Plank Story: Hiking Mt Kilimanjaro

We are currently standing on Mt. Kili with the peak behind us. That’s how big the mountain is.

Hiking Mt Kilimanjaro was a spectacularly grand adventure and simultaneously self-inflicted torture.  On the first night I accidentally peed in my sleeping bag and broke my headlamp.  The sleeping bag and headlamp were both much needed tools on the mountain.

That’s me and Matt sitting on the right in the orange jacket. Photo from ready_freddy_123 on Instagram

Day Three

On Day three I wrote in my journal: When you look back on this trip as a positive experience, remember it is not.  You are miserable.  This is terrible.  You did this to yourself.  Vacation normally flies by but if you want vacation to pass slowly hike Mt. Kilimanjaro.

That was a breaking point for me.  I’d been up the first two nights shivering.  Lack of sleep and freezing nighttime temperatures forced me to figure out how I needed to get by on the mountain.  That night I put on nearly all my clothes and threw some heat warmers into my sleeping bag and finally slept.  […]

Plank Story: Hiking Mt Kilimanjaro2018-02-14T16:29:26-05:00

Welcome to Jordan

“You are welcome to Jordan” was the phrase we heard from almost everyone we met on our recent whirlwind trip to the Middle East.  “Please, go home and tell your friends and family they are welcome to Jordan too.”  Jordan, like Turkey, is a predominately safe country with some very difficult neighbors.  It doesn’t have any state issued travel warnings.  Mexico does. (Just to provide a little perspective.)

The curbs were the most colorful part of Amman. The curbs were the most colorful part of Amman.


I was nervous about traveling to Jordan until I got there.  Even though the flights were long, it was worth the trip.  We had three days in country which gave us time to see Amman, the Dead Sea, Petra and spend the night in the Wadi Rum.

Amman had some good local food and dabbled in interesting graffiti, but in my short stay there I didn’t see much else worth discovering.  It’s a very beige city—the Earth and buildings are the same color.





  Floating in the Dead Sea Floating in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea disappointed in its beauty […]

Welcome to Jordan2017-10-25T14:24:29-04:00

Ragnar Relay: Part Two: Run, Drive, Sleep?, Repeat

It had been raining all week—pouring actually, and grey skies and thunderstorms were predicted for race day, but it wasn’t raining at 5am when Van 1 met at my house to pack the van and drive to Light House point in New Haven to start the race. And we didn’t get rained on at all over the course of two days.

We packed the van and climbed in—and from this point on, the story is wonderful. I had such a great time that even a few days later, I just randomly think, “That was awesome.” I want a better word, but awesome is what comes to mind.

Our van consisted of five women and one man—Diane, Wendi, Sarah, Katy, Tim and me. We nicknamed ourselves Tim’s Ravishing Road Runners. I’m convinced we had the best van ever. Everyone was really laid back, no one ever got the least bit cranky, Tim agreed to do most of the driving and got us everywhere safely (even with his tendency to slightly lose control when motivating a runner running […]
Ragnar Relay: Part Two: Run, Drive, Sleep?, Repeat2017-09-12T19:31:55-04:00