Donald Trump Blues: My Response to the U.S. Presidential Election

It’s now been a week since I felt the San Andreas shake beneath my feet, throwing my heart to the ground and my hope into a hellish vision for the future. No, it wasn’t a real earthquake, because if it had been, I would have enjoyed it. As most everyone is aware, one week ago, … Continue reading Donald Trump Blues: My Response to the U.S. Presidential Election

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Death of the American Dream

"Happy 4th of July!" It's what I'm hearing, reading, and seeing all over the place today. I'm in Portland and people are getting ready for fireworks, barbecues, a shameless consumption of copious amounts of meat and booze, flag waving, and rejoicing for being an American. They're hyped to celebrate being born in the world's best … Continue reading Death of the American Dream

33 Goals, Desires, and Aspirations for My 33rd Year

Do I over-analyze age? Is it, really, just a number? In my opinion, it is not. Through the decades of our lives, we go through a variety of different stages. If we are living as we should be, we experience many things that throw us up to the highest altitudes and the lowest depths (hopefully … Continue reading 33 Goals, Desires, and Aspirations for My 33rd Year

What Hiking Multnomah Falls Taught Me

Just the other day, I met up with two new friends (one of them a friend of a friend I met through Travel Massive in San Francisco) who had just arrived in Portland. They were doing a cross-country trip from New York, stopping by national parks, checking out cities, and having some great adventures. Portland … Continue reading What Hiking Multnomah Falls Taught Me

The Liebster Award Revisited

Just when you least expect it, someone notices all the hard work you pour into your site. I was both surprised and honored to recently be nominated for the Liebster Award by I HEART EARTH. I am a huge fan of this website, not to mention the author's beliefs and intentions behind her travel. This only … Continue reading The Liebster Award Revisited

Seattle’s Fremont Troll

This past summer, one of my best friends and I set on a road trip in my car, whom I affectionately call "Betsey". I'd been wanting to take this trip for years. I'd done the south-bound trip on the I-5 in California far too many times, and wanted something different. With the windows rolled down, the … Continue reading Seattle’s Fremont Troll

Liebster Blogging Award

Recently, Alex and Bellinda from Wanderlust Marriage nominated me for the Liebster Blogging Award. What an honor! These two  have combined their love for solo travel together and are now living life as an amazing nomadic couple. I'm really looking forward to answering their questions and highlighting others' travel blogs. People all over the world are really … Continue reading Liebster Blogging Award

You’re Not Dead Yet! Bucket Lists: Part I

Talking with one of my friends a few weeks ago, I expressed how there were so many things I still wanted to do in life.  Her bright eyes widened, looking into mine, and she exclaimed, "You're not dead yet!"  I had to laugh at this- laugh at myself.  For some reason, it always seems to me … Continue reading You’re Not Dead Yet! Bucket Lists: Part I

Politik Kills: Reasons Why Mitt Romney Frightens Me

It surprises me that, up to this point, I've refrained from writing much about politics. After all, politics control everything in our lives, including education, health care, human rights, food, and economy. Politics can decide every last detail of our existence, including whether or not we are allowed to leave our country or visit foreign land. … Continue reading Politik Kills: Reasons Why Mitt Romney Frightens Me

Five of My Favorite Travel Books

As a writer, traveler, and prolific reader, I often consider that I haven't read many "travel books," since I usually don't delve into travel memoirs. Usually, when I go to the travel section of a library or bookstore, I end up thumbing through a Lonely Planet travel guide, or musing through the colorful pictures of … Continue reading Five of My Favorite Travel Books