As we get older, I think birthdays become less of an ordeal. Rather than go out drinking with all my friends this year I planned an aerial yoga class at Flight Room Ballard, where we all got to try something new by swinging in silk hammocks. I also got to finally hike Sauk Mountain with my girl Meadow and my friend I met through instagram, Veronika! (@wanderingbackpack) I love getting to try new things and when you have friends to do them with there really is no better way to spend a birthday!
I spent every weekend in May and June of 2019 exploring, driving, doing. It was time I took a quick break to share some of the places I was able to get to during the early season of backpacking… where everything is a gamble! Luckily we struck gold on multiple occasions. Enjoy!
Dumping ground for all the best places to eat, drink, see, do, hike in Portland! Here are some of the best spots to get coffee, get your happy hour on, play a game on a date, or adventure around the city of bridges and beer!
For those of you who don’t know, Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. At the top you are above the clouds at 19,341 feet. So, yeah you can say the air is pretty much non existent at that point. But, 6 crazy girls are going to take on this challenge. We will be spending 6 days trekking our way up the Machame route, and I’ve compiled a packing list to get us up there.
How do you start practicing yoga? First things first: Leave all intimidation and excuses at the door. Yoga is for everybody. And if attending your first yoga class intimidates you, here are 5 steps to start a home practice to get you ready for the studio and for your own dedicated practice. Before you know it, you’ll find that your home practice will deepen your connection to the culture of yoga and to yourself.
We drove out of Seattle’s Snowpocalypse to escape to some warm hot springs in Idaho. We visited Gold Folk Hot Springs, Weir Hot Springs and Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. Thankfully the road to Gold Fork is pretty well-plowed so the snow didn’t make it too difficult to get up 4 miles. Admission is 10 dollars—make sure to bring cash! They have four different pools, with the top being the hottest around 108°. The sun even came out for a bit here, and we soaked until I turned into a Raison and we headed back to McCall for some lunch at Southside Grill.
We had just spent a week trekking in Peru we were ready for some relaxation, so we decided to fly to Huacachina, a desert oasis! Once we arrived at the Lima Airport we used their free 30 minute airport wifi to figure out how to get to Cruz Del Sur Bus Terminal to Ica, and six hours later we made it to Huacachina!
A lot of questions pop up when signing up for a yoga retreat. Which is totally understandable! It’s a big step-and usually involves traveling across the world. Here is why I am a huge advocate for joining yoga retreats and some experiences that I took away from my very first retreat and trip out of the country. Just go for it!
Bali is filled with deeply rooted cultural vibes and tradition. I visited Indonesia in August of 2018 for a yoga retreat with Glow Yoga Retreats. Because I was there for 24-odd days, I didn’t need a visa. This travel guide is all about how to keep it simple, what to see in Bali, and how to absorb and connect to this beautiful culture.
Snow always seems to grace us here in the PNW in February. Last week I was a busy girl hiking to Lake 22, Lake Serene, and Mount Storm King. So here’s a quick little post catching up on all my adventures around here in Washington since I moved back from Portland. Have a day without rain in the forecast? These hikes are great to dayhike, even in the winter!
Sometimes travel really does need planning ahead of time and putting in a little bit of extra time researching your destinations to make the memorable adventures seem as seamless, safe, and dreamlike as they really are. Here are some tips when planning a trip to Nusa Penida, including the Kelingling Beach hike and most importantly… HELMETS!
Looking for a perfect date night adventure movie? When I am not able to get outdoors, or stuck inside with a cold, I try to find something to watch that will keep my wanderlust and inspiration alive. Here are some of my favorite movies to watch cuddled up at home while you are waiting for your next adventure!
Here are three of the best healthy spots to eat on the North Shore. Food trucks, coconut bullet coffee, papaya bowls, açaí bowls, and more! The Sunrise Shack is seriously incredible. All of the fruit and food there is super fresh and mostly everything is vegan—makes for a happy girl. Haliewa Bowls is an Acai Wonderland. It’s hard to decide when you get there what you want to try, but know this: everything is tasty!
Sunrise Destination? Lanikai Pillbox Hike. Living close to Wahiawa, we had a short travel distance towards Kailua, which is only about a 35-minute drive in the morning if you can beat the traffic. Sunrise hikes are always worth the sleepy eyes and grumpiness for the first 10 minutes of the day, I swear.
After having been trekking before in Nepal and back in the US, I set my bar high while on the Salkantay Trek with Killa Expeditions. Even though it seemed impossible, they seemed to raise that bar. We had a large group to accommodate for—13 to be exact!—and before this trip I had only known Maria and Chaniel through instagram.
The Eagle Cap Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in Oregon. It's basically in Idaho and in the middle of nowhere. The trailhead is also about 8 hours from Portland, so Logan (@her.oregon.life) recommends you give yourself at least 3 days to enjoy the mountains here when you come.
We took a road trip from Portland to Bend to explore, brunch, climb some mountains, and finally explore Smith Rock State Park. We hiked Broken Top Crater to No Name Lake, be warned this road is definitely an adventure of it’s own. 4x4 vehicle is RECOMMENDED!
This Cinco de Mayo was one for the books! My friend Mikaela came down to stay and celebrate with some tacos at Porque No? and then we had a grand hangover hike for Seis De Mayo. We were a little disfunctional, and really muddy. But it was all worth it!
We were 9 days deep into the Himalayas. Hiking on average about 6 hours a day. And on April 11th, 2017 I was 17,598ft in the sky, at the base of the largest mountain in the world. I celebrated with my wonderful group of trekking partners and our two guides I met from Himalayan Wonders. We all had made it. How, you ask? A strong combination of desire, jokes, and knowing what to pack.
Official Hello Adventure Co. Guide to Roadtriping in Austria! In February 2018, we rented a cute little Skoda and drove from Prague through Austria and Germany, visiting the beautiful towns of Halstatt and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
I wanted to write a travel guide with things I wish I would have read before we decided to live in Paris for a month in Winter. Among many things, we learned that we really suck at speaking French, but that the people here are better than you might think. (Regardless of how disappointed we we're with the food options...)
A little intro to why and how I got started traveling, starting with backpacking in New Zealand. Traveling is different than vacationing, something you realize when you are on a ferry ride in the middle of the Andaman Sea between Phuket and Krabi, CLEARLY lost. (But still thoroughly enjoying every minute of it)
Hello Adventure Co. is new and improved! Read about our summer adventures backpacking, and other fun ways to spend time in the Sunshine! Written by Crystal Frankenbery
I hit the trails with some awesome ladies to celebrate Miss Annie's Birthday! We took our time heading up to Goat Lake, where we caught some sun breaks and had way too much fun sampling each other's snacks and drinks.
With no plans for Memorial Day weekend, I started to come down with the blues on Friday. I was missing my man and feeling like I was going to have the worst Memorial Day Staycation while all my friends were out and about. What cured these sad thoughts? BEING OUTSIDE. and realizing how grateful I am to be living exactly how I am currently.
In 2016 I left my large family working at Apple to become a full-time Graphic Designer! A breakup left me in a position to where I wanted to get out of Seattle, and travel to SE Asia and spend a month in Thailand. But I couldn’t leave a gaping hole in my timeline… so here is me playing catch up!