Hello WordPress! And most importantly hello again my.travel.map followers! If you’re seeing this I owe you a HUGE thank you, as it has been over three years since my last post. That being said, lately I’ve been looking for something new to do that qualifies as more creative than laying on the couch (though there’s nothing better than watching a good movie) and definitely more creative than those mind-numbing video games (which I still happen to love far too much sometimes).
That brings me here…
I stumbled upon my.travel.map this morning and realized that I truly miss writing. Even writing this now I’m feeling happy and excited to revive this blog (though I feel a little out-of practice). Most importantly I miss what I used to love so much: responding to readers and answering the questions I used to receive, wether via comments on this blog or via email regarding a trip that I’ve taken or a trip that you’re in the process of planning.
Within the next few weeks I hope to clean-up my.travel.map quite a bit. I’ve noticed in the past that it has become quite a bit post-cluttered, thus, I’m looking to change up the style of this blog to make it easier to navigate. With beginning to write again, I hope to achieve a creative outlet for myself, while simultaneously continuing to strive for what my.travel.mapwas always about: sharing “stories and photographs for those who live the life of the journey.”
Keep an eye out for my next post. As Iceland continues to receive the most traffic on this blog, I believe Iceland is the place to start again! I’m happy to announce that I’ve returned to the beautiful country, and spent 10-days on a road trip around the entire country driving on the Ring Road (take a look at my Google Maps track above).
Until then, I’ll be stopping by all the blogs I used to follow religiously to see what you’ve been up to over the past few years and to drop a comment saying hello once again. See you there!
If you’re into wilderness backpacking and you have not been to the Goat Rocks Wilderness of Washington State, you’re missing out. It is potentially the best backpack I have ever been on (and that includes the one I did in Patagonia, Argentina!). Here, you’ll find long-distance hikers trekking along the Pacific Crest Trail, endless mountain vistas, vast expanses of alpine wildflowers that seem endless before your eyes, and incredible views of glaciers, snow-capped peaks, and even frozen lakes.
Time of Year: Due to the elevation of the Goat Rocks Wilderness, it is recommended to begin your backpack in July. Otherwise, many mountain-side traverses will still be covered in snow and additional safety equipment will be required.
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We did it. We completed Training Day. At this point, we knew that Day One was harder than expected, but we were just so happy to be here, hiking the famous Inca Trail, that nothing else mattered. After completing Day One, and little sleep the first night due to roosters cockledoodledoing as early as 3:00am, we actually didn’t feel that tired. But that was about to change.
We woke up at 5:30am feeling ready for anything. The tent unzipped to reveal the monstrous peaks of the Andes mountains looming over our heads. That’s where we’re going?! is the only thought we could manage that crisp alpine morning. Yes, Hell Day is ahead of us…
It’s here! It’s time for me to set out on my next adventure. I’ll be leaving for South America to head to Peru in two days, Monday November 28th.
I’m going to be setting out on the epic four-day/ three-night trek along the ancient Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and once I arrive at the ruins I’ll be leaving the group that I’m trekking with to go climb to the summit of Wayna Picchu, the mountain that overlooks Machu Picchu, on my own. Here, I’m hoping to capture some great sunrise photographs from an angle many people never get to see: approximately 1,200 feet above the ruins.
I’ll also be spending quite a bit of time exploring the city of Cusco and I’ll be sure to dig up a few treasures to share with all of you while I’m there.
Unfortunately, due to the necessity to travel extremely light (I’ll be carrying everything I have on my back for the duration of the trek) I will not be bringing my laptop with me as I did in Iceland. This means I’ll have to wait to write about the trip when I get back after about 12 days.
Thanks ahead of time for patiently awaiting my return, and I look forward to continuing to share my travel experiences with all of you!
My trip to Peru is just around the corner, and boy could I use it. I’ve been planning this trip for a while now, or well, I guess you could say I’ve had the trip planned for a while. These days, I find myself sitting at my corporate job behind my corporate desk daydreaming about the adventure I’ll encounter while on this trip.
Speaking of corporate jobs and corporate desks, do you remember my old post called My Next Step? Well, after what seems like a long dragged-out wait and working at a job that is really only meant to “pay the bills,” what I wrote about in that post is finally happening. But that’s a story for another day…
In just a couple of weeks now I’ll be heading to Peru where I’ll be hiking the Inca Trail, exploring the cities of Cusco and Lima, and quite possibly sand-boarding or dune-buggy driving at a desert oasis called Huacachina. I invested in a new Canon DLSR camera and a trusty little wide-angle lens to help document the trip, and I’m really excited to share the stories and photographs with all of you.
*Photo credited to TNR.com. Click for link to photograph and site.
I’m one photography class and one writing class away from my flight to Iceland. It’s been about a month wait for this trip, and I have to say it actually went by faster than you’d think. I probably have you to thank for that, if you’re currently taking the time to read this, because a lot of my free time is spent surfing WordPress sites, replying to comments, and writing new posts. I enjoy this greatly, so thank you.