Home is When You’re Hiking

  Once upon a time in China, my students asked me,"How do you travel like you do?" Honestly? No idea, but I didn't say that. "Because I want to?" Wait, why did I make it question? "So, would any of you ever move away from home? Or the other side of the world?" "No." It was …

Define Backpacking

"I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.” -Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Have you ever felt that some words fail to encompass the meaning of the thing they represent? Take “backpacking” …

Kora of the Ozarks

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain Along the holy pilgrimages in Tibet, known as Koras (སྐོར་ར), you will often see little rock piles that mark the path. Every few feet there …

Step 1: Kangding

January 5,2016 Today I reek of woodsmoke and coffee.    Don't worry...it could be worse.   Here at 8,000 feet Alex and I rest our heads in the capital of the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Region, Kangding (altitude 8,000 ft). This is the last stop for strong coffee, ATMs, and beautiful strawberries. However it is only the …