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Traveler's Journal

Columns Traveler's Journal

Life is a Journey

About six years ago, I decided to steer my life in a new direction. I charted a path around the world, connecting bucket list adventures and destinations through 100 countries for a journey that would take me from my expatriate home in China to the U.S.

Thru-Hiking the Shinetsu Trail

Recent movies such as “Wild” and “A Walk in the Woods” have popularized long-distance hiking, causing many of us who enjoy backpacking to wonder what it would be like to complete one of the legendary long distance hiking trails.

Desert Dreaming

Our destination is the Wadi Rum Valley. Our purpose is to climb Jebel Rum and experience the desert sand and rock that captivated T. E. Lawrence in his seminal book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom.”

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