Author Archives: Stu

West Coast Road Trip: Irvine to Nevada City

After a brief respite in Irvine, Mags and I set out for the final portion of our travels: a West Coast road trip. On the map below, you can see our approximate route, with our stops in alphabetical order. View … Continue reading

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From Detroit, we drove to Bloomington, Indiana, home to the Indiana University, Hoosiers, and the center of Buddhism in the Western world.  We originally were drawn to Bloomington for permaculture roots, and the value of local food and agriculture. One … Continue reading

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REWIND: Kumano Kodo in Japan!

During our travels, there have been so many individual segments. Sometimes, like in Taiwan, we mostly do the same thing for three months. Other times, like in Japan, we have whole new experiences every few days. In a perfect world, … Continue reading

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Another Cross-Country Amtrak Trip, and NYC

After two months in Irvine, where Mags was able to recuperate from her bicycle accident, it was finally time to hit the road again, or the rails, as the case may be. For the fourth straight winter, we took the … Continue reading

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Rewind: Japanese Culture in Kyoto and Kawaii City Signs

We catch up on the past travels!  While in Japan for the first weeks of June, we hop on the Shinkasen (fastest bullet train) from Tochigi and travelled south to Kyoto, the refined bastion of Japanese heritage and arts. The … Continue reading

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