There are few things in life I enjoy more than traveling. Waking up in a hostel bed with the smells of a new city wafting through a broken window, blindly trying to compute a language of which I find nothing familiar, and meeting similar souls from varying corners of the globe are all experiences I’d love to be greeted with each day. This blogs primary focus is to share my love of hiking and trekking through photography, but I can’t help but put a small spotlight on all of incredible places I’ve visited over the years. Below you will find a timeline of my travels, starting with the most recent. There will be a little overlap with some of my treks, as I did some city sightseeing en route to my destinations. When I first started, I hoped that traveling the world would teach me about other people and their cultures. It has definitely done that, but more importantly, has taught me so much about myself. I’ll try to do my best to give an account of the places I’ve visited, but as Benjamin Disraeli said “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”
In the summer of 2015, I fulfilled a lifetime dream of thru-hiking the John Muir Trail. This trail starts in Yosemite National Park, and heads south for 211 miles to the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States at 14,505 ft. The JMT passes through some of the most beautiful scenery on planet earth. I was blown away each and every day by the alpine lake, granite high passes, blossoming wildflowers, frolicking dear, and so much more. You can read all about my experience on the John Muir Trail by viewing my JMT page with full trip reports hundreds of photos!
In the summer of 2014, I flew out to Geneva with Julia before I began the Tour Du Mont Blanc. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 105 mile trek around Mont Blanc massif that takes you through France, Italy, and Switzerland. If you’d like to read about this trek, you can visit my Tour Du Mont Blanc page. The trek was incredible, but of the eight days we spent on the trail, there was a consistent rain for six of them. We had initially planned on continuing the trek and picking up the Walker’s Haute Route from Chamonix, but with more rain in the forecast, decided on a side trip to Eastern Europe instead. We started this trip in Prague, before making our way to Vienna and Budapest. You can read about the trip with the links in the table below, as well as find links to the photo albums on Flickr.
|Eastern Europe and TMB||Flickr Photo Album|
|Tour du Mont Blanc||Click Here|
In the summer of 2013, I flew out to Cuzco to fulfill I lifelong dream of seeing Machu Picchu. I waited a little bit too late to book permits for the Inca Trail, but that ended up being a blessing in disguise. I still wanted to trek to Machu Picchu and avoid the letdown I feel when I take motorized transport to a designation. Traveling to a destination means so much more when you can make a good deal of the journey on your own two feet. After researching a bit online, I found the Salkantay Trek. The first day on the Salkantay Trek takes you up and over a 15,000 ft pass, before sweeping through countless micro-climates to arrive at Machu Picchu five days later. As much as I loved seeing Machu Picchu and hiking Huayna Picchu, the trek that followed this journey was my favorite. The Ausangate trek starts in the small town of Tinke, which is about 3 hours away from Cuzco. This trek hits a 17,000 ft pass and never goes below 15,000 ft of elevation. The wildlife and landscape are to this day, the best I’ve ever seen. You can read about my Peru Treks with the links in the table below, as well as find links to the photo albums on Flickr.
|Peru Treks||Flickr Album|
|Machu Picchu||Click Here|
In the summer of 2012, I embarked on my most ambitious traveling plan to date. After finishing grad school, I wanted to make the most of my time before heading back to work. To do so, I took two months off for travel. I spent the first month of my vacation backpacking through some of the biggest cities in Western Europe. As if that wasn’t enough, I finished my summer backpacking trip by walking Camino de Santiago. After finishing the Camino, I had about a week before my flight home would leave from Madrid. I made my way south into Portugal and explored Porto and Lisbon before wrapping up what turned out to be an incredible trip. You can read about my European backpacking trip with the links in the table below, as well as find links to the photo albums on Flickr. You can see more information regarding my 500 mile walk through Spain on my Camino de Santiago page.
In the spring of 2008, I hopped on a flight to Argentina on a whim. I graduated from college early and had a few months before I was to my first real job. I booked myself an apartment online in the neighborhood of Recoleta, and made the jump. This was one of the more challenging and rewarding experiences in my life. When I fist arrived, I couldn’t speak more than a word of Spanish…not that it would have mattered, as I struggled with all of the “ll” and “y” sounds being pronounced “sh”. I enrolled at a language course a block away from my apartment, and met some of the greatest people travel buddies I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Together, we explored the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, traveled to Colonia, Uruguay, and marveled at the waterfalls in Iquazu. You can read about my travels in Argentina with the links in the table below, as well as find links to the photo albums on Flickr.
|Argentina Trip||Flickr Album|
|Buenos Aires||Click Here|
|Colonia, Urugay||Click Here|
|Iguazu Falls||Click Here|