Hiked 25 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in support of @curesearch’s goal of funding research to better treat childhood cancer! As a coach, I am thankful everyone finished their hike (no matter the length) safe and sound. I learned a lot when it comes to coaching, navigation, communication, and motivating fellow hikers.
If you’d like to donate to the cause the link is in my bio. It’s not too late!
A BIG thank you to those that have supported the cause through donations! There were a few anonymous 😉.
Just a wink away from our 25 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail! We’re raising money for childhood cancer research. The slideshow at tonight’s carb loading dinner was an emotional rollercoaster. Families, friends, and loved ones sharing their stories of loss, love, treatments, and hope. Crazy how two of my passions- hiking and science can merge into a single event. If you’d like to support our team and most importantly the cancer research click the link in my bio. #curesearch
Still processing all the sights and sounds of the mountains and cities of China! 🇨🇳 The largest city we visited was 27 million. 27. Million. Souls. My mind can’t quite comprehend that.
I leave here a friendly wave from the Great Wall. Zoom in to see the 👋!
Cotton candy skies!
From the southwest with love. 💚
Let’s go climb those mountains!
Literal or figurative…we’ll make it through!
Three cheers if this —>🙌 is your reaction when you reach the summit! Who’s hiking tomorrow and where? 😎 Hopefully we’ll have a monsoon free morning!
No arguments there: 🌵>🌲
I jump to get people laughing and then having them jump too! It’s my moment to let go and relax. Plus (not so secretly) I’d love to feel what it’s like to live in zero gravity or flyyyyyy! One of these days I’ll compile all my jumping pics with friends. There are some gems out there!
It’s 7:08 am. Go tackle your mountain! Whether that be literal or not take that first step. Visualize the outcome you want. You’ve got this! 💪
It’s a wrap! The trip opened up (really it split open) the country of Peru (rural and city areas alike) for me. One of the things I love most about travel is learning something new everyday. Just like I was telling my friend yesterday: it’s good to feel like a tourist sometimes because that means you’re out exploring! On my last day we walked along the coast and saw the city light up at night. Thanks @bru_rojas for your hospitality and introducing me to lots of good food and beautiful sights. We stopped by an artisan fair which featured art pieces from each of Peru’s regions. The Paddington bear and I became quick friends (he’s Peruvian!). The night brought us to Huaca Pucllana. This gem smack dab in the city was built with adobitos (small bricks made from seashells, pottery shards, dust, and water) manyyyy years ago.
The beginning of the beginning! 💚
//Como no te voy a querer?//
//How could I not love you?// And with those words referring to Peru the water show at the Magic Circuit Water Park began. The first images projected on the misty water curtain were of the Peruvian soccer team and included a rally for the nation to support the team. What a great way to get people cheering from the start! This park had many beautiful fountains nestled among big trees and beautiful structures ranging from those in a modern simplistic style to those resembling Roman architecture.
Please stand by…this hike has been briefly interrupted by…alpacas?!
How I would have loved to sit down and talk with the Incas and hear their plans!
I tried to line up the patch with as much of the scenery as possible.
Machu Picchu ✅
Clouds on the right ✅
Adventures (always included!) ✅
Here’s to celebrating history!
That’s Waynapicchu in the back and the Inca structures just in front. The logistics it took to bring everything (stones and dirt) to the site is remarkable. There are signs of wear on the rocks that make up the walls showing they were dragged there. Construction was planned in such a way that the rocks they dragged from the quarry were not completely finished. As they dragged the rock here it wore down the necessary amount so it would be for the most part finished once it reached its final destination.
Waynapicchu in a minute! Our trek up above Machu Picchu started at 5 am in the lodge, 5:30 am at the bus station, and then barely squeezed into our time slot right before 8am. There are 400 permits a day split between a group in the morning and one in the afternoon. Our day was fog free for the hike. As the day progressed we saw fog coming in followed by light rain. We got to see the play of light and shadow on Machu Picchu all throughout the day.
Greetings from the top of Waynapicchu! To all those lady crushers who inspire me from a tiny screen every day…Rise and shine! Go climb your mountain and then enjoy the view. 😁 Here’s a birds eye view of Machu Picchu showcasing the ingenuity of the Incas nestling this estate in the mountains.
It’s hard to imagine these cool temps when it’s slated to be 117F (47C) several days this week! This was one of my favorite parts of the hike making our way from one 14,000 ft pass to another. I’ve never hiked through this type of terrain before and it really forced me to focus, be aware, and soak in my surroundings.