Dr. Ho of Bai-Sha in Yunnan, China

The strangest thing happened at breakfast this morning. I was sitting with my Lijiang crew at Mama’s Guesthouse #3, eating the usual three-yuan banana pancake which is enough to split your stomach, and whining about the crap weather. Suddenly, we heard some...

A Cycling Adventure in Yunnan

I bounced around a muddy corner on my mountain bike and nearly ran into the side of a water buffalo. The stupid thing barely looked up and just went back to its never-ending chewing. After breakfast, I hired a bike for US $1 and decided to go find an adventure like...

Music in the Park

I was singing the CCR song Who’ll Stop the Rain in my head as I crossed eight lanes of insane traffic with my bicycle. I heard the CCR song a lot when I was in Beijing, so it brings back good memories. Plus, between Alaska, England, and China, I have literally...

Camping, Alaskan Style

Our cabin had been refurbished since whatever hard-core, backwoods guy had built it, but the original frame was there. The great thing about remote trapper cabins in Alaska is that you can reserve and stay in them for free. Skip got a fire going and I gladly traded my...

Fishing the Kenai River

The smell of coffee drifted through the cold Alaskan air to my nostrils and served as my alarm clock. I knew that it was early, and my body protested, but I sat up in my tent and began getting ready because today there was no time to fool around. I was going fishing....