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Lone Rucksack documents the escapades of Dani Bradford, a dirtbag adventurer and digital storyteller who has traveled extensively across the globe. Dani most recently completed a 4,500 mile+ cycling journey through 15 countries from Portugal to the Republic of Georgia. She has trekked across Northern Ethiopia, swam in Victoria Falls, traveled upriver in rural Albania, shot video in Indonesia, and photographed fishing villages in Senegal.

Dani is also Wilderness First Responder certified, a fire-building expert, and sleeps outside more often than in.

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 Over the weekend I headed from #Montañita to #PuertoLopez to hop on a boat to spot some #ballenas (whales). I sat on top of the wildly rocking boat, and the captain would exclaim “Ballenas!” and the boat would tear off at full speed, me sliding across the top of the boat, grasping at the metal edges to hold on. It was terrific fun.  “Before we knew it, we were walking along the breakwater until the whole city, shining with silence, spread out at our feet like the greatest mirage in the universe, emerging from the pool of the harbor waters. We sat on the edge of the jetty to gaze at the sight. "This city is a sorceress, you know, Daniel? It gets under your skin and steals your soul without you knowing it.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind One of my favorite spots just outside #Montañita, the top of the point overlooking the beautiful beach of #Olón, the sand and waves reaching into the horizon for miles.  “So many humans. So many colors.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief Apologies Markus Zusak, for using this beautiful quote somewhat ironically. I’ve been simultaneously grateful this week for being able to interact with so many amazing humans, and suffering slightly in treating my sunburn with copious amounts of fresh aloe and cocoa butter. I took yesterday off, spending most of the day in #Olón, a beautiful little town separated from #Montañita by a cliff and a point jutting out into the ocean. Cheers to all the amazing people I’ve met here thus far, to all the adventurers out there carving out a life for themselves of their own creation. It’s great to be alive in this world surrounded by so many humans and so many colors. The Adventure begins!
 “Sometimes it's easier to talk to a stranger than someone you know. Why is that?” “Probably because a stranger sees us the way we are, not as they wish us to be.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind Enjoying this beautiful tour by boat over the weekend in #PuertoLopez #Ecuador. An hour north of #Montañita by bus, Puerto Lopez is the spot to grab a tour for whale watching or Isla de La Plata (also known as the Poor Man’s Galapagos). The boat stopped near this rocky outcrop, the water startlingly blue, and small bright blue and yellow fish swam underneath the boat. The only disappointing part of this trip was getting seasick, and after an hour of shooting photos of whales on the top of a wildly rocking boat, all I could do was curl up in a ball lamenting my weak stomach, dreaming of the land visible in the distance.  Newest addition to the gear family for the next 6 weeks— we don’t know each other well yet, but I have full confidence we’ll become fast friends.  This guy has sold skewers of #chorizo #camarones and grilled corn for the past 6 years on the beach in #Montañita. Every time I pass him on the beach, I love to watch him grill skewers under the light of a single bulb wired to the canopy. After taking this photo I sat in the sand with my camera, eating a chorizo skewer with my fingers, grease dripping down my wrist, listening to the sound of the waves in the dark.

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