Author Archives: Tom Adkinson

Super Hiking above Wenzhou

WENZHOU, China – Most Americans who have even heard of this city of 9 million know it as a manufacturing and export city, but it is trying to enhance its leisure visitor credentials and has one attraction of major proportions. … Continue reading

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Dancing in the Daylight

ZHANGYE, China — If you’d told me a month ago that I’d wake up one morning in the middle of China and shoot photos of a plump, matronly woman wearing a white mask, red shoes, red gloves, and a red jacket … Continue reading

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Tai Chi for Me? Surely, You Jest

The Smothers Brothers’ “Streets of Laredo,” Chinese version: Tom Smothers: I see by your outfit that you can do tai chi. Dickie Smothers: I see by your outfit that you do tai chi, too. Both: If you get an outfit, … Continue reading

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Ducking Donald and Hillary

The People’s Republic of China shielded me from 95 percent of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign’s final three weeks. For that, I am grateful to the Chinese. A business trip took me to Wenzhou, a city you’ve probably never heard … Continue reading

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Not One Darn Fish! (But I Had a Great Time)

MAMMOTH LAKES, California (July 2016) – Labeling a totally unproductive fishing trip a good experience conjures up memories of Michigan State football coach Duffy Daugherty, who said, “A tie is like kissing your sister.” It’s totally counterintuitive, but that’s still … Continue reading

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Where Mucking Is a Competitive Sport

TONOPAH, Nevada – A chance conversation led to my meeting a mucking champion, and that’s no typo. It happened in the desert town of Tonopah, Nevada, which is in the middle of nowhere between Las Vegas and Reno. Me: “I saw … Continue reading

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Big Mouse, Little Mouse in Southern California

SANTA ANA, California – There’s more than one mouse to visit when you go to Southern California. The internationally recognized Big Mouse, of course, is named Mickey, and he’s in Anaheim. The not-nearly-as-well-known Little Mouse is in Santa Ana and … Continue reading

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Touches of Disney Magic on a Dreary Day

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Even if you arrive at the Disneyland Resort on a chilly, drizzly afternoon, it’s easy to encounter magic touches that brighten the day. When the bellman at the Grand Californian Hotel detected my anxiety about his putting … Continue reading

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To Market, to Market in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, California – In a state known for celebrities, food is the real celebrity in the capital city, Sacramento – especially on Sunday mornings and despite the fact movie star governors aren’t unusual. The reason is the Sacramento Certified Farmers’ … Continue reading

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Casting for Seafood in Kansas

WICHITA and MANHATTAN, Kansas – I went to Kansas expecting to order beef, beef and more beef – and enjoying every bite – until a salad crowned with a steelhead trout filet threw me off track at the first restaurant … Continue reading

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