Photo on the right by Jessica Peterson

This brunette has wanted short blonde hair for thirteen years, ever since I saw one of my friends unravel curlers from her shoulder-length natural-blonde locks. I’m like that with a lot of things. I can’t describe what I want but I know it when I see it, and that image stuck. I just needed a little nudge, or as life would have it, a sudden jolt, courtesy of a handmade zipline in a small village in Guatemala.

Dan and I spent a weeklong charity trip there with the company he works for. We built a school by day and went on local excursions each evening. We signed up for the zipline — something we had done before in Mexico — along with friends Courtney and his wife, Brittany.

We ascended the course on a rickety rope bridge straight out of an Indiana Jones film, swaying side to side, stepping over missing planks of wood. I began second-guessing our decision and wondering about government-regulation laws for tourist attractions in a village so remote, we were building the local school with non-electrical equipment. No bulldozers or drills, just shovels and hammers. Roads cankered with potholes. So what, I wondered, had they used to build this rope course?

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Lost and Found

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Typically when Dan and I move we take only that which we can fit into our two cars. We start with the must-haves: pots and pans, underwear, Coda… and move on to the nice-to-haves: vases, pictures, maybe a plant or two. When we get to our new apartment we unpack, make a quick trip to the nearest grocery store, and try to feel sincere as we collapse into our rented bed saying, “Home, sweet home.”

We’ve been in San Diego for a little over two months now, but I am still hopeless to find my way around without my GPS. The other day I got lost while driving and unexpectedely came upon Mission San Diego de Alcala, the oldest mission in the area. Excited by the beautiful exterior, I parked, grabbed my camera from the trunk and started clicking away.

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