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San Juan Islands. I did not even know Washington State had islands until last summer and now I have been living on one for the past three months.  The ferry stops at Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw (occasionally). There are many other smaller islands as well. I am doing a three month work exchange... Continue Reading →

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“She Is Everything”

The title of this post is a quote from Marva Jones of Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. While reflecting upon how to capture Mother Earth Day in a few words, an idea blossomed, "She Is Everything." Short, sweet, and so true. Thank you for these words of wisdom. Mother Nature is an astounding feat.... Continue Reading →

Making the World Go Round and Round

December 2015 --With almost forty references between hosting, surfing, and random interactions, proudly all positive, Couchsurfing has influenced my travels a lot more than I realized. My most recent cross country road trip initiated this thought as I miraculously had four hosts in a row to accommodate me on my ride from Chicago, Illinois to... Continue Reading →

The Temple of Aeolus

November 2015-  Though there was a chill in the air, the sun was shining brightly and with about a fifteen-hundred foot elevation gain; we could not have had a more beautiful day. There was at least a ten degree (Fahrenheit) temperature difference in the shadows of the canyon walls, which only encouraged me to pick... Continue Reading →

-This is an excerpt from an untitled story I am writing about an epic train ride I survived last December through Northern Myanmar. Enjoy.   December 2014           … I walked the station platform and immediately noticed another lone Westerner. I made sure he was in the right spot and soon discovered my companion for the... Continue Reading →

Myanmar, Not Burma

December 2014- I love Myanmar. Some moments I had there were rougher than others, which just made them that much more memorable. I have never been so welcomed and accepted in my life. No joke, I was a celebrity. The Burmese are genuinely welcoming and curious of foreigners. It was nice to speak with people... Continue Reading →

Mergui Depths

December 2014 The price to embark on an epic five day / four night dive cruise was a significant amount of what I spent overall traveling throughout Southeast Asia (roughly five months), but worth every single baht. Thanks to the Smiling Seahorse, I had a rare view of the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar that few... Continue Reading →

Shouting Silence

December 2014 I had no desire to visit Thailand and ended up staying over a month. The country’s grand reputation for tourism was a turn off and I felt I had enough to explore in the surrounding areas, but then I slipped through the cracks. The months leading to my stay at a Buddhist monastery... Continue Reading →

A Laotian Mural

November 2014 Spoiled by the gorgeous beaches and vast ocean of Southern Cambodia, I was not expecting much from the mighty Mekong River. I was wrong. The view from the front porch of my bungalow on the banks of Don Det was well worth the few dollars spent. With a bathroom (most bungalows are not... Continue Reading →

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