[New Post] Hiking New Zealand’s Kepler Track, Part 3: Iris Burn to Queenstown

Make sure to read Parts 1 & 2!

All the huts along the Kepler Track were stunning, but if I had to choose one for an extended stay – it would be Iris Burn. New Zealand is forever famous as the filming location for the Lord of the Rings movies, and I’m positive that if Middle Earth was real, the elves would be living in the very same valley as the Iris Burn hut. Flanked on all sides by temperate rainforest-ed mountains, we fell asleep in our bunks on the valley floor to the sound of water falling – from where we did not know exactly. It wasn’t until the next morning that we would discover the beauty of that place and it’s tall, slender waterfalls. Continue reading “[New Post] Hiking New Zealand’s Kepler Track, Part 3: Iris Burn to Queenstown”

[Featured Post] A Long Distance Love Story

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The first picture Tom and I ever took together at Playa Maderas, Nicaragua

The first time I met Tom we were in the living room of the house I had just moved out of in Granada, Nicaragua. I had been in the country for about a month already, but had been in Granada volunteering with La Esperanza for only 2 weeks. The house had four bedrooms shared between 16 volunteers from all over the world. Living there was a great way to meet people, but my nerves were a bit frazzled by the party-like atmosphere and the ever-growing pile of dirty dishes in the sink. So as soon as the opportunity arose, I moved out to a smaller house a few blocks away. Continue reading “[Featured Post] A Long Distance Love Story”

[Featured Post] Best of: Nicaragua 2014

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I’ve been back from Nicaragua for nearly four months now, but my time there is still sitting heavily with me. Continue reading “[Featured Post] Best of: Nicaragua 2014”

[Featured Post] Some Friendly Advice on Keeping Your Neighborhood Park Ranger Happy in the Tired Month of August

These guys did it all right - and you can too!
These guys did it all right – and you can too!

Ugh.

That’s what I think of when I consider the month of August. Continue reading “[Featured Post] Some Friendly Advice on Keeping Your Neighborhood Park Ranger Happy in the Tired Month of August”