Horombo Hut

He lay there in his sleeping bag, on that thin mattress, which rested awkwardly on top of that hard, wooden frame, his lungs burning and his head pounding from the hard day’s climb. The sun had disappeared below the clouds and it was cold enough for him to see his breath. He slunk a little…

Today on the Train: Broken Hearts Club

A couple of days ago on the train, I witnessed two broken hearts. I can only relay my interpretation of their story, and no matter what the actual truth is, seeing them together, it is hard not to feel a bit of their pain. We rode together for nearly a half hour, from 167th St,…

The Decision That Changed My Life

And then one day the decision was made and life hasn’t been the same since. I left the beaten path and began a slow and meandering, aimless journey into the bramble of the unknown. I left my cozy security blanket behind and set out to do… who knows what. I set out to do something…

Stranded in Death Valley (Part 3 of 3)

See the rest of the story: Stranded in Death Valley (part 1 of 3) Stranded in Death Valley (part 2 of 3)  When I turned off the ignition of the car for the last time, the temperature outside was approaching 95 degrees. We had gone around a bend and the sun had crept back behind…

Stranded in Death Valley (Part 2 of 3)

(continued from Stranded in Death Valley (part 1 of 3)) For the next 6 miles, the road did not improve. We averaged two or three miles per hour. The undercarriage of the car ground on the rocks below so frequently that we forgot to even cringe after a while. Sometimes I would hold my breath…

Stranded in Death Valley (part 1 of 3)

The truth is, if you asked me at the beginning of the road trip (check out that trip in its entirety, here) that Betsy and I recently took across the western half of the United States, what the worst thing that could possibly happen to us on the trip would be, I would have told…

Becoming an Aussie

So, I’ve been living in Australia for a little over 4 months now. The word living changes everything about how this trip has been. It’s completely different to the traveling that I’ve done in the past, because I’m not just here to see all the wonders, soak up the culture, and then head back home…

The Year of Adventure: Update

Earlier this year, I defined this year to be my Year of Adventure. I outlined a very ambitious list of goals that I had for myself. If you’d like to see the list, you can read my post here. Now, I haven’t done a lot of the things that I set out to do, but I…

Late Reaction About Election Day Results

Since my last post on here was in reference to my home state’s (Minnesota) proposal to amend the State Constitution to legally define marriage as only between one man and one woman, I suppose I should write something briefly as reaction to the results. There were four things that I was keeping my eye on,…

The Right Way, The Wrong Way, & Our Way

Sometimes in life you have to learn how to do something by seeing how NOT to do it. I’d like to share with you all a cautionary tale about how not to proceed through South America, learned recently through my unfortunate personal experience. I just want to point out that while living this experience, there…