• Adventure,  Lifestyle,  Travel,  Writing

    2016 in review

    I had some big goals for 2016. Most of the goals were reasonable, but still some entirely unreasonable ones snuck in. These were the goals I wasn’t going to hold myself to because I had no control over other people’s actions, but I couldn’t help but keep these outlandish expectations as a yardstick. Maybe I watched too much Parks & Rec because I made a binder for my Writing Year, made quarterly goals, and decorated it with stickers. Some of my goals I now see as unrealistic (like blog 4 times a week. Who has time for that?), and some of them I forgot to write down, because I didn’t…

  • The Burn
    Adventure,  Lifestyle,  Travel,  Writing

    Three Sisters: Day Two

    Purple twists of light tinted the sky. The sun hadn’t risen yet. In the distance, there was a faint but strange, honking sound. I turned my head to see Andy’s eyes wide open. He was lying still, listening. “Elk,” he whispered. I strained my ears, trying to hear them. The call sounds like the vuvuzela, the South African instrument we all grew to love during the 2010 World Cup. The rest of our morning was silent, birds still quiet. When the sky grew pink with shades of yellow, I got out of my sleeping bag. The ground was soft with black ash and my flip flops were near useless, but I slipped them on…

  • Lifestyle,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    Pennies

    You know pennies–the  smallest monetary increment in America. There are often petitions to rid ourselves of pennies, citing all sorts of things from their unnecessary copper usage (the penny is currently 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper), to the annoying pile in jars and cars where the pennies sleep, never redeemed for value. So this year was my 7th wedding anniversary. My husband and I try to come up with creative ways to spend our anniversaries after a few years of going out to dinner seemed at best unsurprising, and at worst, boring. We don’t give each other gifts on our “special day.” Neither of us is particularly good at gift-giving, and…

  • Lifestyle,  Writing

    Brain Input

    There are so many methods to entertain ourselves these days, so much so that I wonder how over-stimulated I actually am. When I begin a new story that I am unsure of how it will unfold, I try to surround myself with topics that relate to the experience I’m trying to portray, or the questions I am hoping to ask. But with so much media, it isn’t just books that I use as brain input. One of the ways I have taken to expanding my world is listening to podcasts. Since I’ve been home long enough to restart my long walks, I’ve been catching up on my extensive list. Perhaps…

  • Adventure,  Happy Hour,  Lifestyle

    Happy Hour Explorers: Ordinary Pub

    After so much adventure, coming back home to catalog some of the great things about Savannah is relaxing–especially when it involves Happy Hour. A single doorway on Broughton Street with a bicycle etched on the glass brings a thirsty Explorer to The Ordinary Pub. If this Explorer happens in Monday through Friday between 3 pm – 7 pm, deals are available. (The Ordinary Pub website says Happy Hour is seven days a week). Deals like $3 drafts, $4 wells as a double or 2 for 1, and then there are daily cocktail specials. When I visited, one of the $5 cocktail special was a Moscow Mule. Who doesn’t love the bite…

  • Adventure,  Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  Travel,  Writing

    Big Five Dive Eve

    Just a few more hours until we head up to Lake Superior for our first dive for Big Five Dive! The Stuff The vans are packed to the gills with dive gear and photography gear (separate, of course, not everything is rated for 100 meters underwater). Steve Plowman of Plowman’s Collision has lent us the vans, and we intend to return them in just as good of a shape as when he sent us off with them. We bought six tarps to make sure.     We’ll be snacking on all of those glorious chips from Bettermade. I. Can’t. Wait.   Jessica is making homemade peanut butter oatmeal energy snacks.…

  • Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  politics,  Travel,  Writing

    Plastics

    One more day until the Big Five Dive! 5 Great Lakes, 24 hours. Part of this is for PADI Women’s Dive Day, part to raise awareness for the ecological impact on the lakes, and part because this is an amazing mission. Yesterday we talked PADI Women’s Dive Day, so now let’s talk about the Great Lakes, ’cause they don’t call ’em great for nothing. The Great Lakes have over 20% of the world’s freshwater. I have to tell you, after my other diving experiences, diving here seems like a weird kind of miracle to not be spitting out salt when I surface. But like all good things, a person has to…

  • Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  Travel,  Writing

    Women’s Dive Day

    Part of the impetus of Big 5 Dive was participating in PADI Women’s Dive Day, which is July 16th. Originally cooked up by three of the fourteen participating divers, Stephanie Gandulla, a maritime archaeologist, Jacque Edwards, a graphic designer, and Meaghan Gass, a Great Lakes Educator, the three dive buddies thought “BigFiveDive would be the perfect feat to attempt,” according to Stephanie. So who is PADI and why do we care what she thinks of anything? PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors, and certifies divers around the world from the basic Open Water class to Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver. So you know, all levels. 2015 was the first…

  • Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  Travel,  Travel,  Writing

    Night Dive

    Last night Kyle and I went for our first night dive with our certification instructor, Steve. We showed up early to Lake Avalon to get comfortable in the water (and figuring out how to move in a 7 mm wetsuit). I have never worn a suit that thick in my life. Due to the style of the top portion, this meant I was actually wearing 14 mm of neoprene on the top half of my body. That is some extra buoyancy, let me tell you.   Kyle and I tooled around Lake Avalon during the day, just to get our gear figured out, our weights figured out. I’m still figuring the…

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