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 | February 14, 2009 9:37 am

I have a new (Ok, actually it’s been up for a few days and I’ve just been swamped) article up on the Indie Travel Podcast Website. Since it’s about organizing and sharing all the pictures you take on your travels I should probably follow my own advice and start posting the second half of my pictures from Hawaii.

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I think this was the coolest beach in Hawaii. One of the nice things about having a friend or relative in the area you’re traveling to is that you get to hear about all the cool places not in the guide books. My cousin told us about a beach in an industrial area of Kauai where there used to be a glass factory. The factory isn’t there any more, but the broken glass has been worn smooth from the ocean over many years. It’s not a very scenic place, but if you go you’ll be looking down anyway. Here’s the view of the beach from a point further out in the water:

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As we entered the beach to the right of the picture and at first all we found is really small, sandsize pieces of glass. Most of it is clear or amber and the sand itself is black so it was sort of interesting, but not quite the big deal that my cousin had made it out to be. But as you walk further along the cliffs along the left of the picture the sand and glass pictures get larger and larger and we started to see what he was talking about. The first picture was taken about 3/4th of the way along the little beach where the pieces were pebble sized. Talking to a nearby shopkeeper later in the afternoon I found out that we were there at a lucky time because the last few days had been stormy. Apparently it’s now pretty common to go there and discover the glass is all washed out to sea (after all the factory isn’t there anymore), but the storms tend to wash it back up on the beach.

The beach is in Port Allen in Kauai. If you happen to be nearby any of the locals should be able to give you directions. But other tourists won’t be of any help. It’s not in the guide books.

Within a two minute walk of the beach is an old abandoned Japanese cemetery, rich with photographic opportunities. This was my favorite shot:

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More Vandwelling tips at the Indie Travel Podcast Website

 | January 7, 2009 10:11 am

I have a new article up at the Indie Travel Podcast Website. This is a follow up to last months article in which I list off what I think are the basic 4 things that should be done to a vehicle for living in it. Those 4 things mostly dealt with privacy and stealthiness. In this article I get into more about making it comfortable. If you have any additional suggestions please leave a comment on the article. Also, I’d love for you to StumbleUpon it or Digg it as well. Thanks!

Anyone have an suggestions for a topic for next month’s article?

New(ish) Artcle up at the Indie Travel Podcast website

 | December 10, 2008 11:48 am

I’ll have my laptop back in a few days so I’ll probably be posting something more then (but no promises. I am hanging out in Hawaii, afterall.) Since I have a few more minutes on the computer at the hostel in Kona after booking my flight to Kauai I do want to mention that I have a new article up a the Indie Travel Podcast Website. It actually went live a few weeks ago, but everytime I’ve tried to post here on my cell phone it doesn’t work and I don’t have the patience to deal with that (I am hanging out in Hawaii, afterall.)

The article is a quick run down of what I think are the most important things to do to modify a car for living out of. These are only the basics (I only get 800 words an article), and can be done in one weekend or less. They mostly deal with privacy issues. I’m thinking that for the next article I’ll do a run-down of what you might want to add in the next weekend to make it more comfortable. What do you guys suggest? A cooler? An inverter to charge electronics? A hotplate? What modifications or items have you found most useful?

New article on the Indie Travel Podcast website

 | October 29, 2008 7:04 am

I have a new article up on the Indie Travel Podcast website.  I talk about “My Maps” on Google Maps which is a great way to keep track of travel suggestions.  Here’s the first two paragraphs:

Today I want to devote my article to a single resource. The ““My Maps” section of Google Maps is a valuable resource for planning and sharing trip details with friends and family – you create markers on a map and you can add pictures and details to personalise it further. You can even choose different icons to use as markers for different types of location.

As nice as it is to have a map to imbed on a blog that shows where you’ve been, I prefer to use Google’s My Maps for pre-trip planning, by storing information about places I’d like to visit all over the US and Canada. I used to have data everywhere: boxes of scraps of paper, articles ripped out of magazines, links stored in emails I sent to myself after finding out about an interesting place online.

To read more, check out the article on the Indie Travel Podcast Website.  I also take advantage of the ITP audience to hit them up for suggestions for places to visit in Hawaii (I have to admit that this was the main reason I choose to write this particular story now rather than save it for later).  I’m pleased to see that I’ve already gotten some suggestions.  Now I’ve just got to go through and add all these to the map.

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