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Interesting Places

Not all who wander are lost, but a surprising amount of time I am lost. These are interesting places that I either gone to on purpose or more likely was lost and found them. Be it animal farms, temples, or historic sights I have a bad habit of riding or walking along and saying, “Hey I should check that out”.

You never know what you will find when you wander

Saoba Stones

Saoba Stones

Saoba StonesSaoba Stones

After visiting Rareseed Pasture we drove up to the Wuhe terrace.  Located in the rift valley Wuhe terrace is a popular place for growing both coffee and tea. I passed over the terrace on my Chinese New Years Bike trip in 2017.  One of the most interesting parts of the terrace is the Saoba Stones.

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Rareseed Pasture

Rareseed Pasture

Rareseed Pasture

Some coworkers and I headed down to Ruisui to see some of the tourist sites there. Ruisui is located in the southern part of Hualien County and has some interesting places to visit. First, we stopped at Rareseed Pasture. I mentioned passing this dairy farm during my Chinese New Year bike ride. Dairy Farms are often open to the public for free, with some exceptions. Like others, Rareseed Pasture combines dairy farm with tourist attraction. Later we would visit the Saoba Stones historical site and the Tropic of Cancer. The pasture is located at No.6-157 Wuhe Village, Ruisui Town in Hualien County. 

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Wandering Around Hong Kong

Wandering Around Hong Kong

Hong Kong

I got to bookend my 2017 trip to the USA with two short trips to Hong Kong. These two stopovers gave me plenty of time to wander around the city. The first time I stayed at Ashoka Hostel and went to the Maritime Museum. The second time I stayed at Ah Shan Hostel and went to the Hong Kong History Museum. I also just spent some time wandering around the city.

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Taipei December 2017

Taipei December 2017

Flowers in Taipei Taipei December 2017

My last trip up to Taipei for 2017. I definitely visited Taipei a lot more this year than last year. Maybe the most I ever had in a year. I will probably keep visiting Taipei in 2018. I am also looking forward to visiting new places and new countries in 2018.

Saturday I wandered around Yuanshan Park, and the Fine Arts Park on Saturday. On Sunday I checked out Christmasland in Banqiao. It was a little colder than normal but I still found it very comfortable.

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Hong Kong Museum of History

Hong Kong Museum of History

Hong Kong Museum of History

It was my second time in Hong Kong and I decided to just leave my hotel and walk around the city. I saw the sign for the Hong Kong Museum of History when walking and decided that that sounded interesting to me. Yes, museums may kind of be my thing. So off I wandered until I found the Museum. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui the “Hong Kong Story” exhibit is free to enter.

Bell set at Hong Kong Museum of History Boat at Hong Kong Museum of History Seven Sisters Festival Hong Kong Museum of History

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Danial Shays’ Rebellion

Danial Shays’ Rebellion

Danial Shays’ Rebellion

 

I had forgotten I had filmed this. I took this video during my September visit to the USA. Danial Shays’ Rebellion was an early challenge to the pre-constitution USA government. In fact, the final showdown took place in Petersham Massachusetts where my father had grown up.

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum model JunkCentral Pier 8

Hong Kong is one of the busiest ports in the world and has been a historically important port. Naturally, this makes the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and a great place to check out. The museum is located at Central Pier 8 and only costs 30 HKD to enter. This makes it easy to take the Star Ferry from Kowloon where I was staying to the Museum.

Despite being the type to get sea sick I actually kind of like boats. Well, maybe I like the idea of being on a boat out on the ocean better than the actual reality. Maybe a canoe or a kayak on a lake is more my speed but so his reading about history.

 

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Boston 2017

Boston 2017

Boston

Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Dating back to 1630. Like most cities, it has a large metropolitan area around the city proper. Boston had the United States first public school, public park, and subway system. Boston played a central role in the early United States History.

Anyway, John and I took the train from Lowel to Boston then grabbed the Green Line to Boston Common. Despite working for the last few years in Boston John does not spend a lot of time exploring the city. I had not been to Boston since 2009 when I went with my GF at the time.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Smith Birthplace

Joseph Smith Birthplace

Obelisk at Joseph Smith BirthplaceJoseph Smith Birthplace

Joseph Smith was the founder and prophet of the Mormon faith. Mormonism started in America but its members can now be found around the globe. In fact, I often see Mormon missionaries in Taiwan. They are very easy to spot, they are wearing conservative clothing, actually wear safety vests and helmets when bicycling and in general, look either lost, bored or frustrated.

All through my life, I had seen signs for Joseph Smiths birthplace when visiting family in Vermont. Just like the Billings Rockefeller Mansion, I decided to visit last time I was in the USA. Admission is free and a nice missionary will give you a tour of the area. When it is open varies depending on the time of year but you can call 802-763-7742 to get times.

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Barre Historical Society

Barre Historical Society

Fire place at Barre Historical Society Barre

The town of Barre was were I grew up. It is a rural area that is not far from major urban areas. Despite being in a very different place now, it was a great place to grow up. Located in Worchester County it was incorporated in 1774 as Hutchinson after Thomas Hutchinson the Governor of the colony. However, in 1776 it was renamed Barre after Isaac Barre, a Parliament member that opposed the stamp tax. The Barre Historical Society is on the west side of the town common at 18 Common St. Barre Historical Society is open on Thursdays from 10 am until noon and on Sundays during the farmers market (summer mornings) and can be called at 978-355-4978.

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