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Mark Karl
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Design, photography and technology enthusiast with a passion for outdoor activities.
Design, photography and technology enthusiast with a passion for outdoor activities.

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I just published a new Blog post about the book Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum. In addition to sailing skills, Captain Slocum was a gifted storyteller and writer. I also enjoyed making a Google Map of the major stops in his journey and adding it to the Blog.

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Photos from a couple bike rides along the Luoyang River in Quanzhou, China in mid January of 2016

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This is one of my favorite temples in Quanzhou. It's right next to the World City Mall and apartments where I was staying. It's called Qing Lian Si and I hear it is owned by the "Sea Gypsie" people. I could not find very much written about them or their temple in English on the Internet.
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Qing Lian Si Temple of the Sea Gypsies
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On January 13th I took a bike ride along the Luoyang River to the famous Luoyang Bridge. The Travel China Guide Website says, "Construction of the Luoyang Bridge started in 1053 and was completed in 1059. The project of building the bridge was led by Cai Xiang, the governor of Quanzhou who was also one of the four famous calligraphers in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Built with granite, the bridge features ship-like piers and a unique method of reinforcing the foundation." Essentially they raised oysters near the piers so the liquid they "secreted would help to bind the piers and the footstones together." I noticed many of the locals still were harvesting oysters from the river.
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Luoyang Bridge in Quanzhou, China
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Views from and on QingYuan Mountain in Quanzhou, China. It's the tallest hill within the city limits. It's covered with trails that go by ancient carvings, statues and temples. There are also numerous places to eat along the way. It's a very popular attraction and gets busy during the day and especially on the weekend. We started our hike before dawn to avoid the crowds and enjoy the early morning from the mountain.

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This is the statue of Zheng Chenggong in Quanzhou, China. It's an enormous statue with great views of the city below. He is known for defeating the forces of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) on Formosa (Taiwan) in his last campaign in 1661–1662.

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Photos from a hike to the summit of Mt. Moosilauke. The foliage in the White Mountains of NH was still looking good. We enjoyed some great views of the Franconia Notch area (and beyond). It was cool and clear enough for great visibility.
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White Mountain Foliage from Mt. Moosiluake
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Photos from a fantastic Columbus Day hike to the summit of Mt. Cube. I think it was peak foliage in this part of NH.
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White Mountain foliage from Mt. Cube
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Photos from the hike up the Cross Rivendell Trail to Mt. Cube. This is my new favorite trail to the summit. It's only two miles and has great views along the way.
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Hiking the Cross Rivendell Trail to Mt. Cube
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I passed this Whitetail Deer on Rennie Rd. in Hanover, NH on the way home from a hiking trip to Mt. Cube. I pulled the car over, grabbed my camera and walked back down the road for some photos. The cool thing is that I was using my 18-55 mm lens which means the deer let me get really close.
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Whitetail Deer July 3 2015
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