Molly's Journey to the West

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Hello friends, In my last post, I wrote about my experiences visiting and hiking in Jackson, WY and Salt Lake City. Well, after spending time in Northern Utah, my brother and I decided to drive south towards Moab. I had heard good things about the town, as well as heard that there’s really good hiking and sightseeing. The drive to Moab was very scenic and had landscapes that I’d never seen before… Read More

It is official. As of last Wednesday, I am on the road. It feels good to have everything I need in a backpack again. For me, there is nothing better than entering a new city/place with an open-mind and a packed backpack. I caught a one-way ticket to Seattle and decided to spend a few days there. It had been over 10 years since I’d been to Seattle, so I was looking… Read More

Last week, Colleen and I went hiking at Westwood Nature Nature. Colleen has now returned to China. I miss her a lot. Hello friends, Spring has come (haru ga kite). I say this because while cycling around town, I see the beginning signs of spring. The hedges outside my house once had fuzzy protective buds, but now I see small specs of green erupting from their cores. Outside my window, I see… 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

I made it to Moscow! Hello friends, I made it to Moscow! I’ve been here for 4 days and it has been quite the cosmopolitan experience. Before I indulge you with my city life, I’ll tell you some funny stories from my 4 day train ride from Irkutsck. Well, where I left you last, I was rushing to the train station to catch my 3am train. I got to the station on… Read More

Ulan-Ude’s train terminal. Hello friends, I’m back from Olkhon Island. I’m at the TransSib Hostel again waiting for my 3am train to Moscow. I have a few hours to kill, so why not catch you up with my life in Russia. I left Ulaanbaatar a week ago by train and spent 1.5 days reading (as I told you in my last post). Here are some shots of my trip from UB to… Read More

My friend Davaakhuu escorted me to the train station. Goodbye Mongolia. Hello friends, as I write I am relaxing at TransSib Hostel in Irkusck, Russia. I got off the TransSiberian train this morning after 1.5 days of travel from Ulaanbaatar. Before I mention too much about the train, I’ll catch you up with the end of my Mongolia trip and Naadam! The last you heard of me was about Toro Band, the infamous… Read More

Heath’s host sister Nomou, Hello friends, I have been feeling a little under the weather the last couple days. So, this is the perfect opportunity to relax and catch up with my blog. I am in Dariganga still. I finished camp last week and have been keeping myself busy. The day camp ended, the counselors decided to rent a meaker and to explore the Dariganga countryside. Heath told us there were some… Read More

Nadam is just around the corner. Boys under 13 years old are allowed to race horses, so I have seen young boys practicing these last few days. Hello again. I woke up to the news that DOMA was determined unconstitutional and now gay marriage can be acknowledged in any state! So, soon enough gay couples can marry and have the same rights as heterosexual couples! What a great way to start the… Read More

Heath got a package from his Grandma. Look how happy he is with that can of peaches! Hello friends, I know it has been awhile. I have been traveling all around Mongolia for the last 3 weeks and I finally am in a place with reliable internet. I am in Sukhbaatar, which is in the SE part of Mongolia. As I type, I am sitting in Heath’s ger, listening to the pitter-patter… Read More