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The Messiness of Wandering

“Heartbreak may be the very essence of being human, of being on the journey from here to there, and of coming to care deeply for what we find along the way.” ~David Whyte The heart of a girl with wanderlust is a messy place. Never content with stillness, in constant battle with unmitigated yearning, I am always wrestling with restlessness, looking for the balance between … Continue reading The Messiness of Wandering

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Memorizing the Denmark Strait

A few weeks ago I lay in my sleeping bag, under the stars, on the playa of Oregon’s Alvord Desert. In the distance, purple lightning lit up the stretched skies while the moon rose over the nearer horizon. With the taste of bourbon on my lips and the smell of dust in the still air, I listened to my friend’s mandolin catch the wind, haunting its … Continue reading Memorizing the Denmark Strait

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Flatey Island, Iceland: Unforgettable Moments.

“How was our day?” I ask my dinner companion, an older, distinguished retired doctor. He rolls his eyes and sighs. “I’ve been on numerous National Geographic trips, and I can undoubtedly say I saw nothing unforgettable today. I stayed for an hour and returned back to the ship, entirely bored.” He is talking about our first short excursion off our National Geographic/Lindblad Exploration expedition ship, … Continue reading Flatey Island, Iceland: Unforgettable Moments.

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La Belle Francaise (or, How Parisian Women Taught Me to be Beautiful at 40)

Standing at the copier, I hear her practical, navy blue pumps coming around the corner. She forces a smile, which feels more like a smirk, and says, “Cute dress.”  But her tone drips some sort of latent judgment that implies otherwise. I give her as genuine of a smile possible and nod a thank you. “A couple more years and you will be too old … Continue reading La Belle Francaise (or, How Parisian Women Taught Me to be Beautiful at 40)

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Fourteen Ways We Afford Travel

I’m often asked how we can afford to take such “extravagant” trips. And I can see where, from a bystander’s viewpoint, 3 weeks touring the Northwest, 3 weeks in Europe, ski trips to Canada, and spring vacations to the Caribbean may seem “extravagant.” We have some good secrets though. First, let me say this, before I am accused of being out of touch: I spent my … Continue reading Fourteen Ways We Afford Travel