Touching the Sky

I had been missing New England so much, especially the White Mountains. I missed the sweet scent of evergreens tall and dense, lining the pulpy earth with their needles. I missed the special quiet that comes with breaking treeline and entering the alpine zone. I missed trails that will simultaneously break your heart with…

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Montana Blue

I’d always wanted to visit Montana. No photograph, no film can do its glory justice. I’d write poems about what it would feel like to steep myself in its endless skies and ragged mountain ranges. My Dad would tell me stories of a hunting trip he had out there decades ago, and he would always end the narrative with “…and that’s why they call it Big Sky Country.” Well, this summer I finally got my chance to

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Sunset Hike // Sharp Top, VA

I’d wanted to hike to the top of Sharp Top Mountain for a long time. Friends would rave to me about its 360-degree views and easy accessibility off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Let’s just say that Sharp Top made me feel very welcome.

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A Pilgrimage with My Father

We stopped at Wednesday Lake on the afternoon of our first day. The water was deep, dark, and refreshingly cool under the beating sun. As we swam, my father let out a huge sigh of relief. We were blissfully weightless after carrying forty-five pounds on our backs for…

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Sunrise Hike // McAfee Knob, VA

I’m 25, and I’ll admit it - I’m still afraid of the dark. Especially hiking in the dark. There’s something that makes me uneasy about how the woods are so big, and yet full of endless hiding places for creatures. But despite these fears, I knew I wanted to hike to McAfee Knob to see the sunrise because…

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Road Tripping through California and Oregon

Kian wanted to travel one more time before starting his second year of medical school - he just didn’t know where. We talked about Michigan, Colorado, Yellowstone National Park. Somewhere within driving distance to cut costs. And then Kian’s brother Cameron offered to let us borrow his car for two weeks, and our minds were instantly made up: we were going to California.

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A Taste of Ireland

Our first day in Dublin just happened to be the Women’s Mini Marathon, a race in which over 41,000 women participated. Men ran in the race too, many of them dressed up as women with terrible wigs and hilarious dresses. After the race, the pubs were full with…

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Floyd

We ditched our electronics and wandered an hour south of Roanoke where cell service is scant and warm welcomes abound.

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