VIOLENCE AND RESISTANCE: MEDELLIN

"In 1991 Medellin was the murder capital of the world, with a homicide rate of 381 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants."  -IBD Memory House Museum We spent almost the entire day today at the Museo Casa de la Memoria (Memory House Museum) in Medellin.  I entered the unadorned, almost utilitarian building, as a curious tourist and... Continue Reading →

THREE MONTHS IN PANAMA

As we prepared to cross the Sixaola  border from Costa Rica into Panama our plan was to spend only two weeks in the country and then move on to Colombia.  We heard it was expensive.  Many backpackers speed through Panama so there were very few stories of its beauty. Our bus approached the border to... Continue Reading →

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS IN COIBA

I was 90 feet (27 meters) underwater and struggling to pull air in through my regulator.  I told myself to calm down. I knew my anxiety was the contributing issue.  People die from letting fear take over.  I knew I needed to fight this fear and I wanted to conquer it.... Click the title to read more

SOUTH SISTER BECKONS, OREGON

Moraine Lake glistened before us.  It was as far as we had planned to hike that day, a moderate 6.8 mile loop with a 2000 feet elevation gain.  Beyond the smooth surface of the lake, Charity beckoned.  She is the youngest and tallest of the three volcanic peaks collectively known as the Three Sisters.  She sang a song of beauty that had our feet pushing further up the path as if the pied piper himself were playing his song for us.

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