So There I Was...

During my first year of college, I had a friend that came to the conclusion that every great story starts with the phrase, "So there I was...". With those four words you've set the idea that something great is about to happen. It automatically catapults a person's imagination into the magic of what could be. What better way to start this blog? So there I was...

Waking up on the third day in Rio de Janeiro, right after Easter in 2014 I received a message that my trip in the rain forest surrounding the city would have to be cancelled. Too much rain. Deciding that I needed to get at least some kind of hike in, I knew that I could go to the lower portions of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf). A quick and rewarding internet search later, I stumbled across the opportunity to actually hike up the whole thing. Wait a minute?! Hike up the whole mountain? I thought you could only take the little tram cars up.

Turns out, that's not the only way up. If you've got some rock climbing ability in you (very little is needed, only about 50') then you can make it. So I signed up and met Gabriel and another German couple and we hiked up the backside. The incline was very steep and we made a second (optional) climb as we transversed the rock face (I got the scrapes to prove it). As we neared the top and the sun was getting close to setting, we had the most amazing view of the city (see above). While everyone else had taken the cars up, I had earned this view. It made it so much more valuable to me. (I'll dive into this day a little more in another post.)

It's the stories like this that inspire me to share what I've learned and discovered. It's these experiences that inspire me to have the next one. I love history and culture and learning how others live. My blog is for those who want to take the road less traveled and value experience. It's about having an idea, but being flexible. Traveling is always going to reflect your philosophies on life. As I continue to share you'll learn what mine are. Whatever happens next, has to be amazing right? We all choose to make our life amazing or not. You choose to see the everyday adventure or not. What will you choose?  How will you challenge yourself today?