Category: travel

How to Get from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) to San Jose, Costa Rica

Ok, backpackers. This one is for you. As I was preparing for my trip to Central America, I decided to begin in Costa Rica and fly into Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) near the capital, San Jose. The problem here is the word near. So…

Change of Plans

Ah the rush of international travel… Hours of research, packing and unpacking and repacking, goodbyes and hellos and goodbyes again, buses, trains, planes, customs, currency exchange, my first stamp in a fresh passport – oh yes, we’re on the road again. Why? How? Where?…

Four Feet in Four Days

The storm began Sunday around noon. I was out enjoying an incredible perk of working at Togwotee Mountain Lodge – an employee snowmobile ride. This was our second time to get to ride some sleds on a guided tour and this time we headed to…

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider Ultralight Pack

This past summer, I used Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s 2400 Windrider Ultralight Pack which I totally and completely fell in love with (currently marked down $50 by the way…). If you are looking for an ultralight backpacking setup, look no further than Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG)….

Working in a Winter Wonderland

First off, my apologies for being a little behind on the website. After 2400 miles over 5 months on the PCT, we took our van to Northern California for seven weeks of off grid R&R. We had to, unfortunately, scrap the van there as…

Done with the Desert

After traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles via plane, Los Angeles to Bakersfield via rental car, and, finally, Bakersfield to Tehachapi via bus, the last leg of the trip brought us from Tehachapi to the PCT trail crossing at Highway 58  with a lift…

Wowed by Washington

I walked on taking in the surrounding landscape, appreciating the shade from the tall trees I knew weren’t going to exist in the desert section that awaited me. I sang praises for the incredible weather we had been blessed with for the entire 500 mile stretch in Washington, something I knew we wouldn’t have experienced in a straight northbound hike. I reminisced on our virtually private tour of the PCT as we were consistently ahead of the hiker “bubble.” I remembered how short the section of snow was outside of Truckee. And though we still had nearly 600 miles ahead when we finally reached the border, I couldn’t help but smile and give thanks for this incredible journey.

A Unique Pre-Trail Experience in Coachella Valley

Well, today is the big day. We’ll take our first of a million steps down the Pacific Crest Trail beginning right at the US / Mexico border. All the logistics are done, the bags are packed, and we’re as ready as we’re going to…

Work and Travel: Winter Work at a Ski Resort

Have the itch to go travel, but need to make money along the way? I spent the last four months working at Stratton Mountain Resort in Southern Vermont, hit the ski slopes in my off time, and even managed to save up for the…

Work and Travel: An Inside Look at Teaching English in Thailand

Do you have wanderlust but are lacking the funds for extended travel? I’m sure you know that there are many options to work while you travel and have an intensely rich cultural experiences. Check out Maggie’s (USA) story of living in Thailand and teaching…

Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike Ultralight Gear List

  After countless hours of research and organization, I present to you our 2016 Master PCT Gear lists… Just a few notes. Shoutout to Outdoor Gear Lab for making gear research easy. They’ve reviewed, tested, and compared it all for you. The price listed…

It Doesn’t Have to Be a Thru-Hike

Here I am in beautiful south Vermont enjoying the ski season while working at Stratton Mountain Resort, yet still decompressing my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. And completely consumed with my upcoming Pacific Crest Trail thru… Since I left in July of 2014 for my backpacking…

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