The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir

In my opinion, there is nothing better than a good long hike to the top of the world. Getting there is half the fun and once on top, there is nothing more rewarding than a spectacular view. I have loved to hike my entire life and here are some of my favorite rewards through my journeys.

The Annapurna Trek 

After ten days of hiking the world-famous Annapurna Trek, we arrived in gorgeous Pokhara, Nepal for a few days rest and enjoyment of the Diwali festival of lights. If only I had started my blog before this trip and understood the power of photography. Looking back my photos do not do Nepal justice as it is by far one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal


I still haven’t finished writing my posts on our four day visit to the sensational Condoriri Valley in the Bolivian Andes. I hope to work on that this month because the photos are tremendous and it is a very special place. The pain of sleeping in a tent at 15,000 feet in below freezing weather was worth the incredible, rewarding views.

Condoriri Vally Bolivia

Our last day: One last gorgeous look

The French Alps

Hiking the Tour de Vanoise in the Savoie region of France was fantastic. Each morning we would rise early, spend the entire day hiking and the evening eating a delightful meal while savoring a bottle of regional Savoie wine. Not much can be as rewarding as that!

Vanoise National Park, Savoie France

On top of the world in Vanoise National Park, Savoie France.

Xela, Guatemala

Rising at dawn to climb a volcano in the highlands of Guatemala and experiencing the benign eruption of the volcano next door tops the list at exciting rewards.

Xela, Guatemala

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

An afternoon hike to a lone glacial pond at the end of the world in Patagonia is yet another brilliant day in my book.

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Grand Canyon

A solo hike down to Ooh Aah Lookout point was definitely worth the leg burning hike back up. The views were breathtaking.

South Kaibab trail Grand Canyon Arizona

And then there is the potpourri of rewarding views…

Now the question is….where do I go next?

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward. To view more entries click here. Please let me know your favorite hikes! A girl must dream…



    1. So glad you enjoyed the photos! Sometimes I reuse them so much for these challenges but I do love to look at them and remember the gorgeous views.

  1. Everest Base Camp! Either side – the view is better from the north in Tibet, but the hike is better from the south in Nepal. (Obviously, I couldn’t pick just one.)

    1. Yes, I would like to do the EBC but I had to admit after flying in those small scary planes in Nepal I am irked to get back on one. I would love to go to Tibet though!!

      1. No worries Nicole. Drop in when you can. I never want readers to feel they ‘have’ to keep up with all the posts. It should be relaxing when you come by for a visit. Life is so busy I hope Travel Tales of Life can be a reprieve. 🙂 Happy day to you.

      2. Sue, I never feel like I have to keep up! I want to keep up!!! I wish I had more time as there are so many great blogs out there but life gets busy. I do always try to read yours though because I love it! 🙂

      3. That is so kind of you to say Nicole and I value that feedback more than you can imagine. Just know on my end I welcome you with open arms when you can come by. I seem busy and I don’t have small children! Hugs to you.

  2. Love your writing. May I say – we have quite a few interests in common. Poetry, travel,hiking & trekking to name but a few. Thanks for the lovely photographs & insights

  3. That photo of Pokhara is incredible – breathtaking. Makes me quite keen to do that trek myself. I had a fantastic time hiking to Macchu Picchu which I see you’ve been to as well. I’ve enjoyed many many hikes in various countries over the years, day walks and longer. Some favourites (with amazing views) are:
    Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Canada
    Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
    Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile
    National Pass Track, Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
    Abel Tasman Track, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
    Mt Herbert, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Kepler Track, Te Anau, New Zealand
    Key Summit, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
    Sealy Tarns Track, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
    (In other words, if you like hiking, come to New Zealand!)

    1. Thank you! what a fantastic list! I went to NZ in 2000 and we did the North and South Island. I loved it!!! There are so many places I want to go back to and so many more to see. Thanks for inspiring me!

    1. Thanks! Wonderful about Kilimanjaro! Are you going alone or with a trekking group? That has been on my list for over 15 years now but it still just has not happened. I will get there but I need to plan a long time as I want to do some other things in Tanzania and Kenya and it is hard to get away for long with two kids but I will do it! How cool!

      1. I am going with a group, ten of us in all. I would love to spend more time there but the climb will be 7 days and the safari 4. With travel that will be the max for this mom of 4 kids, 6 combined with boyfriend! Looking forward to roaring from the summit!

  4. Beautiful photos of all the amazing hikes you have been on! The French Alps is on my list of places to go-what amazing views! Thanks for sharing!

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