In March 2008, I spent a week volunteering at an orphanage in Lima, Peru, my first time outside of the country, and discovered my passion for travel and service. This has led me from the remote jungles of Panama to the highest mountains in the Himalaya. Along the way I have fallen in love with the outdoors and backpacking. Recently, my father began a blog about his through-hike of the appalachian trail. I'm not sure which is more impressive: the blog or his trek(!), but it showed the power of sharing one's experiences. I hope you enjoy reading about my travels and work as I have my father's.