JOURNAL // Travel Stories + Videos
I've organized this by days of the hike, including distances traveled and places stayed. I also included things we learned in Japan, budgeting for this hike, best foods, and mistakes we made at the end of this post. Enjoy! Buckle up, this will be quite the ride. Without further ado.... THE NAKASENDO HIKING GUIDE
Always looking for the next adventure, but especially the next HIKE! Tyler and I have a goal to make one long hike a year (long is defined as five or more days.) So far we’re three years strong. I learned pretty quickly that the ancient Tokaido has been covered by highways. However, I discovered another hike through central Japan in the mountains called: Nakasendo (aka: the central mountain road) go figure.
I feel like I'd watched a "trailer" for Kyoto. I’d heard other's reviews, seen pictures, read blogs... and created high expectations for myself when I finally got around to seeing it! I was worried there was basically nothing Kyoto could do to meet my expectations.However...
Our time in Osaka was short - only two days before we moved on to Kyoto and then our Nakasendo hike through Kiso Valley (local guides to come!). In just a few days however, we had a series of stressful situations that taught us a thing or two! Yet somehow, between all that, we managed to see a lot of this amazing city!
A week in Hawaii and I’m proud to say I went paddle boarding and ate at food trucks every single day! Tyler’s dad, Rick was our amazing host while we beach bummed around. It was the perfect mix of family, sun, salt, and and long drives. We stayed on the North Shore of Oahu and for the most part spent our days between paddle boarding and sitting on the beach
Our trip to Punta de Mita could be summed up in a few words; ocean, pool, food, exploring… and I can let the pictures speak for themselves.The best parts of the trip were those subtle, almost secret family moments that words can’t do justice for. But I can try :)
One of our favorite things to do when we travel, especially with family, is make lip syncing videos! Here is our latest, from Mexico with my sisters, mom and Tyler and Jackson (the husbands :)
Sometimes I joke that I almost have as many matching passport stamps with Joey as I do with Tyler. Tyler and I met Joey in Jerusalem, as a part of a study abroad program through BYU. After wandering the Old City for a semester, we walked away friends.
In the early morn, we hiked to King Arthur's Seat and watched the sunrise. This hike was the perfect length, about an hour up and 30 down, but we got magnificent city views of the castle and circling churches and houses.
Watch my first ever video from our trip in London, England! Going through this footage was poignant in light of the recent terrorist attacks. I hope, in some small way, this video can pay tribute to the city of London.
Spoiler alert: I may use the word “quaint” more than fifty times in this post. Consider yourself warned. After our five day stay in London Tyler & I had the pleasure of heading out of the city to visit his aunt & uncle and their kids out at their home in Hemingford Abbots.
London is lovely. This certainly won’t come as “news” to anyone who has visited or lived there. But to this spring breaker *hand raise*, the absolute loveliness of London still hasn’t worn off! I’m in head over heels for it!
New Jersey has a bad rep. We all know that... I mean, I grew up with my mom saying things like "New Jersey? You mean the armpit of America?"
Tyler and I have been dying to go to Chicago for a while now. A few weeks ago, my Dad and his wife Karen told us they were going to see Hamilton in Chicago and wanted us to come see it with them! UH DUH!
I move my feet forward and back in my snug boots. The board responds to my subtle commands. Ahead, an untouched slope of powder swirling around evergreens beckons.
When I pictured Cape Cod- I pictured New England fall colors, horizons of ocean blue, and quaint lighthouses dotting the shore …
Two weeks ago I realized I would have a four-day weekend off in October and my mind started to do some fast math. We might just be able to swing a trip to Mexico!
New Haven + Boston + Old Friends
Our trip to Cuzco + Lima, Peru. We flew from Puerto Vallerta to Lima, Peru. We left behind the heat and beachy sun above the equator. On one transcontinental flight, we effectually flew from Summer to Winter. As we exited the airport in our shorts and sandals we saw Peruvians clad in coats and scarfs. Even in the ocean, the surfers were covered head to foot in wet suits to keep out the chill.