Exploring Moshi

Today we explore the town of Moshi, located at the base of Kilimanjaro. We stayed last night in the Springlands Hotel, which is owned by Zara Tours, the company we are doing our climb with. The rooms are basic and the walls are thin, but the grounds are beautiful and they have pretty much everything…

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A Few Hours in Dar es Salaam

You guys. We’re really doing this. We made it to Tanzania. Both of us and all our stuff. We were worried some of our luggage might not make it and we would end up without our climbing gear. But we worry no more. After what feels like a million hours, but is really only 24,…

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Kili Training Hikes: Poo Poo Point

This is it! Our very last hike before we leave! I can’t believe it’s really here! We wanted to do something fairly easy, but still get a work out in. Poo Poo Point fit the bill! It’s 3.6 miles each way and 1800’ elevation, it was the perfect level of difficulty for us to taper….

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Kili Training Hikes: McClellan Butte

It’s almost here! With only 2 weeks left before we fly out, I back up to the mountains for my last big training hike. I’ve done McClellan Butte before, but it was raining and cold and there was still snow at the top. Amy was out of town this weekend so I went with my…

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To Tanzania We Go!

It’s here! I can’t believe that, after a year and a half of planning, training, talking and obsessing, I’m finally on my way to Tanzania to climb the tallest mountain in Africa! We arrive Thursday night in Dar Es Salaam, fly to Kilimanjaro on Friday and begin our ascent on Sunday! Whenever possible, I will…

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Monterey Part 2: Big Sur, Napa Valley

Back to Moneterey for round 2! This time I went with my parents, so the whole family was along for the ride. Kody (my brother) was getting ready to move back to Seattle, so we were there for one last visit, to help him pack and whatever else needed to be done. It really is a…

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Women’s World Cup: USA vs Nigeria

This post will be a little different from my other ones on the World Cup. Previously, I watched the games as a neutral party, but this is #TeamUSA #1N1T (sorry for the hashtags – it had to be done)! I have a strong vested interest in who wins this match! So, sorry Nigeria. You don’t…

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Doin’ a Little Deep Sea Fishin’

Well, maybe not ‘deep sea’ per se, but it was still some excellent fishin’! During our 4 days at the beach, we only planned 1 day of activities – a fishing/snorkeling/BBQ boat trip! We booked the trip through our hotel (unfortunately I can’t remember the company), and the boat picked us up right on the…

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Tobago and a Special Moment

The second part of our Trinidad and Tobago vacation was several days relaxing on the beach! We got up early to attempt to catch the first ferry over to Tobago, but unfortunately, so did everyone else in Trinidad. Apparently the entire population was headed to the other island for a little relaxing over the holiday…

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Port of Spain and Sounders Games

Back in 2012, several friends and I made the trip to Port of Spain, Trinidad, to see the Sounders play in the CONCACAF Champions League. As much as I love a good sporting match, it was honestly more of an excuse for a tropical, Caribbean vacation than because I felt an undying need to see…

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Women’s World Cup: Japan vs Cameroon

Our second game of the day on Friday was the 2011 Women’s World Cup winning Japan (who beat the US in penalty kicks in the final) vs newcomers Cameroon. Needless to say, I was rooting for Cameroon. Since we were already in the stadium, we got to watch both teams warm-up. I’m loving the hot…

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Women’s World Cup: Switzerland vs Ecuador

Yesterday I wrote about our trip up to Vancouver to see the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup on Friday. We saw Switzerland take on Ecuador and Japan defend their title against Cameroon. The first game, Sui v Ecu was at 4pm. Getting into the stadium was pretty easy, just don’t bring a selfie stick. Apparently it could…

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