It had been 17 months since I last hiked with friends. I will never forget that adventurous day because I fractured a bone for the first time in my life two months before the pandemic started. It took two x-rays on two different occasions at two different facilities to determine…

My friends turn every conversation into a dating opportunity for me.

“I’m considering joining a gym.”

“Now you can meet a guy.”

“I’m gonna hang out at my sister’s get-together this weekend.”

“Maybe you’ll meet someone.”

I should be used to it by now but I automatically shut down after…

I was meditating with Jay Shetty on Facebook this weekend. He’s hosting 20-minute meditations for 20 days. With his guidance, I found myself on an isolated beach. The sand was tan, the blue sky was muted with fog, and the water was calm as I sat looking toward the horizon…

I’d been wanting to hike since New Year’s Day but due to illnesses, I couldn’t make it. So when my friend Maria asked what I had planned for my last week of winter break (a perk of being a teacher), I said I wanted to go hiking. …

Am I the only 37-year-old who feels like she’s lost a handle on her period? I mean, it’s as if I’m twelve again, staining my underwear despite wearing a tampon AND a pad.

I was 31 and newly single when I sought my sister to clarify how to safely and…

Whether we have loved or lost, I feel like this was the most action-packed decade of our lives. I was able to accomplish most of the personal goals I set for myself in high school. Here are the most memorable:

2011 — I received my Master’s degree in Creative Writing…

Contiki scheduled an exploration of Machu Picchu the day following our 10,000 foot hike up the sacred mountain. I have never been in more physical pain than I was the morning after that strenuous four-hour climb. My legs were so sore, each thigh felt like it was carrying an anvil…

My sister claims she planted the Death Valley seed in my head. I say the idea stuck after I saw an ad on Facebook. Either way, we did it. We hit the road and had an incredible time, literally, in the Mojave Desert.

Death Valley is no joke. Aside from…

After a catastrophic 2018, I’m breathing again, itching to see the great outdoors. It’ll be a while before I top my trip to Peru, home to the mystical ruins whose agelessness made every dream a possibility.

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My overnight stay in Ollantaytambo lasted until 5am. I walked my hiking backpack…

Maricela OP

I’m an introvert who doesn’t say much because I’m shy and decide to jump in too late when it’s irrelevant. Until now.

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