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Why I Can’t Trust AirBnB, and Neither Should You

This morning the email arrived from AirBnB. Here was their answer: Sara R, Mar 31, 14:58 PDT: Hello Julia, This is Sara here with Airbnb I am emailing you to let you know that we [...]

Crashing in Kazakhstan

One moment I was enjoying a rollicking gallop on my Kazakhstan gelding, chasing the group that was running at full speed up ahead. My horse was a pacer and had no taste for an all [...]

Go Alone: A Woman Overseas

The author on the Everest Base Camp Hike, Nepal, at 61 OH my god that’s so dangerous. Aren’t you SCARED? I couldn’t possibly do that. Why don’t you go in a group? That’s so much SAFER. [...]

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

“UM, Neddy, I have to pee.” “You’ll have to wait. We’re at least an hour from the Lodge.” “I have to pee NOW.” “You have to hold it. It’s going to be an hour before [...]

“My Life is Over”: Injuries in Badass Women

The post on Facebook was a wail. The young woman was crushed: a recent bad breakup, and she had badly cranked herself heading at speed down a Colorado mountain. Her knee was trashed. According to [...]

Anti-Aging Secrets: The Real Fountain of Youth

The older couple ahead of me on the stairs made their careful way up, step by confident step. There were in their seventies, and lightly bundled for the slight March chill brought on by the [...]

Burn the Script

I held a remarkable African necklace in my hand when she walked up and asked if she could help me. The necklace, made of twine and feathers, spoke to me. This is the kind of [...]

Climbing Kilimanjaro: What’s Really Involved?

This past Thursday I had a coffee meeting with a woman who arranges all kinds of travel for all kinds of people. Deb asked me about Kilimanjaro, which I had trained for and summitted back [...]

“I’ve Been Doing This for 45 Years”

It fell out of my mouth before I could stop it. "Crap," I thought, embarrassed. "I sound like my father." The young woman grinned at me and I thanked her. Watched her walk away. She [...]

The Walking Wounded

  A few weeks ago on the Facebook page Outdoor Women's Alliance a woman was moaning openly about having trashed her ACL, and she needed help walking her dog. Two things happened: offers poured in, [...]