The Ides of March was technically the one year anniversary of this site, but since I am doing my best to distance myself from political assassinations – and avoid any friends named Brutus – I decided to move my celebration date. So as of today – March 16 – Wandering Sasquatch is one!!
It’s hard to believe that this hairy little site has been around for a year now. It’s been a year full of milestones like:
And who doesn’t love baby’s first birthday cake?:
Yes, it’s been a busy year. It started way back in India – where this Sasquatch was first conceived (sorry for that mental image). It’s been one of the best years of my life. Kim and I celebrated our one-year travel anniversary when we were in Pokhara, Nepal. Even that feels forever ago, because Kim and I are about to celebrate our two-year travelversary (because you know we always need a new excuse to celebrate ourselves!).
So let’s take a look at what’s happened in the last year.
I gave lucky Wandering Sasquatch readers a close of a look inside my pants, telling them what kind of undies I prefer (again, sorry for the mental image).
I was able to hike the Annapurna Circuit and trek to Annapurna Base Camp, something that has been on my bucket-list for years. Life changing is a little too strong to describe how the trek was for me, but not by much. Those days of walking through the Himalayas are some of my happiest memories, and not just of travel, but of all time.
I experienced the worst jet-lag I’ve ever encountered and had my first taste of reverse culture shock last summer, when we headed back to the U.S.for the summer. I don’t think I’ll ever fully get past having some culture shock, but that’s one of the benefits of traveling: it exposes you to so much, opens your eyes in ways you can’t conceive, that it changes the way you look at everything. So, in that respect, I hope I never get over my culture shock.
Before I knew it the summer was over and I was on a plane to Spain to volunteer in Sierra Nevada National Park at Balcon del Ciello. Then Kim and I teamed up with Eurail.com for a whirlwind train tour through Europe. I got to cross yet another thing off my bucket list when Kim and I drank our way through Belgium. It was a great week of fantastic beers, fries, and waffles. I can still taste that Cossondank Christmas Ale whenever I look at that picture.
After Europe, we headed to Vietnam for a two-week bicycle tour of the country. It was an amazing time, biking through little villages with children running out to the road to yell “hellllloooooooo” as we rode by. We also had one of those quintessential travel moments when we crashed a Vietnamese wedding by group-karaoke singing Jingle Bells to the newlyweds. I’ve never been so thankful for a language barrier as I was on that day.
While in Vietnam, we headed to Phu Quoc Island for a little R & R after the bike trip. During the flight there, I had an epic battle with my seat neighbor on the plane. (Fair warning: don’t read this if you are about to eat or have just eaten.) I know in warfare there are tactics known as “scorched earth,” but I’ve never seen a “soiled pants” strategy like this travel neighbor employed – and I hope I never see another one.
And finally, Kim and I got a job! When I was a little boy, I daydreamed of being a “mysterious loner” who traveled from town to town, winning the hearts of people but forced to leave because of my mysterious past, ala Lorenzo Lamas in the epic mid-90s TV show Renegade. Luckily for me, I’ve not (yet) been framed for murder and had to live on the lam. But, I do get to live the whole “travel from town to town, winning the hearts of people” thing as Kim and I travel the country to inspire people to get out more. Now, all I need is a killer mullet, motorcycle, and a goofy sidekick…
Before I go over-indulging in that cake-squatch, I want to thank each and every one of you who take the time to read this site. So, as a thank-you gift, the first 25 people who email me their address will get a free Wandering Sasquatch sticker! (U.S. only, please) I figure, I can’t hug everyone who reads this blog, so I’ll hug your water bottle, car bumper, drum set, or anything else you want to stick my hairy face on!
So happy travels, and here’s to a great Year 2!!