Quake Lake in south west Montana was formed in 1959 after an earthquake dislodged an estimated 80 million tons of rock and debris that blocked the river and formed a lake. 28 people were buried under 300 feet of dirt as the slide took out part of an occupied camp ground. Now the lake has a skeletal forest poking up through the middle of it. The lake felt both awesome and daunting at the same time.
The move to Bozeman took me some 1400 miles from Long Beach through Nevada to Boise and then on to Montana. Nevada is a fantastic place to road trip through with is massive expanse of space and scenery, as well as many remote hot springs to stop at (and free camp!).
Day one was Long Beach to Spencer Hot Springs (39°19’37.7″N 116°51’33.5″W) where I found a spot to pop up a tent and after a soak (had it to myself even though there were a few campers around), had a great sleep. Day two had me up and onward to Boise, ID. So much wide open space and plenty of time to reflect and listen to a great book on tape via audible.
Finally arrived at our last destination of the trip before heading back to the states and we had a weekend to look around. Ive been to Hong Kong a couple times now for work and for personal travel and I always seem to find something new to do there. This time I wanted to head over to Aberdeen to explore this slightly more out of the way, but still touristy destination. Wanting a better vantage of the over all harbor I did the usual tourist thing and loaded up on to a Sampan (boat) that cost me about $20 for approximately an 45 minutes cruising around the harbor. Yes, i probably could have “worked” that price down, but it was just me and the driver aboard the vessel so I thought it was OK.
After the Maokong Gondola and before heading out to the airport to catch our flight to Hong Kong we headed over to the historic Lungshan Temple which is said to have been established around 1740. We were lucky as there was a ceremony going on and it was rather busy with chanting and prayers.
Found a free afternoon and took public transport to then end of the line, which then connects to the Maokong Gondola that will get you up into the hills and away from the hustle and bustle of the city and up where they have historically grown tea. We even got to ride in one of the gondola chairs that had a glass bottom on the way back down!