Hello, all! I realize it's been quite some time since I've posted anything on this blog. The main reason for that is because I am not traveling quite as prolifically as before. However, as some of you may know, I did just return from a month and a half trip to France which, predictably, involved … Continue reading Across the Pyrenees
Hello Again! So...just to make sure you saw, this is the second post I'm making in the same day, so if you missed my last post, you will notice a definite time lapse between my time around Everest and my flight into India. So I flew into India. No plans, no ideas where to go, … Continue reading India
Hello, All! I know it's been some time since I've posted; I really don't have an excuse. I could pull the whole it's-difficult-to-get-online bit, but even without a device, that would be an out-and-out lie. So, as I prepare to go home, I will try to give you some idea of what my life has … Continue reading Nepal II
In case I forgot to mention. Yeah, after wandering around the lonely streets of Seattle for most of the winter, I thought it would be a good idea to spend a few months in Nepal, as a sort of postscript to my brilliant backpacking career. After all, I do need to get a job at … Continue reading …and, I’m in Nepal.
Hello, All! In my last post, I was enjoying a few hard-earned days of relaxation in Nice on the French Riviera drinking beer on the beach with new friends from a hostel after finishing the Red Trail, the longest of the Via Alpina network. Shortly thereafter, I began the lengthy trek back north along the … Continue reading 5 Trails. 8 Countries. 5700 km.
Hello to all my readers from warm and sunny Nice! I know what you're thinking--Nice? Weren't you going to Monaco? Well. After finally winding my way through Liguria, down through the hanging villages of southern France and at last arriving on the Mediterranean Sea, I arrived at the final destination of the Red Trail, Monaco, … Continue reading Red Trail: Victory!
Hello, Friends! My last post saw me in Oberstdorf, waiting futilely for my shoes, which never arrived. I have since given up on the European post office, and I am buying my shoes as I go along, which is very frustrating since shoes that will hold up to the kind of walking I am doing … Continue reading Continuing on the Red Trail
Hello, Friends and Family! I have just completed what I, in a bold move, am calling the "Oberstdorf Eight." This is because I have basically walked a huge loop through the eastern Alps and then walked a straight line down the middle of it, thereby creating a sort of figure eight. I must say, this … Continue reading Return to Oberstdorf
Hello friends! This morning, I finished walking the Via Alpina Yellow Trail in Muggia, just south of Trieste. This trail has left me with many mixed feelings. In some ways, it was everything a backpacker could wish for--stunning peaks, charming villages, and an incredible historical and cultural heritage. On the other hand, it was also … Continue reading Two Down, Three to Go!
Hello, all, and thank you for your patience! As you know, my last post saw me taking a much-needed break after a difficult start. The following day, I took a lovely breakfast followed by a virtually flat, totally painless walk through alpine fields and huts that served fresh alpine dairy products, in which I was … Continue reading Via Purple: Victory!