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Christmas Island: first impressions

“Don’t they have to see the landing strip to land? Those clouds are very low,” my husband, Paul, unhelpfully commented from the seat next to me. 814 more words

Travel

The Nightmare in the Milk Case

Nocih (which means my grandmother in Nahuatl) sometimes takes me to the grocery store with her. Today we needed some mushrooms and chicken so we spent some time going up and down the aisles. 413 more words

Family Life

A Lilt in My Heart

Ever since I made the commitment to do a solo backpacking trip in May, I’ve had a strange feeling, one to which I am so unaccustomed that it’s taking a while for me to recognize the emotion. 720 more words

Life

A day in Jeruselam

Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is considered the Holy City by Judaism, Catholicism and Islam. The Old City is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and has significant religious sites around the Temple Mount area, including the Western Wall (sacred to Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a Christian pilgrimage site) and the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine with a gold dome).   945 more words

Travel

Memories

Somewhere in the dark recesses of our minds our memories are hidden only waiting to be recalled on a whim. We can recall our fondest and earliest memories or the most tragic ones. 1,194 more words

Rain, Jeep, Sleep, Jeep, Camp, Jeep, Hike, Jeep...

Day 5, Mountain climbing day aka the longest day of the trip! We rose before the sun did and of course the Paytons had laid out an assortment of snacks both for our breakfast and for us to take on the trail, like I said, truly the kindest human beings. 1,564 more words

Adventure

Running Away

I was talking to a couple of friends today about my upcoming trip to Seattle and my plans for a solo backpacking trip when I’m there. 629 more words

Life