img_452725I’m a travel writer and photographer who loves nothing more than getting out there and experiencing the world, no matter if it’s a destination close to home, a road trip, or a journey to far-flung lands. The thrill is in the journey. Join me as I explore new terrain and ferret out experiences that expand our universe and open new horizons.

Chilkoot Trail-Alaska to BC (Photo: Laureen Novak)

I’m a nature lover so when my husband, Steve, and I are tied to our home base in Sonoma County, California we get out whenever we can to hike, backpack, ski, mountain bike, paddle and enjoy the outdoors. Lately backpacking has happily consumed more of our summers so my blog has focused mostly on backpacking topics. We’ve backpacked extensively in the Sierra, including the John Muir Trail, as well as other West Coast destinations in Alaska, the Yukon and Peru. We’ve also started teaching and guiding some backpacking classes and are doing gear reviews. M

Vietnam (Photo: Steve Mullen)

Favorite long-distance destinations usually center around the Pacific Rim, or the so-called Ring of Fire. The West Coast of the U.S., British Columbia, Alaska and the Yukon, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central and South American and the tropical islands of the Pacific all lure us with their diverse topography, potential for adventure, striking gastronomic flavors and exotic cultures.

Sequoia National Park (Photo: Jerry Ondash)

I’ve been published in various print and online outlets–see About.me to see some samples. Steve and I both hold press credentials as active members of Bay Area Travel Writers, a professional organization based in San Francisco, he as a travel photographer and I as a travel writer. I’m a member of Redwood Writers, based in Santa Rosa.

Here are my disclaimers: This is a personal blog. My opinions are my own, and do not represent the opinions of anyone else. I don’t have much advertising but I am an Amazon Associate and occasionally provide links to books and gear–it’s not a big moneymaker (e.g. none, but one can always hope). I sometimes receive sample books or gear to review-a disclaimer will appear at the end of these reviews. I do not endorse any products for a fee. If I attend any sponsored functions I’ll state that. I appreciate comments from others, but cannot be responsible for their content. Please contact me immediately with a request to remove any incorrect information.

I’d love to hear from you if you have questions, your own adventures to share or any comments. You can either comment on an article or use the Contact page to send me a direct message.

Find your adventure. It’s all out there…join the journey.

Inga Aksamit

If I haven’t posted for awhile it’s because I’m busy traveling, hiking or writing for other publications: Click here for more links to my writing: About me.