Page 5 of Doug Gschwind Travel Blog Posts

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Asakusa September 15th 2014

I happened to stumble upon this, what I first thought was just an extensive shopping area, but later learned it is the site of the Asakusa Shinto Shrine and Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple Senso-ji. It was an interesting area so I decided to spend a couple of more hours there on the morning of 21 Sep prior to my long awaited first trip on a Shinkansen train down to Kyoto later that day.... read more
One walking mall entrance
Many Merchant Stalls

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ryogoku September 15th 2014

While waiting for the advanced ticket office to open at Ryƍgoku Kokugikan , I just happened to notice the Yasuda Garden next to it, but had no idea what Zen like moments actually waited for me inside. It wasn't a huge place, but this was yet another data point of the Japanese love of nature. There were a few park benches around the edge of the pond, which I found to be generally true of parks in Japan, but good luck finding somewhere to sit in public that isn't in a restaurant anywhere else. It is free to visit the park for as long as you like, and the pond is home to numerous Koi fish as well as some turtles. The truth is, I found Koi in about every last ornamental pond or moat that ... read more
Tokyo Sky Tree in the distance

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Pasadena January 1st 2014

We left the hotel around 7am for the relatively quite drive over to Pasadena from our nice digs nearly on the beach in Santa Monica. I think we got to the parking area at Brookside Golf Course on the North side of the stadium around 7:45am. We had plenty of time to tailgate, and ended up seeing a great game. Michigan State came out on top, 24 to 20 over Stanford.... read more
Green Jeans!

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Downtown December 31st 2013

The pep rally was held at the LA Livearea and a ton of people showed up for it. So much so that we were so far away we really couldn't hear what was being said by people like Mark Hollis, Coach Mark Dantonio, Kirk Cousins, and later Lou Anna Simon. However, we saw several MSU celebrities up close within the Hyatt right next to the LA Live area such as : Ron Mason, George Perles, Lorenzo White, Javon Ringer. That was great as my mom got pictures taken with both Javon Ringer and Lorenzo White, and I got a quick word in with Lorenzo before getting a picture taken with him. Lorenzo and I graduated from Michigan State in the same year, 1988. Oh, and Lorenzo and I were both in the Rose Bowl on 1 ... read more
Mom and I
Pete and Eric
Two White Haired Guys

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood December 30th 2013

Just a few quick photos from this.... read more
Hollywood Sign
Downtown LA

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Santa Monica December 30th 2013

We stayed at the Ocean View hotel. Nice view, nice proximity to the pier, beach, and the bars and restaurants in Santa Monica.... read more

On 3 Aug 2011, McKesson treated around 120 of its employees from its specialty health care unit to a day at the ball park. This was to recognize the work that the team had done to align with ARRA requirements, and since I had a hand in the e-prescribing related efforts for the iKnowMed application, was quite happy to attend and take in the day with my co-workers. It was a great weather day and we got to the park early at around 10:45am since we also had tickets to Triples Alley, a section of the warning track in right field where those with tickets can watch batting practice and such at field level. That was quite a treat to see a few players up close, as well as the complimentary food and drink afforded in ... read more
Center Field Warning Track
Long way from home
!!! Achtung !!! Achtung !!!

My mom and I actually tried to visit Mackinac Island the day before, on 18 July 2011, but the clouds were pretty dark and thunder was evident, so we held off a day. Turns out the next day, my mom's birthday, was a much better weather day. My mom even demanded to pay for both the round trip ferry ride as well as a private one hour coach ride around the South side of the island. On her birthday! Thanks Mom! There are some interesting things about the island. No motorized vehicles allowed. Bicycles, horse drive carriages, and walking are the ways to get around. There are people on the island year 'round, but the tourist season ends with the warm weather. To be anywhere in the Grand Hotel is a USD $10 charge if you ... read more
Very Nice Digs
Colonial Michilimackinac
Under Way

North America » United States » California » Oakland April 2nd 2011

I had heard that you could tour an aircraft carrier on Alameda island just outside of Oakland, and that one of the more interesting aspects was riding the flight elevator between the hangar and flight decks. I had been meaning to take this tour, and after arrival realized that spending just half a day there was not going to be enough time. Very interesting indeed. Upon arrival, a docent gives you some high level information about what you can see on the ship, the island, the engine room (you must sign up for this as they can only take 15 people at a time down to the one viewable engine room, there are three others, but the engine room tour is done for no additional fee), the hangar and flight decks, the Apollo mission artifacts on ... read more
View from Port side
Some security in place

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona March 15th 2011

On this day I drove to Kealakekua Bay, which is about 12 miles South of Kona, to snorkel. After taking the exit off the main highway, you eventually come to a t in the road where you can continue straight for say 50 yards into a parking lot, or a right where you can continue about a 1/10th of a mile into a different parking lot and you are on the Kealakekua Bay at that point. If you take a left at the t though, that is the way to Two Step. You first drive a narrow road that has been paved over a previous lava flow, then after you pass a sign, take a right into that area, and when you see the paid parking ahead, simply take a non-descript right hand turn prior to ... read more
Captain Cook's Monument
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau
Two Step

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