Brandon & Betty

Brandon and Betty

Brandon & Betty

Doing what we can in Aspen, Colorado.

North America » United States » Colorado » Aspen July 28th 2009

The alternate route from Aspen to Denver known for its sites.... read more
Independence Pass
Independence Pass
Independence Pass

North America » United States » Colorado » Aspen July 27th 2009

Easy trail that starts in Aspen and goes for about 20 miles northwest to Basalt. We walked for just a few miles before turning back.... read more
What a View!?
Roaring Fork River

North America » United States » Colorado » Aspen July 26th 2009

Sunnyside Trail 6.3 miles one way 2,200 vertical feet ... read more
From the Top

North America » United States » Colorado » Aspen July 25th 2009

For those without Facebook we have uploaded some pictures of our new place, our new surroundings and our new friends...... read more
The View
Chili & Brew Fest '09
Fourth of July

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City May 18th 2009

We deboarded our last night train before sunrise in the small city of Zhongwei. A few hours of rest and we were up again and in a van driving through rocky hills and dirt mounds on our way to Chang Tan (Long Beach), a small village on the banks of the Yellow River. A short walk through the tiny village to see the donkeys, goats and a huge water wheel that pumps water into the village, and we arrived at a little hut full of Goat Skin Rafts. These were nothing like what anyone imagined they would be. They were the skins of twelve goats, dried and inflated, and tied to a bunch of sticks. No matter; we hopped on them and headed down stream! The following day we were up early again and headed towards ... read more
Chang Tan
Water Wheel
Goat Skin Raft

Asia » China » Shanghai » Jing An May 11th 2009

We flew into Shanghai from Chengdu, only a few hours flight, but what made this journey unique was that after our flight we boarded the MagLev Train; a magnetic levitation train that is the fastest in the world. It’s top speed is 430 kmph, but since we were traveling in the middle of the day it only could go 300. The trip only took eight minutes! Our hotel was located right on Nanjing Road in Shanghai, which is the city’s most famous and crowded, shopping street, so we used our first day to explore and become familiar with the area since we would be staying here for five days. We fought through the massive crowds on Nanjing Road and finally made it to the Bund, Shanghai’s historical waterfront district which is supposed to be the best ... read more
MagLev Train
East Nanjing Road

Asia » China » Guangxi » Yangshuo April 30th 2009

Yangshou is a sweet little town in the countryside that, although quite a bit touristy is absolutely breathtaking. The landscape consisted of gorgeous mountains, modest farms and twisting rivers lined with bamboo rafts. All of the shops, bars and cafes were in walking distance of our hotel. Our favorite activity was a half day bicycle ride through the mountains. We stopped and had lunch with a farmer’s family who insisted we try all of the local delicacies, one of which included pork stuffed snails. While in Yangshou we also went Cormorant Fishing (we actually joined a man who had trained water turkeys and they snatched fish and brought them up for him), caught a spectacular light show/ballet that was put together by the same man that did the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, and had ... read more
Overnight Train
Overnight Train

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon April 23rd 2009

We have been in China for almost two weeks now. We are on a fast paced tour where train and bus are our main method of transport and the internet is hard to come by and connections are spotty when you can find them, so we apologize for the lapse in our blog updates. We are post-dating this one so it makes more sense chronologically, but will be following it up with another shortly. HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY MOM (NIT)!!! Sorry we could not get in touch with you, but Betty looks forward to going on your birthday cruise! Surprise! We arrived in Hong Kong on a rainy warm evening but were excited to get out and see the sights. On our first night we explored Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Here we walked the Avenue of ... read more
Tsim Sha Tsui
Bruce Lee
Good Times

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 18th 2009

Last week was not the best week for Bangkok. The Red Shirts had organized a large scale protest in the city during one of the busiest times of the year, Songkran, or the Thai New Year. They speak out against the current Prime Minister who they think is undeserving of his seat in office. This week it got ugly, though. When we landed in Bangkok at around 11 PM on Thursday, April 9th, it was the first major day of the protests. The airport was packed with tourists who were scared to venture into the city. Those who were willing to brave the protesters were facing four hour cab rides to the locations outside the city and then taking public transportation to their hotels, when normally it would have been a 40 minute ride to get ... read more
The Fishing Hole

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