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August

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Adventure in Bhutan

Adventure Travel Bhutan: After creating, planning and executing Expedition Bhutan, a 2-month trekking and mountain biking journey across the country of Bhutan in 2011, I could have never imagined the intimate and ongoing relationship I’d develop with this stunning, culturally intriguing country.          Since that first foray into the land of Gross National Happiness, I’ve fundraised for Bhutanese individuals and non-profits, and lived and volunteered there for more than a year in total, co-creating the Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon and consulting on additional sporting initiatives.           As I get ready to head back again in a few weeks to, once again, ride Tour of the Dragon, a 268K, one-day mountain bike event which traverses the country (see my post on my first finish), I’m reflecting on how much […]

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Category: Adventure

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June

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Sierra to the Sea

Kudos to the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC) for hosting the 30th Annual Sierra to the Sea Bike Tour this past week—a 450 mile/7-day ride across our beautiful state. About 120 riders plus staff enjoyed an impressive 7-day route from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco on some of the most scenic and historic backroads our state has on offer. Each day of tough riding wound through little known towns, up memorable climbs and with views that remind us why we spend so much money to live in this state. I felt giddy, like a kid at Christmas each time we headed down yet another stretch of backroad I had never ridden. After sitting in a frigid river or swimming […]

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Category: Adventure

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January

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 Creating Our Future

Reflecting back on 2016 so many exciting, notable and moving memories come to mind. As I look forward to another fulfilling year I ask  the question—what do I wish to create in 2017? The long awaited Crossing Bhutan was premiered at Santa Barbara International Film Festival to a standing ovation for Ben Henretig, as well as several others festivals last year and I am now thrilled to share it with those in my hometown on January 27th—join us! My newest book, Dirty Inspirations, came out with a poignant and exciting book signing at my favorite, Book Shop Santa Cruz. I then took the book on my 8th trip to Bhutan, while once again supporting the Bhutan Olympic Committee in producing the 3rd Annual Bhutan International […]

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Category: Adventure

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April

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Science of Ultra Podcast Interview – All About Possibility

While on my last venture in Bhutan I had the pleasure of chatting with Shawn Bearden of Science of Ultra Podcast. We talk about possibility, joy, adventure and the natural tendency of humans to go after big adventure, all woven within the pages of Dirty Inspirations: Lessons From the Trenches of Extreme Endurance Sports. Shawn was a thoughtful interviewer and I want to thank him for all the work he puts toward a top notch podcast. Enjoy!

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Category: Adventure

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March

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Finding Magic in the Muck

My article on Tour of the Dragon in Tourism Council of Bhutan’s magazine. I had a chance to catch up with His Royal Highness on last years tour of the dragon and what he remembered most was my offering him a potato chip while climbing Dochula pass. Love that, and this really goofy pic. ‪#‎tourofthedragon‬ ‪#‎bhutanmagazine‬ ‪#‎tourismcouncilbhutan‬‪#‎gottalovethegoofyphoto  

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Category: Adventure

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February

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Bhutan International Marathon (BIM) hits Record Breaking Participation While Supporting all Factions of its Country

In 2014 the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) and I launched the first Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon (BIM) in the gorgeous Punakha and Gasa Dzongkhag’s (regions). That first year we exceeded our expectations by getting almost 40 International participants and a total of 250 runners for both the marathon and half marathon. The next year we doubled international participant numbers with over 75 runners while totals for both races remained at mid 200’s. While registrations are still pouring in for 2016, we already have over 130 International participants registered!! (while Bhutanese runners are still registering at the last minute).  Here is why this is so incredibly exciting to me: There has never been a sporting event where this many […]

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Category: Bhutan