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Sometimes the best travel moments are the ones you never planned for. You can spend weeks researching and making itineraries for a trip only to stumble on an incredible experience by complete chance. I had one of those moments earlier this summer with my family on our way down to southwestern Colorado for a hut to hut trip through the San Juan mountains. We finally had our gear loaded in the back… Read More

Between showing off my beautiful home state to my visiting bestie, hiking through the San Juans, and making trips to Denver, it has been an incredibly busy summer . If we weren’t hiking or swimming or climbing, we were catching up with family and friends and whipping up delicious home cooked meals. The last thing on my mind was putting up blog posts, until all of the sudden there was only a… Read More

It seems like half the people on my Instagram feed are in Iceland lately. And while I’m definitely not the slightest bit jealous, it got me thinking about the best things Iceland has to offer in the summer. If you’re headed north of 60° this summer, here are some of my favorite Icelandic adventures: 1. Explore some lava fields. I don’t care who you are, lava is the coolest thing. Awaken your inner fourth… Read More

Tucked between China and India is a country that is about as mysterious as it is magical: Bhutan. Due to the High Value, Low Impact Tourism policy Bhutan enforces, only a small number of people visit each year, but that number is growing. The strict tourism policies protect what is so unique about Bhutan; its abundant natural resources, rich history and culture. Gross National Happiness, not Gross national product, is the metric… Read More

Well, it turns out that no amount of stubborn denial and refusal to pack can actually stop a great vacation from coming to an end. The day to go back to real life arrived without my consent, and here I am back in Boston. I did miss the city, and am so excited for all the things to come- but it’s never easy leaving my mountain home. There’s something that happens when… Read More

When you start having dreams about stereochemistry and the reproductive cycle of plants, you know it’s time to give yourself a break. After a brutal lineup of midterms last week, I got my break by getting out of Boston for the weekend- and thank god. There is nothing like trying to light a fire on a freezing cold morning to make you forget all the mundane stresses of college life. So four of… Read More

There’s nothing like waking up, rubbing your eyes, and unzipping your tent to this sight. I miss it all the time. Stay tuned for more about my second trip to Iceland! “There is always a sadness about packing. I guess you wonder if where you’re going is as good as where you’ve been.” — Richard Proenneke

Happy Day-After-Earth-Day! Seeing as this spinning ball of dirt hurling through the universe is the only one we can survive on (or at least, the only one that has chocolate, which is pretty much the same thing) I’m thinking that it deserves to be celebrated a while longer than, say, Talk Like a Pirate Day. Or Clergy Appreciation Day. Or National Date Nut Bread Day. All of which exist and are celebrated… Read More