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Hiking in Olympic National Park

Hiking in Olympic National Park: A Misadventure

“Look at those gorgeous lakes down there!” I pointed. Armando’s eyes followed my finger to the canyon below, above a waterfall and finally to two large mountain lakes nestled in […]

visit niagara falls

Visit Niagara Falls in 48 hours

This post is brought to you in collaboration with one of our partners. I strive to only publish quality content from contributors, and will not publish anything I don’t agree with […]

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Guest Post: Visit Chinatown in New York City

This post is brought to you in collaboration with one of our partners. I strive to only publish quality content from contributors, and will not publish anything I don’t agree with […]

A highway in Central Oregon.

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 […]

Lake Agnes, Colorado

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 […]

Antelope Island Great Salt Lake

My First Solo Camping (Mis)Adventure at The Great Salt Lake

I’m a terrible planner. In fact, I hate planning, though many times in transit I kick myself for not knowing where I’m headed next. It was dark when I arrived in Salt […]

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 […]

whitewater rafting Colorado

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 […]

Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco Imagine a structure inspired by Roman and Greek architecture, standing proud in the middle of San Francisco. I was staying with a close friend […]

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 […]

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 […]

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