Author: Richard Christensen

Virtual Excursion: Shikotan Island

An old IS-3 Russian tank rests on Shikotan island, just 60 miles off the coast of Japan. At the bottom of the Kuril Islands chain, it has been administered by Russia since WWII. Around 2000 people live in the two small fishing villages on the island among the remains of other rusting tanks and turrets left from the Cold War era. This image really grabbed my attention while hopping around the islands on Google Maps. The stark contrast between the hulking steel tank and the gentle grasslands and rolling hills piqued my curiosity. As it often is with my...

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Can a Bathroom Scale Change Your Life?

It’s been in the back of my mind; life has caught up with me. At 43 I’ve fallen out of shape. It didn’t just happen overnight. The past two years I’ve taken on too many projects, lost my daily routine, and forgot about doing activities for myself. Working weekends, wife on a midnight shift, and daughter who would put the pickiest of eaters to shame also led me to give up one of my favorite hobbies; cooking. A desk job and poor food choices will quickly eat away at your health. It was still in the back of my...

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LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store Review

Some of the best LEGO builds I’ve seen have come from the minds of die hard fans. Thankfully, LEGO appreciates this creative drive and encourages it with LEGO Ideas. Case in point, the new Old Fishing Store is hands down one of the best sets to come out of a LEGO box. It is well thought out, visually stunning, and offers hours of playability. Let’s take a look at this set in more detail. This post may contain links from a trusted partner. Thank you for supporting Wagon Pilot Adventures. The Basics The LEGO Old Fishing Store # 21310...

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Virtual Excursion: Kurile Lake, Russia

Today’s virtual excursion takes us to Kurile Lake located in the Kamchatka peninsula in far eastern Russia. The 29 square mile lake fills an old volcanic caldera. The lake is within a protected natural area and contains the largest sockeye salmon stocks in Asia. Thanks to the abundance of salmon, the area also sports a very high density of brown bears, which we see in the image catching an easy meal. Kurile Lake – Interactive 360 View from Google Maps...

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50+ Delicious Instant Pot Dinners

The Instant Pot has become the must have kitchen appliance recently and for good reason. Cooking is simplified and, in many cases, saves a good amount of time. There is a huge variety of cuisine types that work well in the Instant Pot; pasta, traditional beef stew, BBQ ribs, Indian dishes. Here are over 50 tried and true recipes to up your Instant Pot game. I’ll keep adding more as I find new favorites. Enjoy!   Instant Pot Pasta Dinners Traditional Mac & Cheese One Pot Pasta and Meatballs Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Caprese Baked Ziti Penne with Sausage...

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