It was my brother Ethan’s idea. He was getting married in Jinan, China, and Taishan, or Mt. Tai in English, was a quick bullet train ride away. “We’ll climb it a few days before the wedding,” he said. “We’ll be too hung-over after.” He meant he’d be too hung-over after, referring to the Chinese tradition …

→Read More

A student of mine died this year and then I traveled to this place called Tana Toraja to see a pig get set on fire and after that I got a voicemail from my mother about looking death in the face. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. We’ll start with the pig. My husband and …

→Read More

To enter the red door in the alleyway you first have to press the “2” and “5” on the keypad and hold for three seconds. You climb five levels of concrete steps in a darkened stairwell to a blue metal door with a Russian-era keyhole and no handle. Behind this door is a one bedroom …

→Read More

This past Monday was the pinnacle of marathon running — the 120th Boston Marathon. Over 26,000 runners from all around the world converged on the great city of Boston to run this historic race, and I was lucky enough to be one of them. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon was my dream since 8th grade when …

→Read More

Peak experiences make it easy to fall in love. I spent a week alone in the backcountry of Everglades National Park, interacting with slow, sacred waters. I fell in love, deeply.I canoed the remote wonder of Katmai National Park, sharing shores with majestic grizzly bears. I fell in love, wondrously.But when we leave the glory …

→Read More

“Can we spin around the neighborhood for a few minutes so I can get the hang of this thing?” I asked my boyfriend, Tyson, as we headed out on what would be our first long motorcycle trip and my first time riding my motorcycle on busy interstates. I had ridden dirt bikes before, but I …

→Read More

Back in January, when the Misadventures crew was hanging out at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, we spent our free time exploring the Venture Out section — where you might turn a corner and catch shoes being cobbled or sunglasses whittled. Makers, designers, pioneers, rebels, all outdoor enthusiasts. Our people! We spotted …

→Read More

I was on my way home from work at 5 p.m. on a Wednesday in January. I could only see the few feet of cracked pavement illuminated by my bike light and all I heard were coyotes yipping somewhere in the prairie. As I pedaled my fixed-gear, hodgepodge bike up a hill with 25-mile-per-hour winds …

→Read More

I first met Canadian Explorer and adventurer Geoff Green in 2003 at the Explorers Club in New York City. Geoff is the brainchild and visionary of the Students On Ice Foundation, a wonderful organization that takes young people to experience the beauty, people, history and wildlife of the Arctic and Antarctic. He is a world …

→Read More

Three women wearing burkas swept along, chatting expressively among themselves. Well-dressed families and couples sauntered past one another, noses in the air, headed toward either the AirFrance lounge or the AirItalia lounge, which were strategically positioned at a diagonal from one another. I sat in the no man’s land between the two lounges at JFK …

→Read More

I am sitting in gravel by the largest pool of Steamboat. The glassy surface of the river moves slowly and it is the end of summer so traffic on the road above is infrequent and the whoosh of an occasional car is indistinguishable in the combing breeze. I am looking at the white scar on …

→Read More