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A Total Solar Eclipse from Strawberry Mountain, Oregon

When news of the 2017 total solar eclipse first hit mainstream media in Oregon, it spoke of people flying from as far as China and Japan to our little known […]

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Good Vibes in Denali National Park Alaska

Good Vibes in Denali National Park Alaska I’ve often wished a sunset in hues of burning orange or wispy pink would last just a little bit longer before dropping over […]

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Camping at The Steens Mountains in Oregon

Last weekend I was craving an escape. I wanted to get away from Bend, from people, and just be in nature near the mountains. Despite being an Oregon native, I […]

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You Know You’re 30 When…

I was never one of those girls who had anxieties about my age. I love surprises and challenges, new adventures and change. I never dreaded the next birthday, or regretted […]

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9 Things to Do in Bend, Oregon

In a city that’s growing faster than most people like to admit, a popular phrase is “stop telling people about Bend!” Bendites are going to hate me for writing this […]

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The Other Side of Fear: What’s Next?

I recently read my writing out loud, to a crowd of people, in a room more suited for an Italian orchestra than a Master of Arts Thesis Reading. I stood […]

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New Year Resolutions!

When I teach composition, I tell my students how important it is to reflect on their work before moving on to the next project. Though we all strive to live […]

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9 Things To Do in Northern Colorado with Photos

With the change of every season, I get a rush of excitement. While others mourn the loss of sunny days and warm weather, I try to stay positive about the […]

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My New Affinity for Rock Climbing

The first rock I ever climbed was as tall as some of Bangkok’s skyscrapers, a limestone pillar jutting out of Thailand’s western shore, overlooking the turquoise sea. I was playing […]

Road Tripping

I Suck at Quitting: A Road Trip to Oregon

Like a bad habit I can’t quit, I’m headed home for harvest once again. I believe I began getting paid for field work when I was eight years old, which […]

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On Sleeping with Strangers: Couchsurfing.org

I know the idea of sleeping with strangers freaks many people out, but one of the reasons I was excited to move to Colorado and “settle in” for a couple […]

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Why I’m Not a 20-Year-Old Boy: On Quitting Rafting

On Quitting Rafting Remember how excited I was to be a whitewater raft guide this summer? Yeah, me too. But those days are no longer. I admit I struggled during […]

View from Mount Bierstadt

I Successfully Hiked My First of Colorado’s Fourteeners!

I Hiked My First Colorado Fourteener! Hiking a mountain of 14,000 feet in elevation seems to be something of a rite of passage for those who live in Colorado. These […]

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San Francisco Love

San Francisco Love Letter Dear, San Francisco. We first met back in 2004, when I considered spending a few years of my college career with you. I remember crossing the […]

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