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Naked in Joshua Tree

A recent stop (on our trip of never ending stops) had me thinking about a unique kind of memory. One that I want to hold onto forever but fear will slip away. That is the memory of a feeling. Specifically in this case, the feeling of being free in the desert.

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Big Sur-Prise

We left the Monterrey area the day after one of the strangest days of our lives, election day 2016. We had a literal and figurative hangover. All we could think to do was hide in a redwood forest in Big Sur and hide from the online meltdown.

Miles and Elevation: A Case for Hiking

“Before enlightenment – chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment – chop wood, carry water.” – Zen Buddhist Proverb

At Home in Lake Tahoe California

We departed Las Vegas for Tahoe knowing our transmission could go kaput any time. Our route was US 95, the long desert highway. With my weary prone mind, I could see the headline. “Youngish couple goes missing in the desert along with their chubby dog and tiny trailer.”

Idioms on the Road

If you’re like me, you think about idioms and colloquialisms frequently. I like to research their origins and find them nestled in published works, asking whether the usage was clever or lazy.

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Leave No Trace: Thoughts on our National Parks

With so many people travelling to experience the natural marvels of the world, the great question looms, how can we keep these marvels as they are for future generations? In the US we have the National Park Service (NPS), which I focus on here, and programs like Leave No Trace to help preserve these sights, but what really does it take for us to be the best stewards of our environment?

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Mesa Verde National Park

One take away was the great wonder and mystery of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and the community living site at Chimney Rock. Another take away, which I have struggled with, is the critique on how our modern society has attempted to retell the story of this ancient civilization.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Part 1

Rio de Janeiro…say it out loud. Saying or hearing the name elicits an onslaught of meaning paired with sensual images of dancers with fast hips and tanned peoples on the beach in barely there swim suits. The name alone sounds like a song…

Brazil: Chapada dos Guimaraes

Brazil has a territory larger than the continental US and planning where to go and which places to leave for another time can be challenging.