I’d be lying if I said I was excited to write this post….my expectation of where we’d be in our build a week before Thanksgiving was, as you can imagine, FAR ahead of our current reality. That being said, I am somehow still hopeful that we will make our mid-February deadline when our current lease ends. However, that will only happen if we get outside help. If this build has taught me anything it is to recognize that I have limits and need to be more aware of them. Continue reading “Yes, we ARE still building the tiny house”
Earlier this summer, when things were all doom and gloom on the tiny house and I had just finished my masters degree program, we decided we were in desperate need of a trip. After weeks of research, Tish found an incredible deal on flights to Iceland which were too good to pass up (note: this is how they get you!).
To prep for our upcoming hike in Iceland, we decided to do the Timberline Trail in early August and invited our friend and all-time favorite adventure buddy, Tonya, to by a plane ticket out to do it with us.
The Timberline Trail is a ~40 mile thru-hike around the base of Mt. Hood, and it is amazing! The area had a heavier-than-usual snowfall this year, so much of the trail was still buried until late summer. We really lucked, by early August the wildflowers were in full bloom which made the already epic trail that much more incredible. Continue reading “Timberline Trail with Tonya!”
Our house made it to Portland in one piece!!! Can you believe it?! I couldn’t until I saw it with my own eyes so I thought I’d share the details of this glorious day!
As I sat waiting for the house to (finally) arrive in Portland, I found myself reflecting over the past crazy year. Next week will mark one year since Tish and I sold her house and left Richmond. Driving west, we were filled with optimism and excitement to start the next chapter of our lives; we were enthusiastic about the work we would have to put in to make it all happen. We were committed to living a healthy life with a good balance of work and play.
WOAH. How have four months already gone by since my last post?! Things have been moving at the speed of light over here….in the last four months we:
Our final day with our guide and trekking group was in Machu Picchu, where Alex took us on a two hour tour and told us about the function and significance of the city. It was a beautiful day, with no rain and clouds that moved through so fast we had different views of the city all day. After our tour, Tish, Tonya and I hiked up Huayna Picchu which offered incredible views of Machu Picchu and the valley. The stairs up to the top of Huayna Picchu were so steep that we were on our hands and feet for much of it! We had fun taking pictures along the way and pausing to take it all in. The trek was amazing, learning about the local culture, the history of the Incan people and meeting our fellow trekkers and Alex was an incredible experience.
Start: La Playa 2,064m (6,771 ft)
Finish: Aguas Calientes 2,050m (7,986 ft)
Trek Time: 9.5 hours (including a short lunch)
The final morning of our trek began earlier than usual, and it was our first day starting out in pouring rain. We packed our stuff in the tent and did our best to keep things from getting wet and muddy, had a quicker than usual breakfast and then said goodbye to our chefs. Despite the rain and impending 3 hour ascent, everyone was in great spirits as we headed out on our last day of hiking.
Start: Collpapampa 2,850m (9,350 ft)
Finish: La Playa 2,064m (6,771 ft)
Trek Time: 7 hours
Our third day was our easiest for both distance and terrain. We woke up to another sunny day, and had a delicious breakfast of omelets and quinoa porridge (which is an amazingly healthy “on the go” breakfast and super easy to make by the way!). We said goodbye to our horsemen; they took our gear to our third and final campsite via van and then headed home as their town was nearby.
Start: Suyroqocha 4,480m (14,698 ft)
Finish: Collpapampa 2,800m (9,186 ft)
Trek Time: ~8 hrs (including lunch)
“Buenos dias! Café or té?” Alex asked as he unzipped rain fly on our tent and handed us cups of coffee and coca tea before we even got out of our sleeping bags. After a freezing night, we woke to the sun shining bright and clear blue skies! Salkantay was out, with no clouds in sight. It was a beautiful day! After a pancake breakfast, we packed up the rest of our gear and headed off to finish our ascent to the highest point of the trek – Salkantay Pass at 4,630m (15,190ft). Continue reading “Peru Day 7: Salkantay Trek – Suyroqocha to Collpapampa”