Category Archives: Travel

Sunset at Mt Wilson

Fortunate to experience a stargazing party at Mt Wilson Observatory, above Pasadena, CA. If you are ever in the Los Angeles area just look for the mountain with all of the radio towers.

Angkor Wat #tbt

Josh in front of one of the many amazing features in the Angkor Wat area in Cambodia.

Hard to believe its been three years since I visited Cambodia. Really need to put together a gallery of some of the amazing photos I took during the trip! I am very happy I had a personal guide who was willing to take a ton of photos of me and the Gorn while we were there.

Above the Clouds

Driving along the Rim of the World Drive between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear, stopped to appreciate the sunny skies above the low clouds and fog that dominated the coast and inland valleys.

These are the Voyages…

Josh and the Gorn with the filming model of the USS Enterprise from the Original 1966 Star Trek series

I admit I totally forgot the Enterprise was in the National Air and Space Museum until I arrived and was looking for fun things to see. Glad I found the Enterprise with the Gorn!

More photos of the Gorn in Washington DC on the Gorn Page.

Bixby Creek Bridge

Josh and the Bixby Creek Bridge along California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This was the second time I’ve driven the whole coast road and the first time I was able to catch the bridge before it got too dark.

Travel Deluge

After a year of not doing much, its time to hit the road again! I’ve got three trips on the docket between now and the end of 2017 and I happy to be heading out.

First up in October is another trip to Japan. Daniel is very excited to take our friend Leslie to Japan for the first time and to see the last day of operations of the Star Jets. I am just excited to be going somewhere. I am a bit disappointed at the timing since its the middle of Golden Week in China and any additional travel to see my friends in Shanghai or visit Hong Kong again are off the table as its very cost prohibitive. Even hotels in Tokyo are tough to get! I am trying to figure out what to do on our side trips before we spend 3 days at the parks. Hit me up if you have any good trips.

Next up, it’s off to Walt Disney World in November for a quick business trip. Everything is better when work sends you somewhere!

Finally, its time for my first cruise. It’s humorous to me that I have always wanted to go on a cruise and it took this long to get to go on one. I was excited to go with my Mom and Gary to the Caribbean – especially to St. Maarten to see the planes land at Maho Beach. This was of course before Hurricane Irma hit this past week and obliterated everything. We are three months out so I am interested to see where we are actually going to visit since the Virgin Islands and St. Maarten are both in bad shape. A lot of the cruises are becoming Eastern Caribbean itineraries so not sure I will get a full 5 new countries out of it. As long as it doesn’t become a Mexico cruise since that will net me a new country count of Zero.

Other than that it’s a lot of sitting around the house and trying to save money for traveling. Need to do some purging of my storage unit since its been a year since I’ve returned from China and I am thinking it is time to let things go..

12 Down, 2 To Go..

It’s been a year since I relocated to Shanghai for work and my assignment is slowly coming to an end. I know its cliche to say it, but it is hard to believe that I’ve been away from the US for so long. Much like when I left, I am anxious about what is to come as there is much uncertainty about where I am going to live as well as what car am I going to get and so forth..

I did manage to sneak in a quick solo trip to Singapore last week. It was the first time since February that I really was able to get away from Shanghai and China and just relax. Unlike Sanya, Singapore was full of all the modern conveniences and I had such a great time. It’s a nice fusion of east and west with lots of malls containing trendy Chinese stores and Western ones as well. And let’s talk about how fast the Internet was. Woo Hoo! Not since my trip to Japan in January have I been able to surf at high speeds. I think I enjoyed it more in Singapore since I was so busy in Japan, I didn’t really need to look at anything. In Singapore I had ample time so I got the most out of it.

While I was in Singapore I managed to see the Botanical Gardens, the famous Marina Bay development, and the Sentosa Island Resort area. In between that I squeezed in some historical buildings and shopping all while walking all around the place. It’s nice and compact so everything was easy to see. I really did need another night so I could have made it to the Gardens by the Bay, but ultimately the heat and humidity did me in and decided to rest and shower before my overnight flight back to Shanghai.

I’ve now got two months left here. There’s a grand opening to attend and some follow up work to be done over that time, but I am still working on whether or not I can squeeze any more travel in before I leave. Right now it’s up in the air, but the fiscal responsible side of me is duking it out with the have fun and travel side of me. We shall see who wins!

I do hope I get motivated to write more about my experiences and post more photos, but between the slow connection to the world and the joy of living the experience it has not been easy!