On the Tenth Day of China: History’s History

One thing I noticed fairly early on in my trip is that the Chinese use the word "new" to talk about anything from the Qing dynasty onward. The Qing dynasty started in 1636, just moments after the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. The thousands of years of dynasties before that are the real history to … Continue reading On the Tenth Day of China: History’s History

An Autumn Weekend in Central Colorado

Last weekend, Trotsky and I took our first ever solo camping trip. In almost nine years, it's never been just the two of us. Between trips with partners, casual lovers, friends who live locally, and friends who are far away, finding time to go places on your own is difficult. But last weekend, it happened. … Continue reading An Autumn Weekend in Central Colorado

Jeju and Seongsan Ilchulbong Crater, South Korea (August, 2002)

While You Are There:┬áHike in the crater and get drenched in sweat. That's what I remember about it - the humidity inside. It's its own microclimate. It's a steamy tropical jungle. Clearly the volcano inside is not active, but it's so hot that you get the sensation it might erupt at any moment. Or maybe … Continue reading Jeju and Seongsan Ilchulbong Crater, South Korea (August, 2002)