China Adventure, 2014
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Followers of my adventures, I am about to do something unusual, I am going to release
my story before it is a story...... I hope to get back to it later and give all the details, but for
now, I am sharing a recent adventure, in photos only!!!!

In a short, in July of 2014, I was a traveler with Smartours Travel Company at This was a 17 day adventure, I think, and it turned out to be
GREAT!!!! So, I have signed on for more.. More chances to take more memory photos!!  
When I returned from China, I brought with me, more than 11,000 images!!! Because of
how unique the adventure was, and how much of it I wanted to share in photo form, the
editing took much longer than normal!!! But, the editing is complete and the photos are
ready to view.. They are shared by day, at the bottom of this page..  As with all my stories,
there is a pre-story.. I have not gotten that part completed....

So for now, I share with you the info that was provided to me my the company, then I
share the images from the adventure.. I will warn you now that some of the sets are longer
than anything I have shared before so be prepared to sit for a long time, if you choose to
browse a set...

Look over the material that was given to me, then go look at the images. They are
presented by
day.... I hope you enjoy the shows and if you find any issues, please let me know..
Websites have a funny way of developing bugs!!!! I do not catch them all...

NOTE: In Sept I went to Machu Picchu and Galapagos with Smartours!! The Galapagos part of
the trip was a complete loss.... Smartours did a terrible job on that and disappointed a lot of
people!!! DO NOT GO TO GALAPAGOS WITH SMARTOURS!!! I am still trying some of their
other trips, and will report on those later, but we got SCREWED on the GALAPAGOS trip.. I will
tell the rest of this story, soon, I hope....
Photos of China Adventure, by day...













20th.......... Daning River Tour

20th........ ..Daning River Tour, Part Two, the afternoon and evening.







Remember Mark Twain's Quote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-
mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad,
wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in
one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”