Volunteer perks: trip to Crystal Bay and Thursday night bonfires

Every week the staff at the Green Lion Turtle Conservation Center took us on a field trip to Crystal Bay. Crystal Bay is a beautiful beach that is great for snorkeling, swimming, and surfing. The beach is about a thirty minute "taxi" ride (the back of a pick-up truck) from the conservation center. Because Nusa …

Climbing Mt. Batur: a test of strength, balance, and night vision.

Climbing an active volcano at 4 in the morning during a lightning storm was a challenge I'll remember the rest of my life. I talked some volunteers into climbing Mt. Batur with me, a 5,633 ft. active volcano (it last erupted in 2000, with a larger, destructive eruption in 1968). It's popular to climb the mountain early …

I’m back from Indonesia! A little background to what I was doing there.

Hello, world! I'm back from my volunteer trip in Nusa Penida, Indonesia. I think I'm adjusted back to the time in Washington (I did sleep in until 11:30 a.m. today though...oops!). It was such an incredible experience that challenged my perspective and assumptions. The biggest thing I got out of it was, damn, we have …