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On Africa’s Roof, Still Crowned With Snow

January 21st, 2008

The New York Times travel section has taken on Kilimanjaro. It brought back fond memories of the climb that I did there two years ago, at about this time. The writer took the same route and is good for waxing nostalgic

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Do What You Love and Starve

December 12th, 2007

I came across this article today and it cracked me up, if only because of the title: Do What You Love and Starve

The hefty dose of cynicism aside, he actually makes some good points regarding how to make a career transition to ‘something you like’, although I’m still an optimist that you can do what you love AND eat well.

I’ve been very busy the past few months – I’ve been to New Caledonia, Fiji, LA, Minneapolis and Las Vegas since October and it’s looking to be a hectic start to the new year too. I’m writing travel guides and marketing the honeymoon registry, along with some writing on the side for MSN, thanks to a wonderful introduction from Leif at KillingBatteries a few months ago. These are all things I love and I’m not starving, so I’ll argue Kiplinger’s a little longer 🙂

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Minnesota Bridge Collapse

August 2nd, 2007

A national news story has hit a little closer than I’d like after the I-35 bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River in my hometown area of Minneapolis.

I found on when I headed to the gym – it was on all the tvs there. I stared at them, dumbfounded, for a few minutes before rushing downstairs to get my phone….where the first text message asking if my family was ok had arrived.

I rang home and my mother answered with, “Chad’s [my brother] ok.” I quickly called my father and found out the rest of my family was all right too.

For the next hour, I became that-girl-at-the-gym-on-the-cell-phone. Thankfully (?) the cell towers in the Twin Cities were overloaded, so I was limited to texting my friends to make sure they were all right. So far, everyone seems to be, but just like any other major incident, there are lots of close calls and what ifs…like the fact my brother had driven over the bridge only 15 minutes before on his way to a final less than a mile away, or that some of my friends drive over that bridge every day on their way to and from work and had just gotten home when it collapsed. As one friend put it, a bridge collapse because of a structural incident is something that happened 100 years ago….or occurs in other countries. You never expect it to happen your backyard.

Sometimes, when I drive way up high over the I-405 or the I-5 just south of the Portland, I think about all those not-yet-funded
earthquake-proofing plans for the bridges. I saw on the always credible FOX News at 10 the first ‘Could it happen here?’ scare story. Not to be difficult, but don’t you think if Kare 11 or WCCO in the Twin Cities had done that story last night, they’d get the same pat answers I’m sure ODOT handed out to the news crews this evening? Food for thought….


Vino Dopes

July 24th, 2007


I wasn’t able to watch the TT, but when Vino sprung back yesterday for the fantastic stage win, I said to myself, “I hope that Vino doesn’t end up like Landis after his amazing Stage 17 ride last year.” Such a disappointment…Vino was definitely my favorite rider and I loved watching him two years ago with his relentless attacks. Even when he was out of the running for the GC win, he has been such fun to watch and so many people have touched by his continued drive, even after crashing.

What a lousy, lousy thing to hear.

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Biking in Colorado

June 30th, 2007

Charlie and I just returned from a two-week vacation to Colorado to ride our lovely bicycles. Our 6-day ride that he helped to guide I just hoped to survive took us from Breckenridge to Mt. Princeton to Gunnison to Peonia to Leadville to Aspen to Breckenridge (in some order like that) and went over 8 mountain passes, the highest of which was 12,095 ft and took me a wonderful 2 hours and 42 minutes to climb over 19 miles (ugh!). The air definitely gets a little thinner when you hit 10,000 ft.

The trip itself was fantastic, although my knee was giving me the expected trouble. The most beautiful day took us through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which had barely any traffic and breathtaking views the whole way.

Next us is a site relaunch for work, so I’ll be swamped for the next two weeks. The nice thiing about summer is there is always something to look forward to right around the corner and in this case it’s LA in a month.

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Summer in Portland

May 31st, 2007

Although it will probably rain for the entire month of June, the past ten days have made Portlanders think: summer is here! And, with summer, comes camping! And bikes! And vacations!

Since everyone is so pressed for time nowadays, Charlie and I decided to combine all three and are heading to Colorado in two weeks, swinging by Crater Lake and a few other parks along the way to swim, camp, and relax. Then, in Colorado, we have a 6-day bike tour that he is helping to guide and I am just hoping to survive. It’s a mountain pass a day….wish me luck 😛

Other summer plans include a trip to LA…and who knows where else!

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Omaha- Somewhere in Middle America

April 30th, 2007

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Omaha – a sprawling suburbian town with a cute, albeit very small, old town with cobblestone streets. Charlie and I ventured off to Middle America for 36 hours and the wedding of his pledge dad, a soccer coach who will be moving to Boise in two weeks with his new bride to start an assistant coaching position there.

There were a few highlights of trip, including the fact all of our flights took off and landed on time with no issues with transfers. However, I did have one issue with airport security…

The man in front of me was selected for special screening. After being walked and handed over to the agent at the machine, he walked through, as did I. The TSA agent who he had been handed off to began gathering up my items – and placed his boarding pass in the container. I looked at her, dumbfounded. “You do know that isn’t my boarding pass, don’t you?” I asked. She looked at the name and then me and my purse and set the bin right back down again. The man who was supposed to be searched was gathering up his stuff when the woman snapped at him that he wasn’t allowed to touch it and huffed off with his items without saying another word to me.

My, when a MALE is walked up to the machine and HANDED OFF to an agent…and then she gathers up MY stuff and places HIS boarding pass with it, I just feel so…secure.

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What I’m Reading: Afghanistan, PINK and Google Advertising

March 21st, 2007

I don’t usually write about what I’m reading, but right now my plate is full of awesome randomness. Since I take the bus to and from work, I am trying to take advantage of this time by reading more.

For fiction, I just finished Kite Runner, which is a fantastic book that weaves in historical events in Afghanistan (the ones pre-2001 that most Amerians don’t read about). Recommended reading if only for the fact it gives an interesting insight into the culture…plus it is a pretty good story.

For magzines, I picked up a subscription to PINK Magazine, which is a women’s mag but has some great profiles, such as this one on Playboy president, Christie Hefner.

For online stuff, Tech Crunch has an interesting analysis on what’s up with Google’s new advertising foray: Digesting Google’s New PPA Advertising Product I don’t agree with everything he says – Linkshare and TradeDoubler and CJ will have to adapt but they will always appeal to some parts of the market – but yet again it shows the steps that Google is taking to control the online world.

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February Fun

February 23rd, 2007

As promised – here’s my MSN link…The Best Thing About My City.

They liked the series so they’ve decided to make it an ongoing thing, which is exciting. Up next? The most overrated thing…anyone have suggestions on overrated Portland activities?

I’ve got some fun (domestic) trips planned – one to Omaha for a wedding (I love Omaha!) for 36 hours in April and then another in June to take on the scenery of Colorado for a killer climb-a-mountain-pass-every-day bike tour. Hmmm…now to just get myself ready for the challenge!

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January Update

January 21st, 2007

It’s been awhile since I updated, so I thought I’d drop a quick line –

I’ve been incredibly busy this month. I’ve started writing travel guides for, a website in PDX that specializes in honeymoon vacations and travel registries, which I think is an awesome idea. When you get married, instead of getting another set of pots or pans, your friends give you a massage, a night in an overwater bungalow, or another experience.

Additionally, I’m writing items three or four times a week for, a fashion site. I’m specializing in travel related products and fitness items for them.

Finally, I’ve gone back to school to get my certification in nutrition. It’s a six month program, with 5 or so hours a week. I am hoping at the end of it I’ll have better credentials for health and fitness writing.

I’m also continuing to write freelance, doing copywriting and, this week, writing up something for MSN.

….and, of course, I’m planning my next trip. I’m heading to Peru, with Charlie. We’re not sure of a date yet, but we’d like to climb Machu Picchu while we are there!

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