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Dispatches From The Road Musings Travel Writing

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 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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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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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

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Musings Writing

An Ode to Inconsistency in the Time of COVID-19

Does anyone else look back at their past five months of socially distanced and quarantined life and feel a slight pang of sadness for what could have been a time of significant growth and self-improvement?… Read the rest

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Hiking Musings Travel

Travel Solo, But Never Alone; Making Friends on the Journey

Everyone was talking to the person they were sitting next to. Some had arms propped up on the chairs of their acquaintances, while others were laughing at a shared phone screen or staring at the same map.… Read the rest

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The 5 Stages of Grief: Healing a Broken Heart Caused by a Broken Bone

Life truly started to feel like it was on auto-pilot. Everything in 2018 was going off without a hitch–an amazing waitressing job, early graduation from college, a perfect trip to Peru…wrangling at the HF Bar Ranch in northern Wyoming was just the next step in my plan for the year.… Read the rest

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So You Think You Can Bake…

Have you ever baked popovers?

…for 120 people?

Not easy. Especially not when you are doing so once a week for 2 months. Especially not when 60 of those 120 people have been coming to the HF Bar Ranch for over six decades, and have high expectations for their popovers.… Read the rest

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Musings Travel Writing

A Week in Paris

It took me 19 years to get out of the United States. Quite frankly, after everything that has been happening over here, I couldn’t leave soon enough. Finally, after a busy holiday season, my family and I departed for Bradley International Airport at 3:45 in the afternoon, to catch our flight to Paris, by way of Dublin.… Read the rest