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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.


Plan Beagle: ¡Sparkpunk Goes to the Galápagos Islands!

Zak Erving

Whatever you do, don't say 'Aww' (photo courtesy of Dagpeak)

Whatever you do, don't say 'Aww' (photo courtesy of Dagpeak)

It's a bit late, but I'm posting this to fulfill a promise: last month, I announced I had some big travel plans coming down the pipeline, but I kept details under wraps until everything was nailed down. (Did anyone get the Darwin joke in the title?)

My itinerary for five days

My itinerary for five days

So today, I'm proud to announce an upcoming partnership with MatadorU and Adventure Center, who are working together to send me on an excursion of the Galápagos Islands. While there, I'll be island-hopping via yacht collecting material and adventure points, snorkeling with seal pups and goofing around with blue-footed boobies (insert 3rd-grade snicker here). 

Media-wise, I'll be covering the everything with narrative and photos (as per usual), and I recently invested in a GoPro HDHero2, marking this trip as my re-introduction into the crazy world of videography. As such, I'm going-for-broke with my subscription to Adobe Creative Cloudexpect a final cut that will stir your travel loins.

Also, my exact latitude will be around half a degree south of the equator—which means this will be my first time in the southern hemisphere, as Alaskans tend to travel laterally, and seldom further south than Hawaii or Mexico. Egads!

I'll be bookending my trip with a few weeks in Quito and the surrounding areas—maybe a surf retreat  to Salinas is in order. Any recommendations?

Have you been to the Galápagos Islands? What did you enjoy most about them, or what do you hope to see if/when you go?