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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 …

Reasons I cried today

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Because I love Aaron Because I hate failing Because I don’t want to ruin things Because FOMO is real Because shits not perfect Because everything hurts Because we paid money for the camps we’re skipping Because it’s nice to not have to travel solo Because I never figured I’d meet anyone willing to call an audible with me Because my …

Day 3: I gave up

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Day 3. Today, I gave up. But first – Day 2 was incredible. Yesterday, we walked more than 12 miles through tons of crazy terrain. It was gorgeous. And fun. We laughed. We joked. We worked together. Even through the hardest hills, we cussed and kept each other going. It’s genuinely beautiful here – and that’s slightly overshadowed by my current emotional-ness. …

Day 1: Aaron yelled at me for soup

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Day 1. Aaron yelled at me for soup…. The problem with arrows is that they point a direction. Not the direction. As we hiked toward Accampar Frances, I imagined that this singular problem could be how our 7 days in Patagonia could quickly turn to 2. Every arrow we passed pointed distinctly in the opposite direction. We found our way …