Tagged: Hiking

The Pain and Pleasure of Vietnam

I have no concept of time anymore. One week on the road can feel like a lifetime. Martin and I spent nearly eight weeks in Vietnam; six of those weeks were on motorbikes. I...

That’s Different, Vietnam!

After two weeks in Vietnam, culture shock has finally kicked in. Cravings for the familiar instead of the novel are running rampant. I found avocados and almost started crying for joy. I have PB&J...

Sydney Beaches: A Natural Antidepressant

As much as I hate to admit it, it is holiday season. Even in Australia, Christmas music is playing everywhere. In fact, last night the dreadful sound snuck from the nearby carnival into my kitchen...

Superior Hiking Trail: The Brutal Beauty

We had five extra days in Minnesota with no plans. After seeing familiar sites and familiar faces for the past 8 weeks, we decided to go someplace new – we decided to hike part...

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

In 1898, an adventurous 16-year-old named Jim White began exploring the caves near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The caves are extensive and are still being discovered today. As Martin and I climbed down the 750...

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Want to climb a mountain? Why not climb the tallest mountain in Texas at Guadalupe Mountains National Park? To beat the heat, we woke up at dawn and spent 3 1/2 hours hiking up...

Big Bend National Park

Like all things in Texas, Big Bend National Park is huge. Driving across the park takes several hours (thankfully, the park has gas stations…). It encompasses an entire mountain range! A Mexican singer named “Jesus”...

Time and Space

In Search of Time and Space

At first glance it appears like I am rich in time and space. I’m not working; I have full control over where I go and when. I can linger wherever I want for however...

Colca Canyon Adventure

And just like that, we were standing at the town square in Cabanaconde watching our tour group drive away. Martin and I looked at each other. What did we just do? Stunned and excited,...

Natural Beauty of San Cristobal

I had intended to stay only one week.  Yet, nearly three weeks had gone passed before I was ready to say goodbye to San Cristobal de las Casas, and subsequently Mexico. During those three...