Adventure!

South Island and a Pair of 650 Singles: Part 1

April 4, 2010

New Zealand is home to some of the most famous treks in the world. The Milford Track, the Abel Tasman Track and the Routeburn Track all rank among the most beautiful walks in the world. On top of that, New Zealand was the site for dozens of remote location shots for Peter Jackson’s Lord of […]

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Trekking Saboteurs!

March 25, 2010

I mentioned in a previous post that, while trekking the Overland Track is Tasmania, we had an absurd series of encounters with a group of fellow hikers that led them to believe that we were complete idiots and/or actively trying to sabotage their trip. Here’s the story.

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Trekking the Overland Track

March 10, 2010

Starting on January 30th we spent 8 days trekking 61 miles through Tasmania on the Overland Track. Google “top 10 treks in the world” and the Overland is likely to pop up on the list. It’s not the most extreme altitude trek in the world (the highest point, not counting side-trips is only about 1250 […]

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Valentine’s Day and Motorcycles

February 15, 2010

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. 7 years ago, on that day, Anjel and I had our first date. We had known each other for a just a week or two after meeting in our Level 1 Graphic Design class at CCA. On a Friday, the week before Valentine’s Day, I mentioned to a classmate that I […]

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“Is this enough fat?”: Travels in Mongolia

February 15, 2010

We’d been in Mongolia for about 36 hours and were sitting on footstools around a small, low table inside a ger. My wrist was starting to ache and Anjel had developed a blister on her right index finger from the large cleaver. We were getting tired, but there was a large pile of still-frozen mutton […]

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Mongol Money and Multiple Writing Systems

January 11, 2010

The Mongolian currency is the Togrog. The exchange rate is roughly 1470 Togrog to 1 US Dollar. Throughout most of Europe, thanks to the prevalence of €2 coins, it’s pretty easy to have a pocket full of change that adds up to more than $30. As an American, where a pocket full of change is […]

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