With my first three summits in the Sangre de Cristos, my 14er season in Colorado comes to an end. I've been on top of the world ten times this year and tackled tougher summits than in years past. I love the feeling when I get to the summit. I love the feeling when I pass … Continue reading Colorado Peak Sweep (Parts 36-38)
I'm a little behind on my peak plans for the summer. After Longs and Meeker, I had planned to hike another that Saturday, but my body was still pretty wrecked and I was running a 10k at 10,000 feet on Sunday, so I opted for a rest day. The following weekend, it rained and rained … Continue reading Colorado Peak Sweep (Parts 33 – 35)
My 2022 mountains started with Mt. Rundle in Banff, which while not a 14er, had more gain and was more challenging than anything I plan to do in Colorado this summer. It was terrifying and difficult, but when I had completed it, I knew that I was Colorado ready. I have seven weekends in Colorado … Continue reading Colorado Peak Sweep (Parts 29 – 32)
My trip to Banff was planned with many stunning, wild, and booty-busting hikes in mind, but nonetheless hikes that an averagely fit person could handle, given enough time. Somehow it ended with a hike that is currently in my top three most difficult summits. I had no plans to do a big peak in Banff … Continue reading Mountain Season Arrived, and How!
If you're a word nerd like me, my palindromic title will be familiar to you. The man referred to is Teddy Roosevelt, who said in a 1911 speech at UC Berkeley: The Panama Canal I naturally take special interest in because I started it. ... But the Panama Canal would not have been started if … Continue reading A Man, A Plan, A Canal – Panama
After my Bocas trip, I had two more weekends to get out and enjoy the jungle. As I mentioned before, I highly recommend renting a car since there is a lot you can do from Panama City, but not a lot of tourist infrastructure for doing it. A few things to keep in mind if … Continue reading On the Panamanian Roads Again
On the Panama expat forums I belong to, people lament that visitors don't realize there's more to Panama than the canal and the Bocas del Toro islands in the Caribbean in the far west of the country. Sure, some people stick around Panama City long enough to fly to San Blas islands or to go … Continue reading Beyond Bocas
Okay, no, not really. I'm still seven weeks away from needing to buy a car to replace my beloved Nitro, which I sold last November after 11 years together. What I have done is rented a car for the entirety of my stay in Panama City. Expensive? Yes. But so are tours in Panama. This … Continue reading I Got New Wheels!
Now that I'm in my 40s, paying for bougie vacations is apparently a thing I do. Now that I pay for bougie vacations, I realize that they are totally worth the money. The two months that I spent in Buenos Aires were all a precursor to a running vacation across Patagonia that I booked a … Continue reading Why I Really Went to Argentina
The Totally Random Let's kick off this post with random observations I've had while in Argentina. People here love to clap. Put a few Argentinians together in a group and they will find something to applaud.I appreciate being somewhere air conditioning is used to a normal level and not to turn indoors into winter. I'm … Continue reading Un Poquito de Todo (Argentina)