Inle Lake

The events in this post occurred in December 2016.  The whine of the engine shattered the pre-dawn silence, water rippling in our wake as if the sound itself had caused the disturbance. I pulled a borrowed woven blanket tighter around my shoulders, fingers wrapped in the fabric to seal out the chill. My eyes watered … More Inle Lake

Drinking with Vikings

The events recorded in this post occurred in May 2019.  Outdoorsy gear was strewn about the van. A collapsed walking stick wedged next between the chair cushions, a casual carabiner. I clambered with another hiker into the back seat, moving aside a pair of trauma shears as we buckled in. Patrick, a Putney employee and … More Drinking with Vikings

The Solar Eclipse: Illuminating Cultural Differences

“After this, I’m heading south to see the solar eclipse,” a coworker told me yesterday afternoon. “NASA sent me viewing glasses weeks ago,” he added rather proudly. I imagine that those glasses are a glimpse of the galaxy, decorated with a smattering of stars and a conspicuous American flag next to the NASA logo tucked … More The Solar Eclipse: Illuminating Cultural Differences