Adventures Afar

Solo but Not Alone

What does bungee jumping, elephant bathing, cooking classes, and riding off into the sunset with your most recent Tinder date have in common? They can all be done in one week while traveling solo on the other side of the world.  That’s right, true story.  It was one magical week in Chang Mai, Thailand, which…

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Adventure to a Costa Rican Chocolate Farm

Imagine yourself standing on a mountainside dirt road in the tropics.  It’s a humid day, the temperature is in the 80s and the sky is slightly overcast. You are in the middle of the rainforest, visiting an organic, beyond-Fair-Trade cacao farm with fifteen strangers and your travel companion. You’re there to learn more about the source…

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Packing for a protest march

The Women’s March on Washington! What an Adventure! I’m so excited to go! It’s the first one I’ve ever participated in (I’m not including the one I watched while I was a student in Paris and got hit with shrapnel). I am meeting up with a bunch of people I have never met before, driving…

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Costa Rica. Chocolate. Connections.

Costa Rica. Chocolate. When you hear the first, do you connect it with the second? When I remember back to my adventures in Costa Rica, some of the best memories are chocolate related. my first cacao tree (Gingerbread Restaurant, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica) I saw my first cacao tree, and it’s weirdly attached fruit of…

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Jumping out of an Airplane

Saying Yes to adventure and fun with friends found me jumping out of an airplane. An activity I had never thought about, let alone desired enough to put on my bucket list. My best friend from high school has a June birthday. Mine is in November. A Wednesday in the May before our big birthday…

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Holiday Wish List (Adventurers & Burners)

Do you have an Adventurer friend or loved one whom you need ideas for gifts?  While on a recent adventure of my own, I was inspired to collect ideas from other adventurers, as well as from my own experience, of what would be great gifts for the Adventurer in your life. (In case you didn’t…

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Profile of my friend Isa, via burners.me

Adventure Wednesdays led me to lots of fun times and interesting people. Isa is one of them. (Her partner deserves a whole post too, but that’s for another day). Here’s a story from the Burning Man related blog, burners.me Why We Burn: Isabeau Vidal, Kostume Kult Camp Lead Photo I took of Isa two years ago…

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Call Me Wrangler

Growing up as a kid I always wanted a nickname. Today I officially have one. Call me Wrangler. Wrangler of Virgins. Wrangler of kkostumes. Wrangler of subjects for part of a 10 year photo project. Wrangler of volunteers… Ever have a group of friends, like my son’s fraternity, where everyone gets or earns a nickname?  Burning…

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The Playa Will Provide – A Burning Man Lesson

Getting ready for Burning Man one phrase I heard over and over was “the playa will provide.”  It’s a term that loosely covers meanings such as ‘surrender’, ‘let go’,’ if you want it enough it will show up’, and ‘you may not get what you want, but you get what you need’ (does the refrain…

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