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 →
Penguins on Everest

Penguins on Everest

**Update 2016: The author did contact me and asked me to remove this review. I deleted one paragraph that he had a particular problem with, but I do not believe in censorship. The paragraph I deleted was about plagiarism. I still believe the author did not adequately cite some of his information, but I'm not an English teacher or a lawyer. He did notify me that "his friends disagree" with my review. Well. I also note I am the only one who has reviewed this book on Amazon. By David Durkan. Our trekking…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 →
Missoula: Rape & The Justice System in a College Town.

Missoula: Rape & The Justice System in a College Town.

by Jon Krakauer. (Review by Ryan). I knew that it would be a personal and disturbing experience to read Jon Krakauer’s Missoula, having lived there for almost four years. This point was hammered home on the first page as I read about a person I had personally met (this person was neither victim nor villain). The trend continued as each description of every building on campus, downtown bar, and neighborhood of the town I called my home was described. Described as the scene of a crime. Several crimes actually. In Missoula, Krakauer takes…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 →
I Remember Walking By You. (By Jennifer Lee Thompson).

I Remember Walking By You. (By Jennifer Lee Thompson).

Jennifer Lee Thompson graciously allowed me to share her poem on my blog. The world needs more Jennifer poems. I Remember Walking by You 5-11-15 I remember well walking into Samagaun after the “real” gradual flat of sandy plain guarded, precious yak field of rock surrounds… women carry cut trees in baskets, baby yaks outside the wall, we walk by bulls past the soccer game and school girls not in uniform, laughing together and holding on. The woman in her rough, gray dress, old apron a custom before the colorful stripped ones. Hair…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 →
Snow Crash

Snow Crash

I first read this book roughly five years ago. Reality is tough & I decided re-reading this book would be an excellent excuse for escape. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Snow Crash starts in a manic frenzy as Hiro Protagonist speeds to make a pizza delivery for The Mafia. The Mafia control CosaNostra Pizza and pizza delivery is a life and death business. All of America is privately owned and the streets are lined with religious franchises like "Reverend Wayne's Pearly Gates" and community franchises like "Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong." The Mafia…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 →