A Memorable Giving of Thanks

I’m not a big worshiper of a particular holiday, but I do enjoy reasons to gather with loved ones to give thanks and show appreciation for our amazing lives (and the mashed potatoes are pretty good too). So at a recent pre-holiday potluck we reflected on memorable Thanksgivings, and I was reminded of a doozy. […]

The Birth of a Big Event in a Wee Known Country

I kinda figured from past experience that this post-big trip post would be about some personal epiphany or novel experience that went down during my recent trip to Bhutan. But because I spent most of my six weeks there this time around focused and working on birthing a new event, I’m coming off this journey […]

Pacing, Patience, and Boiling Water for Karma

I took off from my rustic apartment pre-dawn and headed straight up. Starting at about 8,000 feet and increasing altitude with each step, I methodically ascended a wall of the Thimphu Valley in Bhutan, while continuing to check in with the correct pace for this challenging 2.5-hour run. From years of experience, pacing on the […]

On the Move Back to Bhutan

At 4:15 am in Dubai I had been awake for a while when the first call to prayer from the nearby mosque reverberated in my hotel room. Familiar, I recalled this powerful ritual from my travels in Morocco and Egypt, while pondering that the following day the Buddhist chanting and drumming in Kathmandu would be […]

What I Brought Home from Bhutan

While meeting with His Royal Highness, Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, prior to leaving Bhutan, I shared that we came to his country with a naive and vague concept of documented Gross National Happiness. And that what I now peruse after seven weeks of immersion, is a vastly-layered, multi-colored view of happiness. Bhutan showed me that […]

“My People, My Country”

Festival Love:  My mind lingered on the twirling colors, still enamored of the captivating Buddhist Festival staged in the spacious courtyard of the Tashigang Dzong. As we prepared to set out on two more days of biking and several more days of hiking to our final eastern destination, Sakteng, I was giddy remembering this elaborate […]

Raw, Huge Land. Humble People.

Our last two days of this second big section of trekking took us up 4,500 feet over Rodang La (pass) followed by a 7,000 foot drop down an ancient trail built so that the first king’s father could pass through. Our camp tonight is perched on a precipice, similar to most monasteries in Bhutan. I […]

The Visual, Physical & Cultural Intrigues of Biking Bhutan

On any stretch of road one rolls in Bhutan, the cyclist is guaranteed a visual, physical and cultural feast. From views of 7,000 meter snow-capped peaks perched as a backdrop to the seemingly endless foothills, the acres of climbing through alpine forest down to crisp, turbulent rivers—the landscape of Bhutan is abundantly stimulating. And as […]

What Matters from the Trail

I started jotting down these thoughts several days ago while nestled in the ruins of a rock fortress at Jangotang camp in the eastern Himalaya range of Bhutan. Protected from the chilly mountain breeze by ancient crumpled drywall, I gazed directly up at 7,000 meter Jhomolhari peak outlined by the cobalt blue sky. As our […]

All the Prince’s Horses & All the Prince’s Men

We had no idea that our expedition would be in such a limelight for the country of Bhutan. Upon arrival in Paro, the red carpet was rolled out and a greeting party met us at the airport—a special staff appointed by His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, who is also the head of the […]