New Year’s Eve Ecuadorian Style

Baños, Ecuador You know you’ve had a good New Year’s Eve when a code of silence has been sanctioned.  And while Ecuadorians know how to celebrate New Year’s, the small town of Baños might not have been quite prepared for our group. New Years in Ecuador was a little bit of Halloween and a little … More New Year’s Eve Ecuadorian Style


Ecuador: Picture Blog

Ecuador was a fantastic way to kick off a new year, filled with crazy activities and amazingly fun people to share the experiences with.  A few of the things I’ll remember… White water rafting Hiking Making our own rosé wine (by mixing two bad wines to make one ok wine.  Don’t judge) Canyoneering down waterfalls … More Ecuador: Picture Blog


San Francisco, California With my sabbatical wrapping up, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the last eight months, and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.  Gratitude for all the amazing experiences I’ve had.  Gratitude for all the incredible sights I’ve seen.  Gratitude for all the delicious food I’ve sampled.  Gratitude for fulfilling a dream of volunteering with … More Gratitude

Road Trip up the PCH: Part 3 (The North Coast)

Lost Coast, California While exploring California’s North Coast, I learned that there’s definitely a line where the “sexy, rugged mountain man” look turns into a “scary, recluse, I’m going to kidnap you” look.  And that line is crossed somewhere between Mendocino and the Lost Coast. Mendocino is an adorable town with a slow, relaxed pace … More Road Trip up the PCH: Part 3 (The North Coast)

Road Trip up the PCH: Part 2 (Big Sur)

Big Sur, California Big Sur is incredible.  The drive.  The views.  The ocean.  The redwoods.  There’s something about being in nature that just settles you, and Big Sur provided numerous opportunities for reflection. But loneliness wasn’t going to be a problem either.  The campgrounds were full, and the easier trails were packed with people.  Slow people.  In … More Road Trip up the PCH: Part 2 (Big Sur)

Road Trip up the PCH: Part 1 (San Diego to Santa Barbara)

Southern California I decided to use the last weeks of my sabbatical doing a classic road trip up the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) in California.  Guidebooks promised impressive views and exhilaratingly twisting drives filled with hairpin turns.  The PCH did not disappoint, with me literally saying ‘wow’ countless times to myself. I started in San … More Road Trip up the PCH: Part 1 (San Diego to Santa Barbara)