May 18, 2016

My Arctic expedition team is all together in Iceland now and we had the most amazing day today with Arctic Trucks, driving 5 bad-ass modified Toyotas up to the crater of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption, over boulders, between lava fields and through deep, deep snow. We finished off the day with a hike to a “hot river” where we took a much-appreciated dip amongst the steam. Such an awesome way to start our season, I had an absolute blast. We’re boarding Sea Spirit tomorrow, welcoming our first guests on Friday and then we’re headed north to Greenland!

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Apr 27, 2016

We had a wonderful 2 days in Jasper National Park in Alberta, especially on the Maligne Canyon Trail and the Columbia Icefield. 

But the highlight was seeing FOUR black bears in the wild (plus bighorn sheep and elk). Quite a thrill!

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Apr 25, 2016

Alex driving like a champ (not this fast, obviously!) through thick fog in Sequoia National Park. 

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Apr 24, 2016

We had our THIRD black bear sighting today in Jasper National Park! Here’s a short video I shot, you can hear that he (or she?) was right on the side of the road. Amazing!

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Apr 22, 2016

My parents and I are on an epic 2 week road trip through the Pacific Northwest from San Francisco through Oregon and Washington to Vancouver Island, then over to Jasper, Banff and back to Vancouver. 

British Columbia has blown me away. Just the most gorgeous scenery with gushing rivers, cozy harbours, mirror-like lakes and winding forest roads. Not to mention, a brewery at every turn! 

It’s been a wonderful few days here and I am VERY much looking forward to getting to Jasper tomorrow and seeing what Alberta has to offer. Go Canada!

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Apr 22, 2016

And yet another stop on Alex and my California national park tour was Sequoia! Let me tell you, they got some big trees there. In a span of 2 days, we experienced all sorts of wacky weather. It was great to be in the park in the off-season as the trails were mostly our own. Put Sequoia on your list if you haven’t already visited! Looking forward to getting to Kings Canyon next time around.

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Apr 19, 2016

I think it’s safe to say that Joshua Tree National Park was the highlight of our California road trip. Surprising scenery, breathtaking evening light, beautiful hikes and 2 perfect, quiet nights at Ryan Campground. We loved the Hidden Valley Trail and Cholla Cactus Garden, exploring the boulders around Arch Rock and enjoyed submitting Ryan Mountain, even if the rain and fog. 

Really looking forward to going back one day.

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Apr 19, 2016

A few photos from our whirlwind day in Big Sur hiking the Ewoldsen, Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View trails, checking out the photogenic McWay Falls and camping in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Loved it here, looking forward to going back to spend more time.

Also, the coastal drive on Highway 1 between Big Sur and Monterey is a showstopper!

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Apr 17, 2016

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Joshua Tree!

We kicked off our road trip through California by driving up from L.A. to Joshua Tree national park. I’ve heard a lot about this place through climbers but never expected to visit.

We hiked through desert landscapes that glowed in the sun past innumerable flowers and alien Joshua Trees, scrambled through granite canyons and over rocky outcrops and marvelled at views down into the dry and dusty Colorado desert. In the evenings we enjoyed delicious American beers, grilled kebabs and made baked potatoes on a log fire before gorging on s'mores and sleeping beneath the cold desert air surrounded by stars.

The Californian desert is an amazing place with views I never expected to see and appreciate. Anyone who loves the outdoors should visit.

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Apr 14, 2016

Hi from the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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