Hiking Maunakea

  We had real trouble finding information on hiking Hawaii’s tallest mountain- Maunakea (it’s all one word now) 13,796 ft- both online and in person once we were on the Big Island. We heard/read a lot of things – you can’t hike it in winter, there’s camping at the base, there’s a hut available to […]

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Big Island on a Budget

  Hawai’i is notoriously expensive but there are lots of ways to keep your trip reasonable, not limited to sleeping in your rental car, eating nothing but pb&js, and showering at public beach parks. PSYCH! Okay, we dabbled in those things. Greg and I just spent an awesome, like ready to move there, 8 days/8 […]

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2016 World Series

  Unless you don’t have a pulse, you probably heard the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last week.   Greg and I got to go to games 4, and 6, and were incredibly, undeniably, unbelievably (I won’t say lucky because it wasn’t luck) fortunate to have seen the Cubs’ 108 year drought come to an end […]

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New York City for (mostly) Free!

I wrote all about Southwest’s Companion Pass back in 2014, and I earned mine February 2016, allowing G.Hammer to fly with me for $5.60 each way any time I fly Southwest through the end of 2017. In a nutshell, I had to earn 110,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points in one year to qualify which I […]

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Tour du Mont Blanc

G.Hammer and I were married August 10, 2013, and spent our honeymoon backpacking through Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, then climbing Montana’s highest mountain, Granite Peak. We agreed then we should be in the backcountry for all our anniversaries, too. In 2014 we were backpacking in Glacier National Park and Greg surprised me by packing in his […]

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Dubai: A Layover

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: If you’re lucky enough to fly Emirates, you’re lucky enough. But even luckier, when flying Emirates in or out of Dubai you stand a solid chance of having a long layover in one of our favorite cities. I’ve been to Dubai three times now, and two of […]

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Seychelles: Anse Georgette

The trick to traveling cheap and sticking to a budget is packing and preparing food you look forward to eating. Like fried eggs and baked beans, am I right? We’ve been traveling with the same energy bars since November, and while one of them would make an entire meal for one of us, who the […]

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Seychelles: La Digue

Alright, forget all that Anse Lazio crap. We heard the most beautiful beach in the world was actually on La Digue, so again, we had to go find out for ourselves. La Digue is the third largest inhabited island in Seychelles and is chock-full of granite. Granite mountains, granite boulders, granite granite granite. We love […]

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Seychelles: Praslin

There’s no bus service from the Victoria terminal to the jetty and it’s about a fifteen minute walk. It was hot and sweaty with our backpacks but worth not paying exorbitant taxi prices. ST, TM. I forgot to bring ginger capsules for seasickness on the ferry to Praslin so I ate a bunch of ginger cookies […]

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Seychelles: Mahé

Seychelles is an independent African nation consisting of 115 islands nearly 1000 miles off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania. 41 of the islands are made of granite, the other 74 are made up of coral. About 167 million years ago Seychelles was part of Gondwana until they, along with Antarctica, India, Madagascar, and Australia […]

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