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Hong Kong

I happen to be half-Chinese, and have some family in Hong Kong. We had been wanting to take a ski trip to Hokkaido, Japan for a few years now, so when were were planning a trip to Japan for late February 2012, we thought we'd take the opportunity to visit Hong Kong first.  Hong Kong is truly an amazing city, and is surprisingly easy to navigate since almost everything is in English.  We spent a few days sightseeing, eating excellent food, visiting family, and exploring!  All told we were there only 3.5 days (we took a redeye flight from Hong Kong to Sapporo) but it was a great time. 

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In the air, somewhere over Russia

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Hong Kong - near Causeway Bay

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Hong Kong Subway 

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Dinner with the family 

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Live fish market

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Horse racing is very popular. In the New Territories 

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City of Hong Kong, when viewed from the building at the peak 

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Hong Kong at night 

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Tahoe 2012

The people: Eric, Alicia, Nolan, Meg, Shea, Kortnee, Dan, Liz

The location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Synopsis: This year's (mostly) annual ski trip took us to South Lake Tahoe.  Unfortunately, the Lake Tahoe area had received very little snow this year (an employee told us it was the 2nd worst December revenue ever at Heavenly resort), but we did receive a nice storm giving us 12-24 inches of new snow depending how high up you go.  Add in a prime house rental, skiing, new snow, a hot tub, and it ended up being a great trip in spite of the lack of terrain open.

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Lake Tahoe

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Hm, which skis to pack?

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Skiing Day 1: Kirkwood

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Kirkwood

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Day 2: New Snow!

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Snowing, and my practically brand new rental Suburban :)

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Heavenly

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Heavenly

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Behind the house

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We stayed in Reno the last evening to catch an early flight the next morning

Can't wait for Ski Trip 2013!

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Skijoring (for real!)

The midwest finally received a decent snow on Thursday, with Madison receiving about 5 inches of the fluffy stuff.  This was great as we can finally start ski joring on snow (as opposed to the training).  Overall I'd say it went pretty well.  He seems to love running in the snow and doesn't seem to mind dragging some extra weight behind him.  Only once did he pull me to the side and make me fall :)  I think skijoring is definitely going to be part of our winters!

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More pictures after the jump...

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Snoqualmie Pass Backcountry

The first weekend in January brought me back to Washington state, as the spouse was interviewing for a position at PNNL in the Tri-Cities of Richland, Pasco, Kennewick WA.  Conveniently located only about 2.5 hours from Snoqualmie Pass, we decided to take a trip to the Cascades for a weekend of backcountry skiing.  FYI for the uninitiated - backcountry skiing involves skiing outside of a ski area, and generally propelling yourself up the mountain (no ski lifts).

An assortment of our pictures from the weekend.  Apparently I need to remember to take more pictures of the actual skiing.

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Alpental Valley

More pictures after the jump.

 

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