Yurt in Talkeetna, Alaska (July, 2015)

While You Are There: Try not to get eaten by a bear while you are taking care of business in the doorless outhouse. I mean, isn't that the dream, to be able to watch the birds flying around and the rain splashing on the ground while you are getting rid of the non-nutritious parts of last … Continue reading Yurt in Talkeetna, Alaska (July, 2015)

Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska (July, 2015)

While You Are There: Hike. And try not to get eaten by a bear. And if you make it back to Homer, enjoy the restaurants on the spit. Why It's On My List: Everything I saw in Alaska was stunning, but this park has the added bonuses of having to take a water taxi (or plane) to … Continue reading Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska (July, 2015)

441 Days in Mountains: The (Long and Winding) Road

No, this post has nothing to do with Cormac McCarthy or the Beatles. It has to do with the impending winter and the requirements of living on a private, barely legal road. If you, like most of the sane and rational population of the United States, live on a paved road that is cleaned, plowed, and maintained by your … Continue reading 441 Days in Mountains: The (Long and Winding) Road

Tanka, July 8, Seward

toes in frigid stream respite from the humid trail we tread with others unseen but present in grass trampled, just recently quit   Memories of a trip to Alaska, told in tanka. Tanka follow a syllable pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. The middle line serves as a turning point, so that if you read just the first three lines, there … Continue reading Tanka, July 8, Seward

Week Three in the Mountains: Things That Go Grrr in the Night…and in the Daytime

So in my last installment of life at the Sanctuary, I wrote about how wonderful it is to no longer have to worry about noises from neighbors bothering me or my terrible singing bothering them. All the noise pollution of city life is a thing of the past. But that’s not to say there aren’t … Continue reading Week Three in the Mountains: Things That Go Grrr in the Night…and in the Daytime

6 Years and 346 Days Later…So Long, Denver!

Between the ages of 18 and 33, this was my life: start college, drop out of college, get my first apartment, start a new college, study abroad in Australia, study abroad in India, study abroad in Germany, graduate, work in Mexico, work in South Korea, work in Russia, work in Honduras, work in Russia (again!), … Continue reading 6 Years and 346 Days Later…So Long, Denver!