How Does it Feel to Be Home?

June 30 – Aug 20, 2017

Thirty hours of travel and I arrived back home to Colorado, into the engulfing, spine adjusting, bear hug embrace of an old friend who absolutely would not take “No” for an answer when asked if I needed a ride from the airport. “Well, I won’t be the only person to ask you this, but at least I’ll be the first. How does it feel to be home?”, Sara Continue reading “How Does it Feel to Be Home?”


Leaving the Tibetan Plateau and Waking Up In a Chinese City

July 20 – 25, 2017

“Ok, ok…I can see you’re upset…but WHAT IS IT, MAN?” my voice now slightly elevated, reflecting the agitation from being woken up for the 5th time by this guy. This time, with the flash light from his iPhone beaming me in the eye, jolting me out of a slumber at 230am. A Chinese man in his 40’s, of slight build with a pot belly and sporting a tank top, Continue reading “Leaving the Tibetan Plateau and Waking Up In a Chinese City”

“Celebrate We Will…” One Last Dance On the Tibetan Plateau

May 28 – June 9, 2017

Celebrate we will
Because life is short but sweet for certain
We’re climbing two by two
To be sure these days continue
These things we cannot change

                                                                                   “Two Step” by Dave Mathews

I remember growing up in Michigan, when I was probably 8 years old, and my grandma would tell me that I had to wait 30 minutes after eating before going swimming. Continue reading ““Celebrate We Will…” One Last Dance On the Tibetan Plateau”

Are You Gonna Eat That? Learning Chinese Food 101

“You’re a vegetarian? You’re gonna starve,” nonchalantly quipped my friend Ellen. She is an American from Ohio who traveled through this region of Eastern Tibet for a year by bike in 2011 and has been calling Shanghai home ever since. I came across her blog in early 2015 when I was researching routes for my trip and reached out to her for insight. “Even the Tibetan monks eat some nasty shit.” It’s true, if you don’t say “Boo yao rou (I Continue reading “Are You Gonna Eat That? Learning Chinese Food 101”

…Including the Kitchen Sink. Chasing the Pot of Gold in Nyempo Jurtse

May 25-27, 2017

“There is a trekking trail that goes through this region named Nyempo Jurtse. I don’t know if we can cycle it.  Worst case, if the trail ends, we just push our bikes over the pass. It’s only about 1,000 vertical feet. We’ll need to pack food for 3 days. What do you think?” Continue reading “…Including the Kitchen Sink. Chasing the Pot of Gold in Nyempo Jurtse”

The Tibetan Plateau: Into the Great Wide Open

May 10 – 23, 2017

“Into the great wide open
Under them skies of blue
Out in the great wide open
A rebel without a clue”

Tom Petty

I have not seen a shower (or running water), a mirror, a hotel, or even a tree in nearly 2 weeks. I have subsisted almost entirely on instant noodles. Whenever I happen to find yogurt, I eat it like its my job. Last week I found a pineapple and about lost my mind. A rebel without a clue. Fact: I did not have a clue what was I getting into. I just knew that I Continue reading “The Tibetan Plateau: Into the Great Wide Open”

Taking the Yak Track

May 7 – 9, 2017

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”    

                                                                                     -Ralph Waldo Emerson

(…but sometimes that path or trail…is a yak track.)
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Perspectives in the High Tibetan Himalayas: Without the Bitter, There is No Sweet.

April 27 – May 6, 2017

Nobody said a word. Nobody complained and nobody hung their head. No profanity was uttered (at least audibly). We occasionally looked at one another, if only for a check in, but then solemnly just marched on. This is the beauty of being with people experienced in traveling in the wild. Complaining was simply a waste of time and energy. Nobody was Continue reading “Perspectives in the High Tibetan Himalayas: Without the Bitter, There is No Sweet.”

Eastern Tibet. Mountains of Smiles and Kindness

April 19 – 26, 2017

“Tah-shi de-leeeeh!!!” belts out the Tibetan man on his motorcycle, lumbering down the broken, muddy road of a 15k ft mountain pass in the Amdo Region of Eastern Tibet, his wife and child clinging on precariously behind him. “Tah-shi de-leeeeeeeh!!!” I shout back, even more emphatically. Their laughter and cheer inspires me. It is 27F in a  Continue reading “Eastern Tibet. Mountains of Smiles and Kindness”

And Then…China

April 11, 2017

It was 2 am. I had been riding around in not one but two different taxis for nearly 3 hours since I landed in Kunming.  I just wanted to find my hotel. This, on the tail end of 2 days of the worst food poisoning in my life prior to leaving Nepal (and fittingly my only food poisoning to date). Literally 5 minutes after eating or drinking anything, everything Continue reading “And Then…China”