hawaii maui swimmers seastars tide pool ocean tropical
A straight line of red buoys stretchin across the placid blue waters of a lake, with mountains, clouds and blue sky in the backround
silhouettes sunset beach people costa rica dominical
pine trees silhouettes sunset road roadtrip washington
orange sunset tropical ocean beach mountain hawaii maui
sunset desert sky orange arizona
dark blue sunset ocean beach costa rica santa teresa

The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir


Background: My first hiking adventure dawned on a crisp, bright autumn day in 2011. I was about to "tramp" (as the kiwis say) the 3-day Routeburn Track in the stunning Otago district, South Island, New Zealand, with one of my best friends, Bob. We were beginners, novices, amateurs – but we made up for our lack of experience with overzealous enthusiasm and extraordinarily above average organizational and planning skills.

It was the hike that would hook us for a lifetime.

Happy trails!

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(if you see any information that is incorrect or needs updated, please email me)

2 day hike in Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park, Canterbury Region, South Island, New Zealand

Matukituki Valley, Mt. Aspiring National Park, South Island, New Zealand

Mt. Aspiring National Park, Otago Region, South Island, New Zealand

2 day hike in Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia

5 day hike in the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, Peruvian Andes, Cuzco Region, Peru

3 day volcano hike in Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala

1 day volcano hike on Ometepe island, Rivas Department, Nicaragua

Aloha, my name is Jasmine.

I'm a freelance writer, editor, and content creator based out of Maui, Hawai'i, USA.

I travel the world, write, take photos, surf, and hike!