Visiting the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde

By Brandon Ellis ~Here are some highlights from my trip to Mesa Verde back in October~ Even if you're not familiar with the name, I'm sure you've seen a picture of this amazing place (It wasn't on my radar either, until I recently moved to Colorado). A bit of background Wedged into the cliffs of…Read more Visiting the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde

How taking a chance changed my life

By Greg Idaris Traveling is a great way to see new places, meet new people, and learn about new cultures. It is also a way in which a person can reflect and learn about themself - on each trip I have discovered something new. With that said, my decision to study abroad in Greece was by far…Read more How taking a chance changed my life

Spiritual space in Hong Kong

By Brandon Ellis It's easy to get swept into the allure of Hong Kong's neon signs and busy streets — the grandeur of the city has that effect. But as most people would probably agree, the more time you spend in a place, the more likely you are to start noticing the little things. And as I've…Read more Spiritual space in Hong Kong

From struggle comes sublime: Bearing the storm for the perfect photo

By Brandon Ellis Since I can remember, the ebb of the summer season has always brought with it a sense of melancholy nostalgia. The feeling is especially present in the Adirondacks, where, the few warm months of this season are followed almost immediately by an endless wave of bitter cold and gloomy sky. In lieu of…Read more From struggle comes sublime: Bearing the storm for the perfect photo

Defining wanderlust: The meaning behind a traveler’s mantra

By Brandon Ellis "The map is not the territory" ~ Alfred Korzybski I offer a simple mantra for you to ponder — one that appears easily digestible, but in reality may take some time to chew. A mantra that pervades the mind of an eager traveler and rationalizes the uncertainty of the road. Profound for some,…Read more Defining wanderlust: The meaning behind a traveler’s mantra

An Exercise in Reflection: Thoughts on an airplane

By Brandon Ellis Flash forward to a year later and I'm back on the plane. By 3 p.m I had already navigated three airports, flown in a Cessna 402 with a handful of other brave souls, and been greeted by the cheerful security in Newark, NJ. Now, it was just a waiting game. A 14 hour…Read more An Exercise in Reflection: Thoughts on an airplane

Wandering but not lost: Finding myself on the AT

By Mary Marshall I tip-toed on the rocky concrete to avoid the jagged pebbles, out of habit. Those rocks couldn't hurt me, after nearly 300 miles my feet had turned into appendages that were nearly unrecognizable, the once soft underbelly of my arch, now cracked and crumbled from the constant pounding. I giggled, sticking a…Read more Wandering but not lost: Finding myself on the AT