Day 223 – Hiking Laguna Esmeralda – Day 2 of 2

I woke up more sick than the day prior but on the bright side, I had my best night of sleep. Nothing but the soft sounds of the mountains; no drunks coming in at 3am and people leaving at 6am. In order to get to my ride on time I had to make good time up the mountain. I left much of my gear and headed up in a day pack. The beaver damage was...

Day 269 – Torres del Paine – Day 9 of 10

Today’s plan was to hike 2.5hrs to Campo Italiano from campamento Paine Grande, pitch tent and go up Valle Frances with a day pack (the French valley). I had gone up this valley about two years ago in bad weather so many of the views were obstructed. I had no idea what I was missing. The views of the mountains on the way up to the Britanico lookout are spectacular. It’s definitely one of the...

Day 146 – Olympic National Park Backcountry Day 3 of 3

I had a little break in weather and quickly emptied my tent and began to pack it up. Since it had been raining heavily throughout the night this would probably be the best opportunity to do this. I packed up my soaking wet tent in the light drizzle and soon after  I took my stuff to the closed Ranger station and cooked/ate under the covered porch. After breakfast I headed out on the Hoh River...

Day 7 – Prince William Forrest Park

Day 7 Today I decided that I had enough of relaxing so I decided to go to Prince William Forest Park: http://www.nps.gov/prwi/index.htm The park is small and relatively flat. It was once the site of a mining operation for pyrite (fools gold). Throughout the hike you can see some of the remaining structures. In certain areas along Quantico creek you can see the golden speckles of pyrite in the sand. I tried to take a...

Day 24 – Smoky Mountain National Park Hike – Day 1

The backcountry permits I obtained the day before departure put me at the following campsites: Night one – camp 36 Night two – Laurel Gap Shelter Night’s three & four – camp 39 Day one of the 5 day 4 night hike went well. The hike was about 6.5 miles along Big Creek trail and was almost entirely up hill. The gradient was not very high and I climbed about 1750 throughout the 6.5 miles....

Day 95 – Yellowstone Backcountry Hiking Day 2 of 3

The next day I had a relatively long day ahead. The weather was cloudy like the day before but it was not raining when I set out. Because of that I decided to go to the thermal basin once more. I would only add a little over a mile to the trip in doing so. The basin was beautifully misty when I arrived. Throughout most of the hike it drizzled on and off. Since I...

Touring the Barranco Art District of Lima Peru

Touring the Barranco Art District of Lima Peru
I was starting to feel guilty as I had not really done any touristy things yet so I took to the streets of Barranco to do some exploration. I had another meal at a local spot (cost $2.29) and walked to el Puente de los suspiros. A wooden bridge built in 1876 which is close to the main square of Barranco. Along the way and around this bridge, there was some pretty amazing street art...

Lima Peru

Lima Peru
I split my time (10 days) between Barrancos, and Miraflores, two districts in Lima. I stayed at a wonderful Airbnb with Mario and Monica in Barranco for my first 5 days.  I woke up super late on day 2 and completely out of it. Almost as if I were hung over. I’m sure those reading are thinking well sure, you’re jetlagged. I associate jetlag with a time zone shift. However, there was no shift. Lima...

Round 3 of the Journey

Round 3 of the Journey
After a few setbacks at home, I am finally on the road again. While there were some trips interspersed that I have not documented, and a bunch of content that remains from the second leg of my trip, if I don’t start immediately, I will never continue to document my travels. — After only 3 hours of sleep, because I wanted to spend a little more time with an amazing woman I just met, I...