About

Welcome to my blog! Here, you’ll see the world through my eyes and share my love of travel, the outdoors and photography.

My serious travels began in 2007 when I sold all my belongings and moved to South Korea to work as an English teacher. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to visit many countries, some quickly, but others taking my sweet time. Β Since returning to the US in 2013, I have relocated to Colorado and continue to pursue my hobbies.

I have learned to take travel as life should be taken-slowly and realized that traveling is an art, which takes much practice. There is nothing like wandering all day in a strange place and discovering little alleys, meeting local people or discovering hidden paths. Cheap hostels, camping,Β couch surfingΒ or invitations into local households-I’ve done them all and have met some of the warmest and most friendly people en route.

After returning to the US in 2012 I lived in Los Angeles for a few years before settling in Colorado in May 2014. Now, I’m exploring all the fantastic hiking and local destinations Colorado and the west has to offer.

208 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. Saw your photos from Japan. Great shots! I too enjoy traveling and photography. I just cannot get enough of both! Looking forward to your future posts.

    1. I would love to visit the Philippines, as it is one of the few countries in East or Southeast Asia that I didn’t get the chance to visit while I lived in Korea.

  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog. As a retired educator and newbie blogger, I am looking forward to learning and am open to suggestions. I visited your gallery and especially enjoyed the photos in your Mexico album.

    1. Thank you for stopping by as well! What area of education were you in? I appreciate your words about my photos, I really enjoy snapping and editing them and I have a lot to learn too, as I only started doing this back in November.

      1. Sorry I did not reply sooner. I am still learning my way around WordPress. I just discovered your reply today.
        I was a secondary education teacher for 16 years, teaching electronics and computer science. I spent the last 17 years working as a network support specialist for the school district. Now that I am retired, I plan to travel, take pictures, write and generally forget about technology, except for photo tech.

        Thank you for asking.

  3. “Travel is an art which takes much practice”. I couldn’t agree more. You have a great story and outlook. Your blog is well put together and I look forward to reading more. Thank you for following my blog.

  4. Because you are a teacher, and teachers are in my opinion, very important, I shall follow your blog. I love photography and travelling too, and cooking. thanks for following my blog.

        1. Nice, a friend of mine whom I met in Korea, who is from Peachland is moving to Vancouver soon, so I plan to visit and hopefully get out a bit too. I’ll keep visiting your site to see new places. Hope you frequent mine as well-I post daily.

  5. I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! Please see my homepage to find out how to accept the award and pass it onto fellow bloggers.

  6. Have you tried the Farmer’s Market on Fairfax?
    Lots of old L.A. Culture there.
    Cantor’s makes great Matzo Ball soup~
    Philippe’s has the best French Dip in town across from Union Train Station.
    You could explore a different country every day and never get bored.
    I love L.A.

    1. Yeah, I’ve been to the Farmer’s Market several times-it has become quite touristy these days, with The Grove Mall just next door, but still has some good food!

      I love having Griffith Park just here and head up there to hike about three times a week. I also love the Silver Lake area, which has lots of cool stuff to do.

      I’ll have to try Cantor’s and Philippe’s-thanks for the suggestions πŸ™‚

  7. Stumbled through to your happy place via Happy Yuan. Nice to check out a fellow Californian… least at the moment. Trying to make traveling a bigger part of my life. I am from the Central Coast, I try to post pictures of local places among my life rants. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey, thanks for dropping in! I just stopped by your spot too-nice blog, which I intend to check out in more detail. Hope you continue to pop by and say hello!

  8. This is great John. Always glad to meet like-minded people.

    Someday, I hope to have the courage to quit my job and embark on an unexpected journey. Cheers

  9. Hi John!

    Love the Pictures and your adventures! I’ll have to check out some of the spots you’ve gone to, looks like a lot of fun! Your blog has definitely motivated me to get out and enjoy what L.A. has to offer, time to bust out my canon 5d =D Thanks for the inspiration!

    I stumbled on your site through the Los Angeles Tag and wanted you to be one of the first to know that we are launching an event website called wigo events. Our site focuses on a community of users in Los Angeles sharing cool events that they know about, and we would love to have you be a part of it! If you’re interested in being one of our very first users please leave us your email address at the link right below, sorry its so long, don’t know how to add a hyperlink in the comment section haha. Once our site goes live in the next few months, we’ll let you know!

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  10. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers John…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through β€˜comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input πŸ™‚

    Have a great old day…

    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

  11. Awesome blog, John. It’s too bad I’ve just come across it now. I’ve done the ESL thing in Latin America but never in Asia. It’s great to hear/see the perspectives from that part of the world. Your pics are awesome as well. Looking forward to more.

  12. thank you for following my blog!!happy that you like it πŸ™‚ what an interesting blog you have πŸ™‚ for sure will be back here πŸ™‚ have a nice day πŸ™‚

  13. Hi John! Just discovered your blog and I love what you’re doing! I’m a foreigner living in the LA area too! I love exploring and taking pictures! If you’d ever need a partner in crime for your road trips, let me know! πŸ˜‰ – Julie

    1. Hi Julie! Thanks for your comments and I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. I’ll have to check your stuff out too! We have 6 weeks and we are leaving LA, so look for some new material coming on board shorty. Let me know if you have any special place in mind you’re wanting to check out and I may be able to squeeze something in.

  14. Hiking, Travel and Photography? I’m sold! Three of my favorite things, I think (well, coffee tops the list). I walked the Camino de Santiago this summer, and it’s more of a really long walk rather than a hike… but from the looks of this blog I think it’s something you could be interested in. Thanks for sharing your great photos, I can’t wait to check out more!

    1. Coffee-yes! The first thing I do EACH morning is stumble to the kitchen to put my coffee on. Yes, I’d love to do some long walks like the Camino de Santiago-that one is on my list!

  15. John, thanks for visiting my blog recently and liking one of my entries. Yours is fantastic and I just subscribed! Keep up the great photos and stories. I love your layout too!

  16. John,

    First of all I want to say you have a wonderful blog with very nice photos. I will follow you about hiking because despite now that I stored by suitcase I want to do hiking to alternate with my jogging.

    Secondly I thank you for your visit!

    Wish you well.
    /Joaquim

  17. Breathtaking photography and travel!!! I have a whole list of places waiting for me and I can’t wait to get started. I’ll keep up with all your new adventures. Who knows, I might find more places to add to my list.

  18. Gotta say, this blog is definitely worth the follow – great job, loving all the beautiful photography and stories! πŸ™‚
    Apart from my blog, I’ve got a project called Showzee (http://www.showzee.com) that might definitely interest you, take a look and if you fancy it, request an invite and I’ll fast track you!

    1. Thank you! I’ve really tried to improve and work on it this year compared to last. It takes up a larger portion of my time now, but I love it!

  19. Love your blog John. Reminds me of good old travel days of my youth. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing great stories and pictures. And I agree, best part of travel is when you take it slowly and really get to know the locals and the place. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Hi John, thanks for visiting my blog Born to Travel. Have enjoyed looking around yours. We live on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. Well worth a visit when you are in Australia again. Cheers

  21. Like you were when you sold it all and got away,,, that’s where I am now,, it’s scary and I have never been anywhere or seen anything and I have someone I know who will let me come stay in London with her if I can just muster the courage to go,,, I want to spend time in another place, far away from here,,, it’s a long story, I’m tired of being sad about my past, tired of feeling like this has all been a waste,, etc. etc. , as you can tell, I’m a bit low tonight. Anyway, I would love to have someone help me on my quest, I don’t know the first thing about travel, where to stay, how to afford it, how not to get eaten my the locals, how to properly respect other cultures ,, you get my drift. I’m glad you got away, if you are just bored,,πŸ˜‰ you could help me plan my get away,,night night,,,sweet dreams

  22. I love your blog and your story is very inspirational to me. I have been thinking about heading to Thailand to teach English for a year for a while now and it’s encouraging to see that you had such a remarkable experience in your travels there.

    I look forward to reading more about your adventures in Colorado. As a fellow hiker located on the East coast, I will be reading with envy as I see the massive, rewarding summits you reach!

    – Brandon

    1. Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. I think you should head to Asia to teach and travel-it really is a great opportunity to get to know a place!

  23. I found your blog through the “fresh” photo challenge. I am a want-to-be outdoor enthusiast in the early stages of kayaking and hiking the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Outside television network has become a favorite as I live vicariously through adventure seekers like you! I look forward to your posts about Colorado and other places in the world.

  24. I look forward to following your adventures…I am also (fairly) recently back from being abroad. What a transition! Glad to see you have found a place to live and explore. πŸ™‚

  25. Hi John, glad to find another interesting travel blog. BTW is this a picture of Montezuma Castle National Monument? I love this place, I wrote about it on my travel blog!

  26. Hi there !

    I’m also doing a travel blog on Pinterest. Decided to put one up when I moved to Ireland last summer. I was wondering if you’d be interested in writing a post for my blog and perhaps have me write one for yours. I thought it’d be a great way to get different traveling perspectives, and it’ll also help reach different readers. Give my blog a look (thehereandwow.wordpress.com), and if you’re interested, please send me an e-mail when you can.

    Good luck with everything and happy writing,

    1. Hey, thanks for the message! Yeah, that could be fun! It’s always good to network and get our words out there eh? Just checked out your blog and like what I see-seems you’re having some great time!

      1. It’s amazing !! I’m absolutely in love with Ireland and love, love, LOVE to write about it. There’s just so much culture here. You should have my email if you wanna collaborate or send over some stuff, and I’ll be sure to write something up about this lovely country in the next week if that suits you. Bloggers unite !! πŸ˜‰

  27. I’m so happy I came across your blog! Such gorgeous photos and stories!! You definitely have a talent! I’m a huge lover of the outdoors as well, nothing like getting out there to get inspired! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to reading more!

  28. WOW! What a great and inspiring blog! Hope to see more pictures of your travels and read more about it! I plan to travel more after college and I will now be looking over your photographs for some inspirations of places to visit.

    -Jel

  29. Hiya! WordPress reccommended your blog to me, and I’m glad it did! I’m alos hoping to go teach English in Asia at the beginning of next year, and I cannot wait to go exploring with my camera! I’m currently looking through your blogs on Thailand – the photos are beautiful!

  30. Your blog reinforces my dream to travel, explore and taste the world just like I’ve always dreamed of. Maybe in a few years I’ll find the courage to let go and be led away by my wanderlust. Amazing blog! Inspiring.

  31. Hi, just wanted to say that your blog is really interesting and well put together, I’m only 16, but I’m hoping to do the same kind of thing you’re doing (although my blog isn’t as well informed!) Cool posts on Thailand though, I’m moving there soon so I’ll make sure to check out some of the stuff you mention!

  32. Loving your blog, great photos and full of inspirations! Will definitely keep up to date with your travels and feel free to check out my startup http://www.showzee.com – i think you’d really like it – we focus on sharing journeys, adventures & experiences πŸ™‚

  33. I’m intrigued by your About page. Interesting journey you’re on.
    Hope to learn more.
    Suzanne
    at learningtocry.wordpress.com

  34. Hi there fellow traveler!
    While exploring websites and blogs for inspiration, I found yours, and I have noticed how fantastic and inspiring it is!
    By the way, I’m Marli and I’m from Portugal, which I noticed that you haven’t visited yet.
    Come to see us if you ever come to Portugal – backyardtours.pt / backyardtourslagos.wordpress.com

    Adeus! – Good bye in Portuguese πŸ™‚

    Marli, Backyard Tours

  35. Hi John, I just discovered your blog via wp recommendations. Your pictures are gorgeous! I’ve just moved back to the US after eight years abroad and am struggling a little with feeling settled down and possibly facing the end of my traveling days. It’s encouraging to see that you’re still managing to have adventures stateside!

  36. Great Blog! Reading back with all of your fans comments, I too can relate. I am 37 years old and feel the need to travel. My boyfriend and I take off every now and again on a whim just to fulfill that itch πŸ™‚ So happy I came across your website!

  37. I love your blog and admire your spirit and passion for life and nature. I am in a public relations class in Ontario and have to do an online blogger interview. I would love to ask you some questions. It wouldn’t be until mid November. Does this interest you? The purpose is essentially for grading and not necessarily publication. Please comment and let me know!

  38. Its nice to meet another Coloradoan on WP! Since you love photography, have you made it down to Mesa Verde yet?? I highly recommend! πŸ™‚ Nice to meet you John! πŸ™‚

  39. Hi John!

    Amazing page! I hope you’re doing well! You, along with many travelers could utilize our new and upcoming app, POI. It’s for the travelers and the locals to post their points of interest!

    I’d like to start a movement. To inspire people to live and see more of the world. POI’s purpose is to create a community and world awareness -where the focus is the world’s point’s of interest. It becomes a shared goal to explore and exploit the world’s POI!

    I’d appreciate to hear your feedback. Send me your email address, if you’d like to be included in our mailing list! This will inform you POI’s release date and updates!

    Let me know your thoughts!

    Thanks,
    The POI Movement

  40. Dear John,

    What an amazing life!

    I’m Elena Tamarit, journalist of Bright Expats team. As you can see, we are launching our new expats’ blog about expat’s lives around the world, and I would be delighted to write an special article about your blog and globetrotter life. Do you think it’s possible to send you some brief questions? You can read one of the interviews here. We might could help new expats in the transition to a new life abroad!

    Thanks so much for your time and I wish you a lovely day,

    Elena

    Elena Tamarit
    Bright Expats Brussels
    The Local Partner of Global People
    Mobile: + 32 498 48 24 30
    Email: elena@brightexpats.com
    Web: http://www.brightexpats.com and http://www.settleanconnect.com

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