Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bienvenidos a la Region Magallanes y la Antarctica Chilena!

November 2013 was a huge month for me with the epic adventure to Union Glacier for the Antarctic Ice Marathon.  But one of the bonuses of that trip was that it also provided my first introduction to travels in South America!  It was a brief introduction, thanks to our extended stay in the Great White South (which I still do not regret at all), but I made the most of my limited time!  I'll confess I was a shade nervous to be traveling alone in Chile simply because it was my first solo trip to a wholly unfamiliar place, but I had nothing to worry about.

Monday, May 5, 2014

That Time I Didn't Get Eaten by Bears or Fall Off the Mountain

Three-day weekends are for adventures.  I can sleep and hang out and watch movies on regular weekends; that third day offers a chance to go further afield and explore places that are normally just slightly out of reach.

One year after the most challenging hike of my life (at least up until that point), I found myself facing a three-day weekend with zero plans.  Even worse, my regular adventure buddies had moved on and I was tired of trying to convince new people that my adventures are NOT insane, they are FUN.

So, in typical form (read: on a complete whim), I threw a tent and a sleeping bag in my truck, grabbed the pup, and headed out to see if I could survive my first solo camping trip AND first solo significant hike!