During the second half of July, I headed to Chile’s beautiful southern lake region, about halfway between Santiago and Punta Arenas. An inspiring landscape of volcanoes covered in snow, rushing turquoise rivers, green coastal cliffs, and deep blue lakes, it was my first taste of a very different Chilean landscape. I’ve been learning and talking a lot about how many different ecosystems Chile has along its 4,000-km length, but it was amazing to experience it first hand. In my two weeks south, I explored the outdoors, learned about the history of the region, discovered more about my family heritage, and got a taste of the culture of the south. Continue reading “Chile Part 3: Two Weeks South”
Two weeks ago, Bryant and I visited Yosemite National Park in the California Sierras for the second time in my life. The first time was exactly two years ago, in February 2014 (read my blog post about it here). Back then, California was in deep drought, and Yosemite was dry and fairly warm, without a speck of snow to be seen. This time, things were very different.
This summer, I have been living at home in Boulder, Colorado, a true Mecca of environmental and social activism, hundreds of health food trends, outdoor adventures, and active lifestyles. Before I left for college, I lived in Boulder for six years, so it’s been amazing to be back for a solid chunk of time. Boulder is nestled right up against the Rocky Mountains, along Colorado’s Front Range. A defining mountain feature in Boulder is the Flatirons, which are essentially giant flat slabs of rock leaning against the foothills. Continue reading “The Mysterious Origins of the Rocky Mountains”
Last week, my dad, sister, and I visited our cabin in southwest Montana. It was my first time at the cabin in six years, but it felt just the same: peaceful and quiet, and like time was standing still. Our cabin is super rustic – we call it “glamping”, glamorous camping – and we like it that way. Getting up our driveway alone requires half an hour and a four-wheel-drive, and the cabin itself is completely off the grid. There’s no electricity, no running water, and a composting toilet that we affectionately call “The Throne”. The only sounds you can hear from our little corner of the wilderness are the birds chirping, bees buzzing, and an occasional mooing cow in the distance. Continue reading “Montana Pioneers: Miners, Spruce Trees, and My Father”
Over President’s Day Weekend, I went to Yosemite National Park with ten other students from my dorm. I was there for two nights and one full day, and I had an incredible time. I had never been to Yosemite before, and I finally understood why people rave about it so much. With its iconic mountains and spectacular views, it was a great opportunity for me to disconnect, have a change of pace, and enjoy being in nature. Continue reading “A Weekend in Yosemite: Where’s the Snow?”
I recently went on a hike with my good friend Meghan Shea to the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space. It was about a 35-minute drive away, and the fresh morning scent of the forest was exactly what I needed to recenter myself. When you’re living in the suburbs, it is so easy to forget about the incredible natural places that are just around the corner. Even though school keeps me insanely busy, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to make more time for nature. Continue reading “Recent Redwood Reflections”