First time out traveling alone! What fun to be able to deal normally with public bathrooms, staircases, low airplane seats… Only a trip to Iowa, where it’s 30 degrees instead of 80 and covered in gray snow, but still good movement. The sound of car tires crunching snow outside in the early dawn reminds me […]Read More Things that happen on airplanes
I’ve just read a second fascinating account of my pioneer family history. This one centers around my grandmother’s great-grandfather Peter Franklin Clark (related to William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame, apparently). He managed to hit all the major 1800s pioneer highlights in his life: the California gold rush, the Civil War, and the Oregon Trail. […]Read More More pioneer family
I happen to have in my possession a copy of a family history account written by my great-grandaunt (my father’s mother’s father’s sister), that just kind of blew my mind. First off, it amazes me what a short distance I can go back in my family tree and find someone homesteading in “Indian country” and […]Read More Pioneers and family history
Just came across this account of three months spent bartending in the outback of Western Australia last year and thought it might make a fun post. A little context: I spent much of 2016-2017 living in Melbourne, Australia, on a working holiday visa. In order to extend this visa for a second year American applicants […]Read More Three months working in the outback
It would be pretty boring being stuck in the house all day without these silly fuzz people to keep me company. This is Ratty (The Rat, Rat) named for Ratty in The Wind in the Willows, and also because she often happens to look exactly like an extremely large rat. She’s a Russian Blue with golden eyes […]Read More Cats!