialect going and we really couldn’t understand a word he was saying…

“The Yellow Fruit Tree Surprise” (Guizhou, China – April 25, 2009 to April 27, 2009)

At that point, we embarked on what would turn out to be one of the more dangerous slow boat cruises I’ve taken part of as this boat (as well as others) would routinely crash into the walls while…

“Not Quite The Detian We Hoped For” (Nanning and Detian Waterfall – April 22, 2009 to April 24, 2009)

Now, it was time to get to sleep, but one thing we learned that was kind of a downer was that this place didn’t have mosquito nets. This was disconcerting considering that malaria and yellow fever…

“Krazy Karst” (Guilin, China – April 19, 2009 to April 22, 2009)

That relative peace and tranquility was quickly dashed on our way out as large Chinese tour groups with tour guides speaking through bullhorns once again invaded the premises. And it got worse…

“Losing Ourselves in Hong Kong” (Hong Kong, China – April 15, 2009 to April 19, 2009)

The clouds looked dark and threatening, but they hadn’t delivered any precipitation. However, the winds were howling and that made the cable car ride a bit scary as we were swaying in it…

“No Easter Eggs” (Monrovia Canyon Falls – April 12, 2009)

Like many of the hikes we had done in the Southern California area this year, the one we intended to do today was a repeat of what we did a long time ago when we were still…

“On The Waterlogged Oregon Trail” (Oregon – March 27, 2009 to April 4, 2009)

Before we got deep into the white stuff (without chains), we decided to turn around and call it a defeat. So we wouldn’t see neither Koosah nor Sahalie Falls as I had feared…

“Lukewarm” (Sedona, AZ – March 12, 2009 to March 15, 2009)

…this trip seemed like it wasn’t meant to be because there was predicted bad weather (funny how the forecast gets worse after you make the booking last week) and Julie wasn’t feeling well…

“Unrecognizably Different” (Switzer Falls – March 7, 2009)

It has been about six years since our last trip to Switzer Falls. Back then, it was during a disappointingly dry winter so the falls itself was disappointing despite it being February…

“Failure To Be The Early Bird” (Sturtevant Falls – March 1, 2009)

It was a little before 9am when Mom, Julie, and I left the parents’ place for Sturtevant Falls. In my heart, I wanted to leave earlier, but with a combination of a long week of work…

“All About Timing” (Tenaja Falls and Ortega Falls – February 21, 2009)

I was getting a bit tired of stopping at some unknown pullout, getting out of the car, inspecting the scene for Ortega Falls, getting back on Hwy 74 without getting in an accident…

“Sandy Barber” (Solvang and Santa Barbara – February 13, 2009 to February 14, 2009)

I think it was almost eight or nine years ago since the last time Julie and I spent any bit of time in the Santa Barbara area for Valentine’s Day. Back then, we weren’t waterfallers…

“Spontaneous Escape” (Escondido Falls and La Jolla Canyon Falls – February 8, 2009)

It had been a very dry winter even despite some sporadic storms that showed up in November and December. But we knew January was unusually warm and was…

“Where’s Your Head At?” (Siem Reap, Cambodia – January 7, 2009 to January 9, 2009)

I was looking forward to the plane ride partially to at least try to get some sleep and fight off this apparent fever. But at the same time it was gonna be one hell of a long flight. Julie reminded..

“Ready Chedi?” (Northern Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia – December 28, 2008 to January 7, 2009)

Since we’re not even half way through our trip, this was worrisome. And sure enough after a few more minutes of touring the temples at Doi Inthanon, the lens got completely stuck. So from now on…

“One Night In Bangkok” (Southern Thailand – December 21, 2008 to December 28, 2008)

The taxi driver pointed to the alley way. This didn’t look like the street we arrived to the Baan Chantra in. So it looked like we were had and now we had to figure out where we were and how to get…

“Big Bamboo” (St Lucia – November 27, 2008 to December 1, 2008)

I had never driven on a 4wd road quite like this before. There were long, curvy, and steep stretches where some parts of the road were so badly beat up that they put concrete rails in which you…

“Just Now” (Kaieteur Falls – August 30, 2008 to September 1, 2008)

After a few minutes more of taking additional photos of the scene (trying to bring home tangible memories of this rarest of places on the planet), I finally took up on Robert’s suggestion…

“The Silver Tongue” (Egypt – June 26, 2008 to July 2, 2008)

Julie somehow didn’t buy his explanation. But after we surrendered the tip and went back to our hotel room did we look into our guidebook and learned that we had been scammed all along…

“A Hard Act To Follow” (Kenya – June 18, 2008 to June 24, 2008)

The next two hours or so of driving was torture for me. That was because my nausea returned and I knew that I was going to throw up again the next place…