On Being Ready for Travel


I almost cried the first time I saw the house I was meant to live in for the majority of my time in Nicaragua. Continue reading “On Being Ready for Travel”

The Future of Mariana ‘On the Move’


Watching the snow fall the last few days in Colorado has been bittersweet. Continue reading “The Future of Mariana ‘On the Move’”

Photos of Life at Escuela Pablo Antonio Cuadra


Growing up in Florida, I didn’t get snow days. Continue reading “Photos of Life at Escuela Pablo Antonio Cuadra”

A + M 4E


(Yes, yes. This is a silly photo and this post was meant to be sarcastic.)

October 13th, 2011

Mazarife, Spain

Email between Austin and I during my time on the Camino de Santiago:

Mariana –

“There is graffiti all over the walls in this albuergue. My bunk feels a lot like summer camp. I sat for a while trying to think of something witty or meaningful to write on the wall. But I was too hungry to be poetic so instead I wrote ´Austin + Mariana 4Ever !!!!´ Now you can never dump me because our relationship has been immortalized as one that lasts forever on the bottom right bunk of room 3 in this albuergue. So there!”

Austin –

“M + A 4E.  Nice, you’re 12.”

We’d been dating a year and a half by that point. I was 22. Continue reading “A + M 4E”

To Teach or to do ‘Something More’?


Earlier this year I found myself laboring over what to do with my life. Continue reading “To Teach or to do ‘Something More’?”

How This Summer Resolved My Quarter-Life Crisis


I walked into the gym on my very first day with the Boys & Girls Club to find near chaos. Continue reading “How This Summer Resolved My Quarter-Life Crisis”

Farewell Colorado

IMG_20140813_092119_466Eagle help my feet to fly

Mountain help my heart be great

Spirits of the Earth and Sky

Please don’t let it be too late. Continue reading “Farewell Colorado”

The Pros and Cons of Remote Cabin Living


It’s been months now that I’ve called Rocky Mountain National Park home, and much like Canyonlands and Mesa Verde, I’m finding this park to be incredibly beautiful, complex, thrilling, and full of unique challenges. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Remote Cabin Living”

You Don’t Deserve Your National Parks


Yes, you read that right. Continue reading “You Don’t Deserve Your National Parks”

Rising Waters


Less than a year ago, many of the front range towns of northern Colorado found themselves under water. Continue reading “Rising Waters”