Tag Archive: travel

Hanging On By A Thread

In April of 2013 I took part in a welcoming ceremony for Surin Project volunteers, lead by the local shaman. He and the mahouts each blessed us and marked the blessing with a string tied around the wrist, a symbol of good luck in the coming year. We were told that if a string fell …

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Low Tide and a Toddler in Birch Bay, WA

During a recent visit to see my dear friend and college roommate, I had the opportunity to explore one of the Pacific Northwest’s best kept secrets—Birch Bay, Washington. Five minutes after walking out her front door, the four of us (my friend, her two children, and myself) crossed over a rocky path and onto the …

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Photo Focus – The Oregon Coast

Those of us born in the 1980s are intimately familiar with the Oregon Trail computer game. A lucky few have completed the pilgrimage from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley with all of their family members, oxen, and provisions in tow, while the majority were lucky to make it to Idaho with a loaf of …

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Photo Focus – iPhone Treasures in Graeagle

There are few things more frustrating than missing a great shot because your big DSLR camera isn’t locked-and-loaded or is back in the hostel safe. I don’t typically travel with my iPhone (for fear of losing it), but boy-oh-boy I think I’m going to start. While enjoying my family vacation last week in Graeagle, CA …

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The Long Journey Home: And Then I Got Dengue Fever

Dengue fever sucks. I’ll start with that. It’s especially terrible if you have to tackle 22-hours of air travel on the day that it hits you. Seriously, ick. If you’re anything like me, you may have stumbled upon this post during a Google search for, “Will I die from dengue fever?” Well, you are in …

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The Long Journey Home: Leaving Lanta Animal Welfare

When you travel slowly, you allow places to become a part of you, to take a hold of your heart and provide you with a new perspective. Koh Lanta has been that place for me and yesterday I said goodbye: goodbye to the loving animals at Lanta Animal Welfare, the dedicated volunteers who make the …

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