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Sunday, January 29, 2023

7 Great Places To Visit In The Navajo Nation

Above, Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park & Veterans Memorial. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This summer (or spring or fall), if you happen to find yourself in the Southwest U.S., you may want to take an excursion or two in the Navajo Nation.

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Navajo Nation and Cowboy Lifestyle Network has seven recommendations.

They begin their list of seven with:

The Navajo Nation boasts jaw-dropping scenery, historic sites, and fun spots for tourists. If you’re planning a trip to the area, add these to your list!

To see what they are, go here.

Five Years

Above, at the house after getting the keys and electric service. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Five years have certainly passed quickly.

It was five years ago today that I went to the title company in Gallup and handed them the cashier's check paying the balance of the house and got the paperwork and keys.

I flew into Gallup the evening before at the Albuquerque Sunport, picked up a rental car and drove into Gallup. I stayed at the Motel 6 in Gallup.

The next morning, I checked out of the Motel 6 and took care of business. I used the lobby of the El Rancho Hotel as my base of operations.

After business was concluded at the title company, I headed over to the electrical company and opened my electrical service account. I also got a post office box as there's no mail carrier delivery. 

I then headed back to the Albuquerque Sunport to fly back home that evening. A few days later, I left L.A. for good and moved to New Mexico.

Before She Went Wacko

Above,  Nancy Reagan with pre-wacko actress Alyssa Milano
in the Diplomatic Reception Room in 1987. White House photo.

 My, how times have changed.

"Fate Is The Hunter" (1964) Full Movie

Fate Is The Hunter (1964) by 20th Century-Fox, loosely based on Ernest K. Gann's book of the same name, is an early aviation disaster movie involving a plane crash and subsequent investigation led by Glenn Ford. 

I saw it when it first came out as part of a double-feature. I don't recall the other movie, but this one struck a chord with me back then (I was ten years old at the time). Some critics weren't enamored with it, but many people (including me) loved the movie.

I watched it a few months ago on YouTube and it has aged well with great actors. Besides Ford, it stars Glenn Ford, Nancy Kwan, Suzanne Pleshette, Rod Taylor, Nehemiah Persoff, Wally Cox, and Mark Stevens. 

Here's the complete movie for your viewing pleasure:

Tyre Nichols's Death By Liberal Policy

This is interesting: 



A Break From Snows Next Week

Above, snow still on the ground three days ago. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yesterday, I had to go into Gallup after our Jamestown group's coffee/breakfast gathering at Denny's at the Flying J. I had to pick up my prescriptions and do some grocery shopping.

After picking up my meds, I stopped at Tractor Supply to get a 16 lb. bag of cat food. D.K. and her kittens have been eating like horses and fast depleting the bag of cat food I already had. For some reason, Tractor Supply had a lot of shoppers and long lines at the cashier. All shopping carts there were in use. There were also a lot of people at the Safeway market a couple of blocks away. It was a good thing I got the cat food at Tractor Supply, Safeway was out of 16 lbs. bags of cat food. 

Maybe people were holed up at home during the recent snows and depleted their supplies and it was a nice enough day (it was in the 40s) to go out and shop. 

From what the National Weather Service posted (below), it looks like we are getting a week-long break from snowstorms. It will be sunny and in the 40s for the most part this coming week. 

Today
Sunny, with a high near 42. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Southwest wind around 15 mph.
Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 16.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Democrats Know The Real Purpose Of The Second Amendment...


...and That's Why They Are So Afraid of It.


Radical Democrats from the state level to the federal level are trying to destroy our Second Amendment rights. They would be successful if we didn't have people who are resisting them and the Supreme Court.

They are trying to consolidate power at all levels. They would love to turn all states and federal government into California, where one-party rule is the order of the day (just like China, North Korea and Cuba).

Michele Gama Sosa has an excellent opinion piece at the Daily Caller that states that Democrats know the real purpose of the Second Amendment and why they are so afraid of it (like Dracula fears the cross).

Here's a snippet:
Our politicians fear the power the Second Amendment gives American citizens. If they didn’t fear the potential of armed Americans standing up for themselves when all peaceful options are exhausted and there’s nothing to lose, they wouldn’t be doing their absolute damndest to take the guns – even emotionally blackmailing Americans with stories of dead children for which law-abiding gun owners bear no responsibility.  

Instead of pussyfooting around the true purpose of the Second Amendment with stale references to hunting and self-defense against criminals (which is still very important), it’s time to bluntly remind politicians in both parties that the Second Amendment is first and foremost a protection against people like them. Not against the vague concept of a tyrannical government, but real, corrupt, power-hungry officials who never saw a limit they wouldn’t overstep.

The article is a good read. So pass it around to your family and friends.

To read the full article, go here

Benzinga's Gold vs. Silver Investment Guide

Above, American Silver Eagles. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

During times of high inflation, such as the one we're presently in, people turn to precious metals as a hedge to protect their nest eggs.

Which is better? Gold or silver?

Benzinga has posted a helpful guide on investing in either.

They start it with:

The earth yields many precious metals, but gold and silver are the two most famous ones. Each metal has different properties and uses, but they have a few things in common. Both have a finite supply, making them a hedge against inflation. Investors have sought refuge by buying gold and silver during recessions and volatile economic times.

They have been used as a component of legal tender in some countries. For example, the U.S. produces and backs the American Gold Eagle. Canada has minted gold coins like the Canadian Buffalo 2021.

So, is it better to invest in gold or silver? Find out for yourself by reading this guide.

To read more, go here

Can You RV Camp At A Military Campground?

For those of you who are active or retired military, there are some military bases that have RV campgrounds available.

I have stayed at one once. It was the Desert Eagle RV Park of Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas as a friend with me is retired military. It was a nice campground.

Above, at Desert Eagle RV Park at Nellis Air Force Base. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

RV Travel has an article asking if one can stay at a military RV park if they aren't a vet or active military.

They begin it with:

Are you or a member of your family on active military duty? Are you retired or disabled? If you are, did you know you’re eligible to camp on military campgrounds?

If you’ve never heard of the program, it’s called the MWR branch. And all branches of service have one. It stands for the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) branch.

If you aren’t a vet, are you eligible to camp at military campgrounds?

As a general rule, if you’ve never been in the military, you can’t camp at military campgrounds. However, some military campgrounds will allow civilians with no military connections to camp. So if you are a civilian, call the campground. Ask them if they’ll allow you to stay with them.

To read more, go here

Who To Use For Japan Flight Tickets?

Above, a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 being readied for a flight to Japan. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Someone asked the question, What is the cheapest airline for flying in and out of Tokyo? over at The Independent (U.K.). Since I am not a subscriber, I could not read the article.

But it did remind me that I got my best airline ticket deals at GatewayLAX, a flight booking company. I used them for several of my trips to Japan (and for some domestic flights). The last time I used them was for my October 2015 trip to Japan.

Some examples from years ago:



Now it seems that they are out of business. The link to them I have is no longer viable and there is no trace of them through Google. 

If I were to travel to Japan in the future (I just renewed my U.S. Passport), I would likely go through Expedia, Priceline or Kayak. I have used Expedia and Priceline, but haven't tried Kayak. 

Some say going directly through an airline's ticketing sites are the best ways to getting good deals. Maybe so. I haven't tried it before. 

We'll have to wait and see what the future unfolds.

Two Anti-2A Bills to be Heard on Monday 1/30/23

The following is from Zac Fort of the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association:

 

On Monday, January 30th, two gun control bills will be heard in separate committee meetings. First, HB9, the firearm owner liability and mandatory storage bill will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee starting at 1:30pm in Room 309 (Zoom Link). The bill will impose criminal penalties on gun owners if a third-party minor uses their firearm to commit a crime or injure someone. Second, SB116, the proposed ban on anyone under 21 from purchasing or owning a semiautomatic firearm will be heard in the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee starting at 1:30pm in Room 311 (Zoom Link). Below is the contact info for members of both committees. NMSSA is opposed to both bills.

Another bill we are watching was filed today. HB224 would make it illegal to carry a firearm while drunk or high in a city of more than 90,000 people - yes that is really in the bill. But more importantly, it would make it a crime to shoot a gun within 150 yards of a building without the permission of the building's owner. The bill would shut down all indoor shooting ranges, and some outdoor ranges in our state as well. Acts of self-defense would not be exempt either.

House Judiciary Committee

Representative Christine Chandler - (D) christine.chandler@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4411

Representative Andrea Romero - (D) andrea@andrearomero.com 505-986-4243

Representative William "Bill" R. Rehm - (R) bill.rehm@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4214

Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon - (D) eliseo.alcon@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4416

Representative Gail Chasey - (D) gail@gailchasey.com 505-986-4777

Representative T. Ryan Lane - (R) RYAN@LANEFORLIBERTY.COM 505-986-4758

Representative Javier Martínez - (D) javier.martinez@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4782

Representative Matthew McQueen - (D) matthew.mcqueen@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4423

Representative Greg Nibert - (R) greg.nibert@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4211

Representative Andrea Reeb - (R) Andrea.Reeb@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4215

Representative Reena Szczepanski - (D) reena.szczepanski@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4777

Senate Heath and Public Affairs Committee

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino - (D) jortizyp@msn.com 505-986-4482

Senator Bill Tallman - (D) bill.tallman@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4373

Senator Gregg Schmedes - (R) gregg.schmedes@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4395

Senator David M. Gallegos - (R) david@ramirezandsonsinc.com 505-986-4278

Senator Martin Hickey - (D) martin.hickey@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4513

Senator Stuart Ingle - (R) stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4702

Senator Antonio Maestas - (D) antonio.maestas@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4726

Senator Brenda G. McKenna - (D) brenda.mckenna@nmlegis.gov  505-986-4301

Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez - (D) a.sedillolopez@nmlegis.gov 505-986-4389

Friday, January 27, 2023

Godzilla Weather Vane

Earlier this month, I was perusing Amazon and stumbled upon a Godzilla weather vane. I've been wanting to get one for some time but the ones I saw were too pricey. This one was reasonably priced.

I'll have to wait until spring to install it on the roof (I am leaning towards the garage roof) for when the weather is better and when I get the right mounting bracket.


How Dictatorships Used Gun Control


If one wonders why Second Amendment supporters are so adamant in protecting our right to keep and bear arms, they should take a look at a new article at AmmoLand on how dictators used gun control throughout history against their citizens. 

They start it with:

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Mao Zedong once said, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

Which is why he made sure no one in China could access that political power. Throughout history and well into the modern world, gun control legislation heralded the death of democracies. Usually, it preceded an attempt by the government to take full control of people’s lives. Weapon bans frequently led to human rights abuses, including massacres and sometimes outright genocide.

According to a 2022 Gallup poll, 66 percent of Americans surveyed support stricter gun laws and a sizeable minority advocate for a total gun ban. Most of these people base their opinions on recent tragic events like mass shootings and high crime rates involving firearms and refuse to believe the government would ever do anything to take away their rights.

It’s almost as if they don’t remember the lockdown. Granted, it was for the sake of public health ….in the beginning. Still, once the United States government began restricting travel and requiring the entire population to take a COVID vaccine designed in just a couple of days, as was the case with Moderna, many Americans began to view this as an abuse of government authority, especially when some who took the “life-saving” vaccine died from COVID anyway.

A government gets away with whatever its people allow. A recent attempt to ban semi-automatic firearms across the state of Illinois was met with widespread resistance. 88 percent of the state’s counties refuse to enforce the governor’s mandate, and they can because of the Second Amendment. Additionally, sheriffs work for their communities, not for the state.

Unfortunately, this has not always been the case. Many historical and current dictatorships had their start when they stripped firearms from their citizens and robbed them of their right to rebel against injustice.

To read more, go here.

2021 1 oz Colorized Niue Silver Godzilla vs Kong

A few minutes ago, I saw an ad for a Godzilla vs. Kong colorized coin from JM Bullion. 

I hadn't seen this one before (and a couple of others) from the island nation of Niue. I have a silver Godzilla coin from the country.

This is what I saw:

 


Here's the product details:

In 2021, fans of Godzilla and King Kong were treated to the ultimate movie showdown event with Godzilla vs. Kong. The build-up to this epic clash began in 2014 with the release of Godzilla. This was then followed by a sequel that introduced Kong, plus another Godzilla film. To celebrate this historic face-off, we are offering a stunning line of coins officially licensed by Legendary Entertainment and Toho. Today, 2021 1 oz Colorized Niue Silver Godzilla vs Kong – Godzilla Coins are available to you online from JM Bullion.

If you are a Godzilla and coin collector, this is the best of both worlds.

For more, go here

RV Newbies: 4 Embarrassing Things

Above, at a KOA Kampground in West Yellowstone, Montana. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Experience in things often come at a price. People doing new (to them) things are learning experiences. 

That goes especially for newbie RVers. Newbies make mistakes all the time. That even goes for me.

When I first got The Beast, we were about to leave the campground to go into West Yellowstone for dinner. As we were starting to drive out, a neighboring camper flagged us down telling us the awning was still deployed. Oops! We rolled it up and left without further incident. This was my first time using an RV awning.

I've never made that goof again. Check and double-check!

That's a topic of an article in RV Life. It is on four embarrassing things we did as new RVers.

They begin it with:

Being a new RV owner comes with lots of good memories and some you would probably prefer to forget.

There are many new things to learn and firsts for new RVers. It can be overwhelming for the first few trips, and unfortunately, things can and will happen. Many of these mishaps are simply a result of being inexperienced and will happen to the best of us.

These beginner mistakes generally only damage our pride, with the exception of some dents and scratches. As long as nobody gets hurt and it doesn’t cause major damage, these embarrassing things are learning experiences and often humorous to look back on.

One thing all RV owners share in common is, that at one point, they were all first-timers. It’s easy to watch a situation unfold or see a picture and wonder how did this happen as an experienced RVer. However, for someone just beginning the RV journey and doing many things for the first time, these silly mistakes are a right of passage in a way.

I think he meant rite of passage

To read more, go here.

Six Reasons Why You Should Be Investing In Precious Metals

Above, an 1889 Morgan Silver Dollar. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

My retirement accounts have crept up a little bit this week, which gives me a sigh of relief.

I don't solely rely on those for the long term. With inflation eating away at one's purchasing power, a hedge against it is not only desirable, but necessary. That's where investing in precious metals comes in.

Intelligent Living has posted an article with six reasons one should be investing in precious metals.

They begin it with:

If you’re new to precious metal investing, it can be confusing why you should invest in precious metals.

After all, you’re not getting any interest from your money, and there is no natural way of guaranteeing your investment’s value is going up.

But the truth is that there are many reasons why an investment in precious metals makes sense and offers unique benefits. Here are the six reasons why you should invest in them.

To see what the six reasons are, go here

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Silver ETFs Likely To Record Huge Upside In 2023

Above, circulated Morgan silver dollars. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

ETFs or "exchange-traded funds" are exactly as the name implies: funds that trade on exchanges, generally tracking a specific index. When you invest in an ETF, you get a bundle of assets you can buy and sell during market hours—potentially lowering your risk and exposure, while helping to diversify your portfolio.

For those who are thinking on investing in silver, either buying them from coin and bullion dealers or going through an ETF, you many want to read further.

Gold now has a spot price of over $1,900, so most people don't have the funds to afford such investments. Silver is a much cheaper alternative in these times of high inflation. The spot price for silver is currently at $23.54 per troy ounce.

Nasdaq.com posted today:

Silver has underperformed greatly in 2021 and lost moderately in 2022. However, Silver could hit a nine-year high of $30 per ounce this year and become a better performer than gold, analysts told CNBC. The last time spot silver hit $30 levels per ounce was in February 2013, according to closing price data from Refinitiv, per CNBC. Cheaper valuation of the metal will also likely to fuel the rally.

Below we highlight a few reasons that can drive silver up in 2023.

To read more, go here

"Clotty", Pfizer's New Mascot

 


Read more about it by going here.

1976 "First Day of Issue" $2.00 Bills

Above, some of the "First Day of Issue" $2.00 bills that were in the strongbox. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When I had a strongbox opened by a local locksmith recently, I found inside an envelope of about 20 uncirculated $2.00 bills stamped and cancelled April 13, 1976  by the Hawthorne (California) post office commemorating the bill's first day of issue. We lived in Hawthorne, California at the time. 

The strongbox was locked for years and stored in my closet. I had no idea what was inside. My dad went to the post office and bought the stamped and cancelled bills.

How collectible is this $2.00 bill?

According to CoinWeek:

Some observers were hopeful that the $2 denomination would be accepted in commerce, possibly reducing demand for $1 FRNs. An April 11, 1976, New York Times article claimed, “The new $2 note is expected to replace about one‐half of the $1 bills in circulation over the next several years. This will result in an estimated saving of $4 million to $7 million per year in printing costs.”

Nevertheless, the notes did not circulate widely, whatever the hopes of their proponents. The denomination is so uncommon in some areas that people have been arrested for trying to spend $2 notes at retail establishments. Yet the vast majority of Series 1976 $2 bills are abundant and affordable.

An interesting notaphilic and philatelic product was created around the Series 1976 $2 Federal Reserve Note release. Many people took the bills to post offices on the release day, April 13, affixed stamps directly to the notes, and had the stamps canceled at their local post office. Numerous series of commemorative stamps were issued marking the bicentennial, which made for thematically fitting note-stamp pairings. The stamped notes are not worth much beyond their face value, but a collector might seek out a note from their hometown or another location of personal significance

This boils down to, "It depends upon whom you ask." The amounts I've seen the most online are $5.00 to $15.00 each.

To read more, go here.

At CraftBuds, this chart was posted:


 

Gas Prices: $4 By April

Above, today's gas prices at the local Flying J.

Rising gas prices is being blamed on "mild weather" (sure as heck not here) and higher demand.

But there are other reasons and prices could go even higher by April. That's just lovely, since I have a clampout in Tombstone, Arizona in April.

Here's what Yahoo! Finance is saying:

Get ready for gas prices to rise again going into spring. A gallon of driving fuel could go back above $4, according to GasBuddy petroleum analyst Patrick De Haan.

"It's a question of when, not if. I think something like that could happen by potentially April, maybe sooner," said De Haan.

"I think motorists are going to start getting squeezed more so in late February. The next three weeks could be a bit of a mixed bag," he said.

De Haan points to planned breaks in production at refineries as part of the reason for a rise in prices. 

One good thing about the recent snowstorms, I haven't been out driving much, thereby saving gasoline.

To read more, go here

The Sudden Death "Mystery"

Above, Lionel Atwill and Basil Rathbone in Son of Frankenstein. Universal Pictures.

Recent sudden deaths of athletes of different ages, celebrities, politicians and others have become news fodder. This is beginning to bother people to an extent that news organizations are looking into it with some degree of hysteria.

Some people are trying to link these sudden deaths to COVID vaccines.

Recently, some physicians were asked recently on what they see in all of this.

From CNA Lifestyle:

Over the years, you might recall reading about active individuals – age notwithstanding – dying suddenly for seemingly no apparent reason.

The passing of Creative Technology founder and CEO Sim Wong Hoo at the age of 67 would be the most recent incident that comes to mind. While no cause of death has been revealed officially, friends who attended the tech pioneer’s wake said they were “shocked” as he ran marathons and had appeared to be in good health. The family has declined to speak to the media.

What is the likely cause (or causes) of a sudden death that afflict fitness-conscious individuals? Are there warning signs that could save lives if these had been heeded? CNA Lifestyle asked some doctors for their views.

To read more, go here

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

NRA Sues To Have Illinois Semi-Auto Gun Ban Tossed

Above, the Illinois state capitol (center, background) in Springfield, Illinois. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The National Rifle Associated has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Illinois seeking to overturn a newly-passed law banning some semi-automatic firearms.

The state of New Mexico is asking for a similar lawsuit if it should pass a bill banning semi-automatics now under legislative consideration.

From CBS News:

Springfield, Ill. — Illinois' two-week-old ban on semiautomatic weapons outlaws "ubiquitous" firearms in "radical" defiance of the Constitution's Second Amendment, a federal lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association Tuesday claims.

The powerful NRA joined a parade of gun-rights activists seeking to toss out the newly minted prohibition on dozens of rapid-fire pistols and long guns, as well as large-capacity magazines or attachments.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the law Jan. 10 in response to the shooting deaths of seven at the Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, where 30 were also injured.

Two individual gun owners from Benton, nine miles northeast of St. Louis, are lead plaintiffs in the NRA lawsuit, the second to be filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. They are joined by two southern Illinois gun dealers and shooting range operators, as well as a Connecticut-based shooting sports trade association.

The NRA pleading notes that the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2008 Heller decision refuses to let stand any restriction on "weapons that are in common use" today unless - another ruling last summer found - there is evidence of an "enduring American tradition" of restriction.

The Illinois law "takes the radical step of banning nearly every modern semiautomatic rifle - the single-most popular type of rifle in the country, possessed by Americans in the tens of millions," the document says.

To read more, go here

High Capacity Magazine Ban Unconstitutional


Audrey Trujillo, moderator of Gun Owners of New Mexico on Facebook, posted the following:

fyi: to whom this may concern

FYI: Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club v. BRUCK is a 2020 case banning large capacity.magazine in NJ. SCOTUS over turned a 3rd Circuit where 3rd Circuit upheld ban. SCOTUS ruled the ban was unconstitutional. Similar case/s remanded to 9th circuit over California's ban/restrictions. New Mexico's Legislature has several gun control measures they are poised to pass regardless of the constitutional prohibition already issued by SCOTUS. This is harassment of NM citizens.

If a statute is facially unconstitutional, the courts have stated that it cannot be enforced and the legislature may choose to repeal an unconstitutional statute to avoid confusion or to replace that statute with a new version that seeks to reach similar policy goals.

Pass this on! 

10 Unique Key West Tours

Above, an example of Key West architecture. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

During our April 2019 Royal Caribbean cruise to Havana, Cuba, we made a stop in Key West, Florida for a few hours. 

We had enough time to explore Key West with a trolley that stopped at major points of interest. I stopped at the Hemingway House and took a tour of Ernest Hemingway's home, office and grounds. I also stopped at the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum.

There are other ways of exploring Key West and TheTravel has ten recommended tours for consideration.

They begin with:

Key West is closer to Cuba than the rest of Florida, so visiting there makes the rest of the country seem a million miles away. The island's boisterous history, colorful culture, and laid-back attitude give it a Caribbean feel. With a vibrant nightlife, tasty seafood, and plenty of outdoor activities, Key West offers all the trappings of an island paradise while still being conveniently located on American soil. With a plethora of activities to enjoy, such as kayaking, snorkeling, exploring nearby coral reefs, and going on a boat tour, it's easy to see why Key West is so appealing. Here are 10 tours worth doing in Key West.

To read more, go here

Japan Hit By Heavy Snowstorm

Above, Tokyo after a snowstorm in February 2014. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A "once in a decade" snowstorm has hit Japan this week. This reminds me of a similar weather event back in February 2014 when I arrived in Japan at the same time as a big snowstorm. It was another "once in a decade" snowstorm. I ended up being stranded between Narita Airport and Tokyo in a Keisei Line train in Chiba Prefecture for about 22 hours.

It didn't stop there, later in the week another strong snowstorm hit Japan. 

From Kyodo News:

A wide area of Japan is bracing for more heavy snow and strong winds Wednesday as the coldest air of this winter stays over the archipelago, with authorities warning of traffic disruptions due to frozen roads and high waves.

The weather agency forecast subzero temperatures in many locations from the northernmost island of Hokkaido to the Kyushu region in the southwest on Wednesday morning, with the mercury expected to drop to minus 3 C in Tokyo and minus 2 C in Osaka.

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways plan to cancel more than 200 flights Wednesday and JR East will suspend bullet train service between Fukushima and Shinjo on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line in the northeastern Tohoku region throughout the day.

As for Tokyo this week, Kyodo News wrote:

On Tuesday, snowfall was observed in central Tokyo for the first time this season, while Fukuoka and Kagoshima, both in the Kyushu region, also saw snowfall as temperatures dipped below zero.

To read the full story, go here

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