Despite our best efforts, we never did find the trail and our epic “bridge to nowhere” hike became the “hike to nowhere” hike. Regardless, our gear was on point. A few immediate standouts:

  • The Luc. Adorable solar-powered, uber-lightweight illumination.
  • The Sony DSC-RSX100. I bought this camera after a long talk with my Uncle Warren. He was absolutely right. The shots we were able to get on the first day were significantly better than a camera phone.

The hike back to civilization was extremely pleasant. Splashing through the river and checking out neat rock formations was a far cry from the stumbling and grumbling of the night before. We tested out the Steripen in the river with positive results–at least, as far as I can tell. Will keep you all posted.

We made it to LAX and attempted to check in for our eleven-hour flight to New Zealand only to discover that Australia requires passports if you plan to stay longer than eight hours. Given our plans for a two-week excursion, we needed Australian visas and fast. Thankfully our friendly New Zealand Air agent was able to procure them for us in about twenty minutes for a mere fifty dollars. Crisis averted.

In the hullabaloo, we got the chance to weigh our bags. Here’s the breakdown:

My large bag. 9.0 kgs
My small bag. 5.2 kgs
Tiffanie’s large bag. 9.2 kgs
Tiffanie’s small bag. 5.2 kgs
TOTAL WEIGHT. 28.6 kgs (63.05 lbs)

Hallelujah. Don’t worry, Trever. I’ll write a gear breakdown soon. It’ll make you smile.

On the flight, Tiffanie insisted that this was the perfect moment for me to watch Leonardo DeCaprio in The Beach. She was right. The main character’s musings were a reminder of what it means to be a traveler.

“If I’d learned one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”