Caribbean Vibes in West End

I know you probably won’t believe me when I tell you this, but it’s been almost a year since I’ve had a real vacation. I’m really looking forward to a few weeks off in Central America. I have done quite a bit of traveling this year, but some of it was for work and the rest was…

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How/Why – El Salvador

I know, I know. I skipped over all the fun Honduras posts. And I promise I’ll be sharing them shortly. But I’m just too excited to share my favorite El Salvador photos, and why I chose to go to this surprisingly fun country. Why El Salvador? As I mentioned before, Honduras was basically chosen for…

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How/Why – Roatan, Honduras

I’m so excited to share some of my favorite photos from Roatan, Honduras with you! I also want to share a bit more of my thought process around why I choose the locations I do, and how I plan my trips there. Obviously as I mentioned in my trip announcement post, I chose Roatan because…

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Elephants in Thailand

It’s taken me a long time to write this post as I have a lot of mixed feelings about this part of our trip to Thailand. Elephants are my favorite animal and have been for as long as I can remember (since I was 2, according to my mom). But despite that love, my direct…

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Rainier Reflections – The Agony and the Ecstasy

Yeah OK, so I steal Irving Stone book titles for my blog. And I can’t promise I won’t use any more. But if you ever see me title a blog with “Clarence Darrow for the Defense”, you’ll know I’ve run out of ideas. Climbing Mt Rainier is by far the hardest physical and mental challenge…

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Stairway to Helens

Since we’re on the topic of climbing mountains, now seems like a good time to share my hike up Mt St Helens with you! Back in 2011, Amy (who I climbed Kilimanjaro with) and I did our first big climb together. Little did we know what we would later go on to accomplish. I’m pretty sure…

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On the Road Again…Honduras and El Salvador

I’ve had a few of these trip announcements this year, and I’m excited to bring you one more! Tomorrow night, Emma and I will be flying to the island of Roatan, off the coast of Honduras, to celebrate the wedding of our friends Shawn and Danyeal! They got engaged on Roatan last year and are…

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Rainier Day 4: My Personal Summit

I’m just starting to doze off when suddenly the lights come on and Dave cheerful tells us it’s time to get up and get ready for the summit! He even gave us an extra 15 minutes to sleep, it’s 11:15pm! We have one hour to get ready, hot water is being brought in for coffee…

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Rainier Day 3: Paradise to Camp Muir

Much to my relief, our third day of the climb dawns cloudier and cooler than yesterday. After my ordeal last night, I couldn’t be any more grateful. I wake up still feeling weak, and I’m wondering if I’ll even be able to make it to Camp Muir, let alone anywhere on the upper mountain. But…

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Rainier Day 2: Mountaineer School

Before I get into mountaineer school today, I should probably tell you a bit more about this climb. The program Lori and I signed up for is the four day summit climb through Rainier Mountaineering Inc. RMI is the original guiding service on Mt Rainier, and they have an excellent reputation. There are two other…

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Rainier Day 1: Meeting Dave Hahn

Before I get in to the details of my climb of Mt Rainier, I won’t keep you in suspense of how I did. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the summit. Words can’t even describe my disappointment at not succeeding a second time, however I did get to 12,300ft, the top of the Disappointment Cleaver…

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Rainier Training Hike: Mailbox Peak

Holy smokes it’s time. We’ve reached the climax of our training. The crux of our hikes. The hardest one of them all. At least until we get to Rainier. Mailbox Peak is practically legend in these parts. Hikers mention it with awe and fear. People speak of it in hushed tones. Ok, maybe not that extreme. But…

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