Photo of the Week: Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

June 15, 2016


Oh yikes. I’m way behind on this blog. The last few weeks have been pretty go, go, go. The fast-paced travel life doesn’t translate well to writing detailed blog posts. In the last four weeks we’ve been to Malaysia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. We’re about to wrap up the Vietnam portion of our trip in two days and then we close our entire backpacking journey in Tokyo. In t minus ten days I’ll be back in the good ole U S of A. Crazy.

The photo above is from a couple days ago in Sapa, Vietnam. Sapa is a mountain town that’s about an eight hour train ride from Hanoi in Northwest Vietnam. We hired a local Black H’mong woman from a village right outside of Sapa to lead us on a trek during our stay. It was an incredible day. We hiked through gorgeous rice paddy covered mountains, visited several minority villages, and had a homemade lunch at our guide’s auntie’s home.


We’re reaching the point in our trip where we’re starting to plan our life back home. Unfortunately, we can’t backpack forever. We have to be real adults again. In case you aren’t my Facebook or Instagram friend, I have some news; I’ve launched my own floral design business, Surcee Florals. If you know of anyone looking for a wedding florist in the Cincinnati area, I’d love a referral.

I’m hoping to be back to a regular blogging schedule soon – but in the meantime, follow me on Snapchat (@carlymessmer) or Instagram (@carlymessmer) for the best real-time updates.

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  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders June 15, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I loved seeing your snaps of your hiking trip in Hanoi! My husband went to Tokyo last year for business so I can’t wait to see what you think of it! And congrats on starting your own business! That’s so exciting!

  • Reply Nadine June 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Love this picture, it looks so amazing!!! I hope that you guys enjoy your time in Japan!! One of my friends is actually traveling there right now too for a few weeks. Cant wait to see your pictures from there! Congrats on the floral business. That is so amazing!!! I wish you all the best.

  • Reply Marie June 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I love watching your snaps. It’s been so fun following along. Congrats on the floral business. That is so fantastic! Enjoy the rest of your travels.

  • Reply August 15, 2016 at 6:21 am

    I enjoyed following your Snaps!! Just letting you know I’m still here!! Have fun and congrats on the flower biz!

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