Ever since I was very young I wanted to visit Australia. I’m not sure why, out of all the places in the world I became fascinated with this destination, though I suspect it had quite a bit to do with the wildlife. I love animals. I especially love wild, exotic, and strange animals. Australia isContinue reading “Australia Will Kill You: and other life lessons”
Guide to Adventurous Storytelling: Making your stories sound more adventurous in 10 steps.
I was a creative little girl. I had a forest full of kingdoms and imaginary friends to fill those kingdoms. I was a princess, a witch, a bird learning to fly.
“Would you like to use my mallet?” She must have been watching us from her deluxe caravan tent, complete with rooms and windows and even a shower. She must have been watching as we broke an “unbreakable” water bottle pounding in the tent stakes of our tiny backpacking tents, unsuccessfully. “You have to tilt the pegsContinue reading “Finding Happiness in the Wombat Parade of Life”
We stood in the lobby of the mountaineering club watching the burly adventurers stride through with their crampons and trekking poles. “White-out conditions and 70 mph winds before you reach the John Muir Base Camp at 10,000 ft,” we overheard from the guide behind the desk. “We don’t recommend going up the mountain unless you haveContinue reading “The Summit, the Climb, or the Release?”
There were six of us on that mountain top. Breathing hard in the frigid winter winds. Talking, joking, and laughing. I looked from face to face, and though I could not feel my nose or my fingers, my heart and soul were warm with love and appreciation. I met these people when I was broken, wide-eyed,Continue reading “Inspiring People”
I can feel them like waves of darkness Approaching closer, closer, Hitting my body, causing me to Kick and struggle, underneath the Salty world of my emotions. The wave passes, I look up, tired, salty, But breathing. I will not drown.
In 2013, I decided to out-wit Mother Nature. At the time, my job required me to spend every other week in the wilderness. The previous two winters, I lived outdoors. It’s a powerful experience, but I just didn’t want to do it anymore. So I took the winter off of work and sought a warmer climate. Australian summer.Continue reading “Got the Winter Blues?”
They say the Appalachian Mountains are the oldest in the world. They say they were once larger than the Alps and the Rockies. They say they hold the wisdom of ages. That all you have to do is listen. I sat, and I listened, and I understood.
I had a little black car then. It sat baking in the early summer heat as I said my final farewells. Goodbye to my family. Goodbye to the little town I never really fit in with. Goodbye to the memories both sweet and saddening. I put both hands on the steering wheel of that little blackContinue reading “The First Step”