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Saturday, August 14, 2004

I met Lindsay on a buffalo-filled road near the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. She was riding a mountain bike at the time and I was in the van on my way to Shadow Mountain Trailhead for some mountain biking adventure. As she approached the buffalo herd that was crossing the road, she thought it wise to stick with all the cars that had pulled over to the side of the road to snap photos. I then passed her and the throng of cars to get a front row seat of the buffalo crossing performance.

After snapping many photos of the buffalo spectacle, Lindsay pulled up alongside my van. We exchanged hellos and after some talk determined we were headed not only in the same direction but also to the same trailhead. I then offered her a ride past the unpredictable buffalo and to the trailhead. After determining I wasn't some nut, she agreed and after loading her bike in the van, we proceeded to push on to the trailhead.

That was the start of spending some good, quality time with Lindsay. After cresting Shadow Mountain we hung out atop an observation tower for hours, enjoying the great weather, sights and conversation. We ended up having dinner together that evening at an estate she was staying at, it was quite the experience. After crashing in her driveway for the night, the next morning I gave her a nickel tour of my website, we exchanged contact information, then I pushed off to my next biking adventure.

Over that short period I learned a lot about Lindsay, she is quite an amazing person. From DC, she was on a 1 1/2 month cross-country trip to "recharge her batteries". According to her, for a long time she had been working hard, adding things to her "throphy shelf" but was finding her "happiness shelf" was somewhat bare. It was time for her now and that's what her trip was all about.

Lindsay has certainly had many tribulations in her life. Her mother died in a car accident when she was 12 (Linsday was also in the car), her father passed away 3 1/2 years ago from cancer, and for the past 2 years she was sole guardian to a troubled, younger sister. Her sister is now on her own (she's 18 now) and the only major emotional hurdle for her now is to sort through her fathers possessions that are currently in storage. She will do that when she concludes her trip.

Lindsay is a very intelligent, outgoing and energetic woman. A Harvard grad with a degree in Social Anthropology, she has worked for a number of years as a research analyst. She has an amazing grasp of the english language, her vocabulary is really quite impressive. So it's no surprise she has a passion for writing and has even written a manuscript.

In addition to writing, Lindsay has a passion for being active. She was very active in high school sports, playing 5 separate sports a year. More recently, for 4 years she played rugby for the USA National Team and traveled to such places as HongKong, Figi, New Zealand and Ottawa Canada to play. She also loves lacross, cycling and basketball.

Lindsay's future plans are to work on a Joint Masters in Clinical Social Work and Public Health (or Medical Anthropology) and she's thinking maybe San Francisco (Stanford) is the best place to go for that. Optimally she would like to apply, get accepted, then defer her studies for a year so she can do more traveling in an effort to load up her dusty "happiness shelf".

In addition to her travels relating to her rugby playing, Lindsay has traveled extensively through most US states, and has spent some time in Italy, France, England and Switzerland. As for future travel, she would like to spend 4 month in Australia (with special focus on the Great Barrier Reef), Wales in Scotland, Southeast Asia, and both Cuba and Eastern Europe before they become too westernized.

When I pass through DC in my travels, Lindsay and I have tentative plans to tour the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. She's toured the museum before and having a Social Anthropology Degree from Harvard, she'll certainly proved to be an excellent tour guide I'm sure...

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