On the mountaintop in Nepal, I decided to follow my heart to the woman I loved in New Zealand. But that’s not the end of the story.
Tag: personal life
The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done – HMI Basic (Part 1)
At the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute I learned when a challenge stops being physical, mental, or emotional… and becomes spiritual.
Book Reviews, pt 2: Celebrating Women
Of the 20-plus books I’ve read over the past year, four have had the biggest impact. Three of these were written by women.
On “Finding Myself”
The typical cliché used to describe people like me who go traveling for extended periods of time is to say that, “He is finding himself.” Setting aside the belittling way that expression is generally used – as if the instinct for self-discovery is to be mocked rather than celebrated – after almost 17 months on the road I’ve found the common idea of “finding oneself” to be totally inaccurate.
Two years ago, I changed forever. I had something i needed to let go of. Something very heavy. Not just externally but internally, as well. If I had known the gravity of what I’d be doing, I don’t know if I would have had the courage. But sometimes, “When I’m […]
On Hobbiton, and Home
In March, I visited the movie-set-turned-tourist-attraction of Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand. This was the actual location used for the filming of the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies.
Photo Essay: Celebrating One Year On the Road
Just over one year ago, on March 21, 2016, I began this journey. It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around the concept that it’s only been that long.
The Dark Side of Long-Term Travel, pt. 2 – When It All Goes Wrong
Wednesday night, I drove myself to a hospital in rural New Zealand, where I collapsed on the emergency room floor in intense pain.
America Del Sur, Mi Corazon! Gracias Siempre
They say we never forget our first time, and in my experience that maxim applies to more than just its colloquial uses for drugs and sex. For me at least, it applies to travel, as well.
2016: My Year In Music
In mid-December I opened my email and discovered a surprise: a playlist, automatically curated by Spotify, that included the 101 top songs I had listened to for the year. Curious about what might be on it, I clicked the link, and scrolled.