Lite Adventurer

a guide to packing light and living simply

  • North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin Review

    November 26, 2020 by

    One of the few places out of state we visited this year was Stehekin, Washington which is part of the North Cascades National Park complex. This is a remote town nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains and a lake, and the only ways to get there are either by foot or boat making it… Read more

  • Why I’m skipping the iPhone 12 this year

    October 20, 2020 by

    I typically wait 2 to 3 years before upgrading my cell phone, with my main motivation being meaningful camera updates. The last standalone camera I bought was back in 2014 (a gently used Ricoh GR which is still going strong), and I haven’t felt the need to buy another because most of the pictures I… Read more

  • Snapshots from North Cascades National Park

    September 28, 2020 by

    It was so good to get away for a while after all the craziness of 2020 (so far). The flight to Seattle wasn’t bad, though it did get uncomfortable wearing an N95 mask for over 4 hours. Everyone on the plane cooperated with the rules, and we didn’t have any dumb jackasses on our flight… Read more

  • Planning for the North Cascades

    September 14, 2020 by

    Had my original travel plans for this year panned out, I would be presently crossing the Atlantic ocean on the way to Great Britain for the next 2 weeks. Alas, COVID. Mrs. Lite & I still wanted to do something away from our home geographic region this summer and felt it was worth the small… Read more

  • Off to the Midwest!

    August 15, 2020 by

    Since I walked out the doors of graduate school 15+ years ago, year-to-date 2020 has been the longest stretch of time that I’ve gone without taking a vacation. I figured since my original travel plans all got cancelled, I might as well work and pad the ol’ emergency fund in case disaster strikes this winter… Read more

  • How I (eventually) got my money back from a tour operator

    July 20, 2020 by

    Nearly 2 months after requesting a refund from Trafalgar, I finally got my money back. Recent posts here and here detail how I got to this point. Now that this experience has concluded, I wanted to share some advice for other travelers having problems getting refunds from this or any other similar tour company. First… Read more

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