Domestic and International Trekker – Camper – Wanderer – Former Expat Teacher – Dog Lover – Coffee Snob – Lover of Gear – Master of Sarcasm
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Mary’s true sense of wanderlust began with her first long distance hike. She was inspired to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail just to see if she could do it, and did indeed complete it in 2003. After five months of sleeping in a tent she thought she’d be ready to settle down in Tucson, Arizona with her dog, get a house, teach high school special education, and maybe even tolerate a man in her house if he was neat enough.
None of that happened. Her sense of wanderlust grew and in 2006 she proceeded to walk across Spain on the Camino de Santiago just one month before moving to the Middle East to teach. This Kentucky native managed to wander a long way from home in a short period of time. With all this trekking came a lot of camping and sleeping in places not nearly as nice as her tent.
For the past eleven years Mary has lived in Kuwait, China, and Turkey, teaching at international schools and a university, while pursuing her goal of traveling the world. Her travels have led to amazing opportunities to trek in places she never even heard of ten years ago. She’s also experienced “glamping” in Africa and camping above 15000 feet with a monster headache.
Now, after discovering Camping for Women, she hopes to share her experience, lessons learned, and love of gear with a community of like-minded people who share her enthusiasm for the outdoors. Her travel and trekking blog, Feet to Flight, can be found at http://feettoflight.com. Her wanderlust began on foot and progressed to flight. She’s not stopping any time soon.
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In this in-depth article, Mary Lyons shares her impressive experience on how she completed it and guides you as to how you can achieve this feat too.
The highest peak in Africa.
Many come to explore and climb this every year and many more have this on their bucket list.
Read all about how to best prepare yourself for one of the trips of a lifetime!
Glamping taken to a whole new level here…
When I tell people I went to Bhutan, I get mixed reactions. Sometimes I get asked, “Where’s Bhutan?” Others say, “Oh, is everybody really happy there?” in reference to their reputation for measuring Gross National Happiness. But the response I get most often is, “Wow, I want to go there, but ______…” You can fill in the blank. There’s always a but, and when it comes to Bhutan, there are two main obstacles that prevent people from visiting this amazing country. Number 1 is money. Number 2 is lack of knowledge that results in the misconception that getting there is difficult.
Fifteen years ago I saw a quick blurb about it on television and thought, “I have to go there.” Just a couple of years ago, I finally went.
What draws people to this beautiful Asian country? Trekking. Bhutan offers numerous trekking options, but all will be a bit challenging because of the altitude.
Antelope Canyon Arizona is No Longer Hidden, but It’s Still a Gem
In the 1970s, the slot canyons on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona were still relatively unknown to everyone except the Navajo.
These two canyons, now known as Antelope Canyon, aren’t the only two slot canyons in northern Arizona and southern Utah. The soft sandstone here is easily eroded during flash floods that occur a few times a year.