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olympic np

in january, I had knee surgery and so for the month and a half after, I had to keep to low-key activities for full recovery. it was boring as hell and I was getting ansty for new explorations but alas, my knee recovered. we started off in central washington trying to get to this ice cave…

norway/sweden

for four days, we traded ubiquitous sunshine in southern california for darkness in northern norway and if I’m being honest, it scared me. I’ve read about it before so I thought that I would be prepared but I wasn’t. driving from oslo, we were surrounded by beauty: mountains on our right and the north atlantic ocean…

cuba pt III

“we shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” -t.s. eliot, little gidding after we’ve traveled the whole world and we’re old with wrinkly, leathery skin we’ll come back to where it all started confused by…

monument valley, capitol reef, arches, canyonlands

in the beginning of this past december, we were two parks away from finishing our 30% national park goal – we decided to finish them with arches and mesa verde national park. we drove out to colorado first but the snow was so bad that the park ranger turned us around. we were pretty bummed…

mammoth lakes

finally catching up on here since I only have a month before the hard stuff and then the good stuff come into play. we called this trip (mammoth lakes and our remaining utah national parks) the ‘rejecting the american dream’ trip because this was around the time we truly started thinking about what the dream really…

cuba pt II

in mexico city, we had pulled out 1/3 of our money saving the other 2/3 to withdraw in cuba. andrew and I don’t like traveling with large sums of cash on us and stupidly figured that we would be okay. when we got to havana however, our cards didn’t work. I don’t know if it was our bank,…

cuba pt I

one of the first things andrew and I did when obama lifted the cuban embargo was buy plane tickets. cuba has been a longtime dream for andrew and has obsessed about it ever since I met him in 2011. back in april when we bought the tickets, you had to electronically acknowledge that you fit in 1 of 12…

kings canyon national park

a couple of months ago, I had to go up to northern california and thought that on the way back home, I would stop at king’s canyon national park. andrew and I had been to king’s canyon together before a few years ago but it was different going by myself (he had class). since I’ve met andrew,…