I’m in Canada!
But let’s backtrack a little bit. I’ve been pretty tired at the end of every night, which is usually when I blog, so I have a few days of adventure to catch up on.
When I last left you, we had just spent the day adventuring with some friends.
I’m a big travel enthusiast (as you know) and I’m also an American, so it may surprise you to know that I have never been to New York City.
A great day hanging out with friends and visiting some really cool things in the Seattle proper area.
We were pretty exhausted from the lack of sleep so it felt great to crawl into bed and get a solid night of sleep. In the morning, we enjoyed a homemade breakfast from some things we had picked up at the store the night before and drank tea on our really peaceful little deck. No coffee because the store we went to was one of those really expensive grocery stores so we bought as little as possible with the plan to hit up the Trader Joe’s down the street sometime today (I can’t wait to buy a big bag of coffee). I was still a little tired this morning but feeling much better and ready to go out on a second day of Seattle adventuring. Since neither of us has really spent any time in Seattle before, we of course had to play tourists for the day.
If you’ve ever flown with Southwest Airlines you’ll know the slightly panic-inducing moment when you realize online check-in for your flight has opened and every second counts if you want to snag yourself a spot in the coveted A group. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Southwest Airlines has no seat assignments and instead assigns boarding positions by group and number- groups A, B, and C, so if your boarding position is A9, you’re going to get a much better seat on the plane than somebody who is C36.)
Located only about an hour and a half’s drive from Calgary, Canada’s Banff National Park is one of this world’s premier destinations, and for good reason. Located in the Eastern region of Alberta’s rocky mountains, Banff boasts mountains, hot springs, valleys, glaciers, meadows, rivers and forests. If you’re a nature lover or an outdoor enthusiast, Banff is definitely for you.
For today’s post we’re talking to Megan Maxwell, who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 2012. She has also gone on some other seriously awesome adventures, such as spending 14 weeks trekking in the Nepalese Himalaya. You can read more about Megan’s adventures at appalachiantrailgirl.com
Have you ever felt like the days leading up to a big trip are always some of the most hectic and chaotic of your life? I’m leaving for 10 days in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, and I can tell you from my personal experiences that this is definitely the case. There is preparation to be done, shopping you need to do, making sure the house is in order and all of your fresh food is eaten, packing, making sure all documents for travel are in order, and of course the seemingly endless list of preparations that need to be made at work.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of waking up in a new place. It is a time so full of possibilities, where anything is possible and the world is at it’s most perfect. It is exciting to arrive in a new city, for sure. The descent of the plane into a brand new land brings out a feeling of excitement in me that I seldom feel at other times. That being said, it is when I wake up in the morning on my first full day in a new place that truly feels magical. Due to time zones and jet lag, I’m often up in time to see the sunrise, which is something I basically never see at home.
It’s no secret that Australia has somewhat of a reputation for being home to the world’s most deadly creatures, and for good reason. There’s the box jellyfish, the irukandji jellyfish, the bull shark, the eastern brown snake, the saltwater crocodile, the Sydney funnel web spider, the blue-ringed octopus, the coastal taipan, the death adder (a snake), the cone snail, and many more. Any one of those creatures I just listed could inflict severe pain and injury on their victim, and in many cases, death.