Diving Into Adventure Together: Part 1
They have travelled through numerous cities in fourteen countries, are certified scuba divers, trekked up to the Everest Base Camp and captured several moments of joy together.
The two adventure junkies featured in this story have always cherished the idea of exploring the world. But this incredible journey of theirs began just four years ago.
Sheena – Kiran and I have known each other most our lives, therefore we started our adventures together. We are both enamored by the unknown, curious to learn more about the world we live in and ambitious to push our limits. This truly helps because we can pick something new to do and both of us are usually game to try it.
Kiran – I met Sheena 15 years ago and that’s pretty much about half our lifetime, so one could say we grew up together. We are different in so many ways but the one thing that’s common is that we are both adventurous and willing to try new things. We began our travels only 4 years ago after we got married, and it made it easier to coordinate our schedules and plan together.
She is the Head of Communications and People Strategy in a tech firm, a travel blogger and he is a professional photographer.
“Every destination holds a special place in our hearts. Whether it’s trekking up the Everest Base Camp, beach hopping in Seychelles, scuba-diving in Maldives, taking a cruise in Vietnam, or celebrating Christmas in Bhutan with the amazing locals, it’s different each time and each location has taught us something.”
“We started hiking up at 2 am to catch the sunrise at 5 am”
“It was a wonderful experience, dirt roads and steep trails made it challenging, but fun. We made some amazing friends in other hikers we shared this journey with, and cherish this memory.”
Kiran – Mount Batur is a volcanic mountain sitting at 1717 meters and the view from the top was exceptional. We were exhausted, and sleepy as we started a couple of hours post midnight, but it was every bit worth it.
Sheena – My personal view on this was it felt more raw and authentic. It was a non-motor-able trail so everyone we met on top had to walk to get there.
This was their first trek overseas. “It was freezing at 2 am but hot as an oven on the return, but that’s only because Bali is warm most time of the year.”
When you talk to most people about Mauritius, you’ll hear great things about the beaches and nature reserves but this island has so much more to offer.
“We researched, spoke to the locals and planned a self trek up to the famous Le Morne Brabant mountain. It wasn’t very high, so more of a hike, but it was raining and the trail was slippery.”
“The history of this mountain is even more intriguing and that kept us going. It happens to be a peninsula at the extreme Southwestern tip of the Indian Ocean on the windward side of the island.”
The location held significance in Mauritius back in the the days of slavery and is now a UNESCO heritage site.
Kiran – When we pick a destination, we try to check if we can go for a dive, or trek or do anything else fun there. That’s pretty much how we stumbled upon Le Morne Brabant.
Sheena – Before we left for Mauritius, we were told it was only a honeymoon destination with nothing else, but I can tell you it was so much more than that. I felt so strongly about this that I even blogged about this topic.
And they tried everything the scenic island had in store for them.
The Nepalese bridge is built with wooden planks, “We had to balance on the shaky bridge while ensuring footing. Also it’s high up so the look down was intimidating”
“They trained us on the ground first, and then took us up. It’s meant for anyone willing to try but after looking at dizzy heights, many do drop out mid way. Some at the bridge itself before even getting to the zip-line.”
Sheena – You’ll feel your heart thumping outside your chest as it is extremely high, with only rocks and streams below… It was something else.
Considered the longest zip-line in the Indian ocean, these moments were captured in a nature park in Mauritius.
“We’ve done this twice, and each time has been a multi-circuit zip-line system which implies zip-lining across different view points.”
“Zip-lining was more of a thrill to ‘attempt’ something. Being the adventure junkies that we are, we had to give it a go and we did enjoy it.”
Sheena – But it’s something that I wouldn’t just do anywhere. We are very cautious about the company we choose to do it with, their safety standards and if the view is worth it, and well, this one in Mauritius was exceptional.
They couldn’t carry the equipment with them, so getting these pictures wasn’t easy. “It’s tough to get pictures zip-lining, unless someone at the top obliges. It was a deep drop and an exhilarating experience.”
After zipping down, the couple went on a guided group safari on quad bikes, which lasted about an hour and a half. “It was our first time on quad bikes!”
“In addition to being a neighboring country, in Bhutan, happiness levels measure success. That was enough to get our curiosities piqued. It is one of the most underrated destinations we’ve visited. It’s absolutely beautiful, clean, there’s so much to see, and the food was delicious and the people were incredibly warm.”
For them, it was a trekkers’ dream, “We trekked up to Tiger’s Nest or Paro Taktsang, a prominent Buddhist site perched on the Cliff-side of upper Paro valley at a height of 3120 meters.”
Sheena – This was cold, it was minus two closer to the top. The trail was long, at 10240 feet, but the temple or monastery itself was very picturesque against the mountain wall.
Compared to most treks they’ve embarked on, “This mountain was higher and one can feel the difference in the altitude.”
Their most challenging and exciting trek happened recently. More on that in the second part of this story.
Kiran is a professional photographer who takes delight in capturing their experiences through videos and pictures.
Kiran – The camera is my third eye. While most complain about carrying it around in their travels, it feels natural to me. It’s tough having to fight the urge to put the camera down when you have such an amazing sight in front of you. That way we believe we are responsible travelers, you will find that we will take our photograph or video but move away soon and enjoy the scenic view.
I’m pretty active socially when I travel but that’s because I’m egging to share that view, that magic, that emotion with my fond ones connected over social platforms.
Sheena – I’m guilty, yes I’ll take that cool selfie so we are both in the picture but I’ll also take tons of photographs of the location, food, friends we make along the way and much more. It’s storytelling and it’s my story, it’s how I am experiencing the destination I’m at, and my photographs or blogs depict just that. Each one of our experiences and perspectives are different from the other.
Kiran and I am all for the ‘raw travel experience’. We do love clicking photographs, as it is the perfect way to revisit a memory visually. But we consciously try to not let the so called ‘perfect picture’ bog us down. You can miss out on what’s around you when you let that happen, and for us it’s the fine balance that works and lets us truly experience the place we are visiting.
This was simply the first part of the story of this couple. If you wish to continue reading about their journey, here.
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