The Best of 2013

Though 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 were all great, 2013 was probably the best yet.  It began with one of the Great Hikes in New Zealand, and ends in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In between, one full year of backpacking, with eleven countries and most of South East Asia are accounted for.  Even more so than previous years, it was quite difficult to choose just one photo per month.  But them’s the rules, and so without further ado:

January 2013

Cruising the Milford Sound

Cruising the Milford Sound

The beginning of the month was spent touring New Zealand’s South Island.  A cruise through the Milford Sound on a cloudless day was equal parts good luck and beautiful views.

February 2013

Sunrise at Bagan

Sunrise at Bagan

February saw us traveling around Malaysia and visiting Burma.  There were far too many great moments, but sunrise in Bagan is hard to top.  Our night bus got us to town by 5 am, and a small, beleaguered horse brought us to the temples just in time to get see the sun rise.

March 2013

Happy Holi!

Happy Holi!

March was the second time I unknowingly landed in Kathmandu for Holi.  What is there to say about Kathmadu, other than it’s the maddest, greatest city we saw the entire year.

April 2013

Just a Normal Day on the Annapurna Circuit

Just a Normal Day on the Annapurna Circuit

April saw our trek through the Himalayas, where we were treated to legendary views, legendary climbs, and legendary blisters.

May 2013

Chilling at the Taj

Chilling at the Taj

When your month includes a visit to probably the most famous building in the world, it’s pretty much what you gots to go with.

June 2013

Southern Oregon Swimming

Southern Oregon Swimming

The transition from India to Orange County and Southern Oregon was a strange one, to say the least.  But spending my days swimming in the river with my family quickly became the norm–and a welcome one it was!

July 2013

Hiking Hood

Hiking Hood

Summer in Oregon is a pretty special time, and while Hood doesn’t compare to the Himalayas, I will always cherish the Cascades.  This picture was taken while hiking with a friend from Korea, after which we stopped at Los Gorditos for grubbing burritos.

August 2013

Camping at Mt. Shasta

Camping at Mt. Shasta

I returned to Thailand in August, but before that I got to go camping with my brother and mother at Mt. Shasta.  The town of Shasta was really cool, and our campsight was really spectacular.  We had a grand old time walking, swimming, playing card games, and cooking on the camp fire.

September 2013

Swimming in Laos

Swimming in Laos

September was so much fun.  It began in Southern Thailand, where we met a friend from Korea and hung out on various beaches.  Then my sister showed up and we cruised up to Laos, which quickly became very dear to all of us.  The day we biked to the Blue Lagoon in Vang Vienne and jumped from the tree for a few hours was the best of an already good couple of weeks.

October 2013

Sapa views

Sapa views

We spent most of October rushing down Vietnam.  While so much of the trip was gorgeous, Sapa was the highlight for both of us.  This was the view from our 8 dollar a night guesthouse.

November 2013

Mexican Thanksgiving

Mexican Thanksgiving

By the end of November, we rented a place in expat heaven.   It was easy to procure microbrews and stuff for an excellent vegan Mexican Thanksgiving.

December 2013

Fighting Cthulhu on Christmas

Fighting Cthulhu on Christmas

Yeah, I love board games.  So when Christmas day included a trip to the zoo, homemade palak tofu, rajma masala, chana kaddu, chapati, burmese tomato salad, that was all pretty great.  When post-dinner digestion featured vegan peanut butter chocolate pies (with oreo crust) and Cthulhu carols and a rousing game of Elder Scrolls…well, you do the math.

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2 responses to “The Best of 2013

  1. Thank you. Josh for taking all those great pictures. And your writing. It’s interesting to read. And you, too Rachel. G. Ma

  2. Thanks Gma! I’m glad you enjoy the blog/

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