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Last Day of the Second Time ‘Round

Friday, January 11th, 2008

When The Ig and I awoke the morning of what again would be our last day, the sun rose over North Korea,


and I remember being relieved that by the end of the day, we’d be finished with this Shibble-forsaken adventure. I also remember thinking even if someone paid me a million bones, I would never–and I mean never–take on this trek again. Before I go on to finally show you the photos of our last day, I’m just gonna throw a little sum’in’-sum’in’ out there:

Never say never.

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Spring Festival

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007


There was a time while in China when I thought the only kinda rockets the Chinese shot were made of snot and merely crashed and slimed to restaraunt floors.

That was before Spring Festival, or as we know it in the West, Chinese New Year.

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Officially Unemployed

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Well, The Ig and I are now out of a job; on March 6th we walked outta Dandong, climbed the wall at Tiger Mountain, and became the first people to hobble from west of Yumenguan in Gansu Province to Tiger Mountain in Liaoning Province–WOOT!!!!! 

We were shocked–shocked, we say–to find hoardes of people waiting at the end to cheer on our last steps, and there’s now a power drink named in our honor.  The photo below shows all our adoring fans while we give a thumbs-up endorsement to the “Walnut Drinks.”  As you can see, they spelled wallnut wrong, but it’s the thought that counts.

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Running the Gamut

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Besides snow, The Wallnuts have experienced nearly every type of weather on this trip.  Just a few days ago The Ig and I peeled our coats off at break and enjoyed candied crab apples I’d purchased from a bike vendor riding down the road.


Yesterday we spent the entire day walking in the pouring rain.  Prepared for snow but not rain, we were swimming in our boots and soaked to the bone twenty minutes after starting.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2007

The new photo page, “Yumenguan, Part 2” is up, but let me just scream, “SONOFAGLITCH!!!!!!!!”

I’ve had many problems trying to get this page up and have lost hours in doing so.  Tonight being no different, I lost the photo page FIVE times. 

It was such a blissful 28k hike today through the mountains, but right now, man, I could use a beer…GACK!!

Hey Kids!!

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Come one, come all, short and small!  Forget about fishing for fuzzy little stuffed animals from the tank; go ahead and use the claw to grab your first pack of cigarettes! 


Why wait until you’re an adult?  Start killing yerselves today!

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Videos Of The Day

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Now, I said before that the Chinese really know how to welcome The Wallnuts to town with all their fireworks, but was mistaken, as it was merely Spring Festival goings-on.

Spring Festival, however, ended yesterday, so don’t tell me the schtuff in the videos below wasn’t exclusively for us!

A Lost Treasure

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Last summer I had a serious camera flub and lost a lot of photos, one of my favorites being a mural on the side of a house featuring an elated family clutching Mao’s Little Red Book.  

Now, I’m not sure if this family is grasping Mao’s Little Red Book or not (can anyone read the cover and confirm or deny?),

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but it was close enough to my original photo to lift my spirits and keep me floating above my blisters for a kilometer or so.        

I’m not sure what point this unfinished mural was trying to portray, but The Ig and I ran off screaming as soon as we heard, “Bend over” floating out from the wall.