Posts Tagged ‘traveling’

Burning Man / Secret Passage

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Posted: September 12th, 2012
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mini-comic: we’re tired

Yes­ter­day John, Jen­na, and I went on a field trip to Ft. Collins to have brunch at the Rain­bow Cafe and vis­it the Alley Cat. At the Alley Cat we all got so, so sleepy and I was wor­ried I would pass out in a food coma in the booth. I decid­ed to make a lit­tle mini-com­ic about it in my mole­sk­ine (co-writ­ten with J & J).

Lat­er we went to see Prometheus in Love­land (I give it a B-) and when the movie let out it was rain­ing intense­ly. It turned out the high­way was flood­ed and we end­ed up hav­ing to dri­ve back to Erie on Coun­ty Road 1.

All in all I real­ize this is not a super excit­ing sto­ry, but hey! We were tired! It was fun!

Posted: July 8th, 2012
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i dreamed this: conspiracy in haiti

Posted: September 10th, 2011
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raw thoughts from burning man

writ­ten on the plane.

p.s. my hair exten­sions sur­vived just fine in case you were won­der­ing :D

Posted: September 7th, 2011
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goggles and glasses

Posted: September 7th, 2011
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the tv in the background is playing i wear my sunglasses at night

And I am cur­rent­ly pro­cras­ti­nat­ing at pack­ing up our final stuff for Burn­ing Man (I’ve bro­ken the fam­i­ly pat­tern of pack­ing neu­roti­cism), drink­ing beer that was made by Sethotron, and eat­ing grilled cheese sam­mich­es made with bacon and heir­loom toma­toes (yum), and kind of just kind of a lit­tle tiny lot bit freak­ing out about leav­ing for Burn­ing Man in the morn­ing.

I’m putting on my ethno­g­ra­ph­er hat (er, in this case a pink tur­ban — no, real­ly! I have unfem­i­nisty hair to pro­tect!) and I’ll report back in a week, hope­ful­ly with some pics of me wear­ing a tutu and cov­ered in playa dust. God­speed us Black Rock City!

Posted: August 30th, 2011
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Hiking

When John and I were in the woods this week, we spent some time talk­ing about why we like back­pack­ing.

I said that I like the aspect of immers­ing myself in nature and break­ing away from the pat­terns of nor­mal life. You get to spend some time with your­self, and each oth­er (because J is my awe­sometrusty­back­pack­ing­part­ner) at a pace that is defined by when the sun sets and ris­es, and how long it takes to get from one stream to the next. It is real­ly cool to be immersed in a great con­ver­sa­tion about math/science/education/philosophy/pine bee­tles and then all of a sud­den you have to go up a big hill so you hike in silence for the next hour, just exist­ing in the rhythms of your foot­falls and absorb­ing the land­scape around you. Or maybe it rains (pours) and you are cold so you stay cozy in the tent and fall asleep right at dusk, and that feels real­ly rather nat­ur­al. Or you wake up ear­ly and watch the moun­tain goats play­ing on the rocks above the alpine lake (that you swam in yes­ter­day in an act of brav­ery). You just sit, and observe, and laugh when the fish jump so high out of the water that they catch air.

I also admit that I quite like the sur­vival aspect of being out in the wilder­ness for mul­ti­ple days at a time. Every­thing we need is on our backs, and in an effort to keep those packs light, we pare down to just the neces­si­ties. It turns out that human beings do just fine with some food, clean water (kata­dyne + water­falls FTW), a method of keep­ing dry/warm, a way to boil water, and very lit­tle else except clean under­wear (a def­i­nite neces­si­ty in my book), and the lat­est addi­tion to our gear, a bear vault (which only kind of eased my total bear pho­bia but it was help­ful to keep orga­nized and made for a nice chair).

For John, the answer was more sim­ple. It’s about the hik­ing. Putting one foot in front of the oth­er and let­ting them take you to super spe­cial places you would­n’t oth­er­wise get to expe­ri­ence. He’s total­ly right, of course. Hik­ing is both the rea­son, and the method, and the excuse for get­ting to expe­ri­ence all of this:

Posted: August 17th, 2010
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Everyone calls someplace home.

Every­one is from some­place. Every­one lives some­place. Every­one calls some­place home.

The oth­er day I was talk­ing to some­one who had moved to Den­ver from Min­neso­ta 2 years ago (I took note because I am also from Min­neso­ta. If you could hear me say that word you could tell). He was explain­ing that he knew he want­ed to move some­place less cold, with lib­er­al pol­i­tics and good schools for his chil­dren. He took an online sur­vey that was sup­posed to let you know where you should live and his match­es were Den­ver, Austin, Nashville, Min­neapo­lis, and Cincin­nati.

Cincin­nati??” I said. “Who wants to live in Cincin­nati?”

Do you know any­thing about Cincin­nati?” he respond­ed, point­ed­ly.

Tonight at din­ner, my grand­pa men­tioned how much he likes Col­orado and that is a very nice place to be. He moved here two years ago, when my grand­ma passed away.

You like where ever you live,” my mom respond­ed.

I think my grand­pa is wise.

I went to col­lege in Flori­da, which is about as far as you can get from Col­orado in terms of cul­ture and weath­er. For the first 2 years, I felt like I was dri­ving around with blind­ers on because I had no periph­er­al vision due to the flat­ness and trees. I also found out that I am aller­gic to fire­ants. I spent 4 years lament­ing about how Col­orado was so great and about how much I missed it and about how peo­ple from the east coast _just did­n’t understand_ what it was like to live in the West. I think back now and know that this must have been so tir­ing to the peo­ple around me.

Last week, J and I went to Flori­da to see our super­greata­maz­ing friends. We spent a mag­i­cal week doing chill chill chill. We also saw amaz­ing birds, ani­mals, and plants, ate beer-bat­tered hot­dogs on the key, sun­burnt our­selves at the beach, had boat drinks in the tourist quar­ter, breathed at yoga, and watched good local music. Spend­ing time with them makes me love Flori­da. Spend­ing time with them makes Flori­da feel like a sec­ond home.

Every­one calls some­place home. Whether it changes 20 times or whether you stay root­ed for your life, every­one has their rea­sons for where they land, where they leave their hearts, and where they want to be. Den­ver. Sara­so­ta. Tai­wan. San­ta Bar­bara. Brook­lyn. Maui. Mani­la. Chica­go. Alas­ka.

Even Cincin­nati.

Posted: April 4th, 2010
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Best of 2009 #19: Transportation Day

This year marked John’s start of grad school at CU and result­ing com­mute into Boul­der 5 times per week. He is real­ly awe­some and rides his bike to the bus and then from the bus to cam­pus. I am not so tough/brave/willing to wear bike-appro­pri­ate clothes as that, but I did ride my bike from Erie to work on Bike To Work Day 2009, which is 14 miles each way.

(If there are any Boul­derites read­ing this and snick­er­ing, you can stop now. That is a major ride for me in traf­fic.) (more…)

Posted: December 19th, 2009
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Best of 2009 #18: Shop.

  1. H&M, Lon­don
  2. The Design Muse­um Shop, Lon­don
  3. Meg Broth­ers, Etsy Shop, Den­ver
  4. Lul­ule­mon, Lone Tree
  5. Fan­cy Tiger, Den­ver
  6. DeMaj Salon, Erie
Posted: December 18th, 2009
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Best of 2009 #16: Tea.

One of my favorite things to do when we used to vis­it Jen­na in FoCo was to go to the Alley Cat and dis­cuss philo­soph­i­cal zom­bies over a pot of Lap­sang Sou­chong. It smells like camp­fires, mmm­mm. She got me some for Christ­mas last year, and it last­ed half the year. I think need me some more tea and some more Jen­na, stat.

Posted: December 16th, 2009
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Best of 2009 #2: Restaurant Experience.

For my 30th birth­day in Novem­ber, J took me to Tru in Chica­go for the most mem­o­rable meal of my life. I don’t have any pic­tures of that night, but suf­fice to say that it was true expe­ri­ence design from start to fin­ish.

I am going to keep the details and mag­ic of this meal between J and I, but check out this menu:

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Posted: December 2nd, 2009
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Best of 2009 #1: Trip.

LondonTime at New Years

Lon­don­time at New Years.

Posted: December 1st, 2009
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