Pen Pal Japan
Jan25

Pen Pal Japan

Right before Christmas I did a pen pal exchange with some of my family and friends. Here is a short explanation of some of the items. Peppermint Lip Balm- This is in the Japanese girl. I know this is kind of messy. Sorry about that. Small price to pay for handcrafted lip balm. I went with peppermint because it is just a peppermint time of year. ShiShi/ Shisa- This is the thing that looks like a cross between a lion and a dog on a...

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Snow Monkeys, Japan
Jan19

Snow Monkeys, Japan

During our snowboarding trip, Matt and I took some time to visit the snow monkeys. I am pretty sure I spent more time there than Matt liked but they were so fascinating and fun to photograph. It was really hard because it was snowing and the steam from the water made everything look blurry. Here is what I came away with....

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30th Birthday Sapporo Japan
Nov06

30th Birthday Sapporo Japan

I would have never thought on my 30th birthday I would spend it in Sapporo Japan. What a great time it was. Sapporo is known for the beer. I am not a big fan but I did find some beers I liked. Matt and I had a great time and I just wanted to share a few photos from our awesome weekend....

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Tama River Ride
Oct14

Tama River Ride

Today Matt and I spent the afternoon riding the Tama River on bikes. We rented bikes on the Yokota base so that the ride would be a bit easier. We had a storm yesterday and today the winds were still high so we knew it would be tough. Round trip we went about 55km (34 miles). We are going to try again tomorrow and hopefully we can do about double that. The trail is 50km one way. As long as the weather is nice we will leave in the...

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Start of Backpacking Southeast Asia

Disclaimer- Right now I am writing as I can. I didn’t bring a laptop so I have to use computers as I come across them. In the meantime, I write daily in my notebook. I don’t have a way to post photos so I will go back and do that once I am home. This is my first day of the few month journey. Matt dropped me off at the train station and off to the airport I go. I had 10 hour flight total with a 1 hour layover in Tipai. I...

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