Taikai Horse Ranch

Taikai Horse Ranch

Taikai Horse Ranch

Taikai Horse Ranch signThis one is not a restaurant with animals, it’s a horse farm with animals. Taikai Horse Ranch has a few horses and from what I have heard offers horse riding lessons. That is not why the majority of people go. Instead, they want to see the animals. Located at

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Private American guns to the UK

Private American guns to the UK

The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes

Every so often you see something on social media and the comments section is the most interesting part. Ok, who am I kidding the comments are usually the interesting part. As you can see on the left we have an add to send a gun to help defend Britain by something called The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes (we will call it ACDBH for the rest of the article). Like a lot of small things from World War Two, it is hard to find much information on it. Sadly a lot of it is antidotal. So the two questions in the comments were; “Is it real?”, “Why?” and “What happened to the guns afterward?”

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Taipei in August

Taipei in August

Taipei in August

 

It was a hot weekend but I went up to Taipei and stayed at a place called Nina’s Room. It is a cheap place to stay where you get a private room with a futon on the floor and a bathroom, but bring your own towels and tooth brush.

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Typhoon Nesat Gallary

Typhoon Nesat Gallary

Typhoon Nesat

Instead of going to Taipei I stayed at home and watched the typhoon this weekend. Typhoon Nesat was our first Typhoon of the year so it got a lot of attention. The Typhoon hit the south of the country harder so there was not much to see in Hualien. It was actually a nice down weekend. I worked on the novel I was working on and took some pictures. I then promptly accidentally deleted most of the pictures.

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Zi Nan Temple

Zi Nan Temple

Money, Money, Money, Money

Money is not everything, but it solves a lot of problems. Naturally, the money god, Tu-Di-Gong, is very popular in Taiwan. The most popular is Zi Nan Temple in Nantou County. It was our last stop on our trip to Nantou.

Religious affiliation is much more flexible in Taiwan than in the USA and you often see Buddist and Taoist beliefs mixed together. I had been to a few temples before but this was the busiest I have been too. Like everywhere in Nantou there were plenty of places that would charge for parking. We parked in the large free parking lot south west of the temple.

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Wangyou Forest

Wangyou Forest

Wangyou Forest

Walking up to Wangyou Forest Like most mountains in Taiwan, there was a shuttle, lots of shuttles. The trail up to Wangyou Forest (忘憂森林) is no different. After the Monster Villiage, it was a nice change to be out in nature. We heard “100 to the top” about a dozen times walking from the car to the road up the mountain. Instead up the mountain we went it was a nice steep walk that included switch backs and dodging the shuttles driving fast up and down the mountain.We had already avoided paying for parking by finding one of the few places you could pull a car off the side of the road.

Lots of entrepreneurs having the same idea to make money of a free thing. The entrepreneur I wanted to see, someone selling water bottles half way up the trail, was missing. At the end of the trail was a restaurant, a bathroom you have to pay to use, and someone selling water and ice tea.

 

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International Ticket Cost vs Passport Ownership

International Ticket Cost vs Passport Ownership

International Ticket Cost vs Passport Ownership

US Passport Ownership by State. CGPGray
Older one by CGP Grey
US Passport Rates by State, by Matt Stabile
Newer one by Matt Stabile of The Expeditioner

Every so often I see a picture like one of these two. Both show the percentage of people in each state that have a valid passport. They are usually followed by comments that make a moral judgment about having or not having a passport and about how can Americans not travel. Proving once again that people are bad at Geography.

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