Molly's Journey to the West

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Frozen Willow Falls with my brother and sister. I hiked here with my brother last year too. I was happy to bring my twin sister along this time to hike in the beautiful Willow Falls State Park. Hello friends, I hope all of you are taking care of yourselves. I have some good news! In late April, there is an Outdoor Adventure Expo hosted by Midwest Mountaineering, an outdoor equipment store, in… Read More

Hello friends, I am back home in Minnesota. I arrived 3 days ago. As I write, I am sitting in my family’s porch, enjoying the view of the lake. It’s a sunny, hot morning. I can hear the bees flying about, foraging for pollen and nectar. The birds are chirping and the red-wing-black-birds are squawking. I can also hear crickets and frogs. These are the benefits of living next to a marsh… Read More

Lugu Lake – The land of the Mosuo People The reason Colleen and I were heading towards Lugu is because Colleen’s Fulbright research is about the Mosuo people. She is studying the affects of tourism on minority groups, focusing mostly of the Mosuo. Knowing this, from Lijiang, we took a 7 hour bus to this beautiful part of Yunnan. We got into Lugu by the afternoon and we were told it only… Read More

Hello friends, I made it all the way from Kunming to Tokyo in one piece! I’ve been in Tokyo for 3 days and now I am traveling with a very nice French girl named Anne. We decided to visit an island called Oshima Island off the West coast of Honshu. I’ll let you know more about my Japan travels in a moment, first I must finish my tales of China. Shangri-La –… Read More

Alrighty, here is the second installment of my hike at Tiger Leaping Gorge. Colleen and I had decided the day before to take an extra day on the gorge. So, we slept in, ate some breakfast, and headed off towards our next destination, Halfway Guesthouse. We only had 2-3 hours of hiking for the day, so we took it nice and easy. On our way there we crossed paths with a Chinese… Read More

Hello all! Colleen and I were without internet for 2 weeks, which is why you have not heard from me. We travelled all around Northeastern Yunnan (and even a bit of Sichuan). We went to Dali, Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Sangrila, Lugu Lake, and Le Jasuwae (a small Mosuo minority village). I have decided I will dedicate a blog post to each place I visited (except Lijiang because we only spent 1/4… Read More

Hey everyone, Happy Chinese New Year (or Spring festival!). It has been very fun walking all around Kunming and seeing the red lanterns hanging in the trees, banners wishing good luck, and signs sprawled over every store wishing you fortune. Also, it warms my heart walking around and being wished a Happy New Year from restaurant workers, street vendors, and even random strangers. We spent our New Years day hiking to Dianxi┬áLake…. Read More

Whew, after 30 hours of flights, delays, layovers, and running to terminals, I made it to Kunming, The Spring City. I can’t forget that I made some friends along the way. I had a 4 hour delay in Chicago, which meant I would completely miss my flight in Shanghai. Luckily, there were some determined American Airline workers who helped me out. At first it seemed futile to find a new flight. No… Read More