Saturday, 8 July 2017

Radio Interview - Pacific Crest Trail

So after I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail I somehow found myself on the radio - Live!
It was such a great ten little minute slot and despite my nervousness
 I somehow manage to sound coherent and natural. It was a great experience and
fantastic to be able to share my adventure with others.

It was recorded on the 5th of November 2015.

I'd also recommend to watch the video below too. It was made by a fellow hiker
who set out to not only hike the trail but to make a video revolving around the Dr Seuss' poem 
 - Oh! The places you'll go. He filmed various hikers along the trail saying a line each of the poem.
See if you can spot me.

~ Thank you for watching and reading. ~

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Top Adventurers I follow

Adventurers who I follow

Below are a few travellers/adventurers/venturers/explorers that I follow with a keen interest.

  • Carrot Quinn
    Carrot Quinn is the reason I cut my adventures in south and east Asia short to journey to the United States in order to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Through her blog alone she inspired me to get to the United States/Mexican border in time to begin the mighty migration north to Canada. Slightly bonkers I know.
    Her writing is so captivating, I've spent many hours connected to the wifi reading her daily online journal entries as she hiked on. She loved the PCT the much that she has hiked it twice and has gone onto hike other long distance trails.

    As well as long distance hiking, in her 20s Quinn spent her time riding freight trains all over north America.

  • Iohan Gueorguiev
    I can't remember how I first discovered Iohan Gueorguiev's Youtube channel but I am pretty happy I did! He creates 30 minute episodes where he combines all the footage from his recent long distance biking and kayaking trips and allows the viewer to feel like they are allow for the ride as well. He has ventured into some of the worlds most secluded and beautiful places. He is amazingly honest about life and this I feel in contagious to everyone he meets on the road as they welcome him with open arms and doors. He shows to us that the world isn't a scary place as the news makes it to be.

  • An Aimless Hitchhiker
    Now this blog title does exactly what it says as it follows a lone traveller as she journeys throughout the world.

    Her blog is a mix of hitchhiking, travelling, hiking and general inspirational posts encouraging other people to go out into the world and see it for themselves. Lisa who is originally from the UK explores the world freely limiting her impact on it and encouraging others to do the same.
    One of her main goals is to encourage other women to travel without fear and break the norm of society expectations.
  • Liz Clark
    Liz Clark has been exploring the world from her
    40-foot sailboat since 2006 when she left Los Angeles and hasn't looks back! She travels with her cat called Amelia and lives an amazing life with as minimal impact on the world as possible. Her photos are amazing and makes me want to abscond to live life on the open waves.

  • Alastair Humphreys I find Alastair Humphreys a huge motivator in terms of just getting out there and doing something, anything! Even if you live in London and work one of those 9-6 jobs (I did) he believes that anything is possible and his desire is to get people out into the great outdoors is highly infectious. He coined the term Microadventure which encourages anybody and everybody to get out there for a mini,overnight adventure outdoor. He lives for adventure.
  • Mind of a Hitchhiker
    The Mind of a Hitchhiker follows the escapades of a lady as she makes her way around the globe and the everyday lives of people she meets. She's been on the road for over 4 years now (sept 2016) and has no plans to stop. She's hitchhiked to some of the places your average holiday maker would quiver to look at the brochure of. Definitely inspires me to get out there with my thumb and see where it can get me.



Saturday, 6 May 2017

Top Twelve Breakfasts on the Pacific Crest Trail

Yes! Give me all the breakfasts!! 

Breakfast is my favourite time of the day, on or off trail and I had some fantastic morning meals whilst in the United States. I was blown away by how big a deal this meal is. Most restaurants like Ihop have tailor made menus and if you want to dine here at 8am and onwards you'll find yourself queueing for a table!

As well has having the trail name Yorkie I gained a second name: Cereal Killer because I would pack out cereal - mainly of the sugary children's variety with powdered milk and voila cereal on the trail.

~ enjoy!
~Disclaimer: Do not read on a hungry stomach~
  • Breakfast at Papa Smurfs
    Now this was a grand occasion - thank you so much to Papa Smurf who puts on this amazing feast every morning when Hikers are present. We chowed down on doughnuts, pancakes, mini burgers, buttered potatoes, mini sausages in scrambled eggs, toast, orange and apple juice, coffee and tea.......

  •  Breakfast at the Kennedy Meadows Restaurant
    Being pick up by the owner and driven back to his restaurant with as many hikers who can clamber into his hatchback. For unlimited pancakes but after two you begin to find yourself begin to struggle as they expand in your stomach. Pleasing food with great company!

  • Breakfast at Vermilion Valley ResortI grew to love these simple little breakfasts and they made a welcome change after cereal bars and tortilla wraps with chocolate spread. This one was enjoyed with good company such as York, Puss in Boots, Tooth fairy to name a few. It was my last breakfast on the trail before I left it for a 2 week break.

  • Breakfast with a trained ChefWhilst in Belden Town I was treated to a bowl of freshly made porridge with wild brambles by Beaver. It was a lovely way to wake up and a good way to get some fruit into my diet.

  • Breakfast at Black Bear in Mount ShastaLook at that waffle with cream and strawberries and golden syrup to smoother it with.....

  •  Cereal on the trail
    Rare footage of my cereal killing ways from the trail. This was somewhere in Oregon and the waterfall also served as a refreshing shower after devouring one of my favourite breakfast meals.

  •  Pancakes at Paradise Cafe
    Breakfast here had a kind of legendary status for all PCT hikers. The Paradise cafe opens at 8am sharp and welcomes all through it's doors. Hikers, road-trippers, locals, tourists - all with one thing in common - to quench their hunger. Hikers probably have the biggest hunger out of all who pass through this cafes doors.
  • Enroute to Venice BeachWhilst on a 2 week break from the PCT I stayed with a good friend and her parents in law who treated me like family - Thank you! They also paid for the entire 2 weeks I was with them - this meal below was the only one I was able to pay for after stealing the receipt and running to the till. I enjoyed 3 crepes with generous dollops of strawberries and whipped cream accompanied by a hot chocolate.  

  • Breakfast from the Venice Beach HotelThis lovely little selection was available every morning. Cute little glass cups full of fruit parfaits. Scrumptious! A treat to wake up to every morning with unlimited orange or apple juice and tea or milk.

  • Somewhere enroute to Oregon Country Faire Now this was a pretty simple breakfast but so pleasing to the eye and my stomach. The presentation was rather awesome: rice krispies, fresh fruit, a blueberry muffin and half and half milk. I could not have asked for more.

  • In Lake TahoeWhilst having some down time from the trail, Wolf, Rambo and I found ourselves in a nearby restaurant enjoying the delight only to found by having food in the aurora light - well a few hours after dawn but you get the idea. I opted for fresh fruit with strawberry yoghurt, granola and powder icing sugar with orange juice. Bliss!
  •  A Treat from York
    This was little dish was eaten near Sisters with good company. York a fellow hiker I met back in the Sierras who was section hiking and treated me (spoilt me many times to be true) to a fancy breakfast. Thank you! Again I'm a sucker for fruit, granola, Greek yoghurt and a sliced strawberry on top. Delicious!

~Thank you for reading~

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail - 2 Years Later

 I can’t believe that the PCT was almost two years ago! I was actually in Japan, being a tourist and reading everything I could about the Pacific Crest Trail. I have no idea why I was drawn to it so much?

There I was living the dream, backpacking my way through south and east Asia, Island hopping and flight swapping. All I could think about was getting an American visa and hiking my way up the west coast.

At times it feels like a dream. Did it really happen? Did I really walk all the way? Did I meet all those people from all over the world?

Then at other times it feels like it was yesterday. It’s dubious and perplexing. Like a lot of things in life, you tend to look back at them fondly despite bad the moments. Through rose tinted glasses they say but I feel genuinely honest when I say that I enjoyed every day. Some more than others but who knew that walking day in day out through the wilderness could be so a kin with me.

Waking just before dawn when the world was still asleep and so still. The aurora glow illuminating everything. No wind to rustle the surroundings nature, just me as I stuff my sleeping bag back into its sack and sling my bag onto my back and march on. It’s still slightly dark as I tramp along, treading quietly along the long trail. It’s half a meter wide and goes all the way to Canada.

Soothing and calm, who knew I would enjoy the silence and my own company for so long. I revelled in it. Sloping up and then down, then zigzagging down then up, the height gained and lost was never ending. Slowly animals emerged, crossing my path. Jays, tiny woodland birds, rabbits, deer, marmots, chipmunks and all aware of me and accepting me as another  creature of the forest. I belonged.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Hanami at Osaka Castle

Hanami is a long-standing Japanese tradition of welcoming spring. Also known as the “cherry blossom festival,” this annual celebration is about appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. People gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drink, songs, companionship and the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms).

 Whilst working in Japan I finally got the chance to view the cherry blossom in bloom. The first time. I came to Japan I missed it by a few weeks so I was pretty chuffed to see it this time.

A friend and I checked out Osaka Castle which was lovely to revisit but packed with tourists - understandably of course.