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the ups and downs of the best 24 hours of my life

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the ups and downs of the best 24 hours of my life

for my last full weekend in south america, i knew i wanted to take a solo trip. i had three choices: arica, the northern most chilean city, but also super far from valdivia, it would have required a plane and i really wanted to take the bus. two, i could have went to chilloe, chile’s quiet little patagonia island with a cute penguin population. three accross the chile/argentina border to bariloche.  after reading about one of the mot praised trails in bariloche, and my hunger for more passport stamps, i went with bariloche.  here’s a quickee on my trip.      i can recall all of the best times of my life: mountain biking in the andes, my undergrad graduation night...

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Dying of Thirst: Let’s talk about Water

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Dying of Thirst: Let’s talk about Water

As cool, calming and tranquil as water can be, the universal solvent has been the hot subject of many discussions since the summer. Dakota Access Pipeline, that’s a water problem. The Southeast’s record breaking drought since the 1960s, that’s a water problem. Flint, Michigan’s water scandal, that’s a water problem. Even 2016 being the hottest year on record, that’s a water problem. SIDEBAR: I'm also sharing photos from my trip to Joshua Tree, with my beloved 'community.'OK Ree, why do you keep talking about water?We can thank our entire existence on two things: the water and the sun. Water is...

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10 Photos and Many Opinions about Austin

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10 Photos and Many Opinions about Austin

(Click here for photo album.) Traveling to Austin for SXSWEco was one of the highlights of my year. What I didn't realize until after attending the conference was that some of the biggest impressions on my life including: watching Bill Nye the Science Guy as a child, reading The Upcycle three years ago and my forever relationship with hip hop all shaped my role as an environmentalist. MEETING PEOPLE One of the best things about conferences is the people that you get to meet. In the average 27k days a human lives we only have a couple to meet with...

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Eco-Tourism: Primitive Camping in Perdido Key

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Eco-Tourism: Primitive Camping in Perdido Key

Want to get lost without going too remote or to another country? Go to Perdido Key's Johnson Beach. It's one of the best getaways for someone living in Georgia or Florida. And great for people searching for primitive beach options.With it being a 'key' you're surrounded by water on both sides gulf in the front and a lagoon in the back. There is so much to be said about the beauty on Perdido Key beach. Know the moon phase when you take your trip. We camped out when the moon was a little past a half waxing. So in the...

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An open letter to the West Indian Manatee

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An open letter to the West Indian Manatee

Oh manatees, You are the sweetest beings on the planet.  I mean really! What other enormous animal has humans, seeking them out, paying money, just to swim with them? To say the least, you're hot stuff! Just like the 72 degree spring water you desire in the winter months, when the oceans get below 68 degrees. I hear you've got the instinct of an, um, manatee to know when it's time to hibernate into the springs to avoid hypothermia. BTW, you potentially can suffer from hypothermia!??! me too! One time, one of your family members traveled all the way to...

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