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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 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: 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 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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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 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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Hiking Travel

Why the Bighorn Mountains Have My Heart

I’ve been visiting the HF Bar Ranch in Wyoming since I was 11 years old, and have been blessed enough to spend the past two summers working there as well. One of the most special parts of this location is its proximity to the southern region of the Bighorn National Forest.… Read the rest

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48 Solo Hours Travel

48 Solo Hours in Inverness

The precious city of Inverness, dubbed the “Gateway to the Highlands,” sits on the Northeastern coast, right where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. Considered the largest city of the Highlands, its population is just under 49,000 people, which gives some insight into the quaint charm that my first stop in Scotland had to offer.… 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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48 Solo Hours in Oban and the Inner Hebrides

When I decided to plan a solo 10-day backpacking adventure around Scotland for the end of September, the western coastal region of the country wasn’t so much a part of my itinerary.… Read the rest

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48 Solo Hours Hiking Travel

48 Solo Hours in Cusco

Most seasoned adventurers (or seasoned adventure readers) know Cusco as the small mountain city in the Sacred Valley where both short day trips and week-long adventures to Machu Picchu start from.… Read the rest

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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