The Breakfast Wall

Climbing Kilimanjaro is different than I ever expected. The gate is a zoo – full of people speaking countless different languages, porters weighing gear, guides scrambling to deal with last minute details, men selling cheesy t-shirts and tourists taking photos. I stand with other hikers in a queue for the last real toilet we’ll see for a week and I take it all in. It reminds me more of the entrance to a gala event than the beginning of a wilderness experience.

 

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Morocco Bound!

As a result of my wanderlust spirit, my dad and I have spent countless hours in the car on the way to and from the airport over the last couple of decades. It started with college and has just ramped up since then. He tirelessly picks me up and drops me off without ever complaining - braving awful weather, east coast traffic, crazy jersey and new york drivers (of which he is proudly one)….even ticker tape parades.

 

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Beginning Again

Images of the magnificence of Patagonia abound: snow-capped peaks, flowing rivers, pristine forests, indigenous people, beautiful cultural traditions. Visual depictions of this amazing land and the people who call it home are the first thing that you notice when you arrive in this region of Chile – in airports, airplanes, restaurants, cafes, hardware mega-stores, on roadside billboards …..everywhere.

 

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Faith in Humanity - Restored!

On this trip I found something I didn't even know I needed or was looking for....a renewal of my faith in human beings. I have a feeling that even just that first line has made my dad already start to cringe (love ya, Pa!). His last words of wisdom before I set out on this journey in October were "Have fun, honey...and DON'T TRUST ANYONE - even for a minute." Wise words (from one of the best people on this planet) to guide his youngest as she set out half way around the world....

 

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Movement through Stillness.....

and Stillness through Movement. This is what I've been experiencing the past 17 days. I didn't mean to spend this long on this one island in Thailand. I thought I'd stop in for a couple days, do some yoga and then head north for trekking and exploring....but after a couple days my intuition was screaming for me to stay here and because it is not wise to ignore the force that is “my gut”, it happened. Actually nothing “just happens” - I consciously chose to make it happen.

 

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Gratitude

 find myself overwhelmed with gratitude for the smallest things: a cold river to swim in, real coffee, a sweet juicy mango, my yoga practice, my health, family, friends, people who love me, a seat next to a good friend on an 11 hour bus ride....The past 2 months since my journey began I find myself stopping at least one time each day in awe - in awe of the fact that each day I get to make a dream or 2 or 3 come true.....it's really amazing and i'm pretty sure i'm one of the luckiest people on this planet.

 

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WAT's up with me and where have I been?

Yesterday I left Nepal and headed for Thailand. I am so sad to say goodbye to Nepal – a  beautiful country with truly amazing people. But, as Buddha was fond of saying, “This too shall pass.” As with everything – the good, the bad, what we like, what we don’t like, what we want, what we don’t want – the only constant is that everything changes  - so I'm doing my best to let go of the wonder that is Nepal and to embrace where I am right now - much the way a river flows through a canyon - no regrets, no clinging, just flowin'…

 

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Nepali Flat....or not so flat

Nepali Flat ......This is the endearing term that the beautiful folks in this amazing country use to describe some of the terrain I have walked over the past few weeks....This sweet, sweet term is their kind way of saying the following: "Actually, there isn't really much flat in the Himalaya so rather than disappointing you, we'll call it 'Nepali Flat' which really means a ton of uphill, followed by a little down hill, interspersed with some rolling hills and then more uphill and more rolling hills."

 

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Happy Birthday, Ma!

I'm a few days late because I was deep in the mountains and just got out today, but i figure better late than never....so this post is dedicated to my Mom: the woman who always said, "Chris, you can do anything if you put your mind to it" and who backed up these words with her actions and her unwavering faith and belief in me....
 

 

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Leavin' and Leafin'

In a few hours I will board the first of three westbound planes so that I can end up in the Far East (sounds backward, doesn't it?). I am ready and excited, but also a bit sad about what I leave behind. I have only lived in Flagstaff since December and yet I feel more at home here than I have many other places....the power of the people, the Peaks, the Canyon, the trees and the wind in this part of the world is palpable and I am SO grateful to have been led here. I will be happy to have a place like this to return to....

 

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