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Golden Gate Bridge

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 […]

Colorado Whitewater Rafting

Training to be a Colorado Whitewater Rafting Guide: Am I Cut Out for This?

Picture yourself on a large, yellow raft, heading straight for a rock jutting out of the high flowing water, at the very top of a small rapid. You’re the guide […]

Visit Colorado: I’m a Whitewater Raft Guide!

I’ve logged maybe 50 river miles to date, if miles count for the girl without oars or a paddle; the girl who sits on the front of the raft with […]

Teach in Thailand

From Teaching English Abroad to Teaching English at Colorado State

Last year at this time, I was celebrating my 27th birthday with these adorable Thai kids who brought me a cake and told me I was old: Those of you […]

Steamboat Springs Colorado

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

I handed my pass to the ticket checker and promptly heard, “Mt. Bachelor?” Oh, I must have grabbed my old pass. I dug out the new one (for mountains actually […]

Painted Hills Oregon

8 Best Places to Visit in Oregon

Most people skip over Oregon on trips to the Pacific Northwest. I’ve met countless individuals with tales of visiting Northern California and Washington on separate trips, but few who ventured […]

Colorado State University

7 Differences Between American Graduate and Undergraduate School

I’m in week 12 of a 16-week semester, which means I’ve lived in Fort Collins, Colorado for just over three months. In ways, the time has passed faster than I […]

Cooking with Purpose: Chocolate Scotcharoos to Sweeten a Public Critique

Tonight, I will silently sit in a conference room and listen to 14 other people, professor included, tear my writing apart, section by section. Last week, I turned in the […]

living abroad

10 Ways Living Abroad Changed Me for the Better

  I don’t think it’s possible to live abroad, to completely immerse yourself in a foreign culture, and to not come back changed. If you don’t see something, do something […]

Pad Thai Recipe

An Attempt to Make a Pad Thai Recipe

I’ve purposefully refrained from writing about food and cooking on this blog for several reasons, but primarily because I know nothing about either. But things are about to change. Last […]

Elk in Yellowstone National Park

Road Trip America: Oregon to Colorado

I’ve seen quite a lot of Western America in the last two weeks. In fact, I’ve traveled over 1,500 miles by car and by raft, in what started as a […]

Wheat Harvest

This American Life: I Drive a John Deere

I grew up eight miles outside a town so small it’s often left out on maps. Most people from Condon, when asked where we’re from, will beat around the bush […]

Painted Hills Oregon

Dear Life. Thank you.

Have you ever taken five minutes to just look around and feel grateful? Have you really soaked it all in, taken a good look at your surroundings and then let […]

wedding in cabo mexico

A Destination Wedding in Cabo, Mexico

Cabo, Mexico – Seven years ago, my friend, Heidi, and I were living the dream in West Hollywood, California. We had both moved to Los Angeles to follow our goals […]

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