Ohhhh, The Places You’ll Go! ~ Dr. Seuss

hiking and travel

I was born in a small town in Northern Minnesota in an area called “The Iron Range”, heavy on mining and bars and not a whole lot to do for kids. Although we moved around a lot from town to town around the Range, I never really seen a big city until I was around 10 or 11. When we finally drove down to the big city of Minneapolis and the first time I seen the skyscrapers, I was blown away.

I just had this feeling of awe in the pit of my stomach and a flutter in my heart.
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Myanmar, the Land of Golden Pagodas!


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I felt almost a sense of nostalgia stepping foot in Finland, the same place where my great grandparents set off to America from in the early 1900’s.

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So oftentimes, we go on and on about compassion for others, but in the process, we forget about ourselves. We tell ourselves negative things about how we aren’t good enough, we deprive ourselves of sleep, we deny ourselves radical self-love because, you know, we don’t have time for that. This has been a lifelong struggle for me.

“Never mind. The self is the least of it. Let our scars fall in love.” –Galway Kinnell

So I’ve come to realize, we are worthy of giving ourselves compassion too. The saying goes, you gotta love yourself before you can love anyone else. And to expect reciprocation from others in order to validate ourselves isn’t always viable. In fact, it can make us crazy if we spend our whole lives waiting for someone to be nice to us or return the favors. We just have to let our inner love radiate out and it will touch everyone you meet and someday, maybe, it will boomerang back (it will).
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I’m a huge animal lover. HUGE. And not just that, I think the least we can do in the world is not harm animals when we have no reason to.

sanctuary-2We can live and thrive wonderfully without harming others and by living vegan.

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There’s something about being in the back of a tuk-tuk, wind blowing in your hair, watching a land seeming so ancient and mystical fly by.


You feel more of a part of it all.
A part of something real.
A part of something that’s been around a REALLY long time.

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This was on our bucket list for a long time…to see gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat. And last year, we made it happen!

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On the way to Bwindi. From this view, we could see the Congo, Rwanda and the Virunga Volcano.

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda is one of the best places in the world to see mountain gorillas- if you are lucky to find them.

They are wild and are not tracked by tagging, but certain gorilla families are observed in their natural habitat for research and trackers go out in the early morning to find out their general vicinity. Read More

Many people have told me, “I really CAN’T travel right now.” For whatever reason, due to finances or obligations or something else, there are times in life when we may be stuck in one place, but we still feel the wanderlust deep inside.

Hey, don’t be sad!


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Sounds awesome and glamorous, right?! Well it is, but you got to put in some work for it and some time and patience. If you are ready to do whatever it takes to see the world so you can experience other cultures, immerse yourself in nature, and be awed by the wonders of the world…read on!

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First of all, I want to send love and light to Nepal and all who were affected by the tragic earthquake on April 25, 2015. I never thought after visiting Nepal last November that the photos I would share would be images of buildings and places that are now destroyed by the earthquake and a part of history. Even more sad and heartbreaking is the unfortunate loss of lives. I wish I could find out if the people and animals I photographed and the locals who showed us around are alive and well.

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