Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Long desert train on the BNSF Mojave Grade near Amboy – Going Alone – BMW R1150 GS Adventure

In 1883 the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad created a series of watering stops for steam-powered locomotives travelling across the eastern Mojave Desert. The stops were in alphabetical order, from west … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lost mountain trails of Japan

I sometimes found antique trails in the mountains of Japan. Pathways which connected high mountain villages before the age of roads, when the fastest way to the other side of … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

We don’t need no stinkin’ trails 我々は道を必要としない – Walking in Japan 日本でのウォーキング

My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of the experience of life with me. I’m available on social … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Abandoned farm road 放棄された日本の農場道路 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

When I discovered this road I was startled at how soon it became completely consumed by the surrounding forest. Where the road disappears into the woods in this photo is … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lost trail hike – softypapa adventures

Welcome to the softypapa blog. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have chosen to walk awhile with me. I’m available on Facebook and Google+ if … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Abandoned Japanese kiln

Here’s an abandoned kiln. Farmers in this part of Japan use these to make charcoal out of various local woods including bamboo. This skill is now largely passing away as … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Abandoned structure in the mountains of central Japan

Here’s another abandoned structure which I tried to reach yet was thwarted by steep cliffs and very thick ground cover. I’d like to go back again and attempt to approach … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Abandoned home lost in the green – Abandoned Japan

Time was running short and I was unable to attempt to reach this abandoned home nearly lost in the green. Welcome to the Abandoned Japan channel. My name is Kurt … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Abandoned greenhouses – Abandoned Japan

Welcome to the Abandoned Japan channel. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of Japan with me. I’m … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Very spooky abandoned home deep in the Japan woods – Abandoned Japan

Here’s a place which I would never have expected to find and which definitely freaked me out a bit. I found this skeleton of a house while following the very … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment