Part Two: How I Got Myself Out of This Mess When I started thinking about this trek, I had just spent three long months recovering from a concussion. During those three months, the modicum of ski bum fitness that I’d maintained through the winter had diminished—drastically. I built it back up in baby steps: first, …

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In rural Australia, houses are few and far between. If a residence is numbered 10, it is 10 kilometers along that road. A determined Anne-Marie explained this as we sped down an empty path in a small farming community in Kilkivan, Queensland. There was nothing but cattle, dry land, and dehydrated trees on the verge …

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I spent the first week of college with dirt on my face. I was attending an outdoor education program that offered courses with names like, “Rock Rescue” and “Intro to Whitewater Kayaking.” So, during that first week, while my friends who were attending more traditional universities went to frosh parties and began to panic about …

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Late December I received an urgent email on a Saturday afternoon while sitting in a design talk at MIT. PAWs New England, an extraordinary group that rescues dogs out of high kill shelters in the south and brings them to the north, needed an emergency transport driver on Tuesday. The trip from Memphis to New …

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‘Breathe in, breathe out,’ I say to myself as I run over cracked roads, past faces, wondering stares, and into the beautiful depths of Vietnam. Ninety million people live in this elongated country. Ninety million hard workers, farmers, boss-ladies, street vendors, ray band sellers, jewelry makers, chefs, and survivors to run into. As I made my way up the …

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It was going to be my first hunt of the season and I was busy getting ready. I checked my bow case, making sure that it had arrows, broadheads, and my trigger release. I put on long underwear, wool socks, camouflage pants and my long-sleeve camouflage shirt. My driver’s license and hunting license went in …

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“The barrenness of the landscape unlocked the ascetics of her mind. There were no dark corners in her core. Her comfort was found in the silence of the landscape, her assurance in the frames made of granite rock. The old woman looked out to the sea. She saw the waves which rolled with a determined certainty towards the …

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I didn’t know what to expect except to expect adventure. I had gotten so caught up in my day-to-day, the hectic pace of life in New York City, my full time job, my subway commute, my errands, my to-do list, that adventure seemed like something in my far-reaching past, something that was part of a …

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I’ll be honest with you: I have never owned a pair of hiking boots before. I’m more of the twee museum-exploring type, and though over the years I’ve acquired quite a bit of “gear” for anytime a new hobby piqued my interest—dry-rotted tiny barre ball, I’m so sorry, you never stood a chance—I had yet …

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If donating your time in a foreign country to support wildlife research and conservation sounds enticing, consider a volunteer vacation! Observing, measuring, recording is all part of a daily routine for biologists in the field, and you can join them as a “citizen scientist.” Even if you are well past formal school years, not to worry, you won’t …

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