A Restless Wanderer

"I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. "

Mt. Adams. Randolph, NH.

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Cloudy summit. Oversold huts. Slippery rocks. But, oh the views!

Trail itinerary:

Appalachia Parking Lot > Airline Trail

Airline Trail > Spur Line Trail (Mt. Adams Summit)

Mt. Adams Summit > Crag Camp

Crag Camp > The Perch (SNOOZE!)

The Perch > Randolph East

Randolph East > Amphibranch Trail

Amphibranch Trail > Appalachia

A detour. Away from Madison Springs Hut to The Perch, alternative housing.

A detour. Away from Madison Springs Hut to The Perch, alternative housing.

Wet, wet. Two slips. Scraped knees.

Wet, wet. Two slips. Scraped knees.

Tent sites at The Perch.

Tent sites at The Perch.

Right before hitting the treeline where the clouds made it virtually impossible to see anything but the cairns.

Right before hitting the treeline where the clouds made it virtually impossible to see anything but the cairns.

Double blue, Randolph East trail splitting off to the RMC huts and campsites near Madison 4.

Double blue, Randolph East trail splitting off to the RMC huts and campsites near Madison 4.

Coldspur stream. The rains from the past few days made the brooks unpassable by foot but luckily the Coldwater Reservation bridge was open.

Coldspur stream. The rains from the past few days made the brooks unpassable by foot but luckily the Coldwater Reservation bridge was open.

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June 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

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Cape Cod Trek. Sandwich > Provincetown, MA.

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I’ve always insisted the weeks leading right up to summer are the best times to visit Cape Cod. The sun is mild, the wind has calmed, and the crowds are thin. We drove up the arm with a few walking stops:

1.Falmouth, MA: The Knob

2. Sandwich, MA: Betty’s Bakery (yum, panini!),  Sandwich boardwalk

3. Eastham, MA: The Nauset Marshlands (Buttonbush Trail)

4. Provincetown, MA: The Sea Wall, dinner at Spiritus (on Commercial Street)

5. Sunset at Race Point beach.

Ending the day at sunset. Two hours back home...

Ending the day at sunset. Two hours back home…

Pre-sunset at Race Point beach.

Pre-sunset at Race Point beach.

The sea wall, heading out to Lord knows where.

The sea wall, heading out to Lord knows where.

Raj & Bhups walking the sea wall (Raj took a spill but recovered nicely)

Raj & Bhups walking the sea wall (Raj took a spill but recovered nicely)

The height of the Buttonbush Trail in the Nauset Marshes.

The height of the Buttonbush Trail in the Nauset Marshes.

Raj riding the winds on the Sandwich boardwalk.

Raj riding the winds on the Sandwich boardwalk.

Written by Shalin

May 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

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Parting Glances. Auckland, New Zealand.

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Auckland International Airport. Chai latte in hand, Burger King onion rings in mouth.

Auckland International Airport. Chai latte in hand, Burger King onion rings in mouth. The thought of going back home has me stress-eating.

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May 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

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Tranz Scenic Railway. Wellington > Auckland, New Zealand.

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KiwiRail, Carriage A.

KiwiRail, Carriage A.

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May 13, 2014 at 12:43 AM

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Nelson to Picton, New Zealand.

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Driving along Queen Charlotte Drive to Picton. Time to head home.

Driving along Queen Charlotte Drive to Picton. Time to head home.

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May 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM

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Farewell Spit, New Zealand.

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Shay was here.

Shay was here.

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The sun is intense here, glaring off the silicone in the sand and the ocean on the horizon. I had to jump into the water and was almost pulled in by a rip tide.

The sun is intense here, glaring off the silicone in the sand and the ocean on the horizon. I had to jump into the water and was almost pulled in by a rip tide.

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The quality of the sky on the shallow water is nothing short of amazing.

The quality of the sky on the shallow water is nothing short of amazing.

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Farewell Spit, the northernmost point of the South Island. End point to the migration of millions of birds traveling from New Zealand to China, Korea, and Alaska during the summer months.  A large spit of sand; endless dunes. The best place to get a tan (no trees for shade) and to exfoliate (take your shirt and shoes off and roll around for a microderm treatment).

Farewell Spit, the northernmost point of the South Island. End point to the migration of millions of birds traveling from New Zealand to China, Korea, and Alaska during the summer months. A large spit of sand; endless dunes. The best place to get a tan (no trees for shade) and to exfoliate (take your shirt and shoes off and roll around for a microderm treatment).

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May 11, 2014 at 12:25 AM

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Wharaniki Beach, New Zealand.

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Hiking towards the beach through miles of pastureland.

Hiking towards the beach through miles of pastureland.

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Climbing the sand dunes. The steep, steep sand dunes.

Climbing the sand dunes. The steep, steep sand dunes.

HORSY!

HORSY!

Sheltering from the ozone-less sky in the beach caves.

Sheltering from the ozone-less sky in the beach caves.

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The sand spit crossing over towards the ocean.

The sand spit crossing over towards the ocean.

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May 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM

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