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Showing posts from June, 2017

Climbing Mt St Helens

Helens in front of us, it doesn't look so beastly from this angle!

Mt Hood doesn't even look real 
Date Hiked: Saturday June 24, 2017
Miles Hiked: 12 miles out and back
Elevation Gained: 5699 ft
Highest Elevation: 8328 ft
Difficulty: Hard
Gear Used: Microspikes, gaiters, and ice axe
Amount of water brought: 3-4 Liters
People in the Group: Sarina, Hillary, Paul, Kayli, Catherine R, Cody, Sergio, and me!

I secured permits for climbing Mt St Helens back in February. Mount St Helen's Institute opens up all permits to the public and you just buy the day you want to go, no lottery for this one. But permits are limited, before mid-May they sell 500 permits/day after mid-May they only sell 100 permits/day. The permits go so fast, within a blink of an eye it goes from 100 to 3 left it seems, and they sell out. So make sure to log on the day they open up the permits! The site also kept crashing when they first released the permits! But in the end, I was able to secure 8 permits for…

Getting Around Croatia

Dubrovnik from the Old City Wall
Nights Spent in Croatia: 4 nights
Cities Visited: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Zadar, Plitvice National Park, and Zagreb
Transportation: planes, ferries, and buses

Whenever I am in Europe I like making the most of my time and traveling to more than one country since it's very easy to do. This time around, we chose to go visit Croatia! Tizzy and I had heard and seen some amazing pictures and stories of the country, we wanted to check it off our bucket list. We only had 4 nights so we tried to make the most of it by exploring a different city each day, overall it was a great time and we wished we had more time to explore!

This post will be a breakdown of how we planned everything and about how much we spent getting ourselves around the country. At first we contemplated renting a car since we were planning going from one end of the country to the other (like 375 miles apart), but then can you imagine the bickering that would go down between Tizzy and me?! So gla…

Traveling to Germany

View from the tower of St Peter's Church in Munich
Cities visited in Germany: Munich, Konstanz, and Meersburg
Days spent in Germany: 8 days
I headed to Germany recently to attend a wedding of one of my closest friends. Our friendship is unique and I definitely miss the days when we spent every weekend together while she was living in California for an internship for 7 months, but now that she is married and living in Germany, it gave me an opportunity to travel to go visit! I met Melanie 12 years ago in high school when we both participated in a school exchange program. 12 years later we are still great friends. With the boyfriend and best friend in tow, off to Germany we went!

I tend to try to travel on a budget, so overall my time in Germany wasn't too expensive, but I also don't travel extravagantly. The first night we stayed in a hostel, shared co-ed room, $26/night per person. The 5 days in Konstanz we stayed with friends, and our last night before we flew out, we sp…