A few months ago in March, my good friend Jarrett and his family booked a trip to South America to visit his sister who is currently living, studying, and researching in Argentina as a Fulbright Scholar. As part of their trip, they are hiking to Machu Picchu via a four day trek along the Inca Trail. If you haven’t heard of this trail, just know that it’s strenuous, and at some points, its elevation can reach about 12,000 feet above sea-level. Read: thin air. Really thin air. (More on this later).
So in preparation for this beast of an undertaking, Jarrett initiated weekly hikes with our motley crew here in the Bay Area. This crew consists of some of my best friends from college (Go Bears!) and some stragglers we’ve picked up along the way and decided to keep. We’ve been pretty consistently hiking each weekend with a few breaks in between, and we’ve been having fun. Lots of fun!
Because we’ve loved “getting lost,” as Paul puts it, and because so many people at work and at home have asked me about these trips (and because I’ve been craving a creative outlet — yes, how cliche), I decided to document our escapes here. So welcome to Hikology, a little blog where I plan to remember and record our adventures together and share them with our family and friends. Look for mostly Bay Area and California treks along with an occasional trip around the globe, including some European jaunts, a South American fling, and some tid bits of Hawaii in the near future.
And now, I’m about to get super sentimental. There’s no doubt that hiking and being in nature is inherently wonderful, but for me, what makes these hikes so awesome is the group of amazing people around me. This blog is being created to document our trips and adventures, but a lot of it will be about the friends who make the memories. None of these experiences would be quite as fabulous without this collection of really, really cool people who loosely call themselves the Hiking Club.
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” -Anaïs Nin