Hiking North and South Chalone Peaks, the Highest Points in Pinnacles National Park

California has nine national parks: Death Valley, Channel Islands, Joshua Tree, Redwoods, Lassen Volcanic, Pinnacles, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite. Yesterday I went to Pinnacles for the first time and hiked the two highest mountains in the park. […]

November 12th, 2015|0 Comments

My Favorite Places

The question that I probably get more than any other is this: “What are your favorite places?” Here are my answers. […]

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

12 Things I’ve Learned from My Travels

1. Traveling will not automatically make you a better person. If you’re a terrible person at home, you’ll be a terrible person in a foreign country.

June 23rd, 2015|1 Comment

My New Book About Trekking in Nepal Is Free Today

I wrote another book. This one is about my treks through Nepal’s Langtang and Helambu regions. The Kindle version of the book is free today through the end of Friday.  […]

June 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

40 Photos from My Thru-Hike of the 96-Mile Lone Star Hiking Trail

Last week I hiked the Lone Star Hiking Trail, the longest trail in Texas, from one end to the other (called “thru-hiking”). The trail is just over 96 miles long, and it took me 5 days. […]

May 7th, 2015|15 Comments

Never Cooking, Intermittent Fasting, and Vegetarianism

I’ll be back in the US in two weeks (!), and my return will, in all likelihood, end a series of dietary experiments that I’ve been conducting for the past year or so. It’s been more than a year since I’ve cooked anything. It’s been almost as long since I’ve eaten more than once a day. And it’s been nearly five months since I stopped eating meat.  […]

March 17th, 2015|0 Comments

A Conversation I Just Had on a Beach In India

I’m sitting and reading on Varkala Beach in the far south of India. A group of five Indian boys in their late teens are swimming and horsing around nearby. One of them comes up to me and starts talking, and eventually all five of them are gathered around me. Below is a truncated account of our exchange. […]

March 8th, 2015|2 Comments

Year in Review: My 2014 in 35 Photos

I had an amazing 2014, and here are 35 photos to prove it. […]

December 31st, 2014|4 Comments

I’m Heading Back to the US

After what will be more than two and a half years of overseas living and traveling, I’m heading back to the US, but I will actually then start traveling more than I ever have.  […]

December 24th, 2014|19 Comments

41 Photos of Angkor Wat and Other Angkorian Temples

I heard someone say once that the only big tourist attractions in the world that are not overrated are the America’s Grand Canyon, China’s Great Wall, and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. While I might not agree with that completely, it’s true that the Angkorian temples are amazing. I’ve visited them twice: the first time was during the dry season in January, and the second was during the rainy season in August. Angkor Wat itself is big and beautiful, but it’s also crowded and empty. It reminded me of Beijing’s Forbidden City in that regard. It’s the other temples, especially the ones that are falling down, that I think really make the place worth visiting. Below are more than 40 photos of Angkor Wat and a handful of other temples in the area.

December 16th, 2014|0 Comments