The Best Of Kasol And Kullu


Kasol or also known as mini Israel is a village in Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It is situated in Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar to Manikaran. When you will reach there you’ll mostly see Israelis, German bakeries, and shops whose names are mostly written in Hebrew. It is located 42 km east of Kullu. As you start a trip with your friends, it becomes a whole lot different experience. So was this trip. A 14 hour journey from Delhi. We were pretty psyched about it. We had the option of traveling by train or drive ourselves, but we chose bus. Private buses are comfortable and it becomes an ‘amazing’ experience when they have provided you the facility of LCD that shows a 3 hour movie which you’ve already seen.

So, moving on, we sat in the bus at 7:30Pm IST and…

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Himachal Pradesh, India: The Land of the Gods

Shaggy Goes To The Mountains

O Shaggy Re

british-columbiaAfter a lot of pleading and begging, my parents finally agreed to let me go on a solo trip to The Himalayas. The best birthday gift. I was off to heavens and was as happy as the pig in the shit.

I decided not to go to the common tourist destinations rather chose a less crowded place, where you actually get to feel the presence of the mighty monstrous mountain beside you. I had heard so much about the Himalayan highways. I decided to travel on one. The Leh Manali Highway. I wanted to hitchhike, but it would’ve been tiresome and risky so I dropped this idea. Boarded the early morning bus. Now, I don’t even know how to describe the beauty, the amazement, the genius. Simply fascinating. There’s no better philosophy teacher than the window seat of the bus. I vomited 3 times before we finally stopped to eat…

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Why People Love Himachal Pradesh Top Tourist Destinations

Himari Ganga Padhar Stunning Place in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

Himachal simply means snow covered province. it’s also known as “abode of god”. It‘s a state of republic of India. As its lies on the northern part of India. you can add here current scenario.

History :-

Himachal pradesh came into existence on 15 April 1948 . It was made by integrating 26 hill state and 4  Punjab hill states. Sh. Nc mehta was first chief commissioner of Himachal. because it was a centrally administer chief commissioner’s province on April 1948 . Himachal got on 19 on January 25 -1971 full flagged state of India, becoming 18 state of republic of India. Area wise its become 14th state of India. Ys parmar was the fist chief minister of Himachal Pradesh & s chakrawati was the first governor of H.P.

Typography :-

As already said it’s a snow cover province. The height of Himachal Pardesh from sea level various brma 350…

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Five days to spend in Himachal Pradesh



With hill stations where you can trek and spiritual places where you can do meditation for hours, Himachal Pradesh is beyond an Island country. Its fierce, yet charming wildlife draws travelers all around the world. So visit its huge tea gardens. The scenery is so different, that 5 days in Himachal Pradesh can never be sufficient.

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Memoirs of a solo trip to Kinnaur & Spiti, Himachal Pradesh


I am guilty of being stuck in a mundane 9-5 corporate job trying to convince myself that this is what I am going to do for the rest of my life, somewhere inside me I always knew that I am not cut our for the ‘regular’ life that everyone expects me to lead. In order to satisfy this urge I travel to Punjab and Himachal Pradesh once every year with my childhood friend Nitin (it was one of those emotional pacts we had made a couple of years ago to travel together every year no matter what)…we used to save our leaves for that one trip that makes us believe that we still have a soul and that we can pursue our passion of travelling across India while keeping our jobs and hoped that maybe someday we will be able to build a cottage and run a restaurant somewhere high up…

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Garhwal Diary: Mahasu Devta Temple of Hanol

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The rugged and mountainous expanse between the Satluj and Yamuna Rivers in the western Himalayas, irrespective of the administrative boundaries of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, has broadly been occupied by heterogeneous group of people; some of whom are native to the land and the others who settled here under various socio-economic pressures. Much like the rest of the Himalayan interiors, the area has remained dominated by primitive animistic cults, a reason enough to invite curious travellers to the region.

Magical morning from the ridges of Chakrata Magical morning from the ridges of Chakrata. Please visit Flickr for more images of the region

On way back from Taluka, gateway to Har-Ki-Dun. On way back from Taluka, gateway to Har-Ki-Dun. More images from the region at Flickr

The Tons Valley; the Tons is the largest tributary of River Yamuna The Tons Valley; the Tons is the largest tributary of the Yamuna. Photo by Sarabjit Lehal. More at Flickr

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Safe Road to Himachal: A Tale of Two Women Travellers

Thoughts of a wanderer.


To travel far and beyond is a wish of many, almost everybody. Similarly, to travel safe and solo in her own country is a wish of almost every Indian woman. So the question is “Is it really safe?” Well, nobody can answer that question with absolute certainty. However, a woman who has travelled that road at least once can definitely share her experience.

10 nights and 11 days of Himachal and Amritsar: a trip of a lifetime, I shall call it. Sometimes all you need to plan a wonderful trip is an enthusiastic companion and courage, apart from time and money: a good companion (self-company included) to create and share the memories with and courage to face the challenges that are bound to come your way. If someone tells you travelling alone (especially for a woman or women in India) is a piece of cake,  he/she is obviously lying or has…

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Back-Pack-Go!: Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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It’s been a couple of days now since I’ve returned home from what I can easily refer to as one of the best adventures of my life (it’s completely different that I barely ever have any adventures and so even the smallest adventure becomes the largest by default), and nearly everyone I’ve spoken to since my return has asked me how my trip was. So I’ve been pushed to write this blog because every question was so guilt-inducing, I just had to bring myself to do this.

To start with, let me just say that Vagabondis a brilliant bunch of fun-loving, funny-as-heck guys who go out of their way to ensure you have a whole bunch of memories to take home from their trips. (Shannon, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re happy.) I was introduced to them by a friend (you too, mini-Narcissus, here’s some fodder for that…

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Grahan village, Himachal Pradesh


Grahan village is situated in kullu district of Himachal pradesh state of India. Its a 8km trek from kasol to  Grahan village. lets take a photo journey first 🙂DSCF3676.jpg 2.jpgThe start:


Mid Way:


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Grahan village:

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It was a calm,early august morning and was a bit hard to know what day it was as every one of us had burried our cell phones in our rucksacks and moreover no one bothered to find out.

The first sip of my ginger lemon honey tea,ignited the urge to pull out my leather coated dairy i bought from ladakh. Lying on the siting area at first floor of the guest house i could see the whole grahan village and the clouds over it, come and go as the guest house was in new grahan ,that’s outer part of the local residential grahan village.

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Haseen Vaadiyan (The sight of Upper Himachal)


Well! I’ve been thinking a lot what my next blog should be about. For very long nothing could strike my mind, I definitely wanted my second blog to be better than the previous so couldn’t take any chance to choose any randoms. All thanks to my roomie for her inquisitiveness about hills. Ever since she came to know I’m from Shimla, believe me all she gives me is a haunting gaze whenever she finds me doing nothing. And then there she goes freaking me up with her stupid questions . She’s even been stupid enough to ask me ” Is is snowing there?” (in the month September) and all I could do was laugh helplessly. But I don’t put her at fault someone who has never visited a hill station can afford to sound a nut. So giving her inquisition due importance this blog is dedicated to her and to…

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From the Land of Lamas

An Armchair Perfectionist

The trip is done. The bags are unpacked. I left something behind though and that was a good chunk of my heart.

Those twelve days managed to grasp a firm hold on my little pacing heart and insisted that just like I got a token of my travels back here, I leave a token of my presence in those mountains.

I was in Spiti – a cold desert mountain valley in the Trans Himalayan region. To put it in the words of Rudyard Kipling, “A world within a world”. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. While I was there, I used to think ofit as Middle Earth – the magical land from the mind of Tolkien. It is arguably one of the sparsely populated parts of the country with some of the villages having a total population of 27 people.

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Be You,,Explore new Places,new things,new thoughts...

Kasol is a beautiful village in Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It is situated in Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar to Manikaran.If you want a short trip in low budget visit kasol.kasol 1(2).jpgHow to Reach Kasol:

I started my journey from Delhi to Bhunter or Manali(There is no direct bus to Kasol). Bhunter is on the Manali route and falls 50km before Manali. Took another bus from Bhunter to Kasol which is approx 30km away from Bhunter. There are continuous bus services from Bhunter to kasol.

It will take around 12-13 hours from Delhi to Bhunter and another 1-1.30 hours from Bhunter to Kasol.

That’s the best way to reach Kasol because flights and trains are unthinkable in this part of the hills and these days bus bookings are convenient and quick.

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Five Awesome Weekend Treks in Himachal Pradesh

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Trekking in Himalayas

Gigantic mountains, glorious landscapes and the feeling of the ultimate adrenaline rush, trekking in Himachal Pradesh is part of everybody’s bucket list. The upper Himalayas present you with the most beautiful views, no matter what time of the month it is. It the idea of your weekend is scaling the mountains as much as you can testing your stamina and fitness then Himachal Pradesh has a number of options for you. Presenting, some of the most awesome weekend treks in Devbhoomi.

Kheerganga: Nature’s Beauty at Its Best


When it comes to a weekend trek that is easily accessible from and to Delhi, Kheerganga is always the first choice. The beauty of Kheerganga is however compromised by the increasing number of weekend trekkers on the route, that shouldn’t stop you from experiencing this beauty. Kheerganga’s base is located a few kilometers away from Kasol. As you walk higher and higher…

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“My Mountain Story”

Astha Singh

Year 2013, it was my very first trekking experience, and yes an unforgettable one too. It wasn’t the trek, or the adventure sports we played that was distinctive, but the beauty of Himachal Pradesh. The air around is totally magical and hence it made our trek more adventurous.
The trek started from Manali and the destination was Dhundi.
It was the month of June, and so the weather was pleasant. As I’m from west India, it was then also too cold for me. But every morning we use to start our day by breathing clean and fresh air, all away from the polluted and uproar cities.Our training institute was Atal Bihari Vajpayee institute of mountaineering and allied sports, Manali.

The institute campus is beautiful and the best instructors, one can get as beginners.
On the very first day, we visited the Manali market. The market was crowded with tourists…

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Renuka Ji…. Faith and Beauty together…..

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Renuka Ji is a place in Sirmaur District of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 390 kms from Delhi. The place has one of the largest lakes in Entire Himachal. Renukaji was name of Mother of Lord Parasuram. She was the wife of Rishi Jamdagni. It is also the birth place of Lord Parasuram. The place is holy and has history which goes back to the time of Puranas. Every year on Prabhodini Ekadashi a 5 day fair is organised. The lake is itself known by the name of Renuka Ji as is believed that she lives in the lake. I am not covering detailed history here. The same be read from the below link:

The water of lake is considered sacred. I will cover the place in pictures with some details as the same is beautiful. It is a peaceful place well connected by road and few days can…

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Languages Spoken in Himachal Pradesh

Mysterious Himachal


One of the most beautiful states of Himachal Pradesh is also known for diverse languages of Himachal Pradesh. As far as the languages of Himachal Pradesh are concerned, the state hold a good command on national language Hindi and Hindi is the state language of the state. However, locales of the state prefer Pahari languages that have various sub-languages or dialects.

As far as local languages of Himahcal Pradesh are concerned, they are varied and spoken all around the region. Some of the popular local languages of Himachal Pradesh are

  1. Mandiali (spoken in Mandi District)
  2. Kulavi (Spoken in Kullu)
  3. Chambali (spoken in Chamba)
  4. Hinduari (Spoken in Nalagarh and its surrounding area)
  5. Pangwali
  6. Miahasvi (Spoken in Mahasu region)
  7. Kehluri (Spoken in Bilaspur) and the list goes on.


In addition to the dialects mentioned above, other popular languages that are undersood and spoken in major parts of the state are Lahauli, Spitian…

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Places to visit in Himachal Pradesh


Prashar Lake lies 49 km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India, with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast flowing river Beas, the lake can be approached via Drang.

The temple was built in the thirteenth century and legend has it was built by a baby from a single tree. The lake has a floating island in it and it is said to be unclear how deep it is, with a diver not being able to determine its depth.

  1. Mythology: Mythology says that this lake was formed by Pandavas when they were on their way after Mahabharata with Deity Kamrunag (based…

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On the Way to Dharamsala, the home of Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh, India

Himachal – God’s own land

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Himachal Pradesh …. Ummm Himachal is one of the most visited hill station. Owing to its loaction, Himachal Pradesh usually experiences a chilling weather. Although it is a small province in India, but it has immense beauty. From Incredible mountain ranges to the flowing rivers. You can’t just get enough of this place . Most of the tourists visit this amazing place because of their religious belief .

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Temples here are one of the most serene temples you would come across . If you’re lone traveller like me , then you’ll surely have an adventurous day and then feel relaxed looking at the setting sun. Personally I’ve been to Himachal numerous times , but each time I am surprised by something new . I would suggest that you should carry minimal luggage. No person would ever like to hike with 10 Kilos weight on their shoulders …

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Slumdog Millionaire, A Terrific Movie With Determination and Heart

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This movie has universal themes of survival, hope and rising above ones circumstances. Dev Patel is a great actor and shines in this great movie. I am not sure how true-to-life the situations are in it so some of my fellow Indian bloggers can help me with that question. This film won an Academy Award for best picture so it has to be good.

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The Palace of the Millionaire: Hearst Castle

Under Western Skies

One of life’s great pleasures (for those of us whose wealth IS limited) is imagining what we’d do if we actually had inexhaustible wealth.

Clearly, one of the first things to do (once your turn comes) is build one or more palaces of staggering grandeur. There’s a proud tradition of doing so, stretching back into the mists of prehistory.

William Randolph Hearst certainly got the message and took action on a gargantuan scale.

Born to wealth in 1863, Hearst fulfilled his role as a scion of privilege and was booted out of Harvard. Casting about for something to do, he turned his attention to The San Francisco Examiner. His millionaire father owned the newspaper courtesy of payment of a gambling debt (obviously playing for higher stakes than most of us are accustomed to). The young Hearst took hold of it and made it enormously successful. Writers who worked for the…

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How to be a BOSS (2 min read)

Snow and Sand

Walking with Aki


We’re visiting the Treadwell ruins, which today, at low tide, offers Aki a chance to run full out on wet sand and porpoise over paths covered with deep snow. After doing her business and checking the pee mail, the little dog links together a series of leaps that propel her far down the trail. When the rubber band connecting us that she imagines stretches to breaking point, Aki returns, otter-like, to my side.


While we crossed the Douglas Island Bridge to get here, sunlight broke through the storm clouds to illuminate Gastineau Channel with silver light. But all that is gone by the time we reach the first place that offers a beach view. A new storm pulse has backfilled holes in the marine layer and flattened the light. I mourn the lost opportunity, while my little dog motors flat out across a beach made of pounded gold ore. As…

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Backpacking in The Tetons

all other priorities rescinded

The highlight of our Wyoming trip was heading out into the “backcountry” of the Tetons, which is VERY different from, say, the backcountry of Denali. In the Tetons, there are visible trails and all sorts of signs that provide such important information as how many miles it is to the next checkpoint (always too many), that you are entering a camping area (which usually prompts tears of relief), and even where the established campsites can be found.

After some careful planning  i.e., Bob flirting with one ranger in the Visitor Center while I diligently studied the map and did not flirt with the other one, we decided to hike up Cascade Canyon and down Paintbrush Canyon. It wasn’t a full circumnavigation of the peaks, which is what I would have liked to have done if we only had more time. Another day.

The whole hike was about 20 miles, and annoyingly energetic morning people enterprising hikers can do it…

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The Ultimate Packing Guide for Backpacking Europe

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The best way to travel Europe is with only one carry-on sized bag. Budget flights that don’t include a checked bag, buses and trains without luggage racks, uneven cobblestone streets, fourth floor hotel rooms without a lift, and tiny taxis with no extra room all create an environment that is not very luggage friendly. If you’re thinking it can’t be done, think again! I’ll show you how to fit everything you need in one carry-on.

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A Study in Flame: Solo Stove Titan Review and Giveaway!

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*To the readership. This is a rare event on PotP. Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a free Solo Stove Titan in our first ever giveaway. All you need to do is leave a comment below, then go to this link, Titan Giveaway – Patrons of the Pit, and it will guide you from there. Another way you can enter the giveaway is to like our Facebook page, and again, just go through the link above, and it will direct you to Facebook from there. If you can’t do either of those, an Email address will enter you into the contest also.  Regardless, use the link if you want to participate in the giveaway. Think of the link as a conduit for getting things done. The widget needs the attention so it can keep track of who has entered the giveaway. Oh, and if you have previously liked our…

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This Solitude will Soon Pass Away

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this-solitude-will-pass Solitude has a Season

Winter hiking, even on a sunny day, usually is a solitary event. Few people enjoy its solitude with me on the trails. I’m scouting out new trails to add to my circuit. This lakeshore trail has some promise. I was immediately greeted by a Kingfisher who was not interested in a portrait. I headed inland into a mature forest and about 1200 feet of ascent. It was more than enough to keep me warm on a breezy and brisk day. There was no overlook on this portion of the trail but  the open canopy provided some nice vistas. One hawk did not appreciate my intrusion on its solitude. The opportunities to observe spring birds and wildflowers looks promising, but by then I’ll be sharing the trail with others fishing, backpacking, and listening to Boats on the water. I spotted the telltale markings of a Bald Eagle in…

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The 10 Types of People You Meet in Hostels

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Anyone who has stayed in at least a handful of different hostels will surely have noticed that there are a few common archetypes that seem to pop up time and time again within such a setting.

From the token dude travelling with his acoustic guitar to the person whose main concern is smashing frosties during happy hour, here is a list of the 10 types of people that you meet in hostels.

1. The Guitarist

Seriously, why is there always some dude with his guitar?

You will usually find the guitarist in quieter hostels outside of the city centre. He is often a long-term lodger – the kinda guy who might even do a bit of work around the hostel to earn his keep. He hangs out on the balcony or porch and talks about love, peace and everything wrong with the social constructs of the western world.

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Backpacking Europe | The Budget: Part 1

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THE BUDGET  [ Part 1 / 3 ]

It’s all fun and games….until you run out of money. Don’t be that person.  So unless you’ve discovered how to make money grow on trees, it is best to have a clear budget going in to any trip. It seems like a daunting task at first, but I promise you, it’s simple. The next three blog posts serve as a recommended guide to managing and saving your money. Share your own tips or ask questions in the comment section below!


It all starts with one question: What’s important to you? What is going to bring you the most happiness?

Whoops. That was two questions. 

Anyway, is it important to have a clean, comfortable place to come home to after a long day sightseeing? Do you want to enjoy a nice meal for dinner? Do you prefer wandering through museums and…

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A Far Out Excuse for Escaping to the Woods… The Sierra Trek Series: Part 1

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Wandering through Time and Place

The Black Buttes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains are lit up by the evening sun. Inspired by the beauty of the Five Lakes Basin found north of Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, I started a lifetime of backpacking in 1969.

At Five Lakes Basin’s/ Biggest little lake /after all day scrambling on the peaks/ a naked bug /with a white body and brown hair/ dives in the water/ Splash! — Gary Snyder

As I think about backpacking 500 miles this summer, my mind wanders back in time to the first major backpacking trip I ever made: a nine-day, 100 mile trek across the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The trip in itself would have been a bit crazy considering my lack of experience. But I ended up leading 60 people aged 11 to 70, most with less experience than I had. It was a new definition of insanity. I was lucky the participants didn’t leave me hanging in a tree somewhere along…

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Feeling Nature in Recovery: Backpacking in Utah

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There’s no better way to truly connect with nature than backpacking. Pack your bag and walk into the unknown with nothing but yourself to keep you company, and alive for that matter. Ive done backing in the South-East and done somer serious back-county in the Appalachians, also known as the Smoky Mountains where Im from. Backpacking has been one of the best releases for me in recovery, and been an excellent way for me to remain drug-free after addiction treatment. So, as the weather is chilled and winter to the core I can only dream about the spring and summer in Utah, and where my next backpacking adventures can take me. Here a few places I would like to see this year on backpacking trips in Utah.

Mount Timpanogos

Zion National Park

The Big Needles Loop

Dark Canyon

Backpacking and going on outdoor adventures has been the best way…

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Olympic NP: Backpacking the Southern Coast, Part II (a.k.a. In Which It Hits the Fan)

Adventures of Five

Have you ever had the feeling? The one that niggles at the back of your mind and warns you that things are too good to be true? That every event in life is connected and the butterfly effect isn’t just some bad Ashton Kutcher movie?

Suffice it to say that day two of our Olympic coast backpacking trek lives on in our collective memory with the kind of infamy usually reserved for do you remember the time Kid B pooped in his car seat and we had no wipes? type incidents.

So bad. And I’m only partially referring to the coast hike.

When last we left off, our unsuspecting family had fallen hard for the rugged coast, excited to set up camp along Third Beach. Freshly showered, spirits high, we hardly gave a second thought to the creek crossing next to our campsite. It was high tide, and getting…

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What I learnt whilst backpacking

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If you throw out the idea that your thinking about going backpacking, people will instantly start taking the piss and asking questions such as ‘What? Are you going to find yourself or something?’ and ‘How are YOU going to manage that?!’but what these people didn’t realise is that their negativity spurred me along in reality.

I am one of those people that if you say I can’t do something, majority of the time I won’t stop until I prove them wrong so although it was hard at times, I actually did learn a lot about my self!

For starters, I’m weak as hell. My backpack for my last 3 and a half month trip was 12kg at most, no matter how much I went to the gym, I struggled to carry this. Has any backpack designers ever thought of making a backpack for someone petite and not a normal size…

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Dry summer

Our Rumbling Ocean

It has been a dry start to 2017. We are in the midst of our summer and the rain is staying away. I am lucky because I planned a garden based on succulents, so I do not have to water in any case, but even the poor succulents are looking for rain now. We have daily fires everywhere in the Southern Part of South Africa now and the smoke smell keeps coming and going throughout the days as the winds shift.

Boeta is growing so quickly, it is scary. He is fully potty trained (we took our time and it turned out to be much less of the issue it is made to be). He is becoming more and more his own “man” with his own preferences and moods. He is our trooper living a life unlike most other 3 year-olds. Mom had to fly again and he was…

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Outfit | Summer Night

Summer Daze

Summer’s end


The dreams they are made of light and love

pieces of the day and places in the night

Uncovering what her heart wants most

and letting him grant her this deep dark desire

Shhh don’t tell anyone

She can’t say it out loud

it all becomes too real and she will take flight

Like a firefly at summers end

her light will flicker and she will be gone

Search the darkness for a trail

where there is none

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My Summers’ night.