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The Best of 2014

I’ve been doing this for  2009, 2010, 2011,  2012 and 2013. How does 2014 stack up? While not without blips, it had some of the highest highs (literally).. When I look back on this year though, however, I will remember another amazing year on the road.

2014 will be characterized for me by the hospitality of so many people who took me in, cooked vegan dinners, showed me around their home towns, and just were genuinely nice. It’s a year that I’m very grateful to have had.

January 2014

Life of Pai

Life of Pai

Pai is one of my very very favorite places in the world. For me, it’s nearly a perfect town–filled with vegan cafes, surrounded by nature ( waterfalls, gorges, and hot springs) and moving at an easy pace of life. If I could move there tomorrow, I just might.

February 2014

Back to Kuala Lumpur

Back to Kuala Lumpur

February was a great month for me. I saw Ayutthaya and Sukkothai, spent some time on the resort island of Langkawi, and rediscovered Bangkok. The return to KL, where I stayed at my home away from home Agosto Inn, though, is what I’ll remember the most. KL is my favorite city in Asia and it remains a great place to wander for hours.

March 2014

The High Himalaya

The High Himalaya

The hardest hike of my life, but so incredible. 3 weeks in the Himalaya, with highlights including Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Ri, and thousands of Yak sightings.

April 2014

Kathmandu Tattoo Convention

Kathmandu Tattoo Convention

While not quite as low-tech as Burma, the Kathmandu convention does experience several power cuts a day.  It’s also great to walk out to the posh Yak & Yeti hotel, where international businessmen give the stink eye to the scroungy backpackers who trek in one weekend a year. I was lucky enough here to work with Nic Pretty Ink, who designed and delivered an Ent tattoo in less than ideal working conditions.

May 2014

The tea plantations of Bali

The tea plantations of Bali

Though I didn’t really enjoy Indonesia, there are a lot of beautiful places there. I didn’t really have a camera during this time, only a 1 megapixel phone camera. So this picture does not do the reality justice. Another thing I do love about Bali is the preponderance of Hindu temples everywhere. They’re beautiful and unlike other temples I’ve seen.

June 2014

The almighty Trolltunga

The almighty Trolltunga

My first weekend in Norway was close to midsummer. My friends and I drove to the west coast in one of the most beautiful road trips I’ve ever been on. After some stealth camping on the side of the road, we got up, mountain biked to a hiking trail, hiked to a cliff, climbed a via ferrata up the rock wall, and then made our way to the Troll tongue (long one of the places in the world I most wanted to see). Just an average weekend for the hardy Norwegians, but for me truly one of the best experiences of my life.

July 2014

Rocking at Roskilde

Rocking at Roskilde

I’ve raved about the festival already, but it was a chance conversation with a Canadian and a Dane at about 13,000 feet up in Nepal that brought me there. Not only did I see bands like the Rolling Stones, Jack White, Stevie Wonder, Outcast, and Les Claypool, but I made so many awesome new friends.

August 2014

The Streets of Stockholm

The Streets of Stockholm

Of course, I shouldn’t have even been there. My plan was to go to the UK, Ireland, and France. I even had flight tickets and places to stay.  UK Immigration had other plans though and to be honest more time in Denmark and a chance to meet with friends in Sweden was a pretty awesome backup plan.

September 2014

Autumn in Portland

Autumn in Portland

I had just been back in Portland last summer, but lacking a proper autumn for years made the pumpkin crazy time so nice. Portland is so walkable and always changing and though I don’t get to NE that much, I do enjoy that area quite a lot.

October 2014

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

A grand road trip has to culminate with the Grand Canyon right? Though I saw Zion and Vegas and the redwoods and Lassen and Shasta, the Grand Canyon was damn impressive. I wasn’t really expecting it to be so vast and incredible and I’m so lucky to have finally seen it.

November 2014

Hiking the kalmiopsis with Mom and Storm

Hiking the kalmiopsis with Mom and Storm


 
A good deal of my time in the States was spent at my mom’s place in Southern Oregon, where we cooked, baked, played games, and went on lots of walks. This day, a hike with Storm the Wonderdog, was one of the best as we had chickpea salad sandwiches and dill pickle chips plus the day was so clear and beautiful.

December 2014

Olympic Park in Winter

Olympic Park in Winter

December should have been my first month on a 9 month contract in China, but I had to call an audible and ended up back in Seoul. Catching up with old friends and realizing that Seoul is sort of a second home to me–plus finally getting a real winter after years in SE Asia–made December a great month.

Yeti Travels: Meet the New Plan. Same as the Old Plan (But Not Really.)

Some time ago, we posted our travel plans for 2013.  At the time, we emphasized that the plans were tentative and ready to change.

Change has come.

Sadly, we’ve had to cut out the most exciting part.  No longer is the Trans-Siberian or WWoofing in Eastern Europe (or ending up in Turkey) in the cards.  At least not in the immediate future.

Instead we’re adding new countries in Asia.  India.  Myanmar.  Indonesia.  Brunei. Singapore

We still aren’t into scheduling too much, but a rough look at what we are thinking looks like this.

Mid January: Land in Kuala Lumpur.  Explore Malaysia.  Maybe go to the Perenthians.  Maybe climb Mount Kinabalu.  Maybe see Orangutans.  Maybe go to Georgetown, or Taman Negara. Spend a few days down in Singapore.  Who knows?  The point is: it’s going to be fun and we’re going to eat much mock-meat!

bagan myanmar

Early February: Myanmar.  We’re both trying not to research anything about this, so that it will all be so unexpected.  But Bagan and Lake Inle are on the must-see list, of course.

March/April: Hike Nepal: The Annapurna and/or Everest Base Camp.  Go to Chitwan National Park.  Eat lots of momos and lentils.

road to ebc

May: Head down to India and learn everything there is to know about permaculture at Himalayan Farm Project.  Plant tons of trees and learn some yoga.

June: Similar to May, but head up to the mountains and teach Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala/Mcleodganj.  Possibly with a program such as LHA.

Ladakh

July: Meet a friend from Korea and start checking out the rest of India–in particular: Rajastan, Leh, and Sikkim.

August: Vietnam/Laos.

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September: Thailand / Cambodia

October:  Start working again, possibly in Indonesia.

As you can see, even this scaled down plan is too ambitious.  Where does Indonesia fit in the original trip?  How can we see three such big and distant areas of India in only a month?  What about Southern China?  It’s all madness, but it should be great fun.

To all friends who read this, please join us at any step or all of them!  (And if you’re not a friend, reading this might be kind of boring.  I’d recommend taking up a new hobby.)  We’d love to see people, and excited as we are about all the traveling, we’re looking forward to being able to host at some point.