journey | Christina Felschen

journey | Christina Felschen

West Coast, wild coast

Five years in California. The tallest trees, the steepest mountains, a big fat photo book.

Topping out of Half Dome

published on YouTube >>

Beach vacation with bears – hiking along the Lost Coast

published on the expat blog Life in the Bay, April 21 2016 >> and (in German) on the tapir travel blog, October 5, 2015 >>

If Malibu Beach comes to your mind first when you think about beach vacations in California, you should probably not venture out to the Lost Coast. But if you prefer Alaska to ‘Baywatch’, this is your spot. Even the road builders of the Wild West steered clear of this coast, steep and rugged as it is. All the better for us, as well as for sea lions, black bears and marijuana farmers who peacefully cohabit in this wilderness.

Climbing Mount Shasta in winter

published on the expat blog Life in the Bay, April 7, 2016 >>

If you love skiing or could at least imagine to do so, this El Niño winter is your chance. There hasn’t been more snow in the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range for a long time. Mount Shasta and Lassen Peak can even help you extend the season, as these outstanding northern mountains are often covered in snow until late May.

Hiking in Death Valley – of all places

published by Life in the Bay, February 4th, 2016 >>

Leaving into the unknown in Death Valley? Outsmarting nature by carrying gallons of water on our backs? The idea sounded outlandish, excitingly so. At least until the second evening, when we realized that our hike had led us towards an impasse in the middle of a desert canyon.

California outdoor calendar

published on the expat blog Life in the Bay, 17. December 2015 >>

Any resolutions for 2016? What about exploring California’s fantastic outdoors? Here are some suggestions, one per month. While the times proposed here might be ideal for enjoyable weather and activities, this is of course flexible – and many destinations can even be combined in one great road trip. I will soon present some of the destinations in greater detail on this blog.

Beyond Borders

compiled for a photo class at Stanford Continuing Studies, March 2015

“Tourists don’t know where they have been, travelers don’t know where they are going”, the US American author Paul Theroux wrote. This book is for all travelers, who trust the unknown and for all hosts, who prove them right. One decade of photography in surprising combinations.

Green Travel Manifesto

How to reduce ecological and social impacts when traveling – and still get the most out of your voyages? This travel menifesto, hence incomplete and not always fulfilled, tries to give an answer. From A like airplane to Z like zig zag.

Realizing how big the world is

written for the Peace Boat website, Dec 16th, 2012 >>

One year ago, we departed on a voyage that I will never forget. While Yokohama became smaller and smaller in a rain of ribbons, music and goodbyes, I felt that these 102 days would mark a turning point in my life – a presentiment which was true, but in a different way than I had expected. This voyage gave me the optimism and ‘genkiness’ that I needed later on in 2013 – thanks to all the incredible people onboard and in ports! Hope to see you again!

Around the world in 102 days

Now it’s official: From December 2012 until March 2013 I will join the Japanese NGO “Peace Boat” on its 78th voyage around the world, from Yokohama to Yokohama, passing for places whose names alone evoke all kinds of fantasies: Rapa Nui. Punta Arenas. Kota Kinabalu. Papeete. Port Louis.