Regina G Beach

The only constant is change.

Episode 23 Northbound then Further North

I’ve known Jake Carr almost my whole life. We went to high school together, lived together for a while in Chicago and share a passion for the outdoors. Exactly two years ago Jake set off on an adventure that’s been on my bucket list for more than a decade: through hike the Appalachian Trail. He set out March 24, 2017 on a 2,190 mile journey from Georgia to Maine. He now lives in Alaska where he’s a guide in the summer and has been house sitting this winter. I can think of no more perfect way to end Season 1 of Saturn Returns than with this interview. I’m off to Spain to hike my own long hike.

Read about Jake’s adventure on his blog at jaketreks.com

Follow him on Instagram @JakeTreks

Jake wrote and produced the horror film Cheap Plastic Mask

It’s official: Jake is part of the 2017 class of AT through hikers.

It’s official: Jake is part of the 2017 class of AT through hikers.

Jake is a tour guide in Alaska. He he poses with a pair of moose antlers.

Jake is a tour guide in Alaska. He he poses with a pair of moose antlers.

Episode 22 Little Sis Graduates College

Marah is my younger sister. She recently graduated from college and is in a time of great transition. She talked about her friends, studies, travels and future goals.

Marah and I both went to Ohio University

North Olmsted has a new middle school and high school.

Julie White is a professor at Ohio University who advised Marah’s project on Home and taught her in Umarkhed, India.

Bhumi is Marah's mentor and yoga teacher.

Marah refers to this blog post in the episode.

Follow Marah on Instagram: @Marah_Beach or check out her pottery @MarahBeachCeramics

Marah loves plants.

Marah loves plants.

Marah’s home in Athens, Ohio.

Marah’s home in Athens, Ohio.

Episode 21 The Nomadic Positive Psychologist

Stephanie Shear left Chicago where she had lived and worked for 5 years to pursue a commuter Masters program at Penn. Instead of getting an apartment in Philly, she travels the world for three weeks at a time returning to Philadelphia when class meets in person one weekend each month.

Stephanie and I checked out the Rocky statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Stephanie and I checked out the Rocky statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Always on to try new things, Stephanie is testing out a Virtual Reality Experience at The Kimmel Center.

Always on to try new things, Stephanie is testing out a Virtual Reality Experience at The Kimmel Center.

Show Notes:

Stephanie is earning her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Divvy is Chicago’s bike share program.

Indego is Philadelphia’s bike share program.

Vipassana centers around the world teach free 10-day meditation courses to anyone who is interested.

In case you were still wondering how glitter was invented

Ruth Bader Ginsberg is arguable the most bad-ass Supreme Court Justice our country has ever seen.

Young Life is a Christian organization Stephanie was a member of in college.

Phi Alpha Delta is the pre-law fraternity Stephanie was involve with as an undergrad.

Division Street Chicago

Follow Stephanie on Instagram @shearcheer or send her an e-mail at stephanie.shear@gmail.com

Episode 20 Improv Comedy and Educational Equity

Kate Esposito is a friend and former college of mine who recently moved back to the States after spending several years teaching in China. She talks about growing up in Connecticut, her love of improv comedy and the importance of mental health.

I couldn’t resist taking a selfie with Kate’s cat, Mini.

I couldn’t resist taking a selfie with Kate’s cat, Mini.

Episode 19 Gina and Craig Bike Croatia 4 of 4

Craig and I visit Krka National Park, the Sibinek Falconry Center and visit Dubrovnik. We end the trip with a flight through Germany, a bus through Bosnia and a return day in Milan.

Krka National Park 

Falconry Center

Milan Crazy Cat Cafe

Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik

Split Camping Village

Yoga retreat Gea Viva on Brac Island

Krka National park had great cycling and hiking.

Krka National park had great cycling and hiking.

A German film crew was filming a TV show at the Falconry Center.

A German film crew was filming a TV show at the Falconry Center.

Black Water Bay from Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik.

Black Water Bay from Game of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik.

Gea Viva Yoga retreat was an incredible off the grid facility.

Gea Viva Yoga retreat was an incredible off the grid facility.

We stayed at the Split Camping Village bar.

We stayed at the Split Camping Village bar.

Episode 18 Gina and Craig Cycle Croatia

On the third installment of my month-long cycle journey Craig and I set up camp on the edge of a minefield and on another night have a private observation tower. We visit Zadar and listen to the sea sing and investigate an abandoned hotel on Krk Island.

Elderflower radler is my favorite Croatian beverage.

Elderflower radler is my favorite Croatian beverage.

Cres Island is famous for it’s sheep, that lounge in the the olive groves.

Cres Island is famous for it’s sheep, that lounge in the the olive groves.

We set up camp on the tennis court of an abandoned hotel on Krk Island.

We set up camp on the tennis court of an abandoned hotel on Krk Island.

We drank coffee in an observation tower outside of Pula.

We drank coffee in an observation tower outside of Pula.

Episode 17 Gina and Craig Bike Italy, Slovenia and Croatia 2 of 4

Week two brought us into a better rhythm, bigger hills and more camping. Craig sees Venice for the first time and most of it is under water. We cross two international borders and see first hand how awesome the European Union’s free movement of people is, experience some rain, hills and beautiful vistas.

London to Paris bike routes

Naviki route planing app

maps.me mobile offline maps

Google Maps is a tried and true classic

Venice is Flodding

Couch Surfing is a Web site for community and finding free places to stay

Sofar Sounds puts on secret house shows all over the world

Mushroom Bar in Trieste had a good vibe and great tunes

Visitors bought plastic boot covers to walk through the flooded streets of Venice.

Visitors bought plastic boot covers to walk through the flooded streets of Venice.

Craig opted to run around Venice in bare feet.

Craig opted to run around Venice in bare feet.

We dressed up as zombie pirates for halloween.

We dressed up as zombie pirates for halloween.

Slovenia had excellent bike infrastructure.

Slovenia had excellent bike infrastructure.

About 6 Croatian Kuna equals one US dollar.

About 6 Croatian Kuna equals one US dollar.

Episode 16 Gina and Craig Bike Italy 1 of 4

This past fall I cycled from Milan, Italy to Split, Croatia with Craig Andrews, who I met while I was living and teaching in Laos. We toured unsupported, carrying all of our cycling and camping gear on our bikes. This is the first of a four part series on the month long journey.

Artists paint on the wall of fame in Milan.

Artists paint on the wall of fame in Milan.

The Duomo in Milan is an incredibly impressive cathedral.

The Duomo in Milan is an incredibly impressive cathedral.

Our first stealth campsite by the river was the most beautiful one of the trip.

Our first stealth campsite by the river was the most beautiful one of the trip.

Craig and Francesco enjoy tiny cups of coffee at a bike shop outside of Isseo.

Craig and Francesco enjoy tiny cups of coffee at a bike shop outside of Isseo.

Our second stealth camp site was behind a building. We woke up to hunters and their dogs in the field.

Our second stealth camp site was behind a building. We woke up to hunters and their dogs in the field.

Lake Garda is beautiful and cold.

Lake Garda is beautiful and cold.

Episode 13 Water Protector and Qigong Practitioner

Ernesto Dillon is 22 years old and wants to make the world a better place. He has protested against pipelines in Standing Rock and West Virginia where he put his bushcraft school skills to use. He dreams of cultivating his family’s property in Panama and finding fulfillment in an unpredictable world.

Ernesto and I were paddle partners on the way back on Lake Scopan.

Ernesto and I were paddle partners on the way back on Lake Scopan.

Episode 12 Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Bush

Allison Figueroa is a Florida native and a junior at Boston University studying science with the goal of working as a scientist in the National Parks. She's taking the year away from campus to study bushcraft in Maine and ecology in Equator.

Allison uses her axe and knife to start a wet weather fire.

Allison uses her axe and knife to start a wet weather fire.

Allison uses her knife to carve a pot hook for cooking over the open fire.

Allison uses her knife to carve a pot hook for cooking over the open fire.

Allison and Molly work on weaving a pack basket.

Allison and Molly work on weaving a pack basket.

Episode 11 After the Bucketlist is Complete

TJ Wichmann went to college, lived in China, joined the Navy and then systematically checked off all the things on his bucket list by age 33. Now at age 40, he's interested in slowing down, getting the creative juices flowing and living out of his mini van.

TJ in character as the elusive Wilderness Man.

TJ in character as the elusive Wilderness Man.

TJ takes photos in Baxter State Park in Maine.

TJ takes photos in Baxter State Park in Maine.

TJ’s never afraid to be goofy or make a fool out of himself.

TJ’s never afraid to be goofy or make a fool out of himself.

Episode 9 Plants as Food, Plants as Medicine

Molly Mitchell is an Alaskan Native and an only child. It took her leaving Alaska for the American Southwest to truly appreciate the wildness and grandeur of her home state. She studied at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft school where she learned about medicinal plants and their applications. Molly has worked on farms in New Mexico and Alaska where she has a dream to homestead at her dry, solar-powered cabin.

Molly saws a sapling to make a pot hook.

Molly saws a sapling to make a pot hook.

Molly talks to Tim, the instructor about pot chains.

Molly talks to Tim, the instructor about pot chains.

Molly ties a grass mat to her pack frame with the assistance of instructor Chris.

Molly ties a grass mat to her pack frame with the assistance of instructor Chris.

Episode 8 The Gap Year

Sam Yusko graduated from high school this past summer. Instead of going strait to college, he made the decision to take a gap year. He worked as a Boy Scout camp counselor, spent 9 weeks at Bushcraft School in the Maine woods and this winter he’ll work in a rubber factory before embarking on a section hike of the Appalachian Trail before beginning his studies at the University of Toledo next fall.

Sam, bending over in blue, works on his favorite craft: the canoe paddle.

Sam, bending over in blue, works on his favorite craft: the canoe paddle.

Sam, far right, watches bushcraft instructor Tim demonstrate how to ignite a tinder bundle with a magnifying lens.

Sam, far right, watches bushcraft instructor Tim demonstrate how to ignite a tinder bundle with a magnifying lens.

Sam, left, after a visit to the Ashland, ME Logging Museum.

Sam, left, after a visit to the Ashland, ME Logging Museum.

Sam, right, learns about sustainability and solar energy, topics he hopes to study in college.

Sam, right, learns about sustainability and solar energy, topics he hopes to study in college.

Episode 7 High School Drop Out Turned Dutch Oven Chef

Traditional public school wasn't for 18-year-old Zander Melillo. The Quebec native filled his time painting graffiti, hanging out with his girlfriend and working in restaurants. He's now working towards a dream of buying land and running a sustainable living community.

Zander batons his knife to make a pot hook.

Zander batons his knife to make a pot hook.

Zander ties down the canoes onto the trailer.

Zander ties down the canoes onto the trailer.

Zander practices knot tying.

Zander practices knot tying.

Zander ties a bundle of gear to his packframe.

Zander ties a bundle of gear to his packframe.

Episode 6 From Marine to Bushcraft Instructor

Colin Clifford left home at 18 to see the world as a Marine. After his service he returned to his home state of Maine to learn the art of Bushcraft. He's now a registered Maine Guide and a Teaching Assistant at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School.

Colin and student Molly in matching buffalo plaid.

Colin and student Molly in matching buffalo plaid.

Colin and fellow Jack Mountain Bushcraft instructor Chris

Colin and fellow Jack Mountain Bushcraft instructor Chris

Colin at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School in Masardis, ME.

Colin at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School in Masardis, ME.

Episode 5

I talk to Inanna Orchid, a fiber artist from Portland, Oregon who has found a second home in Savannakhet, Laos. She learned the art of batik making in Thailand and now has a home studio in Laos. She sources her fabric from local weavers and takes inspiration from Hindu gods and the world around her.   

Inanna has an adjustable PVC frame she uses to stretch fabric she uses in her batiks. Here she uses hot wax to create a resistance pattern. The background color will show through when she washes out the wax. 

Inanna has an adjustable PVC frame she uses to stretch fabric she uses in her batiks. Here she uses hot wax to create a resistance pattern. The background color will show through when she washes out the wax. 

Innana poses with some scarves she's dyed. In the background is the logo for her company Bolenath Batiks and a batik she made in Bali. 

Innana poses with some scarves she's dyed. In the background is the logo for her company Bolenath Batiks and a batik she made in Bali. 

Innana poses with some of the booties she's made in her home studio in Laos. 

Innana poses with some of the booties she's made in her home studio in Laos. 

Episode 4 Van Life

At a family reunion I talk to my cousin Becca and her boyfriend Luke about school, work, love and living out of a van. Luke is an introvert who dropped out of engineering school to become a digital nomad living out of a van and building Web sites. Becca is an extrovert with a wildlife degree but hasn't been able to find work in her field. She met Luke and decided to join him on the open road.

Becca and Luke inside Rusty.

Becca and Luke inside Rusty.

Becca and Luke outside of Luke's van, Rusty. 

Becca and Luke outside of Luke's van, Rusty. 

Episode 3: Buddha Park

I take my new roommates (Corey and Amy, also American teachers abroad) on a long bike ride to Xieng Khuan, colloquially known as Buddha Park. We take in the sculptures, climb inside and on top of tall structures and debate the feasibility of a similar attraction for other religions with surprising outcomes. 

Amy, Corey and I made a pit stop at the BeerLao factory on our way our of Vientiane. 

Amy, Corey and I made a pit stop at the BeerLao factory on our way our of Vientiane. 

Amy poses by one of the sculptures in the park. 

Amy poses by one of the sculptures in the park.