Category Archive for "Japan"

Yukon Expedition 2012

Travel Tips — Ten (Slightly Sarcastic) Steps to Pack Like a Mountain Man

November 6, 2023

Those friends who are close to Sean and I — and especially those who have been on expeditions with us — know how ridiculous our pre-expedition preparation is. Namely, packing. I (who have improved my packing habits GREATLY over the last four years) am typically nagged for weeks leading up to our departure by Sean about the importance of packing light.  Last year, about this time, we were beginning to actualize our expeditions for the season. Post-Christmas holiday, we would board a plane for China and then Japan and needed to pack efficiently. I found this post Sean saved around…


Renting a car in Japan (among other nuances on our first day in the country)

When we touched down in Japan from Beijing, I remember thinking the sky looked particularly blue that day. After being immersed in the busyness of Chinese culture and ever present air pollution, Japan was like a warm blanket after a cold shower. Although—unlike China—I never felt totally welcome in Japan. It was like I wasn’t getting a “true” picture of Japanese culture, as compared to say, New Zealand and its people. The people in Japan are welcoming and kind, however there’s a sense that you’re always seeing their country from behind a thin veil — rightly so. This is the…


So many continents, so little time

Unlike our other adventures around the world, our recent trip to Morocco meant more. That trip marked the end of an era filled with adventure, leading to Sean backcountry snowboarding all seven continents, and me skiing five. The end of that journey marks the beginning of a completely new one for us. (One that we’re excited to tell you more about in the coming months!) To honor that chapter of our lives, I’d like to take a trip down memory lane today—bear with me… 4 years is a long time. I began my journey with Sean in 2010. He, having…

Cheers to a powder year

January 20, 2024

For the past four years, I’ve always had a Grand Plan on the horizon. Something new—something next. Move out west. Find a job. Re-learn to ski. Start a nonprofit. Move to Montana. I finished 2013 with a sense of accomplishment. We are in our dream town, in a home we love, with jobs that fit our lifestyle. We are truly happy. And yet (can you believe there’s an “and yet”?) I feel that we are approaching the end of an era; the end of a long stream of goals that have been checked off the list. What’s next? What’s the new…