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!
I find myself watching gathering rain clouds in the distance from my hotel window. My legs are swollen from the blood and muscles that I have been burning every day, and my feet still ache. For the first time almost three weeks, I am clean enough to walk into a public place without getting stared … Continue reading A Rough Start