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Boarding the most dangerous flight in the world

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The conscious decision to avoid nearly all Everest Base Camp-related research was strategic. I didn’t want to be talked out of it. Brief searches around the idea in years prior made the challenge sound epic and the experience sound amazingly rewarding. Beyond a gear list and the trek itinerary, the promise of a challenge and experience was all I knew …

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Exploring Kathmandu, Nepal

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Waking up in Kathmandu was surreal. The trip planning had taken months. The flights had been long and tedious. Our arrival felt more like a hazy dream than a monument marking the start of the journey. Surreal, indeed. Taking my first glimpses out of the hotel window in the daylight, I snapped a photo. I had no idea what I …

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MCI > ORD > AUH > KTM

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In my Moments from the sky entry in the journal, the idea of leaving home for this adventure was still very new. Adrenaline was pumping. Boyce and I landed in an easy routine of dashing through airport security to find a good lounge, have a sandwich and a drink, then dash to the gate to hop onto our next flight. …

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Revisiting the Everest Base Camp stories

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Each time I travel, I stash a new journal and fresh pen in the depths of my pack. Within a couple of days of finding some peace – I usually have plenty to jot down. The intention has always been to transcribe my entries into the blog. But, let’s be honest, the whirlwind return to reality never quite allows that to …

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4 years of Top Nine photos + memories

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Over the past few years, I’ve used the Top Nine app to peek at my top-performing Instagram images. I love this. Being a hyper-visual person, I adore the chance to see a picturesque summary of what happened in the previous 12 months. This year, I had the insane idea to put my Top Nine images side-by-side. 2015, 2016, 2017 and …

The long flights home

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We’ve boarded. The last 12 days have been a whirlwind. I can’t help but be a little sad that it’s ending. However, I’m anxious to see our dogs and start to imagine our life as the rest of forever. After the camera was lost to the lake – we went back to the lodge and dove straight into beer and quesadillas. …

Day 6: The camera’s final resting place

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Day 6. The day our camera died an epic death at the bottom of a glacier lake. This morning we took a fast hike to Camp Grey at Glacier Grey. The sky was on cue – gray. The mood was – fine. Generally, we’ve seen better hikes. Our arrival, while early, was poorly timed with the closure of the restaurant and …

Day 5: Stickies and chewies

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By some magic, we made it to Paine Grande yesterday. Having spent the last of our pesos on dinner at Chileno, I was already panicking for how we’d get to pay the catamaran’s hefty $30 per person price. Cash only. At Chileno, they told us that the Welcome Center at Torres Central had a bank or ATM. With that in …

Day 4: “Let the pumas have me”

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Today – Day 4 – is one for the books. This book specifically. In a significantly improved mood and turn of events, we took off for a sunrise hike at 4 am. This time, we hiked all the way up to the three wise men. A killer 2.5 hours up. I wanted to die. Let the pumas have me. Every muscle …