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Dispatches From The Road: Day 16

In which Katie finds a small town safe harbor, stands for agriculture and submits to the pressures of exhaustion.

Kansas looks dreamy in the snow. That much I learned on day 14.… Read the rest

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Dispatches From The Road Musings Writing

Dispatches From The Road: Day 13

In which Katie hunkered in her yurt.

I woke up to frozen sheets of snow sliding off the roof of my yurt, and immediately decided it was meant to be a “hunker in your circus tent” kind of day.… Read the rest

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Dispatches From The Road Girl's Guide Travel Writing

Dispatches From The Road: Day 12

In which Katie reckons with the things she lacks: control over the weather, fortitude to sleep in her truck in sub-freezing temperatures, time necessary to “write it all”…whatever the hell “it all” may be.Read the rest

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Dispatches From The Road Musings Writing

Dispatches From The Road: Day 8

In which Katie overestimates the amount of daylight she has left and underestimates the spiritual healing powers of horses and their people.

Today marks two years since my grandmother died.

…okay, yesterday did.… Read the rest

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Dispatches From The Road: Day 7

In which Katie turns south and sees her first sandhill cranes…not quite the whooping cranes she was hoping for, but still something worth giving a whoop about.

I had turned on Wynona Judd’s cover of “Free Bird” to boost my morale.… Read the rest

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Dispatches From The Road: Day 6

Katie’s life in the lap of luxury is about to be over. But luckily, much like the cranes, she’s chasing warmer weather.

North Dakota has been good to me, in no small part due to my great uncle Ron and aunt Karen, who took me in and fed me for the last five nights as I toured around the state looking for birds and stories.… Read the rest

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Dispatches From The Road Travel Writing

Dispatches From The Road: Day 3

According to my reliable and generously informative sources, the whooping cranes are starting to cross into North Dakota.

According to town gossip and weather.com, so is the snow.

In the words of fellow cross-country adventurer Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that.… Read the rest

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Dispatches From The Road Girl's Guide Running Travel

Dispatches From The Road: Day 2

In which Katie faces problems with percolating, pronunciation, paying fees and potential prairie predators.

I woke up in my backseat cardboard cocoon this morning at around 6:30, amazed to feel fully rested and almost too warm and cozy in my mummy bag.… Read the rest

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Dispatches From The Road: Day 1

In which Katie struggles with stairs, stoves and a sky minus sun.

It’s 9:23 at night and pouring rain outside. I’m lying in my truck bed. No, not the bed of the truck…the bed I built in the backseat of my truck.… Read the rest

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Girl's Guide Hiking Musings Writing

Backcountry Thoughts: The Company We Are Gifted

The universe didn’t want me to be a part of society on Tuesday. That much was perfectly clear to me. A screeching crow, blasting car horns and what sounded like an impassioned lovers’ quarrel all set off at 7:30 A.M… Read the rest

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Ernest Hemingway and Carrie Bradshaw Have Something in Common, And I Want It.

Recent soul-searching revealed to me that I have strange role models. One is a hardy, bare-bones war journalist and novelist who wrote as if he were being up-charged for any use of creative adjectives.… Read the rest

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Musings Travel Writing

In Washington D.C, There’s No Rest for Anyone, Wicked or Not

After I started working in restaurants, I would have really vivid server dreams during which our reservations would be overbooked, we’d be understaffed, and my feet would be glued to the floor.… Read the rest

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Musings Travel Writing

Planning For A Road Trip? Do It Like A Migratory Bird.

In less than four weeks, I am supposed to embark on an easy solo road trip for my graduate reporting project. I say “easy” because, directionally speaking, it should be impossible to mess up.… Read the rest

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Musings Writing

Apocalypse Removed: How Distance Disengages Us From Danger

If you weren’t previously aware that those residing in the northwestern part of our nation are breathing the worst air in the world, now you know. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.… Read the rest

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Musings Running Travel

Routine Reimagined: Being a Tourist in Familiar Places

Earlier this evening, I followed a particular routine that has proven ever-present since the second week of May. It usually starts every night around 5:27 when I look at the clock and let my jaw drop.… Read the rest