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Cascades du Dard

FRANCE | Tue, 20 Oct 2015 | By elcastleberry | Views [351]

The trail turned sharply left, away from the highway. Within moments, the roar of passing trucks was muted, then swallowed by the heavy fog that engulfed the Chamonix Valley. The forest floor was a carpet of wet moss over boulders, an undulating sea ... Read more >

Tags: fog, forest, france, hiking, mountains, outdoors, waterfalls

The Crown Jewel of Chamonix: The Aiguille du Midi

FRANCE | Mon, 5 Oct 2015 | By elcastleberry | Views [353]

In a shining moment of mature glory, I drank two cups of coffee on an empty stomach and raced up to freezing temperatures and thin air at an altitude of 3,842 meters, where I promptly started running up flights of stairs, fueled by excitement and adrenaline.... Read more >

Tags: altitude, cable car, france, hiking, mountains, outdoors, snow

Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise Alberta, Canada

CANADA | Fri, 15 May 2015 | By sheerradiance | Views [278]

I almost don’t want to share this story for fear that it will become so commercialized that it will lose its mystique. That would be too selfish and a complete waste of beauty. Coming from a small town I kind of took for granted the natural elements ... Read more >

Tags: adventurist, alberta, bears, camping, canada, canada, glacier mountains, mountains, outdoors, wildlife

Falling in Love Again

CZECH REPUBLIC | Thu, 16 Jan 2014 | By joannawong | Views [576]

Prague just continues to amaze me. And life just continues to surprise me. Something like today where I was completely blown away at Vysehrad, where this beautiful city was prophesised. I hadn't expected too much of it, having seen it on a boat cruise ... Read more >

Tags: cities, czech republic, europe, friends, outdoors, random strangers, reflections, turkey, winter

Bike the Train Trestles!

CANADA | Tue, 3 Dec 2013 | By rikleaf | Views [437] | Video

Kelowna is located in the Okanagan Valley, about 3 1/2 hours from Vancouver, up and over the Coquihalla Hwy. In the winter people head to Big White for amazing skiing and snowboarding. In ths summer it's all about beaches and time on the lake.  ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, b.c., bike paths, british columbia, hikes, kelowna, okanagan, okanagan lake, outdoors, train trestles

Back in Tok Tok

NEPAL | Sun, 20 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [606]

Altitude: 2800m. Just three more days till Kathmandu and seven to home in KK! While having lunch at Jorsalle (where Ngwang got very drunk the last time), I spotted a glammed-up Aussie girl walking down from Namche, who then decided to sit at the ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, outdoors, trekking

Back in Debuche

NEPAL | Fri, 18 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [980]

Altitude: 3700m. We are making our way down. The sad news is we never made it to the top. The weather didn't look like it was getting better with what looked like a cold front heading towards Everest, suggesting another snow storm. There was also ... Read more >

Tags: animals, everest base camp, mountains, nature, nepal, outdoors, snow, trekking

Lobuche

NEPAL | Wed, 16 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [469]

Altitude: 4940m.  We have made it here after an arduous walk up and across some very snowy terrain. Today was, without a doubt, the toughest slog after Tok Tok. The trail seemed almost endless, completely surrounded with white for hours and beyond.... Read more >

Tags: animals, everest base camp, nature, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, snow, trekking

Pheriche

NEPAL | Tue, 15 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [567]

Altitude: 4270m. This is the highest I've ever been! And I'm only going to continue climbing! We treaded through some snow (and slush) to get here. Thankfully, even with the recent weather and the conditions it's caused, it's been an alright day.... Read more >

Tags: everest base camp, friendly strangers, nature, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, snow, trekking

Debuche

NEPAL | Mon, 14 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [1838]

Altitude: 3700m. We're at our first stop after Namche so I guess there's no turning back. It's only onward towards Everest Base Camp! It's been "PISSING" down like crazy today and I'm fully surprised that I, a true rain-hater, made it here without ... Read more >

Tags: mountains, nature, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking

Namche Bazar

NEPAL | Sun, 13 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [525]

    Altitude: 3440m. Woohoo! We are finally here! Although it isn't all that we hyped it out to be, (being one of the largest places on the trek), it is great to know we made it. It feels absurd to recall that only a week ago, it felt ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking

Tok Tok

NEPAL | Fri, 11 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [1410]

Altitude: 2800m. It was a very enjoyable (and easy) walk from Surkhe to Tok Tok today. Tok Tok is a cute little village just past its bigger neighbour, Phakding, where most people stop to stay. It's less busy, less touristy and more cosy. The lodge ... Read more >

Tags: animals, everest base camp, friendly strangers, nepal, outdoors, trekking

Surkhe

NEPAL | Thu, 10 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [805]

Altitude: 2400m Thank goodness we're not at Phakding today! Our initial plan was to walk all the way up to Phakding to give us more time to play with, but it would've been an insanely long day. Getting here from Bupsa good enough for the day. As expected, ... Read more >

Tags: everest base camp, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking

Bupsa

NEPAL | Wed, 9 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [631]

Altitude: 2350m. Today is day 2 after recommencing our trek. Though the knee hurts, especially going downhill, I feel much better in general. It's amazing the effect weather has and even more amazing, is having the right attitude. Yesterday's stint ... Read more >

Tags: animals, food, friendly strangers, himalayas, mountains, nature, nepal, outdoors, trekking

Junbesi (Day 3)

NEPAL | Mon, 7 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [446]

Altitude: 2675m. It's a beautiful day. The sun is shining and the skies are a happy shade of azure blue, laced with white fluffy clouds. The grass is a lush green and the children are flying kites outside in the teahouse's backyard. Looking out, the ... Read more >

Tags: friendly strangers, nature, nepal, outdoors, religion, spirituality, trekking

Junbesi

NEPAL | Sun, 6 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [747]

Altitude: 2675m. I reached a low point yesterday. A very low one. We decided to make tracks away from Lamjura La and head here. Before leaving, I felt full of energy and enthusiasm, optimistic that my knee would have completely recovered with a ... Read more >

Tags: everest base camp, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking

Lamjura La

NEPAL | Fri, 4 Oct 2013 | By joannawong | Views [2450]

Altitude: 3530m. We are currently at "altitude" in a small Sherpa settlement called Lamjura La or Lamjura pass, just before our first mountain pass on the trek. It's meant to be a place of spectacular views 360 degrees (despite not having any views ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, outdoors, trekking

Bus to Jiri

NEPAL | Mon, 30 Sep 2013 | By joannawong | Views [2114]

Altitude: 1951m We woke up early today to catch the bus to Jiri where we'll start our trekking adventure to Everest Base Camp. We're doing it a little different to most who usually just fly into Lukla and start the trek from there. We're walking in ... Read more >

Tags: buses, cities, everest base camp, music, nature, nepal, outdoors, sherpa, trekking

Leaving the Country of Hakuna Matata

KENYA | Tue, 10 Sep 2013 | By joannawong | Views [566]

Beyond the burnt down airport and the chaotic jammed-up streets of Nairobi, lies a country and experience I will hold close to my heart. Ten days in Kenya was not enough and would never be enough to fully appreciate this country. We've merely scratched ... Read more >

Tags: animals, cities, family, friendly strangers, kenya, outdoors, reflections

Kenya

KENYA | Sun, 8 Sep 2013 | By joannawong | Views [456]

We're rolling in towards the end of our time in Kenya. We're at our last safari destination, Amboseli or the land of the mini dust tornados.   It's been fabulous visiting Kenya. The people are so wonderful and the lodging is a far cry from ... Read more >

Tags: animals, family, friends, kenya, outdoors, safari, sunsets

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