It’s time to make some changes. I feel like I’ve been going a bit too gung-ho on my blogging, so I’m going to ease it back just a tad.
This week will be a quick one, as I have been working my tail off making a few changes behind the scenes. The good news is this should open up a lot of opportunities for both you and me, and I’m very excited to be finally rolling these out. The bad news is you might experience a bit of digital dust as I get everything settled.
In the spirit of exploration, you can now wander through my many blog posts through interactive maps. Find the link under the Aimful Wandering menu tab, and see all the places I’ve been. These will be updated regularly as I add new posts. Enjoy!
Join me for all things wandering: travel, hiking, local adventures. I am always out and about, exploring places near and far, from my own backyard to destinations halfway around the globe.
Join me in my adventures, and let me know where you think I should go next! Continue reading
I usually post on Fridays, but seeing as how I’ll be knee-deep in waffles, wrapping paper, and spiked egg nog, I’m posting a bit early this week. I also didn’t wish to encourage blog browsing on a day of friends and family.
A visit to Kyoto isn’t complete without a trip through the stunning bamboo grove of Arashiyama. There is nothing more humbling than acres of majestic trees towering above your head, cutting thousands of completely vertical lines 115 feet into the sky.
Bamboo has been revered for its durability for centuries, and it grows incredibly fast, making it a popular renewable resource; the wood is used in thousands of applications. It is particularly important to the Japanese, who view it as a symbol of prosperity and see its simplicity as representing purity. Bamboo is unique in its elegance, which is why stalks frequent many zen-hopeful desks, but they are seldom seen in such magnificence.