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Matthew Karsten

expertvagabond

Adventure Traveler. Blogger. Photographer. Digital nomad. Currently: #California 🇺🇸 Travel & Photo Tips ⇣

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NEW VIDEO! 🎥 Check out our incredible week on safari in Tanzania. We saw all "Big Five" African animals, met with local tribes like the Hadzabe, and traveled through Serengeti National Park. • Click on my bio link to see the full video.👍🏼 • What’s your favorite safari animal? 🤷‍♂️ @souloftanzania #souloftanzania
There's nothing like that feeling you get after completing one of your goals! I think it's one of the reasons I enjoy climbing mountains so much. Tackling a tough challenge, and being rewarded for your efforts with amazing views and a sense of accomplishment. • This spring I've teamed up with @JackLinksJerky, creators of a new Beef Steak Strip made with 100% beef, to inspire you to push your personal boundaries this year -- whether at home, at play, or in the office. • Show me in a photo how you #raisethesteaks, and tag me for a chance to win a box of Steak Strips for yourself! I’ll share some of my favorites too. 😃 #sponsored
No trip down the California coast is complete without a stop in San Francisco! • Just a quick stop though... this place is freaking expensive. 😜
California dreamin’! We had a blast cruising down the coastline on US 1. • Part of the route is still blocked by a huge landslide (just South of Gorda), however you can continue over the mountains on a road called Nacimiento-Fergusson, and through a military base, then drive back out to the PCH and keep going. • HINT: At the top of Nacimiento-Fergusson, there are some fun dirt roads to explore! 🚚  #seemonterey @SeeMonterey
Walking through a dark, creepy tunnel of cypress trees. We felt like we were in a horror movie… 👻
Springtime in #bigsur at Bixby Creek Bridge! What a beautiful week it’s been for road tripping California’s PCH. Add this trip to your bucket list!
Road trip time! @anna.everywhere & I are driving down the coast of California’s PCH this week, trying to find all the cool spots. Like this one at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco. • You can follow along on Insta Stories to see what we’re up to! • Have you driven the PCH before? Let us know if you have any tips!
Nighttime in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 12,000 feet. ✨⛺️
Some of the gear I packed for my Mount Whitney hike. Two days to reach the summit at 14,500 feet. Watch my story for more details! 😃
A perfect blue-bird day traversing to the 14,500 ft summit of Mt. Whitney in April. • Can you believe this is California?! This state has it all — beaches, deserts, forests, and high-altitude mountains. @visitcalifornia
Every year I like to challenge myself, and push my comfort zone a bit. I decided to try some winter mountaineering in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains! 🏔 • So I climbed Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States at 14,505 ft (4421 m) over the course of two days via the “mountaineer’s route.” It was a tough, but exhilarating experience. • To help fuel my adventure, I brought along new Jack Link’s Beef Steak Strips (@jacklinksjerky) made with 100% beef for a quick & tasty boost of protein when my energy was running low. • What are you doing to #raisethesteaks and challenge yourself this year? Tag me in your post and I’ll share some of my favorites! #sponsored
We spent a night along the shores of Lake Eyasi, a large salt lake in the fertile Great Rift Valley of Tanzania. 🇹🇿 • The area feels very different than the hot, dry grasslands we’ve been traveling through up until that point. It’s wet and tropical, with large palm trees full of squawking birds. • I climbed up to a high viewpoint to watch the sun set over a mostly-dry lake. During the wet season, it can actually get pretty deep and attracts groups of wading hippos cooling off in the salty water. • Just published a photo essay from Tanzania on my blog, use the link in my bio to check it out!

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