Off the Ice

We made it off the ice and back to Christchurch on Saturday; only one day late. For Antarctica travel norms, that’s pretty good. We are happy to be eating food of our own choice and drinking coffee that doesn’t taste like dirt (GSC has a contract to buy this Antarctica Blend coffee, which is NOT […]

Happy Father’s Day!!

Happy Father’s Day to Ray and Bob! Stephanie: When I was 13, my family took a summer vacation to Newfoundland Province in Canada. We went on a day hike past a ridge line with pockets of snow near the top. My sister, Renee, said she wanted to try to hike to the snow. But the […]

First day in the Sierras

Miles: 702.4 to 730.9 Mileage: 28.5, plus .8 back to the trail from the Kennedy Meadows General Store Day: 34 Do you know what’s heavier than 30 miles of water? 10 days of food plus a bear canister. In an attempt to make the next section of trail less complicated, we opted to hike as […]

A shorter day into Hikertown

Miles: 502.3 to 517.6 Mileage: 15.3 Day: 25 Because our bush whack the day before had eaten into our hiking time, we covered about nine miles fewer than we thought we might. So our nearo into Hikertown Hostel went from six to 15 miles. Fortunately, they were pretty straight forward. We made our way slowly […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to Penny and Terry.    Thanks to your love and support we are smelly, dirty, blistered, sunburned, sore, swollen and HAPPY hikers!  Love, Richard and Stephanie


  Miles: 82 to 101.1 Mileage: 19.1 Day: 5 Today was a different day on trail. It was cloudy and very windy. Temperatures never made it over 70. Sometimes we were walking in a fog, and with it, the humidity it brings.  And we had hiked to our goal for the day by 1:30 p.m.  […]

A day of blisters and patches

Mile: 41.5 to 61.7 Mileage: 20.2 Day: 3 It was still dark when Richard felt the hard-packed dirt below our tent under his sleeping bag. Throughout the night, his inflatable sleeping pad had been ever so slowly shrinking beneath his weight due to a small puncture. He blew some more air into the pad and […]

Rafiki: Tanzania part 4

Here are a few more photos from Tanzania:

Man-us Interruptus

In the last three days, I’ve been interrupted twice while working in public areas: Once in a public library and once in a hotel lobby. I’ve been trying to understand why these people think they can pull me from my work. Here are some similarities between the interrupters: male, asked me if I was studying […]