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Posted on Oct 6, 2013 | 5 comments

The Competition of Life- Win a Week in Dakhla- Family Travel Blog Perks

The Competition of Life- Win a Week in Dakhla- Family Travel Blog Perks

We’re back from hiking the Annapurna Circuit and I feel deeply that with some reflection I will better be able to share with you what it all meant to us. I think with some time I will be more apt in carving my words just right. I believe that what I have to say is dramatically different from what Kobi and I had read online before taking on this huge project with our kids. No, the Annapurna is not an easy trail. No, we would not have taken our kids if we had known the physical and mental challenges we would face. Yes, it was amazing, and will be more so with some distance. At one point when we were already over the pass and in Totopani when Kobi went on a wild goose chase to reclaim his hijacked/stolen/lost/forgotten laptop, in tears, I told the film crew how I’d love just one uneventful day, just one day with no near-death experiences and hair-raising drama. Just one day. And for...

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Posted on Sep 8, 2013 |

Adventurous Mum to Tackle Everest Base Camp- For Our Mental Preparation for The Annapurna Circuit Hike

Adventurous Mum to Tackle Everest Base Camp- For Our Mental Preparation for The Annapurna Circuit Hike

So, we’re really going to do this Annapurna Hike thing, even if it kills us. Well, no, but we will do it unless we see that it’s just not what’s best for us, in which case we turn back around and go find something else beautiful to do in Nepal, like volunteer or settle in some village somewhere. We hope to start hiking next week. We need to wait for the film crew to arrive and get their gear ready. And as we get closer, I feel that much more inspired by the art of hiking, which is why I’m so psyched to interview Carly, The Mum To Tackle Everest Base Camp. No, dearest mum Carly has not hiked with her kids [yet]. She says they complain in the ten-minute walk to school. I know, Carly, I know! She wants to wait until they are older to hike with them. Mine are older and still, they are great sports, but I think complaining will always be a part of...

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Posted on Aug 25, 2013 | 11 comments

Things To Pack for the Annapurna and Your Regular Family Vacation

Things To Pack for the Annapurna and Your Regular Family Vacation

So, the Annapurna is looming up ahead of us and we’re remarkably calm. (I know!) We’d bought our hiking boots back in Cebu City, Philippines and have been wearing them for a few hours a day to get them nice and comfy. We had heard that if you don’t, suffering from blisters on the Annapurna Circuit is no fun. So, we’ve got other things done too: all sorts of female meds just in case I or 2/3 of the film crew get something on that mountain where there are no meds. I also bought some flash cards that I am slowly [slower than a dead turtle slowly] filling up with cool, inspirational learning tidbits* that I think will be motivating life-lessons sort of learning while we hike. We’re currently on vacation in Malaysia with literally 1/3 of our stuff and doing really well. Every time we do a little vacation and find that we can live (and ironically are still too heavy) with a third of our stuff, we...

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Posted on Jul 9, 2013 | 26 comments

Mistakes That You Can’t Take Back, Or Can You? RTW Life Lessons- Philippines

Mistakes That You Can’t Take Back, Or Can You? RTW Life Lessons- Philippines

It is not easy to clean up our messes. No, I didn’t run over someone because I leaned over to grab my cell phone or any sort of one-second-changed-everything sort of moment. No, thank God, we are all healthy and glowing, diving with turtles at Savedra Dive Center (great FB video) in the Philippines and loving that our kids have such a vibrant social network. We even love it that the kids here call you a baby if you cry and steal playing cards when you’re not watching. These Filipino kids are giving our three a Doctorate in Street Smarts that they just wouldn’t get elsewhere. Toughening them up, watching them get cheated, and then learn how not let that happen again, has been rewarding. It’s amazing how fast you can learn when you’re motivated, eh? And we’re learning too. Learning that a lifetime reputation, which you built with so much care and vulnerability, can be crumbled in moments. We’re learning that what seems like a great idea, and...

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Posted on Jul 4, 2013 | 4 comments

What Does Freedom Mean For A Family Backpacking The World? That Next Adventure and This Moment

What Does Freedom Mean For A Family Backpacking The World? That Next Adventure and This Moment

In roughly 60 days, my family and I will be hiking the world’s tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna, seated proudly in the Great Himalayas of Nepal. You would think, and I would completely expect it from me, that I would be freaking out. I would say, “We’re not ready! We’re not getting in shape and hiking twice a week like we said we would!¬† We’re not progressively living in higher altitudes to help acclimate us to the harsher conditions of this 300+km trek peaking at 5,416 meters at Thorung La Pass!” But no, I’m very, very calm. Though we found nothing online that even referred to hiking this trek with kids, I’m no longer¬†freaking out that we’re endangering our kids’ lives. Though we spent two months writing a sponsorship proposal that every potential sponsor has rejected, we know we’ll figure out how to afford this too. Remember, we’re ridiculously stubborn, don’t take ‘no’ or ‘impossible’ as an option, and find creative ways to piss off our friends and make...

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Posted on Jun 24, 2013 | 3 comments

What a Year Three Traveler Thinks About in the Middle of the Night- Philippines

What a Year Three Traveler Thinks About in the Middle of the Night- Philippines

A dear friend from Boquete, Panama just sent me the nicest email. She is a missionary of love. Her name is Heather and we had the esteem joy of working/volunteering with her while we lived in that lovely community for 3 1/2 months. Heather dedicates a huge chunk of her life to helping furry friends become adoptable (that’s where Kobi’s volunteer work came in) and helping less furry friends [mankind] become more full of light (that’s where I stepped in). We had so many beautiful moments. She gave and gives our kids, and us, and all around her so much. A true hero. So, this personal message from Heather introduced a lovely slideshow of inspirational nature shots and words. I wanted to share this with you, and the thoughts that have been running through my head the last two days: I believe I am blessed with wonderful friends and family,thank you all for your prayers and support throughout this rocky road called life:) peace, light love and laughter to...

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