We suffer thru-hiking for the transcendent, and appreciate it more because of our suffering.
The chorus of birds on both the Te Araroa and the Pacific Crest Trail were glorious. Hear them for yourself!
Instead of desperately missing the things you can’t do, it’s better to enjoy what’s right in front of you.
When talking about the islands of New Zealand, you say “in” the island, not “on” because they’re huge.
I hitched around Lake Wakatipu then hiked an Alpine pass on the Routeburn Trail in rain.
The saying goes that in the North Island, you get dirty and in the South, you wash.
The weather is wild in New Zealand ranging from hot days to storms with gale force winds.
In New Zealand, thousands of huts in the back country provide shelter for trampers.
The most important lesson I learned is if the weather is good, keep moving.
Blissful hangs up her hiking shoes for a paddle on the Whanganui River.