“I'm Coming Home, made up my mind that's what I'm gonna do. Can’t love nobody on the telephone, I’m coming home to you,” the words of Robert Earl Keen were stuck in my head the first few days in California, as I laid in bed unmoving. I remembered seeing him in concert at the Ryman … Continue reading California. Bittersweet.
Covid Cutoff: Article Published! I wrote an article titled “Covid Cutoff” detailing the chaotic, unexpected detour from my trip and life as a whole. It is being published by Adventure Cyclist in their June 2020 issue! Very Exciting! That means I can’t put it on my blog, which is just fine. Adventure Cyclist is an … Continue reading Covid Cutoff
March 1 The two months apart from my husband felt much longer. I thought we would become accustomed to separation over the course of the years, but one year into my trip, it was becoming increasingly difficult to be apart. After seeing him over Christmas, along with the rest of my loud, loving family, the … Continue reading Chile pt 7: Best of the Best and Then the Bottom Fell Out
I stashed my bike at a bike shop, did my laundry, bustled and hustled to get ready for my friends’ arrival. Claire had just flown in from California, and Claudia from Berlin. I hadn’t seen either of them since the day I left home over a year ago, and we hadn’t talked much besides planning … Continue reading Chile pt 6: Botany Babes
I have made this post private for the time being. I turned it into an article and have submitted it for publication to several magazines. If you have any suggestions on other outlets for my writing, or if you have a good connection at a magazine that you'd like to share, please be in touch. … Continue reading Chile part 5: Araucaria araucana
February 9, 2020. After watching the smoke from Volcan Villaricca drift with the wind, I pedaled from the town of Villarrica through acacophony of car horns and vacation traffic. It’s quite the destination spot these days, I realized too late. I sought out the quiet gravel like a raccoon to leftovers, slowly with eyes darting … Continue reading A dip into Argentina
It’s hard to tear myself away from the rooftop sea views of Valparaiso, but eventually I head east over the hills that separate this port town and the hot inland valleys. It’s punishingly steep at first but then backs off to an acceptable, pleasant, gradual climb. I eat more empanadas than necessary and go through … Continue reading Chile part 4: Valparaiso to Los Ángeles
January 8, 2020. As we walked down the steps at the tiny La Serena airport, where one can barely see the mountains past the tarmac, Dad exclaims “this country is beautiful! Thisnis amazing.” Thus immediately displaying his unassailable spirit, ever optimistic, and often superlative nature. We had been traveling for 27 hours and I was … Continue reading Chile Part 3: #Dadtime
December 16, 2019. Today is the day. Or rather, tonight is the night. As I yawned and stretched, I received an email from Air Canada that my flight from Santiago to Toronto was delayed by 2 hours, changed from 9pm to 11pm. It was 7am- if there was a delay so many hours in advance, … Continue reading Christmas in Tennessee
November 30- December 16, 2019. The Atacama desert is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Some scientists estimate it hasn’t actually rained there in millions of years. It’s too dry for cactus to survive, except in the small areas that have some fog drip. Apparently NASA conducts studies here because it has an incredible, … Continue reading CHILE part 2: Return to Chile, the Atacama Desert, the stretching of time, space, and reality.