The Alaska Highway: 4000 Miles Solo in a Subaru

The mundanity of the drive’s start was what jarred me the most. After dinner with my mom, I stepped into my blue subaru just as I would on a normal commute to work. I drove down to the end of the street whose sidewalk squares had contained my childhood, turned …

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Culture Shock and Kelp in California

Surfacing at Laguna Beach

Twelve days ago, my plane dropped down onto the tarmac of the LAX airport. The sky was clear as we landed. Houses aligned like Legos. On the horizon, mountains stood blue and distant, their silhouettes crisp against the empty sky. I knew almost nothing about those mountains. Michelle and I …

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