The day before I left California, I discovered my favourite trail of all time.
Believe it or not, I passed two other women hiking solo on the trail.
My request to visit Rasdhoo Madivaru (Picnic Island) coincided with a planned family gettogether, so we combined the two.
Finally, I could see the beach we exited from coming once more into the view. Freedom!
The underwater view was beautiful, but why waste words on it when I have pictures?
Needless to say, I am a long way from home.
Over the next two weeks, I'll be blogging from white sands and turquoise beaches in the Maldives.
Here are some tips to help you become a lean, mean hiking machine.
Do you have long-distance friends with whom you maintain a strong, ongoing relationship? How do you pull it off? Share your advice in the comments!
By the time we got to Mexico, I decided there was no way I could let the opportunity pass me by.