The Hilarious Quandaries of Planning a Feminist Wedding: Part II

The Hilarious Quandaries of Planning a Feminist Wedding: Part II

If you haven't read part 1, then do that first... Again, most of this quite light...nope, we aren't "worried" or "obsessed" over the wedding...I'm a writer so I write...so I write things about the wedding planning. Wa-la. Plus, I have many other higher priorities that I'm procrastinating... Ceremony I’m not being “given away” because I was never property and I’ve been living out of my parent’s house for over 12 years. I love my parents and want to recognize them, but our relationship isn’t going to change when I get married. I love…continue reading →
The Hilarious Quandaries of Planning a Feminist Wedding: Part I

The Hilarious Quandaries of Planning a Feminist Wedding: Part I

Okay, before we begin: Some argue that "feminist wedding" is really just an oxymoron. A more important conversation yet is feminist marriage. Not because of cliché and incorrect beliefs regarding feminism, but rather because of legitimate concerns of the history and traditions (however recent) of what happens at weddings and (more importantly) in marriage. I myself never planned on getting married, but I was not vehemently against marriage either… Of course marriage is now an option for many folks in the U.S., which was important to me before I got (straight) married. It is still…continue reading →
Impressions of a (grumpy) spectator

Impressions of a (grumpy) spectator

Sleek black wetsuits with pink and green swim caps bob like DOTS candy in the deep blue/black of Lake Couer D’Alene. It is early and cold and I sip my coffee anxiously on concrete steps near a crowd of cheering figures. One by one, and sometimes in clusters, the neon caps crawl to the sandy shore and attempt to zip down their dripping suit skins while slow-motion jogging. Underneath the first rind reveals sports bra, suits, and cool, damp skin. One woman grasps the lake-wet hand of a blue shirted volunteer and limps…continue reading →
You are Invited

You are Invited

From 2007--edited only slightly. Travels from Savelugu, Northern Ghana through the eastern Volta Region. Leaving Savelugu was unsurprisingly chaotic. A familiar, beat up yellow and blue shared taxi pulled up to the compound. The children began yelling a sharp blend of English and their native Dagbani as we struggled to hug and kiss each child, while balancing our over-heavy packs. “Hurry, hurry!” shouted Mr. Baba, shoving the children back. There is never “hurry” in Ghana until the moment you need extra time. And, like that, we smashed ourselves, and our packs into the…continue reading →
Summer Survival Tips for Yellowstone National Park

Summer Survival Tips for Yellowstone National Park

From mid to late June until after Labor Day. Just a few things I've learned during my first summer in YNP. Yes, this might be a little snarky. But, seriously. Everyone we invited to visit this summer (originally from Montana) was like "Sure! I'll come in the winter!" Smart.  Thanks to Ryan for most of the photos, since my computer is out of commission.  -Drive into the park ridiculously early (like 5 am). Or drive into the park ridiculously late (like midnight). Otherwise you will be stuck in very long entrance gate lines with…continue reading →
Travel Tips & Fabulous Places in Germany

Travel Tips & Fabulous Places in Germany

After our Nepal trip, I traveled to Germany to visit an "old" friend I hadn't seen for 7 years & her lovely sister. This will not be in journal style, but rather more how-to style. I figure more folks I know are likely to travel to Germany...so here are some things I learned & places worth visiting! I was mostly in one particular nook in the southern part of Germany, so advice & places will reflect that. My computer will not do the thingies over the o and u...so just imagine they are…continue reading →
Afterquakes. (Nepal Journal 9).

Afterquakes. (Nepal Journal 9).

This concludes the Nepal series. See more in "Tips for Trekking" if you want general ideas for trekking in Nepal and/or helping on various volunteer projects in the near future! April 27 (Sarah) Last night we slept in someone’s garden of cabbages. The dirt was soft under a borrowed tarp. Much better than a creaky old guest lodge on the 2nd floor. Every footstep is a tremor. A dog started barking above our heads and there were no rocks to throw. Jen felt another aftershock in the field. I slept surprisingly heavy so…continue reading →
That Earthquake Story. (Nepal Journal 8).

That Earthquake Story. (Nepal Journal 8).

Note: This is that earthquake story. I've been asked many times to tell it out loud. But that storytelling doesn't seem to do it justice. I don't want an ultra abbreviated account of such an intense event. Here are takes from both myself and Ryan, as taken from our journal entries. Again--apologies for the weird tense changes...but we kept it as written from our journals (for the most part). April 23 (Ryan) Woke up early and received confirmation that I was officially hired as a permanent park ranger at Yellowstone’s Old Faithful. It…continue reading →
Tips for Trekking in Nepal

Tips for Trekking in Nepal

I know this is not a financial/physical possibility for many of you right now, but I've had a few people ask...so here you go... If you are planning to trek in Nepal, here are a few tips that we found helpful. Obviously things are a bit different in Nepal at the moment. Some trekking areas are still closed due to extensive damage to trails and villages. But other areas are safe and open for trekking. Nepal needs your economic support more now than ever. Now that fewer planes are arriving with aid workers…continue reading →
The Czech Guy, Yak Shit, (Almost) Tibet and Crossing Larkya La Pass (Nepal Journal 7)

The Czech Guy, Yak Shit, (Almost) Tibet and Crossing Larkya La Pass (Nepal Journal 7)

I'm not even pretending to write any of the Nepali names correctly, because there are no apparent "correct" spellings. If there are--apologies for that, but the map, guide book, and Nepalis all spelled things differently...so...My variations are the spellings I chose in my journal entries as close to "correct" as possible. Hence the weird name changes. Apologies for tense changes as well, since again--this was written AS written in my journals (with minor adjustments for clarity). Samdo (12,700 ft). April 20. Short three hour walk today that was actually "gradual flat. Not too…continue reading →