1SE – 2019 to 2021

Capturing many changes in my life despite a huge missing chunk of time during the COVID19 pandemic, this 1SE was my first major and successful attempt to continue the project. This time period of my life includes the death of my last childhood dog, Cooper, developing interests in indoor rock climbing and track running, travels to California, Oregon, Florida, and the Bahamas, and a lot of time spent with family

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21 days in Thailand with Ottilie and Maxine.

Began our journey in Bangkok, visiting the major temples and the Thai National Museum. Boarded a bus to Mae Sot and from there, hopped on a songthaew headed to Ban Tha Song Yang for a weeklong visit to Safe Haven Orphanage on the banks of the Moei River. Technically visited Myanmar, but only for a moment. Continued on to Chiang Mai for a week, visiting temples there and the nearby elephant sanctuary, before taking a train back to Bangkok and ultimately ending our travels in Phuket, kayaking around the islets of Phang Nga Bay.

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8-Day Group Climb with PeakPlanet.com

Flew KLM from Phoenix to Arusha, Tanzania via Montreal and Amsterdam. Spent two days acclimating in Arusha at 4500′ before my rendezvous with the rest of the group and getting bussed up to the Londorossi Gate at 7800′ to begin the climb.

Spent six days trekking up the Lemosho route to Barafu Camp at 15300′ before beginning the midnight ascent to Uhuru Peak at 19,341′, the summit of Kilimanjaro, reaching the peak an hour after sunrise. Despite starting Day 2 with a 100 degree fever which did not break for 24 hours and despite developing a pulmonary embolism during summiting which necessitated an expedited descent all the way down to Mweka Camp, the climb was quite a fun experience. The climb is worth doing once, and once you forget the negative aspects, something successful climbers think they would want to do again. Highly recommend Peak Planet or Ultimate Kilimanjaro to anyone thinking about doing a Kili climb.

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