Adventure: Night Watchman Tour in Grapevine, Texas.
Week Of: September 28 – October 4, 2014
Where: Downtown Grapevine, Texas (begins at D’Vine Wines)
Cost: $20, includes a glass of wine afterwards (hell yeah!)
I’m enjoying the second week of my 3-week fun-employment (before my next job starts up) with my parents here in the suburbs between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, where I spent the first 18 years of my life. For this week’s adventure, my mom signed the two of us up for a ghost tour of Grapevine, the town she and my stepdad have just bought their “forever” home in, in an effort to convince me that where I come from is not as un-interesting as I usually tell people it is.
And strangely enough, my mother’s instincts were spot on – I had no idea how interesting (and creepy) the history of my family’s home town actually was! Kudos, Ma. Continue reading →
As you may have noticed, things have started to look a bit different around Adventure A Week. You also may have noticed I’ve been MIA for a while too. The truth is, the last couple of months back to work after my two months in Asia have been difficult for me. I feel like I’ve gotten a taste of the kind of life that I’ve dreamt of living since I was a kid (one of long-term, full-time travel) and I’ve struggled a bit to summon the same excitement for my career I once had. I fell into a slump and stopped making time for adventures outside of work…..which led to even worse of a slump. Continue reading →
First completed in 1350, Ayutthaya was once a powerhouse city of Southeast Asia and is the former capital of Siam. In the 15th through 17th centuries, the city was an important center for the arts, medicine and technology and became a major trading center for Europeans. Today, the old ruins are a World Heritage Site and have been pretty well preserved. I’m a history freak, so I was so excited to hop on a bike once again to explore the crumbling temples and palaces along with our guide. After a quick visit to the Historical Study Center (a great place to get your bearings), we were off. Continue reading →
We spent a day and a half in this lovely province that is not far outside of Bangkok. The area is most visited for it’s World War II historical significance – it was the base for construction of the infamous Thailand-Burma “Death Railway” which was ordered by the Japanese as a strategic transportation line to supply their troops for a planned invasion of India. Many thousands of European POWs and local laborers alike died while attempting to build this railway, due to inhospitable living conditions, disease, and brutality from their Japanese commanders.
Besides the historic significance of Kanchanaburi, the surrounding area has a lot of natural beauty as well, including Erawan and Si Nakharin Dam National Parks, where we spent the night on in a raft house. Here a few highlights from my time Kanchanaburi. Continue reading →
For the first day of our two week active trip through Thailand, we started with the activity I was dreading the most – a half-day bike tour of Bangkok. As soon as I landed and saw the manic zig-zagging traffic of this city, I immediately started worrying about this bike tour I knew I’d be doing in a few short days. When I woke up this morning, I couldn’t muster an appetite for breakfast and just sat in silence, working up the courage I would need to mount myself on two wheels and compete with massive tour busses, tuk-tuks, street food carts, motorbikes for pavement space on the streets of this vibrant but often hectic city. Continue reading →
After a strange travel day filled with more monkeys in the airport, delayed flights, new friends made while waiting for said delayed flights, and a desperate sprint through Delhi airport to make a connecting flight, I finally made it to Bangkok. As soon as I walked out of the airport I was smacked in the face with the dizzying heat of Thailand. The air is so thick with disarming humidity that you almost have to wade through it like you would a swimming pool. Having come from two weeks trekking in snowy mountains and still wearing several layers, it took me a bit to adjust. Continue reading →
We did it! We survived our 9 day trek in the Himalayas and returned to Kathmandu smelly and achy but feeling incredibly lucky to have had such an amazing experience in the mountains. We had great weather the entire time and our guide and porters were so helpful and knowledgable. While we may have been the only people on the trail notgoing all the way to Everest Base Camp, we really loved veering off the beaten path to lesser visited villages and learning about Sherpa life and culture.