Henderson Island—a makatea, which means raised coral island—is in the middle of the South Pacific. Although we were restricted from exploring the island’s interior, the excitement stopping here, checking out the beach for both birds and plastic, and surfing a reef in the middle of nowhere filled me with nervous excitement.
I crossed seven states in 10 days, visited friends, congratulated a couple on their beautiful wedding, and saw some amazing places along the way. When I finally parked my vehicle for good, I looked up and saw I made it back to Colorado just in time to watch the sunset.
The deep blue on the horizon beckoned me as I searched for another island in the distance. Stepping onto the ground felt like walking straight off the last page of great novel and into a place in my life that will forever be marked as before and after. Before I sailed the Pacific.
I’m running hard and barely moving. The drag of a glider, the awkward tangle of a harness, and the weight of the pilot yoked in behind me hold me back. I dig my toes into the mountain side, push off with each giant stride, and soon my legs are kicking in the air instead of pawing at the ground.
Earlier this year, Vancouver-based charitable organization, imagine1day, launched their second annual Imagine Ethiopia trip: a two-week adventure that takes participants on a daily exploration of the best that Ethiopia has to offer. Now, another trip is in the works.
We’re in Winnipeg, Manitoba, getting ready to paddle Lake Winnipeg and head into the Canadian wilderness. We are almost done with the Red River since we paddled the last 100 miles in a 20-hour stretch—even paddling overnight—to avoid wind and get here quickly. We’ve still been meeting people who live on the river, and, since it’s a record flood year, most can’t believe that we are able to paddle.
Welcome to the world where soju flows like water and where people dress in couple wear and have no shame of what is exactly on their mind, even if it slightly offends you. I have been in Ulsan, South Korea for seven months now. I didn’t realize what I signed up for when I decided to teach abroad, but I can say that it’s different, it’s challenging, it’s horrible, and it’s amazing. I do not regret any single thing that I have done thus far here in “Soko.”