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My Scholarship entry - A local encounter that changed my life

WORLDWIDE | Monday, 9 Apr 2012 | Views [1797] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Puja gives me a convoluted look made of equal parts optimism and boredom. Her face, a Mumbai roadmap of wrinkles caked in Day-glo chalk, is so hypnotic that it takes a moment to realize she’s requesting a handout. Not knowing proper Indian elephant ... Read more >

Tags: travel writing scholarship 2012


Photos: The Lost Coast

USA | Monday, 9 Apr 2012 | Photo Gallery

Northern California 40 mile hike
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Photos: Southwest Colorado

USA | Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Yosemite Backcountry

USA | Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

Clarks Range Hike - 60 miles
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Tags: california, hiking, yosemite


Yosemite Moonbow

USA | Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | Views [2279]

On June 15th, 2011, a rare thing occurred in the valley of Yosemite National Park.  The previous winter, the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California received a record two-hundred percent above average snowfall, which was followed by ... Read more >

Tags: bears, moonbow, squirrels, yosemite


Photos: Faces

RWANDA | Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | Photo Gallery

Tanzania/Rwanda/Kenya
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INDIA: I'll Never Do It Again

USA | Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | Views [5237]

Hey guys, a pink goat!   Sadly, after a couple of weeks here sights like this barely even register.  This was probably the fifth pink goat we'd seen that morning so he was completely justified by looking at me like I'm pretty strange - or the paparazzi ... Read more >

Tags: india, jaipur, taj mahal, udaipur


Photos: Nepal: Annapurna Circuit

NEPAL | Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: On Safari: Tanzania

TANZANIA | Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | Photo Gallery

Animals and stuff
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On Safari: Tanzania

TANZANIA | Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | Views [1064]

I travel halfway around the world to get a shot of a lion and the one I get up-close and personal with has a comb over.  Super.   You ever have those moments in your life when you see something that your brain just refuses to process? Emily and I ... Read more >

Tags: laka manyara, ngorongoro crater, serengeti, tanzania


Udaipur Wedding

INDIA | Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | Views [1589] | Comments [2]

After the 14-hour trip by car and 17-hour trip by train to Southern India, it was nice to join the industrialized world again, however briefly, and catch a plane north to the old city of Udaipur.  This is the state of Rajasthan, home of the oldest ... Read more >

Tags: india, rajastan, udaipur, wedding


Photos: Zanzibar, Tanzania

TANZANIA | Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | Photo Gallery

Spice Island
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Photos: Rwanda

RWANDA | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Photo Gallery

Rwandaful
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Kilimanjaro: Land of Ever Beens

TANZANIA | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [573]

The coldest we’ve ever been.  The highest we’ve ever been.  The most exhausted we’ve ever been.  The dirtiest we’ve ever been.  The most exhilarated we’ve ever been.   At 19,344 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the largest ... Read more >

Tags: kilimanjaro, tanzania


Zanzibar: Enough Said

TANZANIA | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [614]

Welcome to Zanzibar, a place everyone’s heard of, several know where it’s located, and few know it’s details. I knew one out of those three.   Let me say the name again: Zanzibar.  The name alone sounds incredibly exotic and makes you want to say ... Read more >

Tags: kendwa beach, matemwe beach, tanzania, zanzibar


India = MORE

INDIA | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [620]

I am about to die.  Emily’s not going to make it either.  What will I tell her parents?  Oh yeah, I'll be dead.  I knew we should’ve filled out that Notify In Case Of Emergency page in our passports.  Who’s going to take care of the dog?  And I forgot ... Read more >


Rwandaful

RWANDA | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [813]

The 300 pound Silverback looked over the rim of the creek bed, placed his hands under his chin, and just sat there.  Our guide, carrying an AK-47, said “Don’t move.”  I swear I've never been so still in my life.    Rwanda is quite possibly the most ... Read more >


Sunset for the Annapurna Circuit

NEPAL | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [2430]

As we trudged into the stone walled, medieval-looking town of Chame on day four (or was it five?) of the trek, I asked our porter what the day would look like tomorrow.  In pidgin, barely intelligible English the answer came in his honest, emotionally-... Read more >

Tags: annapurna circuit, nepal, trekking


Off-the-grid redefined: Raja Ampat

INDONESIA | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [2860]

As the boat pulled up to the cliff, someone asked Keith, the owner of the pearl farm, how old the skulls were.   His response, “About three years”, was a real eye opener.  He obviously felt our heightened tension because he quickly added, “but ... Read more >


Laos State of Mind

LAOS | Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | Views [981]

Wedged between Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, this place is literally the land that time forgot.  It wasn’t until several years ago that the Laos telecom industry had to increase from four to six the number of digits in their phone ... Read more >


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