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Social Media and Its Impact on the Wild

Words and Photos by Sara Aranda

Dear Social Media,

Vanity doesn’t function in the outdoors. If you’re thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, I doubt you’re worrying about eyeliner or lipstick, or whether or not your pictures show you looking sexy. 1,491 more words


Puerto Viejo.

And then, just over a week after staying in Costa Rica alone to stay put and slowly transition home, as I had written in my last post, “San José,” a switch flips inside of me. 1,237 more words


Fer de Lance - Terciopelo

Yup.  There’s nasty stuff here in Costa Rica, and one of the only things that freak me out are the snakes.  The bad boy below was given the ‘machete treatment’ after trying to attack my gardener.   46 more words


Bad Country

The vast majority of these next seven months I will spend traveling alone, however, my last week in Costa Rica I was fortunate enough to have a travel buddy. 953 more words


San José.

I am writing to you as someone who for the first time in over one and a half months, is traveling completely solo again. It is incredible how easy it becomes to fall back on a traveling companion, effortlessly you take advantage of having someone to grab a bite to eat or to talk to. 2,152 more words

Costa Rica

Blackened Walleye Tacos

Next to, perhaps, pizza, tacos have changed the most since I was a kid.  In those days tacos were a tasty, but extremely limited, food option that inevitably consisted of a somewhat stale hard corn shell that broke into smithereens when you bit into it, ground beef browned to within an inch of its life, a dollop of refried beans, and taco sauce — along with the vegetables of your choice, if you wanted to ruin a good thing. 331 more words


Beach bloggin (again)

Today is Monday, and it turns out that on Mondays, the national park is closed. It’s not a huge deal,  because I’ve been to the national park before and it’s incredible, but I’m not attached to seeing it again. 435 more words