“We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.” – Petra Nemcova News of the devastating earthquake this past Saturday has sent shock waves throughout the world. Once again, Nepal is struggling to help rescue survivors after another catastrophe. For me personally, my heart is broken. A place that has meant so much to me has continually suffered and is now in ruins. A […]
Imagine living in a faraway, mountainous community in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Despite its unbelievable beauty, most people live in rugged, remote communities with poor infrastructure, difficult lives and few educational or economic opportunities. In fact, Bhutan has one of the lowest literacy rates in Asia meaning countless children and adults are left behind, trapped in an unescapable cycle of poverty. In 2008, READ (Rural Education and Development) Global, a not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco, changed the future […]
I will never forget the moment I was on top of the world. I was trekking around the Annapurna through the world’s largest pass – Thorung La. We rose in darkness and anticipation of our two-hour ascent up to the highest point of our Himalayan hike, the pass at Thorung La at an intimidating 17,769 feet (5,416 m). We had spent a sleepless freezing cold night at Thorung Base Camp to acclimatize before our morning ascent. I remember being so utterly cold during […]
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I am a fighter. I am strong. I have the courage and strength to climb many mountains beyond. All photos taken along the Annapurna Trek in Nepal. November 2010.
I just finished reading Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” a dark, raw and fiercely humorous book on how one woman finds herself during a three-month long trek through the wild Pacific Crest Trail. The book is powerful, emotional, honest and inspiring, and Strayed uses her brilliant memoir to take a hard look at self-discovery, heeling and change. Of course when times are tough, we can’t always pick up our bags and leave town. Yet, I […]
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This is a Guest Post written by Tom Fakler (see bio below). Like thirdeyemom, I have a warm spot in my heart for Nepal: the people are inviting, and the country has some of the planet’s tallest mountains and extraordinarily beautiful scenery. The first time I visited Nepal, I was there to trek to the Everest Base Camp, but this year I went to learn more about the culture and its people.
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“It is impossible to live without failing at something – unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default”. – J.K. Rowling This week has been a bit hairy so I thought I’d post some of my favorite photos of mountains I’ve hiked as they always calm my soul. Photos above from France, Nepal and Guatemala. This fall, I will be adding Bolivia to my list […]
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Perhaps one of the most stunning things about traveling is the vivid hues of colors you find, oftentimes in the most unexpected places. From the aquamarine blues of the inside of a glacier in Iceland to the rainbow colors of the Buddhist prayer flags in Nepal, there is always a surprise of color awaiting the curious eye. In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge “Colors”, I carefully selected some of my most favorite finds from my travels. Hope you enjoy […]
I should understand by now that the long-awaited arrival of Spring in Minnesota is a temperamental thing. Last year at this time, it was unseasonably warm and we were basking in the sun wearing shorts and t-shirts. This year, we are buried under snow and below zero wind chills. Minnesotans are getting frustrated and stir crazy. After five long months of winter, we just want to be outside listening to the birds sing and watching in awe as color and […]
I haven’t felt up to writing much today as I’m still battling a persistent, stubborn sinus infection that is making me tired, somewhat grumpy and not 100%. Yet in times of illness, I always remind myself that things could always be worse. Much worse. So it is important to be positive and put my plugged ears and stuffed up head into perspective! That said, I wanted to do a quick post of inspiration. On Sunday, Jakesprinter’s Travel Theme was Plains. I […]