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Day 7: Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route, hiking out the Tanner Trail and the end of the trip. After a Huppybar at the Redwall Overlook, the trail contours in the Supai Sandstone for a couple of miles, winding around the red rock. I hiked beneath the Desert View Watchtower, once a tiny nub on the horizon days ago. I met a couple of groups that recognized me and had even used my website to help them plan past trips! Always nice to meet readers and know my website is a resource for others. Took a long break at the 75-mile saddle to reflect on the trip and enjoy the scenery. The final climb was tough and the air was thin, but instead of hating it, I instead was so grateful that my body was strong enough to do something like this. This trip gave me such a feeling of accomplishment - a challenging week in a remote part of the Canyon with routefinding, a dry camp, tricky footing and the logistical puzzle of getting my resupply and crossing the river. I had been pretty nervous before the trip and it all went better than I could have expected. As I got close to the trailhead, I went to a spot to watch the sunset before returning back to the "rim world". It's been a month since I hiked out and I'm still glowing from the experience. Thanks to all who have followed along and commented, it was a joy to share it with you! Hope all have a happy, fun and adventurous Thanksgiving!!
Day 7: Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route, hiking out the Tanner Trail and the end of the trip. After a Huppybar at the Redwall Overlook, the trail contours in the Supai Sandstone for a couple of miles, winding around the red rock. I hiked beneath the Desert View Watchtower, once a tiny nub on the horizon days ago. I met a couple of groups that recognized me and had even used my website to help them plan past trips! Always nice to meet readers and know my website is a resource for others. Took a long break at the 75-mile saddle to reflect on the trip and enjoy the scenery. The final climb was tough and the air was thin, but instead of hating it, I instead was so grateful that my body was strong enough to do something like this. This trip gave me such a feeling of accomplishment - a challenging week in a remote part of the Canyon with routefinding, a dry camp, tricky footing and the logistical puzzle of getting my resupply and crossing the river. I had been pretty nervous before the trip and it all went better than I could have expected. As I got close to the trailhead, I went to a spot to watch the sunset before returning back to the "rim world". It's been a month since I hiked out and I'm still glowing from the experience. Thanks to all who have followed along and commented, it was a joy to share it with you! Hope all have a happy, fun and adventurous Thanksgiving!!
Day 7: Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault, Tanner Camp. One last night under the stars beneath gorgeous Comanche Point! I brought a tent, The One by @gossamergear, but weather was so good I didn't need to set it up once all week. I was up and packed early to get the lower reaches of the Tanner Trail done before the sun hit.
Day 7: Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault, Tanner Camp. One last night under the stars beneath gorgeous Comanche Point! I brought a tent, The One by @gossamergear, but weather was so good I didn't need to set it up once all week. I was up and packed early to get the lower reaches of the Tanner Trail done before the sun hit.
My food plan is completely upside down here: lentils and sea food instead of meat, fruits instead of sugar and coconut water occasionally 🍥 Is it necessary to live in a different environment to change yourself that much? #smenalanka #smenastation
My food plan is completely upside down here: lentils and sea food instead of meat, fruits instead of sugar and coconut water occasionally 🍥 Is it necessary to live in a different environment to change yourself that much? #smenalanka  #smenastation 
Delayed flights, starving with hunger, tired, granny looking raincoat, my contact lenses have disintegrated because of the heat so back to specky life for a bit, this bag stinks #glamour #solofemalebackpacker #vietnam #hangry #whatdayisit

But my hostel has a hairdryer so it's all grand! 😁 😘😎
Delayed flights, starving with hunger, tired, granny looking raincoat, my contact lenses have disintegrated because of the heat so back to specky life for a bit, this bag stinks #glamour  #solofemalebackpacker  #vietnam  #hangry  #whatdayisit  But my hostel has a hairdryer so it's all grand! 😁 😘😎
Day 6: Grand Canyon Butte Fault/Horsethief Route- Tanner Rapid, River mile 69. One last night of long exposure photos, stargazing, and general merriment. Love the soft glow on the whitecaps.
Day 6: Grand Canyon Butte Fault/Horsethief Route- Tanner Rapid, River mile 69. One last night of long exposure photos, stargazing, and general merriment. Love the soft glow on the whitecaps.
Half an hour bike ride and we are in Galle. It feels like coming to the capital after a village where I live. Wherever you go things are different ✨ #smenalanka #smenastation
Half an hour bike ride and we are in Galle. It feels like coming to the capital after a village where I live. Wherever you go things are different ✨ #smenalanka  #smenastation 
Day 6: Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route, scenes on the Beamer Trail hiking to Tanner Beach for the night. One more camp among the temples and buttes of Grand Canyon. The feel of the trip changed completely after I got a ride across the river, I hadn't seen anyone for over five days and all of a sudden it seemed like there were backpackers all over the place. I ran into some people I knew from @hikearizona and joined them for an enjoyable dinner before heading off to camp. I was also getting the end of the trip malaise, tomorrow I'd hike out and all of a sudden be back to the "rim world". Even after a week, I just can't get enough of the place.
Day 6: Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route, scenes on the Beamer Trail hiking to Tanner Beach for the night. One more camp among the temples and buttes of Grand Canyon. The feel of the trip changed completely after I got a ride across the river, I hadn't seen anyone for over five days and all of a sudden it seemed like there were backpackers all over the place. I ran into some people I knew from @hikearizona and joined them for an enjoyable dinner before heading off to camp. I was also getting the end of the trip malaise, tomorrow I'd hike out and all of a sudden be back to the "rim world". Even after a week, I just can't get enough of the place.
Upside down universe 🌏 being half the world away from a place where I used to live surprisingly feels like home sometimes
Upside down universe 🌏 being half the world away from a place where I used to live surprisingly feels like home sometimes
Day 6, Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route, Lava/Chuar Camp. I awoke on Saturday morning hoping this was the day I'd get a ride in a boat across the Colorado River to continue my itinerary. I had been waiting on the beach since 2:30 on Thursday afternoon. I kept telling myself, "One of these times, you'll look up and there's going to be a boat there". And then at 10:30 am, there they were - a whole trip full of boats! I flagged them down and the trip leader, John, said he'd be happy to take me across and take my cache bucket out with him. Even got a bonus ride through Lava/Chuar rapid on his sweet cataraft! John deposited me on the beach at Palisades and I told him I'd make sure to rate his Uber service five stars! I hiked up to the top of the rapid to connect my steps, then spent the afternoon relaxing and playing in the big sandbar before heading over to Tanner Beach for the night.
Day 6, Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route, Lava/Chuar Camp. I awoke on Saturday morning hoping this was the day I'd get a ride in a boat across the Colorado River to continue my itinerary. I had been waiting on the beach since 2:30 on Thursday afternoon. I kept telling myself, "One of these times, you'll look up and there's going to be a boat there". And then at 10:30 am, there they were - a whole trip full of boats! I flagged them down and the trip leader, John, said he'd be happy to take me across and take my cache bucket out with him. Even got a bonus ride through Lava/Chuar rapid on his sweet cataraft! John deposited me on the beach at Palisades and I told him I'd make sure to rate his Uber service five stars! I hiked up to the top of the rapid to connect my steps, then spent the afternoon relaxing and playing in the big sandbar before heading over to Tanner Beach for the night.
Big little miracle ✨ when you can see the #elephant coming back home from a little trip. They are not in a zoo, they walk around free. The cables just protect them from the road. This is how it should be
Big little miracle ✨ when you can see the #elephant  coming back home from a little trip. They are not in a zoo, they walk around free. The cables just protect them from the road. This is how it should be
It’s never goodbye. It’s just a see you later. Thank you for the perfect week! Off to my next adventure...
It’s never goodbye. It’s just a see you later. Thank you for the perfect week! Off to my next adventure...
Like a small boat on the ocean sending big waves into motion 🌊
Like a small boat on the ocean sending big waves into motion 🌊
Little vacation inside huge vacation
Little vacation inside huge vacation
It’s an anarchy kingdom. Animals are careless here: they have their own life, they have no owners, they go and lay wherever they pleased. And I just found the most beautiful #cat 🌗
It’s an anarchy kingdom. Animals are careless here: they have their own life, they have no owners, they go and lay wherever they pleased. And I just found the most beautiful #cat  🌗
Day 5: Grand Canyon Butte Fault/Horsethief Route. I was up early and packed so I could be ready for a boat to take me across the river so I could continue my journey. Hitching across the Colorado River requires patience, so I made it a point to not get nervous or anxious about it. I had a bucket cache of food, all the water I could drink, plenty of time in my schedule and one of Grand Canyon's best beach camps all to myself. (The bucket of supplies was placed for me by a river trip and it went out with the folks who gave me a ride across.) There was a ridiculous sandstorm as I waited for a boat. My whole world had sand in it and no boats showed up all day. Still managed to have a great time! I carry this fortune in my first aid kit as a reminder that any trip is what you make of it.
Day 5: Grand Canyon Butte Fault/Horsethief Route. I was up early and packed so I could be ready for a boat to take me across the river so I could continue my journey. Hitching across the Colorado River requires patience, so I made it a point to not get nervous or anxious about it. I had a bucket cache of food, all the water I could drink, plenty of time in my schedule and one of Grand Canyon's best beach camps all to myself. (The bucket of supplies was placed for me by a river trip and it went out with the folks who gave me a ride across.) There was a ridiculous sandstorm as I waited for a boat. My whole world had sand in it and no boats showed up all day. Still managed to have a great time! I carry this fortune in my first aid kit as a reminder that any trip is what you make of it.
Happy Friday from Lava/Chuar Rapid, river mile 65 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon! Arizona sunsets and one of the wonders of the world- doesn't get much better than this. 📷 by @desertsirena on a weeklong solo backpacking trip on the Butte Fault/Horsethief Route
Happy Friday from Lava/Chuar Rapid, river mile 65 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon! Arizona sunsets and one of the wonders of the world- doesn't get much better than this. 📷 by @desertsirena on a weeklong solo backpacking trip on the Butte Fault/Horsethief Route
Swinging since ‘87. ✌🏽🏝💁🏽
Swinging since ‘87. ✌🏽🏝💁🏽
Day 4: Grand Canyon Butte Fault/Horsethief Route - light painting in Lava/Chuar Canyon.
Day 4: Grand Canyon Butte Fault/Horsethief Route - light painting in Lava/Chuar Canyon.
Day 4: Grand Canyon Butte Fault/Horsethief Route - light painting in Lava/Chuar Canyon.
Day 4: Grand Canyon Butte Fault/Horsethief Route - light painting in Lava/Chuar Canyon.
Day 4: Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route - Lava/Chuar Rapid. Sunsets don't get much better than this.
Day 4: Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route - Lava/Chuar Rapid. Sunsets don't get much better than this.
Наша дружная crew продолжает исследовать остров! Вся работа сделана, а значит вперёд на байк к нереальной красоте! ✨#smenastation #smenalanka
Наша дружная crew продолжает исследовать остров! Вся работа сделана, а значит вперёд на байк к нереальной красоте! ✨#smenastation  #smenalanka 
Secret beach ✨ it feels just right  #smenalanka #smenastation
For this edition of my mildly self-proclaimed #wanderwednesday i’m sharing a photo from last year, when I spent Christmas in Stockholm, Sweden. Truly an amazing city with amazing food, people, and decorations. I just cannot believe it’s almost that time of year again. Yeah, I’m one of those weirdos who is never ready for the holidays to begin. Bah, humbug. But I’m spending the holidays in Italy so I can’t complain. What’s your favorite holiday and where do you like to celebrate? My favorite holiday is flag day!! Kidding. It’s like the most mundane holiday the US. You don’t even get a day off work. But somehow its always in the calendar. Happy whatever holiday you celebrate!!
For this edition of my mildly self-proclaimed #wanderwednesday  i’m sharing a photo from last year, when I spent Christmas in Stockholm, Sweden. Truly an amazing city with amazing food, people, and decorations. I just cannot believe it’s almost that time of year again. Yeah, I’m one of those weirdos who is never ready for the holidays to begin. Bah, humbug. But I’m spending the holidays in Italy so I can’t complain. What’s your favorite holiday and where do you like to celebrate? My favorite holiday is flag day!! Kidding. It’s like the most mundane holiday the US. You don’t even get a day off work. But somehow its always in the calendar. Happy whatever holiday you celebrate!!
'Our happiest moments as travelers always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else' ✨

Tag #byopassion in your adventures to get featured next ✈️ 📸: @kiwisoffcourse ❤️
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#travellife #udaipur
'Our happiest moments as travelers always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else' ✨ Tag #byopassion  in your adventures to get featured next ✈️ 📸: @kiwisoffcourse ❤️ . #travellife  #udaipur 
I enjoy not having a driving license 😅 #smenalanka #smenastation
Meet someone in life is an amazing thing, because someone came along with his past, the present and the future.
Meet someone in your life is when a person's entire life was coming too or just maybe her heart's been hurt - Because this is my first life 
#throwback #spirit #kehidupan
#romansa #kdrama #wonderfullbali #wonderfulindonesia #visitindonesia #pesonaindonesia #pesonabali #traveling #solofemalebackpacker #solotraveler #havefun
Actually, I just woke up. But I have this pic from the last day to motivate myself in the future. Seems like I’m on my way to find a balance ✨ #smenalanka #smenastation
Actually, I just woke up. But I have this pic from the last day to motivate myself in the future. Seems like I’m on my way to find a balance ✨ #smenalanka  #smenastation 
Day 4 Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route. I got through the descent and bypasses in East Fork Carbon Canyon. Lower down, the terrain opened up and I was able to stride out for the first time in days. I reached the narrows of Carbon Canyon (with Micro Chicken in tow, of course) and took the river runner path over to Lava/Chuar creek. One more easy mile down the creek with a short sprinkle of rain and I was finally at the Colorado River and the end of the off-trail portion of my trip. What an amazing route it had been the last three days! It was so great to dip my toes in the icy river and know that I had all the drinking water I could ever want after carrying 9 liters from my second night's camp. I planned that one just right, arrived with a little over a liter to spare. My own private beach! I was on the wrong side of the river from my vehicle, so I'd eventually need to flag a passing boat down to give me a ride across. I kept my eyes open for boats but mainly just enjoyed the sounds and sights of one of the best river camps in the Canyon. I'd stayed here before when working as a river guide but to get here on my own two feet was a different experience entirely.
Day 4 Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route. I got through the descent and bypasses in East Fork Carbon Canyon. Lower down, the terrain opened up and I was able to stride out for the first time in days. I reached the narrows of Carbon Canyon (with Micro Chicken in tow, of course) and took the river runner path over to Lava/Chuar creek. One more easy mile down the creek with a short sprinkle of rain and I was finally at the Colorado River and the end of the off-trail portion of my trip. What an amazing route it had been the last three days! It was so great to dip my toes in the icy river and know that I had all the drinking water I could ever want after carrying 9 liters from my second night's camp. I planned that one just right, arrived with a little over a liter to spare. My own private beach! I was on the wrong side of the river from my vehicle, so I'd eventually need to flag a passing boat down to give me a ride across. I kept my eyes open for boats but mainly just enjoyed the sounds and sights of one of the best river camps in the Canyon. I'd stayed here before when working as a river guide but to get here on my own two feet was a different experience entirely.
Tatev monastery can only be reached by a long winding road or the longest cable car in Europe. The location in the mountains is stunning altough with the new shiny and fancy cable car it is no longer as isolated as it once was

www.backpackadventures.org

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Tatev monastery can only be reached by a long winding road or the longest cable car in Europe. The location in the mountains is stunning altough with the new shiny and fancy cable car it is no longer as isolated as it once was www.backpackadventures.org #armenia  #wingsoftatev  #tatev  #caucasus  #traveladdict  #travel  #travelstoke  #travelbug  #traveljunkie  #travelmore  #travelawesome  #traveltheglobe  #travelgram  #solofemaletraveler  #solofemaletravel  #solofemalebackpacker  #femaletravel  #womenwhotravel  #girlswhotravel  #backpacking  #exploretheworld  #wanderlust  #backpackadventures  #travelbloggers  #femaletravelbloggers 
Сегодня мы настоящие молодцы! Встали пораньше отправились на локал-маркет рядом с домом. Кажется, здесь можно найти все! Помимо банального набора из фруктов, круп и рыбы, были замечены нереальные арома-палочки, странные щетки для мытья посуды и резинки для волос всех цветов на свете. Бонусом к любой покупке прилагаются улыбки! Ну как тут можно устоять? #smenastation #smenalanka
Сегодня мы настоящие молодцы! Встали пораньше отправились на локал-маркет рядом с домом. Кажется, здесь можно найти все! Помимо банального набора из фруктов, круп и рыбы, были замечены нереальные арома-палочки, странные щетки для мытья посуды и резинки для волос всех цветов на свете. Бонусом к любой покупке прилагаются улыбки! Ну как тут можно устоять? #smenastation  #smenalanka 
I always say when you take a flight, you see two countries in one trip. Above the clouds and your destination point 🌓 this morning I saw another country just around the corner #foodmarket #srilanka
I always say when you take a flight, you see two countries in one trip. Above the clouds and your destination point 🌓 this morning I saw another country just around the corner #foodmarket  #srilanka 
There are moments I’m used to already but some views still bringing me back to the question ‘is this real?’ 💫
There are moments I’m used to already but some views still bringing me back to the question ‘is this real?’ 💫
Echmiadzin is the vatican for the Armenian Apostolic church. By far not as impressive as the vatican in Rome, but the beautifully decorated interior was a nice variation from the sober interiors in most other Armenian churches and monasteries

www.backpackadventures.org

#armenia #yerevan #echmiadzin #caucasus #traveladdict #travel #travelstoke #travelbug #traveljunkie #travelmore #travelawesome #traveltheglobe #travelgram #solofemaletraveler #solofemaletravel  #solofemalebackpacker #femaletravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #backpacking #exploretheworld #wanderlust #backpackadventures #travelbloggers #femaletravelbloggerspowerhour
Echmiadzin is the vatican for the Armenian Apostolic church. By far not as impressive as the vatican in Rome, but the beautifully decorated interior was a nice variation from the sober interiors in most other Armenian churches and monasteries www.backpackadventures.org #armenia  #yerevan  #echmiadzin  #caucasus  #traveladdict  #travel  #travelstoke  #travelbug  #traveljunkie  #travelmore  #travelawesome  #traveltheglobe  #travelgram  #solofemaletraveler  #solofemaletravel  #solofemalebackpacker  #femaletravel  #womenwhotravel  #girlswhotravel  #backpacking  #exploretheworld  #wanderlust  #backpackadventures  #travelbloggers  #femaletravelbloggerspowerhour 
I used to backpacking alone and meet people on the way. I thought it’s more safe: if you get along, you stay. If not you go. That was my definition of freedom. This time I’ve found another kind of it. Most of my time I spend with the same people here. But each day they reveal their new side of personality to me. And I still feel the freedom. Inside of me✨ It feels great being accepted on #smena
I used to backpacking alone and meet people on the way. I thought it’s more safe: if you get along, you stay. If not you go. That was my definition of freedom. This time I’ve found another kind of it. Most of my time I spend with the same people here. But each day they reveal their new side of personality to me. And I still feel the freedom. Inside of me✨ It feels great being accepted on #smena 
One place I really loved to eat in Bangkok was in Tops Market near Ching Nonsi station. You get a pre paid top up card and then browse around the food stations and give the card for payment. Card is not dealt with which is nice and food is delicious and cheap! This plate cost me 40 baht!! Which is less then £1!! Perfect for backpackers!! .
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#foodporn #foodie #bangkokfood #topsmarkets #foodinspiration #bangkokeats #healthyeating #cleaneating #pictureoftheday #travelfood #eatinggood #eatingaroundtheworld #worldfood #foodpics #foodpicoftheday #backpacker #solofemalebackpacker
One place I really loved to eat in Bangkok was in Tops Market near Ching Nonsi station. You get a pre paid top up card and then browse around the food stations and give the card for payment. Card is not dealt with which is nice and food is delicious and cheap! This plate cost me 40 baht!! Which is less then £1!! Perfect for backpackers!! . . . #foodporn  #foodie  #bangkokfood  #topsmarkets  #foodinspiration  #bangkokeats  #healthyeating  #cleaneating  #pictureoftheday  #travelfood  #eatinggood  #eatingaroundtheworld  #worldfood  #foodpics  #foodpicoftheday  #backpacker  #solofemalebackpacker 
It’s time to say I’m here with amazing people. United with one idea, brainstorming, making plans to change our life forever 💫 #smenastation #smena #changetheworld #surfing #coliving #coworking #photooftheday #dreamteam #srilanka #weligama #smenalanka
Noravank monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Armenia. Surrounded by red rocky mountains the location is its prime attraction and the carvings of jesus with mongoloid features. Apparently to stop the Mongols from destroying the monasteries when they invaded the region

www.backpackadventures.org

#armenia #yerevan #noravank #caucasus #traveladdict #travel #travelstoke #travelbug #traveljunkie #travelmore #travelawesome #traveltheglobe #travelgram #solofemaletraveler #solofemaletravel  #solofemalebackpacker #femaletravel #womenwhotravel #girlswhotravel #backpacking #exploretheworld #wanderlust #backpackadventures #travelbloggers #femaletravelbloggerspowerhour
Noravank monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Armenia. Surrounded by red rocky mountains the location is its prime attraction and the carvings of jesus with mongoloid features. Apparently to stop the Mongols from destroying the monasteries when they invaded the region www.backpackadventures.org #armenia  #yerevan  #noravank  #caucasus  #traveladdict  #travel  #travelstoke  #travelbug  #traveljunkie  #travelmore  #travelawesome  #traveltheglobe  #travelgram  #solofemaletraveler  #solofemaletravel  #solofemalebackpacker  #femaletravel  #womenwhotravel  #girlswhotravel  #backpacking  #exploretheworld  #wanderlust  #backpackadventures  #travelbloggers  #femaletravelbloggerspowerhour 
When on each picture you’re an instagram diva 🔥 It seems so natural to be here but somewhere inside I still can’t believe my luck
When on each picture you’re an instagram diva 🔥 It seems so natural to be here but somewhere inside I still can’t believe my luck
Sweet nights ✨ if it’s a special movie it should be a special place. I have up to four little days in one since I came here. Each minute is an hour, each hour is a new day
Sweet nights ✨ if it’s a special movie it should be a special place. I have up to four little days in one since I came here. Each minute is an hour, each hour is a new day
Day 4, Horsethief/Butte Fault Route. This photo will only be appreciated by trail nerds, history geeks and lovers of obscure Grand Canyon routes and lore. This is a piece of trail construction in the East Fork of Carbon Canyon that points to the historic use of this route. The Horsethief Route was used by rustlers that would steal horses, drive them down the Nankoweap Trail on the North Rim, across the Butte Fault, and then cross the Colorado River at a historically low spot to continue out the Beamer and Tanner Trails to the South Rim. A seemingly impossible feat given the crazy terrain I've been traveling the last four days, but I guess to some it was worth all the effort. There are also mining and cowboy relics along the route.
Day 4, Horsethief/Butte Fault Route. This photo will only be appreciated by trail nerds, history geeks and lovers of obscure Grand Canyon routes and lore. This is a piece of trail construction in the East Fork of Carbon Canyon that points to the historic use of this route. The Horsethief Route was used by rustlers that would steal horses, drive them down the Nankoweap Trail on the North Rim, across the Butte Fault, and then cross the Colorado River at a historically low spot to continue out the Beamer and Tanner Trails to the South Rim. A seemingly impossible feat given the crazy terrain I've been traveling the last four days, but I guess to some it was worth all the effort. There are also mining and cowboy relics along the route.
Day 4, Horsethief/Butte Fault route, Grand Canyon. I crested the Sixtymile/Carbon saddle to a whole new perspective on the Canyon. The South Rim was visible with the Desert View Watchtower a tiny pillar on the distant rim. Jupiter, Venus and Apollo Temples visible at right. One last big descent from the saddle down the East Fork Carbon Canyon and I would be on easier ground to the Colorado River at Lava/Chuar canyon. Just out of curiosity, I checked my phone for signal and to my surprise, I had reception good enough to surprise my husband Brian with a call. It was so fun to stand out in the middle of freaking nowhere and get to catch up and tell him all about my adventures of the last four days. I send him an InReach message with my satellite communicator every morning and night to let him know I'm ok, but to get to hear his voice was awesome. He's super supportive of my Grand Canyon obsession, even if he sometimes gets tired of me being gone and hearing about it all the time. I can't help myself, this place is endlessly fascinating!! After an enjoyable break at the saddle, I found a track leading into Carbon for the descent.
Day 4, Horsethief/Butte Fault route, Grand Canyon. I crested the Sixtymile/Carbon saddle to a whole new perspective on the Canyon. The South Rim was visible with the Desert View Watchtower a tiny pillar on the distant rim. Jupiter, Venus and Apollo Temples visible at right. One last big descent from the saddle down the East Fork Carbon Canyon and I would be on easier ground to the Colorado River at Lava/Chuar canyon. Just out of curiosity, I checked my phone for signal and to my surprise, I had reception good enough to surprise my husband Brian with a call. It was so fun to stand out in the middle of freaking nowhere and get to catch up and tell him all about my adventures of the last four days. I send him an InReach message with my satellite communicator every morning and night to let him know I'm ok, but to get to hear his voice was awesome. He's super supportive of my Grand Canyon obsession, even if he sometimes gets tired of me being gone and hearing about it all the time. I can't help myself, this place is endlessly fascinating!! After an enjoyable break at the saddle, I found a track leading into Carbon for the descent.
Day 4, Horsethief/Butte Fault route, Grand Canyon. Scenes from Sixtymile Canyon: happy selfie action on the saddle, looking across to the ascent on the other side of the canyon, pile of rubble route on the pouroff bypass, beautiful Redwall canyon, colorful ascent to the Sixtymile/Carbon saddle. Off-trail travel opens up so many possibilities in Grand Canyon. It's amazing how comfortable I've gotten with the loose, sketchy footing on this route. I have a mantra I use in Grand Canyon - "constant and eternal vigilance". It means never taking a step for granted. Careful placement of each foot without settling into complacency. When I get nervous about the terrain, it calms me down. The climb to the Carbon saddle was the last big one on the route and had a good track as I neared the top. I popped out at the saddle to a whole new perspective on the Canyon where the South Rim was finally visible.
Day 4, Horsethief/Butte Fault route, Grand Canyon. Scenes from Sixtymile Canyon: happy selfie action on the saddle, looking across to the ascent on the other side of the canyon, pile of rubble route on the pouroff bypass, beautiful Redwall canyon, colorful ascent to the Sixtymile/Carbon saddle. Off-trail travel opens up so many possibilities in Grand Canyon. It's amazing how comfortable I've gotten with the loose, sketchy footing on this route. I have a mantra I use in Grand Canyon - "constant and eternal vigilance". It means never taking a step for granted. Careful placement of each foot without settling into complacency. When I get nervous about the terrain, it calms me down. The climb to the Carbon saddle was the last big one on the route and had a good track as I neared the top. I popped out at the saddle to a whole new perspective on the Canyon where the South Rim was finally visible.
I’m starting to get used to this ‘you never know what you’ll find’ mood 🐡
I’m starting to get used to this ‘you never know what you’ll find’ mood 🐡
Khor Virap monastery has a beautiful view on Mount Ararat. Apparently Gregor the Illuminator who converted Armenia to christianity was being held captive here in a pit full of snakes. He miraculously cured some people, got released and Armenia became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity. I arrived just in time to witness the sacrifice of a live chicken. Not sure how christian that was

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Khor Virap monastery has a beautiful view on Mount Ararat. Apparently Gregor the Illuminator who converted Armenia to christianity was being held captive here in a pit full of snakes. He miraculously cured some people, got released and Armenia became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity. I arrived just in time to witness the sacrifice of a live chicken. Not sure how christian that was www.backpackadventures.org #armenia  #yerevan  #khorvirap  #caucasus  #traveladdict  #travel  #travelstoke  #travelbug  #traveljunkie  #travelmore  #travelawesome  #traveltheglobe  #travelgram  #solofemaletraveler  #solofemaletravel  #solofemalebackpacker  #femaletravel  #womenwhotravel  #girlswhotravel  #backpacking  #exploretheworld  #wanderlust  #backpackadventures  #travelbloggers  #femaletravelbloggerspowerhour 
Beautiful day in Pai on scooter. Did the Temple on the hill, Pam bok waterfall, The bamboo bridge, The land split and Pai canyon. 
#thelandsplit #paicanyon #pai #scooteraroundpai #scooter #thailand #backpacking #backpackingasia #backpacker #seasia #solotravel #solofemalebackpacker #theworldisatyourfeet
Day 4, Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route - arriving at the Awatubi/Sixtymile saddle. The morning was cool and overcast, perfect for hiking. I felt strong as I took on the final day of off-trail travel. Following the Butte Fault up to a saddle, down to a dry creekbed, repeat. Just me and my Canyon for days. What could be better?
Day 4, Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route - arriving at the Awatubi/Sixtymile saddle. The morning was cool and overcast, perfect for hiking. I felt strong as I took on the final day of off-trail travel. Following the Butte Fault up to a saddle, down to a dry creekbed, repeat. Just me and my Canyon for days. What could be better?
Day 4, Horsethief/Butte Fault Route. Hiking up to the Awatubi/Sixtymile saddle, looking back at the uplift of Kwagunt Butte. The lighting was overcast and dramatic and I was happy to experience it. Light changes everything in the Canyon. The same spot can have a million different moods based on how and where the sun hits.
Day 4, Horsethief/Butte Fault Route. Hiking up to the Awatubi/Sixtymile saddle, looking back at the uplift of Kwagunt Butte. The lighting was overcast and dramatic and I was happy to experience it. Light changes everything in the Canyon. The same spot can have a million different moods based on how and where the sun hits.
Awatubi Camp day 4, Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route. I was up and packed by 7am. For those who have backpacked with me, you know I'm usually more of a leisurely morning kinda gal. I wanted to get the climbs done before the day heated up. I had 4.5 liters of water left from Kwagunt Creek. Feeling good about the day ahead, I was excited to see the Colorado River. But first I had several canyons to cross. As you can see, I wore pants for the route, there was a lot of low scrub brush that would have gotten caught on my skirt. I'll have a full write up of the gear I carried and why for the @gossamergear blog soon.
Awatubi Camp day 4, Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault route. I was up and packed by 7am. For those who have backpacked with me, you know I'm usually more of a leisurely morning kinda gal. I wanted to get the climbs done before the day heated up. I had 4.5 liters of water left from Kwagunt Creek. Feeling good about the day ahead, I was excited to see the Colorado River. But first I had several canyons to cross. As you can see, I wore pants for the route, there was a lot of low scrub brush that would have gotten caught on my skirt. I'll have a full write up of the gear I carried and why for the @gossamergear blog soon.
"This violent, pointless voyage has been sopping with blood.  I feel thick and sick with it.  And that is all: contingent and brutal without meaning.  There is nothing to be learnt here. No ecstatic forgetting. There is no redemption in the sea." - China Mieville
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#japan #naoshima #asia  #setoinlandsea #kagawa #island #artisland #sunset #backpacker #solobackpacker #solotraveler #solofemaletraveler #solofemalebackpacker
The genocide memorial in Yerevan was a place that left me wondering why we know so little about this dark page of history. Thousands of Armenians were killed and unfortunately our current world shows that we have still not learned from tragedies like this and it remains important to remember

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The genocide memorial in Yerevan was a place that left me wondering why we know so little about this dark page of history. Thousands of Armenians were killed and unfortunately our current world shows that we have still not learned from tragedies like this and it remains important to remember www.backpackadventures.org #armenia  #yerevan  #yerevancity  #singingfountains  #caucasus  #traveladdict  #travel  #travelstoke  #travelbug  #traveljunkie  #travelmore  #travelawesome  #traveltheglobe  #travelgram  #solofemaletraveler  #solofemaletravel  #solofemalebackpacker  #femaletravel  #womenwhotravel  #girlswhotravel  #backpacking  #exploretheworld  #wanderlust  #backpackadventures  #travelbloggers  #femaletravelbloggers 
When you’re not reading a book on a train 🚂
When you’re not reading a book on a train 🚂
Sweaty & Sandy but we made it to the cave full of 🍆. @kelsokelton
Sweaty & Sandy but we made it to the cave full of 🍆. @kelsokelton
Woke up like this ✨ well, almost
Woke up like this ✨ well, almost
#throwback, climbing up these never ending stairs after spending few hours in #nongriat wilderness. I can only tell you it was hard to leave this place and come back. Partially because of the tiredness, partially thanks to the crazy beauty this place had to offer, partially cos other backpackers who decided to bunk the trek up and stay in this village for another week or two and partially cos you gotto try and be a rebel once in a while. But we came back, disoriented and lost. #majormissing #meghalatourism #meghalayadiaries #meghalayapictures #solotripping #solotravel #solofemaletraveller #solofemalebackpacker
#throwback , climbing up these never ending stairs after spending few hours in #nongriat  wilderness. I can only tell you it was hard to leave this place and come back. Partially because of the tiredness, partially thanks to the crazy beauty this place had to offer, partially cos other backpackers who decided to bunk the trek up and stay in this village for another week or two and partially cos you gotto try and be a rebel once in a while. But we came back, disoriented and lost. #majormissing  #meghalatourism  #meghalayadiaries  #meghalayapictures  #solotripping  #solotravel  #solofemaletraveller  #solofemalebackpacker 
Day 3, Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault Route. In the afternoon, I was at the Malgosa/Kwagunt saddle and I could see ahead to my next objective - the saddle west of Kwagunt Butte. I took a steep ridge into Malgosa Canyon and followed the drainage up to the saddle in the first photo. I made a navigational error and went left way too early, ascending the steep gully near the center of the photo. As it got steeper and I was pulling myself up the crumbly chute, I remembered what @richrudow had told me, "If you're using your hands too much, you're off route". I stopped in the chute to look at the photo I'd shot from across the canyon. It looked like it would go to the saddle, only I didn't know what the traverse was going to look like when I finally popped out. I didn't want to go back the way I came, so I scrambled up the rest of the chute. I felt silly when I saw the nice path I could've taken to the saddle. Instead I had a traverse on loose, sketchy terrain to get there after climbing a loose, sketchy chute. It was one of those places where one slip of the foot would send me tumbling down the hill. I dug in with my @gossamergear hiking poles and placed each step carefully. After reaching the saddle and taking in the views of the Awatubi Crest, I hiked down into Awatubi Canyon and passed an old coffee kettle. Decided not to push to the Awatubi Saddle and stayed in the canyon instead. Overcast skies but no rain, this night was much warmer. Dry camped and set up for a big push for the Colorado River the next day.
Day 3, Grand Canyon Horsethief/Butte Fault Route. In the afternoon, I was at the Malgosa/Kwagunt saddle and I could see ahead to my next objective - the saddle west of Kwagunt Butte. I took a steep ridge into Malgosa Canyon and followed the drainage up to the saddle in the first photo. I made a navigational error and went left way too early, ascending the steep gully near the center of the photo. As it got steeper and I was pulling myself up the crumbly chute, I remembered what @richrudow had told me, "If you're using your hands too much, you're off route". I stopped in the chute to look at the photo I'd shot from across the canyon. It looked like it would go to the saddle, only I didn't know what the traverse was going to look like when I finally popped out. I didn't want to go back the way I came, so I scrambled up the rest of the chute. I felt silly when I saw the nice path I could've taken to the saddle. Instead I had a traverse on loose, sketchy terrain to get there after climbing a loose, sketchy chute. It was one of those places where one slip of the foot would send me tumbling down the hill. I dug in with my @gossamergear hiking poles and placed each step carefully. After reaching the saddle and taking in the views of the Awatubi Crest, I hiked down into Awatubi Canyon and passed an old coffee kettle. Decided not to push to the Awatubi Saddle and stayed in the canyon instead. Overcast skies but no rain, this night was much warmer. Dry camped and set up for a big push for the Colorado River the next day.
Half of the people here say they don’t know where and what Russia is, another half says ‘ooo rusia!’ and some of them don’t believe me and say I’m from Japan or at least my parents are 🤷🏻‍♀️
Half of the people here say they don’t know where and what Russia is, another half says ‘ooo rusia!’ and some of them don’t believe me and say I’m from Japan or at least my parents are 🤷🏻‍♀️
Hola de crazy, colorful Buenos Aires where no two streets are the same! 😍
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#travelgram #buenosaires #argentina #igtravel #igtravel #solofemalebackpacker
In a second it will start to rain and I’ll fall asleep on this wooden floor for an hour. First time in my life inside the Buddhist temple and definitely for the first time sleeping in a religious place ✨ p.s. special thanks to the hungry little fuckers who woke me up so early today jumping on to my window. It probably won’t be possible without you 🙊🙉🙈
In a second it will start to rain and I’ll fall asleep on this wooden floor for an hour. First time in my life inside the Buddhist temple and definitely for the first time sleeping in a religious place ✨ p.s. special thanks to the hungry little fuckers who woke me up so early today jumping on to my window. It probably won’t be possible without you 🙊🙉🙈
Since we had a kitchen at the hostel in San Marcos, I loved to prepare chard! Made this lunch really simple with just bell pepper and some fresh made corn tortillas🌱🌮
Since we had a kitchen at the hostel in San Marcos, I loved to prepare chard! Made this lunch really simple with just bell pepper and some fresh made corn tortillas🌱🌮
When the 🍍dress is on, a crazy night usually follows. This night included too many buckets of alcohol and an excessive amount of neon. When in Phi Phi? 🌈
When the 🍍dress is on, a crazy night usually follows. This night included too many buckets of alcohol and an excessive amount of neon. When in Phi Phi? 🌈
If this is a dream, don't wake me up!
If this is a dream, don't wake me up!
The art of not giving a damn 🐕  Saw a giant spider about my fist size last night - calmly was watching it going away 🕷  Woke up at 7am today because of monkeys stealing everything they could take in hope that it’s eatable - just closed the window and watched them eating a toothpaste 🙈 I think I’ve found zen
The art of not giving a damn 🐕 Saw a giant spider about my fist size last night - calmly was watching it going away 🕷 Woke up at 7am today because of monkeys stealing everything they could take in hope that it’s eatable - just closed the window and watched them eating a toothpaste 🙈 I think I’ve found zen
This day I went very close to the touristic spot for the first time 📸 Interesting thing - when I’m walking in a suburbs in the middle of nowhere locals don’t care at all. Like this place suddenly make me a white person your lifetime goal is to take a pic with and say hello 😶 Don’t mind the last one though ✌🏻especially with a kind and curious Sri Lankan smile
This day I went very close to the touristic spot for the first time 📸 Interesting thing - when I’m walking in a suburbs in the middle of nowhere locals don’t care at all. Like this place suddenly make me a white person your lifetime goal is to take a pic with and say hello 😶 Don’t mind the last one though ✌🏻especially with a kind and curious Sri Lankan smile