Neither Up Nor Down, Stuck on Castleton Tower

Castleton Valley seen from La Sal mountain

In general, I’ve been pretty lucky in all of my travels *knock on wood*. I’d never gotten sick. I’ve only been robbed once. And the only drunk ever vomited near me got the person next to me instead.

But every now and then I encounter a string of bad lucks in one particular place that I can’t help but think that, ‘Man, this place just does NOT like me.’

Wildflower Hunting in Carizzo Plain

Carizzo Plain was an impromptu detour on our way from California to Arizona. This National Monument is located 100 miles north of Los Angeles and had a feeling of being in the middle of nowhere (because it is). We were hoping that we’d be there in time to see the wildflowers.

Off the Beaten Path: Kampung Naga in West Java

Most families bond over dinner in their living room, mine bonds over boiled peanuts and fried tofu from street vendors, bought and eaten during countless roadtrips. On our last visit (Dec 2014), I wanted to see nearby the traditional village of Kampung Naga and the nearby Green Canyon in West Java.

Exploring Tai O, Hong Kong’s Laidback side

Once common throughout Hong Kong, Tai O is one of the last remaining communities where you can still see these stilt houses.

It is connected to the outside world by a windy, motion sickness-inducing mountain road. There are no skyscrapers here, no neon signs. There aren’t even any cars. This was exactly what we were looking for!