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Political Plates: Food and California’s Drought

Sarah Cornett February 24, 2016

California’s drought (and that of other western states) isn’t showing signs of improvement. A chronic lack of water has encouraged high temperatures, lowered agricultural production, altered landscapes,...

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Lindsey Holdren April 7, 2013

Doubtful Sound is in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park and was used as a backdrop in The Lord of the Rings (so of course we had to check it out). Fiordland is one of the rainiest places on Earth; the...

The Fellowship of the Ringers

The Fellowship of the Ringers

Lindsey Holdren March 29, 2013

Kiwis refer to The Lord of the Rings fans as "Ringers." My family is a rabid group of Ringers and we fed our hunger for all things Tolkienian (and my hunger for all things filmic) with a safari-style tour...

Welcomed with a Middle Earth sign and faux-Dwarvish gateways

Busrides, Matamata, and Wellington

Lindsey Holdren February 3, 2013

The eagle has landed! Bedraggled, exhausted, cranky. And oh so relieved. The weary family of travelers steps off the plane after an overnight and harrowing ride. My mother sums up our familial relief...

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