Deadwood Car Show

In the Black Hills of South Dakota lies the little town of Deadwood. Home to casinos and historic sites.

Franklin Hotel

It also hold the final resting place of such notorious westerners as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.

Dead Legends

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Animas Forks Ghost Town – from Silverton Colorado

There is adventure to be found everywhere even in the alpine tundra of Silverton Colorado. The town itself starts out at over 9,000 feet and goes up from there. A few years ago, we took an interesting “jeep” tour from Silverton to Animas Forks Ghost Town. We started our adventure in what I lovingly refer to as the “Swiss Army Butt Cruncher.” An old Swiss army transport truck, not comfortable on the hiney but a great climber which came in handy.

riding a swiss army butt cruncher

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Word of the Day Challenge  Wanderlust

Perhaps more than any other, the word that defines my life is “wanderlust.” A deeply passionate need to wander about, to be where I am not. It’s something I inherited from my father. Seems that after 6 months in any one place, no matter how beautiful, how idyllic, I get restless, I get bad cases of wanderlust. It’s not that pleasant little “Ooooh, I love to travel” even the “man I need a vacation” feeling. It’s a hunger that is hard to keep satisfied. It can be deeply disturbing if you have a family to raise, job to work at. Although I wander extensively now, I also try to find the everyday adventure in an ordinary life. That by far is the biggest adventure of them all.

My personal tag line:

“I have my gypsy soul to blame
my heart was made to dance and sing
my feet were born to wander” ~JPP

GuLangYu Islet

Off the coast of the bustling port of Xiamen China lies the wee island of GuLangYu. When I say wee, I mean tiny, as in less than one square mile (.77 to be precise) in area. Home to only 20,000 residents, the island is a major tourist attraction. Annually, the island hosts over 10 million tourists both foreign and domestic.

GuLangYu Ferry Terminal

Pedestrian friendly in the extreme, the island bans not only automobiles but also bicycles. The only vehicles permitted are the small electric buggies and a few government electric work vehicles. Continue reading “GuLangYu Islet”