The Wide-eyed World Adventure 1-2

Day 1 and 2

We are off on the Wide-Eyed World Adventure. For the next 60 days we will be conducting business and/or vacationing across the world. We start in Taiwan, then over to Shanghai, China, on the Osaka and Kyoto Japan and finally to a variety of destinations in New Zealand.

Let the adventure begin! After the first 24 hours on planes and in airports we finally made it to Taiwan. Our overseas flight on EVA airlines was really as close to enjoyable as a 12+ hour flight can be. Dinner was a lovely 4 course affair featuring chilean seabass as the main. Continue reading “The Wide-eyed World Adventure 1-2”

Sylvan Lake – Black Hills SD

Held within the confines of Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota, lies a mesmerizing little body of water known and Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake

Popular with tourists and locals as well, it’s a lovely little oasis during the heat of summer. We took the trail around the lake and found it well worth the walk. There are fascinating geological sights like this “narrows” part of the trail between two mammoth boulders, watch your head.

trail or tunnel

Or the tiny waterfall hidden in a crevice.

tiny waterfall

Then there’s the stairway to heaven, or maybe just back to the road.

rock stairway

And, as always life and beauty in the oddest places, just waiting to be noticed.

Life everywhere

If you find yourself in the Black Hills area, visiting Mt. Rushmore or Sturgis, take a few hours and explore Custer State Park and by all means, take the perimeter walk at Sylvan Lake. Til next time ~Peace JPP

When weather disagrees

daybreak
Inspiration for a dull gray day.  Sunrise on Kauai

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. You have plans, happy plans, big plans. You’re actually feeling pretty good, the sun is shinning, the weather.com site tells you it’s going to be cold but sunny and you’re planning to go out and see some sights, do some exploring, etc. Then, the wind shifts, a cloud appears in the sky, then another, then another until they blend together into a miasma of gray bleecht. The temperatures that weren’t great to begin with have turned colder. I throw open the door, see the smattering of new snow on the ground, not enough to be pretty, just enough to be messy. I shake my fist at the sky and holler “but I feel good today, you can’t do this to me.” The sun peaks through the overcast for a split second, like a wink from the sky and then the wind laughs at me. Continue reading “When weather disagrees”