Zion National Park (again)

One of our favorite places on earth is Zion National Park in southern Utah. We went down over Labor Day and had a great time biking nearby Wire Mesa Loop as well as Zion Canyon with a quick tour of The Narrows to break things up.

Capitol Reef National Park

We caught the brief spell of warm weather over Memorial Day at Capitol Reef National Park.

 

 

Vietnam

In April we did a “Volunteer Vacation” in Vietnam with a company called GlobeAware. It was a mix of service and touristing and it was a blast. The service involved building a brick house for a woman whose house was falling apart, painting rooms and building a chicken coop for a deaf school (Hearing and Beyond), teaching English, and visiting a hospital. The tourist activities included Cham Island, My Son ruins, a couple of afternoons at the beach, and shopping. Some of us also fit in an amazing bike tour (Heaven and Earth) on the last day before heading to the airport for our 12-hour layover in Seoul.

Here’s a 5-minute video that’s focused on the service –

And a much longer one with all the activities –

And, of course, some photos –

Long layover in Seoul

I’m posting these in the wrong order, but oh well. On our way back from Vietnam (post coming soon) we had a 12-hour layover in Seoul. We arranged for a tour guide to pick us up in a minibus with an amazing interior and take us to several sights in the city, including:

  • BukchonHanok Village
  • Gyeongbok Palace
  • Blue House (quick glance as we drove by)
  • Cheonggye Stream
  • N Seoul Tower
  • Insadong Antique Street
  • Gwangjang Food Market (amazing!)
  • Seoul Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Here’s a video summary –

If you couldn’t get enough of the raw octopus footage, here’s some more –

And a bunch of photos –

 

Disney World 2019

Video:

And a few photos: