Resolved to do anything that sparks enthusiasm in my heart


150635_10100102046230379_60230902_nI am happiest with my husband by my side and good coffee, passport, or ski map in hand. My ambition is to travel to as many countries as my age, with the current score of 24:27, countries : years.

I was dubbed ‘Chicha’ while researching at the Sachavacayoc Centre in Peru after a run in with one of the employee’s children. When the 5 year old mumbled ‘Como te llamas?”, all I heard was ‘Come’ and thought he was asking about the candy I was eating. Naturally, when I answered ‘Chicha’ the boy broke into hysterics and called me Chicha the remainder of my stay. My colleagues followed suit.


  • Panama


  • Costa Rica over New Year’s
  • Orlando for my Mom’s big birthday!
  • Biking the Eurovelo 12 in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway
  • Biking the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C
  • Grand Bahama
  • Ecuador
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Costa Rica
  • Hong Kong
  • Washington D.C.
  • Bonaire
  • Perrin, Texas
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bermuda
  • Outer Banks, North Carolina
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Great Smoky Mountains, Tennesee
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Liechtenstein
  • Austria
  • Belize
  • Guatemala

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5 responses

  1. Love your goal of the same number of countries as your age… 🙂

    April 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    • Thank you! I can’t take all the credit. I met Aron Ralston (127 hours) a few years ago, and he shared that that was his goal with me. I thought it was awesome! He was way ahead of schedule, I’m working to catch up!

      April 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

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    April 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

  3. Your adventurous spirit is awesome!

    December 3, 2012 at 11:13 PM

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