Documenting My Passions: From Hiking to Travel

I originally created this blog after getting injured on the Appalachian Trail in 2016. After I started blogging for The Trek, I discovered it was a good outlet while I was coping at home, and enjoyed it so much that I decided that I would like to eventually branch out on my own altogether. If you told me I’d enjoy writing this much 5 years ago, I’d laugh loudly and awkwardly in your face, then walk away.

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“hahaha! You silly bastard!”

I suppose when you’re writing about something you’re passionate about, it can become addicting. Hiking is one of my favorite hobbies out there, however, travel is my first love! After figuring out the whole WordPress thingie majiggie I decided I would not only like to branch out from exclusively blogging for The Trek, but I would also like to squeeze in my past and future travel adventures in the mix too!

I’ve always had a knack for documenting things. If you were friends with me in high school and my early 20’s, you were likely uncomfortably followed by me with my disposable camera in hand. Note: I was tardy to the party when it can to anything tech, but eventually got me a digital camera. I still have a flip phone today. Don’t judge me.

I not only took a lot of pictures, I would journal when I went on travels, big and small. As I mentioned before, I wasn’t big into ‘writing’ in the traditional sense (more like ‘note-taking’), so those journals were mostly random ramblings of occurrences, some of which I can’t even translate today.

I’ve kept those journals over the years, and from what I can decipher, I’d like to share my experiences, and later on, my budget tips (I’m a frugal f*cker), trip itineraries, and more. So far, I’ve been on multiple road trips all over the U.S. and parts of Canada, I spent a month in Peru while in college, I spent a week in Amsterdam in my “greener” years of youth, and took an extended honeymoon touring through Nepal and India, then backpacking through Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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What does my future entail? I’m pretty committed to finishing the Appalachian Trail this year if my fragile bones will allow it (two stress fractures, two years in a row? Come on)! Regardless if I manage to complete it or not (fingers crossed I do!), I have plans on completing the Pacific Crest Trail summer of 2018, next year. Originally I wanted to complete the Continental Divide Trail after that to accomplish a Triple Crown, but I’ve had a few other ideas in mind. I’m interested in giving teaching abroad a shot in Japan or maybe (if we have the sufficient funds after all this hiking), a backpacking adventure in South America. I also perpetually enter into travel contests online (you should see my junk folder), and who knows? Maybe I’ll get lucky!

Until then, I’d like to share some of my older adventures, starting next week with “Road Trip Tuesdays” (not as exciting as “Taco Tuesdays,” but it’s something. I wish all things in life were as amazing as tacos). I’ll start with my 2013 6-month road trip living in a van with my other half (pre-marriage. I know, right? Amazing no blood was shed)! We covered 30 US states (although I’ve visited 41 total so far), 2 Canadian provinces, and visited a lot of national parks! I hope you’ll check in next week!

2 thoughts on “Documenting My Passions: From Hiking to Travel

    1. Thanks! It took 6 months and on this particular trip we visited all the continental states except some of the flyover states, New England (a separate trip we’d take later), and a few others (ND, MI, OH, IN, IA). I still have ambitions on making it to those I haven’t been to though. I’ve made it to 41/50 states so far! How many have you visited? Any favorites? I apologize in advance if I’m slow to respond. I’m currently hiking the Appalachian Trail and WiFi is limited haha! 😊

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