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Man, is it hard to get anything done during summertime in Alaska. My house is a graveyard of abandoned projects, because who can be productive when there are hours of daylight and miles of trails waiting? In a flash, Juneau has gone from an unfamiliar dot on a map to the home I’ve been looking for. It’s like I’ve found a kindred spirit in its moody, endless wildness. Rain or shine (but… Read More

I left Juneau by ferry, well before the sun had begun illuminating the inky black landscape. The only clues as to what surrounded us were the pre-dawn cries of gulls voicing their complaints at the hour and the lapping of dark waters against the hull. It wasn’t until the sky faded to indigo that I could make out white-capped seas and distant peaks on the horizon. Around me, other passengers slept beneath… Read More

A few weeks ago, I stood amongst my graduating class of 2016 and flipped a flimsy yellow tassel from one side of my cap to the other. It felt momentous, at least in that it meant we would probably get to take off the itchy caps and leave soon. But it wasn’t until my cap was discarded in some dusty corner of my room and I had left to celebrate the occasion… Read More

If you’re wondering where my happy place was as Boston nudged past historical snowfall records yesterday, it’s on a sailboat with semi-functioning toilets, bobbing offshore of a tiny Indonesian island. That’s where I was seven months ago, when I brought two of my best friends to see the colorful, chaotic, splatter of islands that I’ve called home on and off for so many years. We surfed at Kuta beach, had cocktails at… Read More

Been thinking about these gorgeous waters a lot lately. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on this incredible trip last summer! To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there? -Walt Whitman

The best part of the day on Halong Bay: the sun is dipping behind the islands, casting this gorgeous hazy light. Read more here. “Sometimes it feels good to take the long way home.” — Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home  

The stunning limestone karst topography of Halong Bay, Vietnam. See more from this trip here. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” –Aaïs Nin