Hitchhiking a yacht down the Panama Canal

We were eating lunch at anchor when someone spotted the crocodile (or cayman) swimming slowly by. I gawked at it with the rest of my crew. That's a bit scary - I thought - I was swimming in this water earlier this morning! Even scarier, perhaps, is the fact that minutes earlier I had been... Continue Reading →

Finding Limones [blog 037]

I would like to tell you a tale of my 24 hours spent finding Limones -- that is, finding my friends, Nadir and Tonguy, in Limones, Panama.  Finding Limones was a quest best summed up by a few facts: A few days ago my phone stopped working I left Boquete to find my friends in... Continue Reading →

One day hitchhiking in Malaysia…smile!

I traveled solo to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, but I soon met Daniella, an experienced solo female backpacker, who assured me that hitchhiking in Malaysia was not only easy and safe, but often the most efficient way to get around. The next morning, Daniella's only advice was to smile. She turned to face traffic, started walking... Continue Reading →

Hitchhiking to Yosemite, Part 1 [028]

Two weeks ago, my friend and rock climbing buddy dropped me off in the town of Placerville, CA. It was about 5pm. My goal was to hitchhike to Yosemite National Park, 120 miles away. After hitting a grocery store in Placerville, I initially struggled to find a ride out. My softer side wanted to give... Continue Reading →

When hitchhiking goes wrong [026]

If you've ever been to Las Vegas, you're probably familiar with the feeling of desperately wanting to get out of Las Vegas. And if you left Las Vegas and drove west towards LA, you'd soon pass through the last town in Nevada, a place known to the locals as "Stateline." This is the small city... Continue Reading →

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