Hitching up California’s Route 1 as we speak [020]

Two days ago my friends dropped me off in Santa Cruz and I headed out to the highway, after spending 2 hours on the wifi at a coffee place of course. On the highway, which was Highway 1 (California's Pacific Coast Highway or PCH), I was picked up by a young Los Angeles native with... Continue Reading →


A 48 hour wedding in rural Laos

Occurred: April, 2016 Southeast Asia is backpacker paradise. Cheap, tropical, and full of surprises. I went there for my first solo backpacking trip, and one night a young Laotian bartender invited me to his sister's wedding. It was wonderful and eye-opening. After the weekend's festivities, I emailed my family to tell the story. Here is... Continue Reading →

Entering the Sequioas… [015]

Today I took a bus from LA to Lake Isabella, a small town between two extremes: the Mojave desert below and the Sequioa National Forest rising to the north. I am... Completely out of my element. And it feels good! My main concerns are bears, mountain lions, and sources of water along the trail.  Time... Continue Reading →

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