Thailandbodia


This is a collection of unorganized photos from the trip to Thailand and Cambodia from which Cindy and I recently returned. I will likely try to organize them a little better and eventually fill out all of the captions and descriptions, but this is my first go...

Crater Lake


I've been in Portland over a month now and haven't posted anything about it yet. This post isn't really about Portland either. Let's just say, that in the month I've been here I managed to meet a pretty damn cool woman and the two of us decided to leave the…

Hocking Hills


These are some photos from a recent family reunion I had in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio, one of my favorite places in that state. We did a lot of hiking, even more eating and played a lot of cards, especially Euchre. All-in-all it was a great four days spent…

Bryce Canyon and Kodachrome Basin


Outside of Page, I drove north on the unpaved Cottonwood road that is a shortcut through part of the Grand Staircase - Escalante Nat'l Monument (GSENM) and leads directly to Kodachrome Basin State Park. I stopped briefly at Grosvenor Arch, just off of Cottonwood road before heading to Kodachrome Basin.…

Lake Powell


The above map shows my approximate route during my nine days on Lake Powell. I totaledaround 150 miles of paddling and my biggest day was over 28 miles. I will eventually post details about some of the canyons I explored, and I will include some of the many videos I…

Colorado River


On the advice of a local kayak shop in page, I got a haul back up the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to just below the dam, about 16 river miles. It wasn't cheap at about $65 for me and my kayak, but it was worth it for the spectacular…

Corona Arch


Corona Arch is located along UT-279 which follows the Colorado River through a narrow gorge. The trail is a mile and a half long and of moderate difficulty - there is a ladder and some cables to help out at the steeper sections. The arch which has a 140-foot by…

Utah Miscellany


A collection of photos from some random day-trips I made while in Utah - they really didn't fit anywhere else. Fisher Towers Not far from Moab, the Fisher Towers thrust out of the desert like crumbling sandstone knife blades. The Titan is the tallest free-standing tower in the US at…

Negro Bill Canyon


I went to Negro Bill Canyon this morning - its current name being a slightly more p.c. version than the original. The following is from Wikipedia: The canyon was named after William Granstaff, a mixed-race cowboy, who prospected and ran cattle in the desert canyon in the late 1870s with…

Canyonlands National Park


The Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park is right next to the Dead Horse Point State Park and forms the northern piece of the Canyonlands pie which is divided into three large sections by the Colorado and Green rivers. The famous Mesa Arch is located in this…

Dead Horse Point State Park


Dead Horse Point State Park got its name from the its use by the frontier ranchers who would drive wild herds of horses out onto the narrow point and then capture the ones they wanted. Invariably, some would die in the process. It is an unimaginably picturesque place despite the…

Arches National Park


OK, so it's been forever since my last post. I left Florida over a week ago after spending some time with James (my college room-mate) and his wife Tonya in Niceville. Three days of driving brought me to Moab, Utah. I arrived on the Saturday of Memorial weekend and found…

Silver Springs


Different kayakers I had met in other parts of Florida had told me about Silver Springs, usually describing it as the premier springs in Florida. Needless to say, I decided to go. I was pleasantly surprised to arrive at the put-in on a Sunday morning to see a dozen or…

Cayo Costa and Cabage Key


After my Everglades fiasco, I still wanted to do some camping from my kayak while in Florida. I did some research and found an island off coast from Port Charlotte called Cayo Costa that was home to a state park of the same name. En route to this island was…

Everglades


I was a little disappointed at the minimal opportunities for expedition style kayaking available from the Florida Keys and after some inquiries discovered that most of the "backcountry" kayaking was done from Everglades National Park. I went to the Everglades with ambitions of doing a four or five-day kayak camping…

Bahia Honda Key


A time-lapse video of me kayaking in the channel to the west of Bahia Honda under the old and new US-1 bridges: A video of some tarpons swimming under my kayak in deep water: They get over 5 feet long and over 120 lbs. I first saw them in deep…

Key Largo


A time-lapse video of me kayaking at the mangroves at John Pennekamp State Park: The sped up video makes it seem like I am practicing some sort of martial arts ;) Another video of me doing a paddle float re-entry - I am getting better at them:

Rainbow Springs Florida


Based on the advice of some kayakers I met in Crystal River (the same ones whose fervent praise of my kayak almost made me blush) I decided to visit Rainbow Springs which is about 45 minutes north and east of Crystal River. I camped the night at the state park…

Crystal River Florida


I stopped for a night's rest and a day of paddling at Crystal River, Florida, about an hour and a half north of Tampa. It is the year-round home of manatees although they are more prevalent in winter. Nonetheless, I was lucky enough to encounter perhaps a dozen of these…

Pergola


I visited my nephew Brian and his wife Heather in Jacksonville, Florida and met their daughter Charlotte for the first time. I had been planning just a short visit and was planning to leave on Saturday morning when Brian suggested, out of the blue, that I stay and help him…

Little Talbot Island


I stayed the night at Little Talbot Island near Jacksonville, Florida. It is a beautiful place, but the camping was a little pricey at $26 per night for tent camping. I did a little kayaking in the morning in the estuary right behind my campsite. The following is a time-lapse…

Kayak expenses


I've been keeping track of all the expenses I've incurred with the building of the kayak. There may be a few things left out, but the following should be pretty close: This includes all the materials needed to build the 18.5' kayak completely outfitted with a neoprene covered seat, hatches,…

Kayak cover


During my long trip across country and down the length of the Baja peninsula and back (over 9000 miles) I began to worry about the abuse my kayak was getting while strapped to the top of my car. At highway speeds, even a small pebble kicked up could do some…

Pocomoke River


I am visiting my brother Chuck in Maryland for a few weeks. We decided to do some kayaking while I am here, first exploring a stream that feeds off of the pond that Chuck's house sits on. We paddled across the pond and then portaged over the road to enter…

Pad Thai


I wasn't planning to blog about this meal, but after everyone raved so much about it, I decided to post the recipe. I forgot to take a photo before we devoured our food, but I found one on the interwebs that somewhat resembles what I made. Pad Thai #ratingval# from…

Snorkeling Arnos Vale


Here is another compiled video of some snorkeling highlights at beautiful Arnos Vale, Tobago taken during my last two days on the island: There were huge schools of small fishes that gathered in bands or swam past you for minutes at a time. We also saw the resident school of…

Web-site Design


Regular readers of this site will notice the cosmetic changes I've made to the site over the past few weeks. My work on this site has piqued my interest in web-site design and development. Further to that end, I decided to revamp my other site Photographic-Sushi The site was originally…

Oil down


I had been wanting to try oil down ever since Corinne told me about it, but every time we looked for it, it was out. So, I decided to make it myself. I left out the salted meat (being a non-mammal eater.) Oil down #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews Print Recipe…

Snorkeling


The snorkeling in Tobago is pretty spectacular. From Buccoo reef near Pigeon Point on the southwest end of Tobago to Arnos Vale and Castara on the north coast to Speyside on the northeast end of the island, there is a lot of variety. I've seen cuttlefish in two different locations…

Pandora’s Toe


Corinne and I made a trip to Trinidad last weekend. We spent some time in Port of Spain for the wedding of one of Corinne's friends which was quite an interesting spectacle - the perfect way to try to understand the multicultural nature of Trinidad. The groom was of Indian…

Callaloo


I had sampled some callaloo (along with fish and coocoo - another staple food here) last week when Corinne and I stopped for lunch at Store Bay beach.  A few days ago I found a callaloo pack at the local grocery store, containing most of the required ingredients for the…

Coconut Bake


This is a recipe Corinne found on the Trinigourmet website which looked so great we had to try it. I had found a coconut during our trip to Pigeon Point and managed to husk it, crack it open and remove the beautiful white flesh, which I then grated coarsely. Coconut…

Pelau


This recipe is from the cookbook called The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago & the Caribbean written by the Naparima Girls' High School. Pelau #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews Print Recipe Type: Main Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves: 8 Pelau…