California

Meet: Sufey Chen

Meet: Sufey Chen

Name & Age? Sufey Chen, 22.

Where's home? mama earth. the beach. jungle huts. wood floors. everywhere and anywhere my heart arrives into.

What was/is your last/current trip? This year has been a delicious whirlwind for me! I'm packing up this month to teach a festival in Colorado, visit my beloved in Victoria, rock out a teacher training in Vancouver, a conference in Texas, then up to Prince George for another YTT. More in California, Saskatoon, Thailand, Mexico and Bali on the schedule too!

Meet: Jasmine Reese

Meet: Jasmine Reese

Name & age? Jasmine Reese, 27 years old

Where's home? Indiana

What got you started? I wanted to travel, get out of a routine and learn to believe in myself again. Bicycle touring, when I came across the activity on the web, seemed to be the only thing that fulfilled my needs all around. I could travel inexpensively; I could lose weight; I could challenge myself, learning patience, perseverance and self-sufficiency; I could meet tons of people. And ultimately, when all was said and one, I knew I'd be the confident woman I started to lose in the monotony of everyday academic and work life. I thought to myself, if I can accomplish this, then I can do anything I set my mind to. My biggest dream is to be a professional violinist, but I started to lose hope in that dream. Bicycling seemed to rekindle that fire. 

Meet: Michelle DeVona

Meet: Michelle DeVona

Name & Age? Michelle DeVona, 33

Where's home? As of right now, it's Portland, Oregon. The concept of "home" has always been somewhat ethereal to me, so I don't know if I will ever be able to attach it to any particular place.

What was/is your last/current trip? I drove across the USA last summer, concentrating mostly in the southwest. Inspired by the novel Blue Highways, by William Least Heat-Moon, I made it a point to stay off interstates as much as possible, traveling instead on more scenic two lane roads. I ended up taking a break in San Diego for a couple weeks before heading up Highway 1, finishing in Seattle. This was actually my first time driving across my own country, so I got a real flavor of the vast landscapes and beauty that surround the open road

Meet: Valerie Brogden

Meet: Valerie Brogden

Name & Age? Valerie Brogden, 27

Where's home? Trying to find it. I grew up near Seattle and lived in Portland for the last 3 years but I don't think I'll return after this trip.

What was/is your last/current trip? I'm on a motorcycle/backpacking trip through the American west. So far I've been through Oregon, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. I've backpacked in The Redwoods, Tahoe, Yosemite, Zion, hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim, and many more places. I'm headed for Montana next.