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If you’re wondering where my happy place was as Boston nudged past historical snowfall records yesterday, it’s on a sailboat with semi-functioning toilets, bobbing offshore of a tiny Indonesian island. That’s where I was seven months ago, when I brought two of my best friends to see the colorful, chaotic, splatter of islands that I’ve called home on and off for so many years. We surfed at Kuta beach, had cocktails at… Read More

Been thinking about these gorgeous waters a lot lately. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on this incredible trip last summer! To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there? -Walt Whitman

I must be craving the familiar, because 2014 drew me to the places I’ve known and loved before. I have a bad habit of dismissing the places I’ve been for the pull of the unknown- countries I’ve never been, cities that are a mystery to me. This year taught me that no two trips are alike, and that the places you thought you knew can and will surprise you. I returned to… Read More

An overnight adventure in the Colorado flattops. Another month spent camping my way through Iceland. Two weeks spent with my family and friends sailing, swimming, and surfing our way around Indonesia. It’s been one hell of a summer. Just to stay still for awhile after two months of constant motion (a different place every few days) is a relief. I’ll be playing out the rest of my summer days behind a laptop,… Read More

A Manggarai man poises himself before Caci, a ritual whip fight, during our visit to Flores. Read up on one of my favorite adventures in Indonesia, East of Bali, here. “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” — Henry… Read More

Big thanks to Beers & Beans for spreading word about yet another awesome spring photo contest:  Explore.co.uk and Blacks‘ Explore! competition. Post some of your most epic travel photos as fast as you can to give the world a panoramic view of your wild life- and potentially win £2000 of adventure travel! (..can you guess what the 4 categories are?) Phew. That’s enough wordplay for one day. Check out my entries below: WildThe last thing you want to unsuspectingly… Read More

2013 brought me from the peak of the 2nd largest volcano in Indonesia to traversing glaciers in Iceland. It was a year of hard work- in class, on the search for an internship, and completing some of the most incredible treks of my life. With 2014 hours away, it all seems to be paying off. I have a lot to look forward to, and many moments that will be hard to beat…. Read More

The dizzying heights and dizzying climb had me scrambling for a rocky seat amongst the other awestruck hikers. Having left behind the unrelenting gravel crunch of our 4 hour ascent, the deafening silence of the summit rung in my ears. My own two legs had earned me this precarious seat at the top of the world, and it was gratifying and exhilarating. Or it would have been, if I hadn’t been so exhausted. The real… Read More