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Camino Vlog 000: Returning to Camino de Santiago to walk the Portuguese Route!

In 2012, I hiked the 500-mile Frances Route of Camino de Santiago. That adventure was easily the most transformative travel experience for me as an individual. Starting in St. Jean Pied de Port, France, and hiking all the way to the Western Coast of Spain made for a summer of friendships, introspection, perseverance, and triumph. When I look back at that pilgrimage, I can still vividly remember the early mornings spent walking before sunrise, double shot espressos, bocadillo lunches, ‘Pilgrim Menu dinners, and shouts of “Buen Camino!”.

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I documented that 500-mile journey and put together a video called “The Journey of the Mind“. That video is now approaching 250,000 views on YouTube, and is probably the most popular piece of content I’ve ever created. In a lot of ways, that video inspired me to launch Trail to Peak in 2014. Seeing how a simple video could inspire so many people to get outside and want to walk a pilgrimage made me want to share and inspire even more.

This summer, I will be returning to the Camino. This time on the Portuguese route starting in Porto. This Camino will be a shorter 150-mile journey, and I will be joined by my wife and almost 2-year old son! We’re excited to walk The Way and begin making our journey towards Santiago de Compostela. Spain and Portugal will be my son’s 4th and 5th countries having visited Iceland, Vietnam, and Cambodia last year. This is definitely our most ambitious trip to date. We hope to inspire more families to enjoy The Way together.

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Getting in front of the camera is not easy for me and not something that comes naturally. I’ve gotten very comfortable behind the camera, but am starting realize how much more effective communication can be in today’s world of media when I can speak directly to each viewer. In the weeks and months ahead, I want to make more vlog style videos on my gear selections, planning logistics, daily trip reports, and more. Let me know what you think and what you’d like to see next.

Buen Camino and happy trails!

Vietnam Video: Highlights From Hanoi, Hoi An, and Saigon

Vietnam Video: Highlights From Hanoi, Hoi An, and Saigon

It’s been a few months since we returned home from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. I finally got around to putting together a few clips from our travels around Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, My Son, Saigon, and the Mekong Delta. Make sure to check out all of my Vietnam posts if you’re looking for travel advice, things to do, or if you just want to see some inspiring pictures.

When we first arrived in Vietnam via Hanoi, we knew we were in for a fun family adventure. We had read about the rivers of motorbikes flowing through the city streets that don’t adhere to traffic rules, but nothing prepares you for taking that first step out into madness. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but eventually we realized how well organized the chaos was. We also quickly realized that the Vietnamese love children. While traveling in the US, people can treat children as if they are a nuisance. Not so in Vietnam. Owen was treated like a little prince everywhere we went.

From Hanoi, we made our way to the magical Halong Bay. The weather wasn’t the best in Halong Bay, but we still really enjoyed our time there. From Halong Bay we travelled to a quant little village of lanterns called Hoi An, and from there, made our way to Saigon and the Mekong Delta.

This video is a short 3-minute cut of a few of the highlights. I hope you enjoy it. Also, make sure to head over to YouTube and subscribe, as I will be producing many more travel videos in 2018-2019.

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The Ring Road Video: An Adventure in Iceland

I traveled to Iceland this summer with Julia and Owen to explore the island’s waterfalls, mountain peaks, black sand beaches, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, and quaint villages. We rented a car upon arrival in Iceland and began our adventure on the Ring Road (Þjóðvegur 1). This 827.7 mile highway runs along the circumference of Iceland and connects to many roads that lead towards the island’s interior. On our Ring Road trip, we covered just north of 1,800 miles!

I put together a short video to highlight some of my favorite moments from our Iceland Ring Road adventure. Enjoy!


Read More On Iceland’s Ring Road:

A Complete Guide To Iceland’s Ring Road
The Ring Road Video: An Adventure in Iceland
7 Ways To Eat On The Cheap And Save Money In Iceland
The Ultimate Guide To Renting A Car For Iceland’s Ring Road
A Driving Guide For The Snaefellsnes Peninsula
A Guide To Driving North Iceland
A Guide To Driving Southeast Iceland
A Guide To Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle
A Guide To The Blue Lagoon
A Self Guided Walking Tour Of Reykjavík
40 Photos That Will Make You Want To Explore Iceland’s Ring Road


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The Ring Road Video: An Adventure in Iceland

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40 Photos That Will Make You Want To Explore Iceland’s Ring Road

I just returned from an epic vacation to one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited. Over the last two weeks,  Julia, Owen, and I drove nearly 3000km on a road trip around Iceland. We covered the entire Ring Road and also traversed many side roads as we made our way around the island. I will be sharing our daily activities and a full guide to the Ring Road in the weeks ahead. For now, here are my favorite 40 photos that I hope will make you want to drive the Ring Road!

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18 Photos That Will Make You Want To Hike The Tour du Mont Blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the most popular long distance hikes in Europe.The trail encircles the Mont Blanc Massif in a 170km (106m) loop. Along the way you’ll see snow capped mountain peaks, glaciers, and pristine valleys. Here are 18 photos that I hope will make you want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc!

20 Photos That Will Make You Want Hike Around Catalina Island

20 Photos That Will Make You Want Hike Around Catalina Island

Catalina Island is located 30 miles from coast of Southern California, making it a great option for a spectacular weekend getaway. What many visitors don’t know is that Catalina has a network of trails that cover the 22 mile long island. Here are 20 photos from hikes I’ve done that I hope will make you want to get out and enjoy the trails of Catalina Island!

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My 28 Favorite Photos From A New Year’s Celebration In Stallion Springs

This year for New Year’s Eve, Julia and I took Owen up to her parent’s ranch in Stallion Springs. We went for a hike in the pre-storm fog of New Year’s Eve, and then got to enjoy a winter wonderland on New Year’s Day. Here are my 30 favorite photos from this trip. I hope you enjoy them!

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Backpacking To Havasupai Falls Video: A Desert Paradise

I just returned from a backpacking trip to Havasupai Falls. For Trail to Peak’s newest team member, my 5 month old son, this backpacking trip was a first. I did a lot of research before heading out on this trip, and was blown away by the photos and video of hyper blue waterfalls and streams. Seeing all of the falls in person is something I’ll never forget. The views are impossible to completely capture with a camera, but I hope this short video can give you at least a small taste of what it’s like to enjoy this paradise.



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20 Photos That Will Make You Want To Hike To Havasupai Falls

Havasupai Falls is a paradise of turquoise colored streams and falls nestled away in the western portion of Arizona’s Grand Canyon. I just returned from a backpacking trip to Havasupai Falls and am excited to share 20 photos that will make you want to add this trip to your bucket list!