Ikimasho: Travel with Little Ones

Vanessa, Jaxon and Isaac's Visit Part 2 Vanessa and I met in Maryland when Will and Jaxon were 18 months old. We hit it off immediately and became adventure buddies taking the boys on weekly outings exploring Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Not many people would journey halfway around the world with a four year old … Continue reading Ikimasho: Travel with Little Ones

Tokyo is Mine

Vanessa, Jaxon and Isaac's Visit Part 1 Walking Vanessa and our boys to our first sight-seeing destination, I was delighted to see the familiar graffiti "Tokyo is Yours". It always reminds me of my very first visit to Tokyo. I lined the boys up under the words and told him to say, "Tokyo is Yours!" … Continue reading Tokyo is Mine

One Thousand Samurai and One Ninja in Nikko

Exhausted and emotionally drained, I boarded the ITT bus for Nikko at 4:15 am. Will and I were headed to a Samurai Parade and a boat ride in this scenic area north of Tokyo. Mike had returned from Nepal the night before and had planned to use the last day of his leave to rest. … Continue reading One Thousand Samurai and One Ninja in Nikko

Seeing the Top of the World

Guest Blog by Michael Schilling I’m going to Kathmandu When you decide to check off a bucket list item, thinking about what could go wrong is not in the forethought.  Needless to say, I forgot to buy travel insurance for my trip.  I’m going to see the top of the world!  Oh yah, I probably … Continue reading Seeing the Top of the World

Monkeying Around in Malaysia

One of the things that has gotten discussed frequently with friends over the last 2 years is joint trips.  Singapore is always the destination utilizing free military flights (if space available when you arrive—you cannot pre-book) from Yokota Air Force base about 2 hours away. I have contemplated doing this with a few different friends … Continue reading Monkeying Around in Malaysia

One Ninja Step at a Time

Will, as always, was very excited about our current getaway.  On the way there, he told us he had a "great idea" that we should call this weekend away a “Family Trip" since the whole family, including the dogs, was off to Nagano. Nagano was made famous during the 1998 Winter Olympics. Besides abundant winter … Continue reading One Ninja Step at a Time