Milky Way Over Racetrack Playa

Posted on May 17, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  3 Comments

A little over a year ago, I made my first visit to Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. (I wrote some nonsense about it and alien life here following the trip.) I was instantly enamored with the place. It was beautiful, tranquil, photogenic, and a bit mysterious. It was also a challenge to visit. […]

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Silver Pavilion Review, Tips & Info

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

This post offers tips for visiting the Silver Pavilion, which is one of Kyoto’s most popular zen temples and gardens located at the edge of the Higashiyama mountains. It’s actual name is Ginkakuji, but the temple is known colloquially as the Silver Pavilion (…or Ginkaku-ji or 銀閣寺…I’m just going to refer to it as the […]

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La Brea Tar Pits Info & Review

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews, Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Monsters used to roam the streets of Los Angeles–and I’m not just talking about Lindsay Lohan–right where the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum are located today! Well, technically they weren’t monsters (not like LiLo, at least), but the La Brea Tar Pits and its museum showcase some of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed […]

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Review: Is Tokyo Skytree Worth Doing?

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  5 Comments

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest building in Tokyo, with an observatory and restaurant at its higher levels overlooking downtown Tokyo, and a large shopping structure at lower levels. This post provides tips and a review of what the Skytree complex has to offer. First, some basics. The Skytree is a relatively new addition to the […]

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Sony a7R II Landscape Photos

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography Tips  •  2 Comments

I’ve been using my Sony a7R II for nearly 2 months now, and while I’ve listed it as the camera used in a few blog posts on TravelCaffeine, I haven’t mentioned why it’s the camera I’m using instead of my Nikons. I did that in my Why I’m Going Mirrorless: Volume I post over on […]

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McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  1 Comment

Burney Falls is a waterfall in the Cascade volcano range, located in California’s McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Upon seeing the falls, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed them “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” which is a pretty bold assertion, but who am I to question Teddy Roosevelt, America’s consummate badass? I went to see that Eighth […]

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Alcatraz Island Tour Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Attraction Reviews  •  11 Comments

Wondering if the Alcatraz Island Tour is worth it, or which tour of the former prison you should take during your San Francisco visit? This post provides info for getting tickets to visit Alcatraz, plus photos of the island, jail cells, and other random tips for making the most of your time on “The Rock.” […]

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Nara Dreamland: Bizarro Disneyland – Nightmare Edition

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Designing Disney, Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park in Japan, which opened in 1961 and was inspired by Disneyland. Actually, inspired by is generous: it was a Disneyland rip-off. From Main Street to the Matterhorn to Sleeping Beauty Castle to the Jungle Cruise, it borrowed heavily from Disneyland. It was like a photo copy 100 times removed from […]

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