It's been over a month since we finished our thru-hike of the Colorado Trail, and it feels like we are in a state of mourning. Currently we find ourselves home in super-urban Chicago and back in the grind of work. The transition from pure summer bliss to the hectic start of the school year is always a tough one for us, and, after six spectacular weeks of enjoying the simple pleasures of backpacking, this year feels even harder than normal.
While we haven't decided where we are going next year yet, we have been busy reliving some of our hiking trips of years past. In October we will be giving a presentation called "Classic Hikes of the World" at the Morton Arboretum in the Chicago suburbs, and it's been fun digging up our best photos of the hiking and backpacking trips we took back before we were ever on Instagram.
Since we aren't currently "on trail," we thought we'd share some of our favorites, and what better place to start than New Zealand? The hiking season is just around the corner in the Southern Hemisphere, and, if you are lucky enough to be heading there this year, we have some photos that we hope will get you excited.
We visited the South Island for three weeks almost two years ago, and that little taste of Middle Earth has us longing to go back. This shot was taken at Sealy Tarns in Mount Cook National Park. We climbed 2200 steps to get to this spot, but the stunning views of massive Aoraki we got in return made the steep ascent worth every step!
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Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park