So I dreamed my family was visiting from the Netherlands and suddenly mom went missing. I found out she’d been […]
mgrootn00I'm a confused Dutch woman, intrigued by humanity and infatuated with raw nature. From 2009 to 2014 I've aimlessly wandered through Central and South America. With North America I will have seen all of the Americas. What do I see in the world's most famous, revered yet also most despised culture? "Travel at its most enlightening is not about having a good time" said Paul Theroux. I see that's true. You are welcome to both my casually fun stories as the more thoughtful ones.
“Country roads take me home, to the place I belong…” tore at my heart, understanding that “home” will always be the Netherlands with my family, while “…the place I belong” is here at this table.
The Lion and I
In my dream, all the smartphones in the world had stopped working and most people had left cities to go […]
Be Informed About the American Redoubt
Redoubters stand apart from white supremacist in activity. Recently voiced intent to rally in cities across the country come from white supremacists, while redoubters prefer to sit quietly on their 20+ acres of woods with nuclear-war resistant bunkers, market shares in precious metals, freeze-dried food and 50,000 gallons of propane gas buried in the backyard.
Long Canyon — Parker Ridge 5-day Loop
“Oh fuck,” I say under my breath, and reach for my bear spray. I have it out in seconds, aiming at the thick slope of huckleberry bushes, still rumbling with activity. A series of loud snorts comes at us and I know we have to retreat.
The Day I Didn’t Die
The mountains’ shadow now envelops us, offering cooler air and a rushed sense of excitement over what we just did. We stand in a line, looking back at the cliff, and let a joint sense of accomplishment settle into us. Now we can move on.