Traveling

When Everything Changes

Lauren has flown home to the States, and I’m now traveling solo. This was planned months ago, but it feels very new, strange, and if I'm being honest, scary. I’ve never lived and traveled in another country by myself. I wasn’t ready for our New Zealand experience to be over. “Our” experience, the one we… Continue reading When Everything Changes

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Mount Cook National Park · Traveling

Climbing to Mueller Hut – Mount Cook National Park

My last overnight hike in New Zealand was to the Mueller Hut, a popular spot 1800 meters up near Mount Cook, NZ’s tallest peak. I knew the hike to Mueller began with over 2000 stairs. What I did not know was that these stairs were narrow, ladder-like protrusions that I climbed on all fours as… Continue reading Climbing to Mueller Hut – Mount Cook National Park

Travel tips: On the map, Off the Grid

Three ridiculous things people said when I decided to move abroad

When I decided to backpack in New Zealand for a year, practically everyone I shared my plan with responded with an enthusiastic “Wow! Go for it!” This was really encouraging, and honestly played a role in launching me on my adventure: visa in one hand, one-way plane ticket in the other--and for the first time,… Continue reading Three ridiculous things people said when I decided to move abroad

Laingholm

The WWOOFers Guide to Exploding Machinery

It started with Rob shouting for us from under the house. Lauren and I looked up at each other over the table, dropped our bits of breakfast back onto our plates and scrambled over chair legs, out the door, and around the side of the house, ducking through the wooden doorway that led under the… Continue reading The WWOOFers Guide to Exploding Machinery