Our Final Two Weeks on the Road in New Zealand

Sights Along the Southern Scenic Route On our journey from our Christmas beach getaway in Dunedin towards the mountains of Queenstown and Wanaka, we saw many sights. We visited the Nugget Point Lighthouse, walked through a petrified Jurassic forest, and stood on the southernmost point of New Zealand's south island, where we were just under … Continue reading Our Final Two Weeks on the Road in New Zealand

Our First Great Walk: Tramping in Abel Tasman National Park

The first European to set his sights on the New Zealand coastlines was Abel Tasman, who reached New Zealand on December 18th, 1642, though he did not set foot on land. The local tribe at the time, Ngāti Tumatakokiri, were eventually replaced by Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Tama in the region by the … Continue reading Our First Great Walk: Tramping in Abel Tasman National Park

Utqiagvik, Alaska: the Northernmost City in the United States

It’s the end of the summer. In fact, it’s practically the end of fall. In what seems like just moments, we will be in the midst of another seasonal transition—there’s a far-off future with jobs, people, and places we can’t even picture yet. John and I had a final weekend to take advantage of and … Continue reading Utqiagvik, Alaska: the Northernmost City in the United States

Tanzania II

January marked one year since I traveled to Tanzania. Between the intense equatorial heat and relentless bouts of traveler's sickness, I didn't fully realize how much I would miss this incredible country. I remember the red bananas bought from our jeep as we passed a market, a coffee pot sitting on the morning embers of … Continue reading Tanzania II

Aspen.

October brought a slight chill to the air of Montana, reminding me that winter--a winter without school, or class, or homework--was coming. But I've always liked school. I like having a schedule that is scattered throughout my day and ranges from environmental studies to music to tutoring writing and mentoring first years. I loved the … Continue reading Aspen.