Trip Prep: Iceland and Copenhagen

When Katya and I got married earlier this year we decided to take a short Mini–Moon, and have a delayed honeymoon later in the year, both for financial and scheduling reasons. Well now the time has come to get ourselves out of the country and enjoy some time exploring new places. We’ll have one full day…

Stickman Boogie 2016

Those crazy base jumpers are starting the year off right with this ridiculous LED Stickman Party. It was quite the experience trying to create the costume. It required a little bit of planning and soldering, which ive never done before but it wasnt too hard. It was a fun event just getting to see what…

Yosemite 2015…

So another year and another trip to the Yosemite Valley. This was the third year in a row that my family and I have gone, probably the 15th or 16th time we’ve been there overall , and it still hasn’t lost its ability to amaze me. As we passed the parks entrance, heading up the…

Thai Boxing…

With a lazy day filled with swimming and street food behind us we headed out into the night to catch our first Muay Thai Boxing event at Bangla Stadium, a 20 minute walk through the heart of Patong.   Eight fights, with the first being between two ten year old kids. These kids seemed pretty…

Day 2, Phi Phi Don…

After hitting day one pretty hard we continued into day two. We booked a trip to the Phi Phi Islands west of Phuket. We hopped in a pack minivan with 9 other people inside for a forty minute drive to the east coast. Driving in Thailand is pretty insane, with car lanes and general driving…

Pu Dong, or, The Shanghai Incident…

So after a 13 hour flight with non-stop turbulence and even worse food I had arrived to shanghai at 7 a.m. with a 13 hour lay over. My friend Angela had landed the previous evening and was set up in a hotel  and the plan was to meet up with her and explore Shanghai. One…

Yosemite 2014

Well after a busy week, I’ve returned home from Yosemite. Though I’ve visited many times it still is a wondrous place to me and I visited Glacier Point for the first time.  Heading  through the long tunnel then the big reveal of the valley as you exit, always fills me with excitement. The weather was…

A trip to the Huntington Library…

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Valley of Fire…

Karen and I had headed out to Vegas for USC’s Bowl Game, and we had a few hours to kill so we decided to take a quick trip to the nearby Valley of Fire. “World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State…

North Shore, Hawaii…

After our stay in the hectic and crowded southern part of the island we jumped into our rented Jeep and drove to the North Shore to relax by the beach for a few days. It was only a short drive, but in that time the feel of the land changed, the noise slowly disappeared. Other…

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii…

I’d traveled across a large part of the United States growing, pretty much every state west of the Mississippi, except for two: Alaska and Hawaii. skip forward a decade or two and here I am, finally visiting our 50th state. My sister, her boyfriend and I hopped a plane to watch the USC Trojans play…