“It was boundless delight…indefinite wandering through strange places.” –Jack London

Currently: I am lucky enough to be working as a Project Leader for the Student Conservation Association, leading a six-person crew in the SCA’s Desert Restoration Corps.  We spend ten days at a time out in the field, camping and working at the intersection of the Mojave desert and the Sierra Nevada.  We toil all day in beautiful wilderness, share wholesome communal meals, and sleep out under the desert stars.  Much more than just a job, the DRC fosters a culture of stewardship, open communication, community development, and personal growth.

The Blog: Welcome to Itinerant Adventures – a blog of my travels and adventures.  I created the blog for two purposes 1) so friends and family can see what I’m up to and 2) as a resource for others.   There are an abundance of quality RTW blogs from people who spend $20,000 on their trip and travel with high-tech gadgets.  This blog is different.  This is not a vacation, but a way of life.  I’m pursuing a form of sustained semi-retirement in which travel, work, and play become life.  I will minimize expenses by doing volunteer and seasonal work .  Each subsequent opportunity will be up to my own research and recommendations from other travelers.  This gives the added benefit of spending more time in each place and getting a feel for the local lifestyle.    Thanks for joining in on the journey and hopefully my words, photos and thoughts can give you a glimpse into my wanderings and inspire some of your own!

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About me: If you don’t know me already, well, mucho gusto!  In a few words I’m a curious wanderer, life-loving minimalist, vegetarian frat-boy, beer-drinking triathlete, conscious consumer, outdoor enthusiast, hammock connoisseur, Spanish nerd, wanna-be vagabond and yerba mate devotee.

I grew up in the fantastic Pacific Northwest town of Kenmore and just graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Spanish and Communications.  My love of español sent to me live in beautiful Granada, Spain and explore around Andalucia.  I also spent a semester in the quilombo of Buenos Aires, Argentina where I realized I don’t belong in the Concrete Jungle.   Since University, I’ve spent a season in the Washington’s Alpine Lakes, worked as trekking guide in Guatemala, and traveled around Central America. My future plans  include a thorough exploration of the Americas while doing a variety of volunteer and seasonal work focused on environmental and social justice — hopefully while enjoyin’ the outdoors!


11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by carolyn and steve starr on 5 November, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    We are thrilled to follow your travels and adventures! We will look forward to your blog updates! steve and carolyn


  2. Dear Itinerant Adventures,

    My name is Rachel Greenberg and I work for NileGuide.com, a travel planning site that provides great recommendations for things to do on your trip and lets travelers create custom itineraries to over 250 global destinations. We really love the unique perspective and insightful writing of Itinerant Adventures, and we would love to propose a link partnership between our travel website and your blog!

    We have a few, high-value pages on NileGuide we think would be great options to put a link to your blog. In exchange, we would love for you to add a link to NileGuide or our widget somewhere on Itinerant Adventures. You can see descriptions and examples of the two NileGuide widgets we have created here. http://www.nileguide.com/pages/get-widgets

    At NileGuide we are passionate about sharing ideas and connecting with other exceptional travel resources such as your blog. We want the content we’ve worked hard to create available to as many people as possible and want to make our partner’s content equally accessible.

    Let me know if you’re interested, and we can talk details (pages, anchor text, etc.).


    Rachel Greenberg



  3. Posted by Granny on 28 June, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Lil Q,

    What’s up brotha? I’m loving your posts, perspective & the experiences you are creating. It’s exactly what you should be doing right now! These adventures will take you to some amazing places and create some unforeseen opportunities for the years ahead. I’m a huge supporter.

    Marni & I will be in Peru in September…we’re taking a different approach – as she works for Ker & Downey (we’ll be staying in high-end places – but they are paying her to travel). It would be fun to connect for a day or two on our journey through the Sacred Valley. Not sure if it’s in your plans and not sure how I feel about you moving through Columbia by your lonesome, but I thought the concept of making it to Cuzco, Peru by mid-September would give you something to aim towards.

    Talk to you soon,

    Juan Cranston


    • Posted by snordq on 19 July, 2010 at 9:42 am

      Good to hear from you brothaman! I am also not sure on my plans…I had thought about headin to Ecuador/Peru in the fall, but the money might fall short. Plus, I´m looking at some really cool job opportunities back in the States. Either way, I´ll let ya know. Enjoy San Diego!
      Hasta Pronto!


  4. Posted by Heather Nordquist on 12 July, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I just love hearing about your latest adventures! Not sure what your plan is but I just got an email about staff positions with Broadreach (The sailing program I did in the caribbean). They are in need of the following possible staff positions immediately – and I though of you and your fun adventures! Give them a call if you are interested. 888.833.1907
    1. Wilderness Leads for Adventure Programs in Costa Rica and Belize 7/13-8/5
    2. Surf Instructor for our Costa Rica, Belize, Panama Cousre 7/29-8/5


    • Posted by snordq on 19 July, 2010 at 9:42 am

      I heard you made a visit out to Boulder area!
      Thanks for the Broadreach tip – I´m looking at different job opportunities right now, so if the current one falls through, I´ll give them a ring ASAP.
      Hope all is well in Colorado!


  5. Hey Scott! I just read your blog entry about Quetzal Trekkers and I wanted to talk to you about it, and general volunteering stuff. Any chance you could email me? Cheers!


  6. Hi! I would like to swap links with your site. My blog is http://www.travelocafe.com. I’ve already added you under my “Links” section on my page. Please send me the description you favor for your site. Thank you!
    I’m also looking for guest bloggers. Please let me know if you’d be interested in being featured on Travelocafe.
    Regards, Laura


  7. Dear Scott,

    Hello! It has been a pleasure to follow your blog posts and experiences about traveling. We were wondering if you would be interested in writing a post or us doing a guest post regarding the subject of world kindness? We are really trying to get the ideas and enthusiasm that you touch upon out to our audiences, and we would really appreciate the help.

    I am currently working on a film that captures the spirit of kindness in the US, titled “American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers,” and thought your readers may be interested in learning about it? “American Bear” centers on an exploration two filmmakers take on as they travel across the country for 60 days relying on nothing but the kindness of strangers for shelter each night. The insight that they shed on subjects such as community, trust, patriotism, and nature are very powerful.

    Please feel free to check out our trailer and Your Voice section at: http://www.AmericanBearFilm.com and contact us at kindstranger6@gmail.com. Thank you for your time.


    “American Bear”

    “American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers”
    Website: http://www.AmericanBearFilm.com
    BlogSpot: http://beardocumentary.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @RelyonStrangers
    Facebook: American Bear or http://www.facebook.com/BearDocumentary
    Kickstarter: http://kck.st/uHYJ3s
    YouTube: http://youtu.be/q5yJtP4IFhU


  8. Hi Scott,
    My name is Homer and I’m writing from Travel News (http://tra.velne.ws/) a real time travel community of travel bloggers, travelers and people who like traveling in general. It’s a free and open community for anyone to participate, think of it as digg but dedicated to traveling.

    We would really like your opinion on it and we would love if you could join the community. It is completely free and you can submit as many links as you want there is no limit and they show up in real time.

    Some more info on Travel News; We started travel news as an application for our friends to share interesting links about traveling but became apparent that a lot of people liked the idea and started to share their links. After requests from users we have added lots of functionality like voting/commenting/mark as favorite/read later, many more will follow. Since August 2012 TN has done a great progress, grew 400% since when it started and we expect that growth to continue, more than 200.000 unique visitors every month with 550.000 page views.

    Already a lot of bloggers are submitting their great articles to Travel News, more than 9000 travel articles covering nearly 25.000 destinations.

    All in all we hope to make it a point of reference of finding the most relevant information about destinations and the experiences travelers have in those destination (removing all the noise).

    I hope you join us.


    Homer from Travel News Team


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