The Road Trip Report

NHL Trade deadline recap.

This NHL season is already a quarter and a half finished which means playoff contention is coming up. Today/yesterday depending on when you read this was the trade deadline and we saw some pretty big deals that could help teams get in the playoffs or stop others from getting in.

For this post I will be mentioning what I think are the 4 biggest deals that happened this year on the deadline..

Please note that these are not being ranked or listed in any particular order.

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Beyond Booking: Japan

Japan is a nation that consists of many different islands, that are mostly connected by bridges and ferries. It also has lots of major cities including the world’s largest, Tokyo. Japan has many cultural activities to do as well as modern day attractions to visit. Not to mention the Shinkansen high-speed rail which by 2027 will get you from Tokyo to Osaka in just over and hour.

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Tokyo

Tokyo is the largest city in the world, and is also the site of the next Olympics. Tokyo has many great places to visit as well as cultural activities to take place in.

Tokyo has two main airports to fly into. Haneda and Narita. Haneda is located on an artificial island right near Downtown but is mainly domestic flights with few international flights. Tokyo’s other airport, Narita is mainly international but is located 50 minutes from downtown plus traffic. Most take the rail line from the airport to Tokyo’s main station.

Getting around Tokyo is easy. There are three subway operators that have lines spanning across the entire metro area.

One of the most well-known places to visit in Tokyo is the Tokyo Tower. While this monument goes down as possibly the greatest copy-cat of all time, having a look identical to the Eiffel Tower in France, it has a staggering view of the major city below. Another place to visit is the Imperial Palace. This place is located on an island in the middle of the city and was once home to a royal family and today is the perfect place to learn about Japanese cultures.

Some great Japanese restaurants in Tokyo include Sumibi Genshiyaki to Kuram, Ise Sueyoshi, Han no Daidokoro, and Towers.

Tokyo is the largest city in the world so there really is no where that can be considered a day trip worth taking.

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Fuji

This volcano last erupted in the 18th century and has since became an international tourist destination. You drive up the first half of the mountain and then climb the rest. Along the way you will pass many little shelters for you to stay over the night while visiting the hill.

To get to Fuji most drive from Tokyo and spend about 2-3 nights here. You can also take the Shiknansen from Tokyo and get off at Fuji station, but from there you’ll need to hire someone to drive you up the mountain.

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Osaka

Japan’s second largest city, located nearly 6 hours west of Tokyo in the Kansai region will soon become 3 hours once the Maglev is completed in 2027.

To get to Osaka most fly to Tokyo first and then take Shinkansen from there, however there is an airport located on an island 5 miles off the coast, but has few intercontinental destinations. If a direct flight from your area to that airport exists that flying it would be necessary.

Osaka has a metro system widely spread across the city to help you get around.

The most well known tourist attraction in Osaka is Osaka castle. This world renown destination played a major role in the unification of Japan during the 16th century. This castle also has a viewing point which gives you a unique view of the Osaka skyline. Another place to visit is the osaka history museum located right beside the castle. This museum describes the history of Japan and how it became the nation it is today.

Notable restaurants in Osaka include Kiji, Ajinoya, Chibo Jibundoki and Kyochabana.

Osaka is a major city that like Tokyo is so big, that there aren’t really any places that could be considered day trips.

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Sapporo

The past three places are all located along the Toaikado belt. Now let’s head off the main island and up north to the island of Hokkaido and the city of Sapporo.

To get to Sapporo, most fly there from Tokyo, a route which has the third most flights per day in the world.

As for getting around the city there is a subway like many other cities that is widely spread across the city.

Sapporo most well known toursit attraction is the brewery museum. Japan’s largest brewery, Sappro Breweries was first made in Sapporo, but has since moved to Tokyo. The museum in offers a brief history lesson on the brewery and has a bar with lots of great Japanese drinks to try. Another place to visit is the Hokkaido Railway Museum. This museum is one of the largest rail museum in Japan and has heritage rail vehicles on display.

Restaurants in Sapporo include Moliere,Yanagi, Hyosetsu no mon and Suage Honten.

Near Sapporo there are lots of ski resorts, but they are only open in the winter. For a day trip in Sapporo I would recommend hiking one of the nearby mountains such as Mount Tarumae, or Mount Yotei.

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Okinawa Island

For my last place mentioned I thought it would be nice to talk about an exotic paradise ruined by the great pacific front of WWII in Okinawa.

To get to Okinawa there are direct ferrys from Kagoshima on the Kyushu island, or fly from Tokyo and other major airports in Japan.

There is a metro system, like all the other cities mentioned above to get around the main city on the island.

Throughout the entire island are lots of sites to remark the great battle, as well as nature sites like zoos and aquariums. Not to mention beaches with great snorkeling spots.

Okinawa is an island obviously so there is no place that is considerably a day trip, and there are also not many high-end restaurants on the island as well. Instead most eat food from the locals, such as fish and traditional Japanese cuisine.

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Top 10 places that i’d like to visit

In life there`s so much you can do. But just how much is there? When we look at all the places out there, we tend to ask ourselves where we’d like to go. Recently, I posted the top 10 places i’ve already been too, and after reading that article and seeing all the amazing places iv’e been to, you may wonder wheres next. Well the answers are right hear. Before we start, i’ll give a shoutout to my twitter account. Be sure to follow it for daily sports updates. So without further to do, here’s my article on the top 10 places I would like to visit but have not.

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What happened with the NFL and Trump last week

What Happened with the NFL and Trump last weekend?

Donald Trump was officialy elected as President of the United States. But as we get further into Trumps presidency, America realizes they may have emmbaressed themselves bigger than any other time. Trump is very racist and seems to have done something awful about everything. You may have wondered what Trump would do about Black Sports players, and he answered that question on Saturday.
So what exactly happened in all. This all began when Colin Kaepernick of the San Fransisco 49ers and a teamate kneeled during the National Anthem, because an Anthem is supposed to describe a countries freedom.
But because Blacks have unequal rights in America, he kneeled as a protest that America is not as free as people think it is and that most black people get shoot by the police. You only knew Trump would make matters worse.
During a press conference in Alabama,Trump showed his opinion on Kapernick kneeling by saying “wouldnt ya love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody dispresects our flag. They say get that son of a B***h of the field right now, out hes fired …. FIRED!”
Two days after Trumps speech was the Sunday of week 3. This lead many players to kneel in portest against the way certain Blacks have been treated in the past, and how they are being treated now. Here are some examples:
At Wembley Stadium, 27 players combined for the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars kneeled during the American anthem with crossed arms, and then stood up, with arms still knelt during the British national Anthem”God save the Queen”.
All Pittsburgh Steelers players except Alejandro Villanueva(who served in the Military) refused to leave the locker room during the anthem. As for their opponent, the Chicago Bears, all their players crossed arms.
Both the Tennesse Titans and the Seattle Seahawks did not take the feidl during the anthem, and stayed in their locker rooms until it concluded. Not only that, but Meghan Linsey, the girl that sang the anthem kneeled during the end of her performnce.
The Miami Dolphins members wore “#IMWITHKAP” shirts during Pre-game warmup to support Colin Kapernicks actions. Five Members kneeled during the anthem, while the rest all locked arms.
At week four matters didnt get any better. While there were not as as many protests, there was one that got the sports world a bit crazy.
The New Orleans Saints established a plan, that every team member would tweet”as a way to show respect to all, our #saints team will kneel in solidarity prior to the National Anthem and stand together during the Anthem in London.
These protests could continue for a long time, maybe even until the playoffs. Roger Goddel has been trying to solve these issues. The league is seeking ways to help players with their concerns of Social Injustice, Racism, Police Brutality and other Social issues with Racism. Not just giving Financial support, but working physically with playersas they go into their cities both in season and Offseason. However in the NFLS last meeting, Goddel reffered more to moving on from Trumps speech, rather then forward on the support for players and their Towns. The NFL is expecting to take care of Trump, while he keeps tweeting about the Protests, it seems Goddel will not agree with anything Trump says, and lets hope the Protests will end next week.

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Canadian Northern Territories

Canada is said by Many as a Country of Adventures. That’s because the North Territories, are nearly as big as the United States but are almost empty. For people into adventures and hiking, the North Territories are a whole different Ballgame then anywhere else.

Here’s my List of the Top 10 Tourist Attractions in the Northern Canadian Territories

 

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10.  Auyuittuq National Park. Auyuittuq is located on Baffin Island, and is over 19,000 Kilometers long. There are loads of long Hikes, and Kayak Trails. There are also many mountain peaks, one of which was used as a film set for the James Bond Movie “The Spy who Loved me”. This place is fun to visit, but is at the bottom  of this list because the Parks Species are dying due to low vegetation.

 

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9. Naats’ihch’oh National Park Reserve. This park, is nearly impossible to prounounce correctly, but is over 1000 squared Kilometers. The Park is Fairly new and doesnt have any proper trails, the main way to get around is by canoeing. The Trip is 21 Days, but youre almost guranteed of seeing a Bear, Caribou, or Coyote along the way.
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8. Ukkusiksalik. This park, is located in northern Nunavut. Which is just flat Grasslands, but in the winetr snow covers it all, and makes it fun to snowmobile around all winter long. The main way to acess it is by
Boat from Repulse Bay. You can also hike around the park and explore some of the Wildlife.
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7. Pingo National Landmark. Pingo National Landmark is the only National Landmark in Canada, and is something very unusual to find. Its a unique Artic Landform of ice Cored hills called Pingos. Beside them are grassy fiedls in which Flowers grow During the Summer. This landmark overlooks the community of Tuktoyatuk.One Pingo in particular is the second largest in the world
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6. Nahanni National Park. This Park is really worth visiting if youre an Adventurer. The Main way to acess the Park is by Seaplane, the Park even offers day long trips around the park in a plane. The park also features the highest Mountains in all the Northwest Territories. You can Canoe right beside the high rocks and Mountains.
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5. Iqaliut. Iqualiut is the Capitol city of Nunavut, but has lots of Tourist Attractions for the whole Family. Your kids can learn Inuit Cultures as well as life in small towns in the North. This is the one place that would be worth taking your Family to, as the trip would be both educational and fun.
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4. Aulavik National Park. Aulavik is the ultimate land of freedom. The Park is located on northern Banks Island, and can mainly be accesed by a Helicopter, however the Park is completley flat land, so you can Camp wherever you want. The park also has the highest Concentration of Muskoxen on earth. Most people canoe all the way up the Aulavik River, and take a helicopter back to Sachs Harbour
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3. Qausuittuq National Park. This park is by far the Northern Most on this list. To get here, theres an office in Iqaliut, where you get your permits to go here by Helicopter. Located on Bathurst Island, this Park might be the Smallest on this list, but its high because its the only place in the World to see Peary Caribou
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2. Kluane National Park. This Park is famous for having the Tallest Mountain in Canada, Mount Logan. This Park is also easier to access then most. Take the Klondike Highway from Whitehorse, until Haines Junction. Then turn on the Alaska Highway, and youll see tons of Hiking Trails that lead you to the Park. It would be a serious long journey to get to Mount Logan, however there are two park visitor centres, one in Haines Junction and the other an hour north. Your kids can learn all about the Park there
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1. Wood Buffalo National Park. This park is Mainly located in Alberta but can easily be accesed in Northwest Territories. While Driving along the Mackenzie Highway, turn in Enterprise on the Hay River Highway, and then turn on the Fort Smith Highway. This park is filled With Buffalos and Bears, and is one of the Largest Parks in the World. It is by far the biggest adventure in the North Territories(despite most of it Alberta) at surely will make you feel like youve expireienced something most Can’t.