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About kenmyhre

I am a retired educator, computer professional. Now I like to travel the world by bicycle, on foot and periodically on skis


I am back in Calgary now so one more post will finish off my Japan/Taiwan trip.  Picking up from Ruifang, I had one last biking day.  Ostensibly I would have a nice gentle ride down the Keelung River for about … Continue reading

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On up the East Side of Taiwan

A few shots from my first week I le­­ft you in Tainan on March 3rd.  I was pretty beat up, but I had had an easy and enjoyable day birding and cycling in Tainan.  A big part of the rejuvenation … Continue reading

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Sorry, no photos this time My transition from Japan to Taiwan went well.  Haneda Airport in Tokyo got me onto my plane without any people help, all electronic, in minutes.  A four hour flight landed me in Taipei around 2:00 … Continue reading

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Himeji and Tokyo

That’s it for Japan, at least until next time.  From Nikko I took the train out of the mountains, through Tokyo, three Shinkansen hours south to Himeji, where it is warmer and no snow.  I finally had nice views, at … Continue reading

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Sapporo and Nikko

After spending five nights around Kushiro, on the east coast of Hokkaido, including the night in Rausu, it was time to move on.  I had now seen the birds I had come to Japan to see and I had two … Continue reading

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Steller’s Eagles

Still dark at 5:00 as I was picked up from Minshuku Marumi Shokuu taken 10 minutes to a small wood shack out of the brittle cold and asked for money; I paid.  I was in Rausu, a small fishing village … Continue reading

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Red-Crowned Cranes – Tancho

(Don’t forget to touch images you wish to look closer at) As I approached my first Red-Crowned Crane viewing area I was initially disappointed.  There were no other cars in the parking lot and I couldn’t see where the birds … Continue reading

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Crane Spectacle at Izumi

(To get a larger image of the photos click on them) My days at the Shin Tsurumi Tei were each the same.  I was up and out at 6:30, still dark, and climbed the outside staircase of the Crane Observation … Continue reading

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Crane Hunting – Kyushu

Travel in Asia is wonderful.  Or at least it is for me.  It is not filled with wildlife as Africa or as comfortably familiar as Europe, but the cultural complexity and the diversity of cultures make it so intriguing.  Travel … Continue reading

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In Between Dances

I am doing a post at this time primarily to brush up my posting skills after such a long hiatus. This in preparation for future travels. It is almost three years since my last posting; Bangkok to Singapore.  Since then … Continue reading

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