388 days since the shooting. Gone bear/whale/eagle/salmon watching. Last year I couldn’t watch movies or tv because it would cause me post traumatic anxiety. The only way I could get back to consuming media was through watching nature documentaries. I would watch blue planet and pbs nonstop. I never expected a year later I would be watching these majestic animals in person. I’ve spotted three grizzly bears, five humpback whales and tons of jumping salmon. Eagles galore.

A couple tips:

1) You hear a whale spout before you’ll see one.
2) A whale’s breath smells like “the whole boat farting at once,” the guides describe it.
3) Salmon smells delicious alive.
4) Bears are pretty chill. But they spook easily.


I’m really happy to be adventuring like this. But I admittedly am getting homesick. Good thing there’s FaceTime and Skype. Happy birthday sis!

388 days since the shooting. Gone bear/whale/eagle/salmon watching. Last year I couldn’t watch movies or tv because it would cause me post traumatic anxiety. The only way I could get back to consuming media was through watching nature documentaries. I would watch blue planet and pbs nonstop. I never expected a year later I would be watching these majestic animals in person. I’ve spotted three grizzly bears, five humpback whales and tons of jumping salmon. Eagles galore.

A couple tips:

1) You hear a whale spout before you’ll see one.
2) A whale’s breath smells like “the whole boat farting at once,” the guides describe it.
3) Salmon smells delicious alive.
4) Bears are pretty chill. But they spook easily.


I’m really happy to be adventuring like this. But I admittedly am getting homesick. Good thing there’s FaceTime and Skype. Happy birthday sis!

388 days since the shooting. Gone bear/whale/eagle/salmon watching. Last year I couldn’t watch movies or tv because it would cause me post traumatic anxiety. The only way I could get back to consuming media was through watching nature documentaries. I would watch blue planet and pbs nonstop. I never expected a year later I would be watching these majestic animals in person. I’ve spotted three grizzly bears, five humpback whales and tons of jumping salmon. Eagles galore.

A couple tips:

1) You hear a whale spout before you’ll see one.
2) A whale’s breath smells like “the whole boat farting at once,” the guides describe it.
3) Salmon smells delicious alive.
4) Bears are pretty chill. But they spook easily.


I’m really happy to be adventuring like this. But I admittedly am getting homesick. Good thing there’s FaceTime and Skype. Happy birthday sis!

388 days since the shooting. Gone bear/whale/eagle/salmon watching. Last year I couldn’t watch movies or tv because it would cause me post traumatic anxiety. The only way I could get back to consuming media was through watching nature documentaries. I would watch blue planet and pbs nonstop. I never expected a year later I would be watching these majestic animals in person. I’ve spotted three grizzly bears, five humpback whales and tons of jumping salmon. Eagles galore.

A couple tips:

1) You hear a whale spout before you’ll see one.
2) A whale’s breath smells like “the whole boat farting at once,” the guides describe it.
3) Salmon smells delicious alive.
4) Bears are pretty chill. But they spook easily.


I’m really happy to be adventuring like this. But I admittedly am getting homesick. Good thing there’s FaceTime and Skype. Happy birthday sis!

387 days since the shooting. Greetings from the last frontier. Sleeping on ferries is great. The rocking and sound of motors lull you to sleep. Better than the hospital bed, for sure. I arrived in Ketchikan and visited Creek road with some new NW Alaskan friends. We because friends because I was reading The Second Amendment: A Biography and they agreed with my I 594 shirt and stance on locking up guns separately from ammo. They are principals in the north and are tired of seeing their school children get hurt by guns improperly kept. We are splitting ways now to catch different ferries. I’m glad to have made their acquaintances.

387 days since the shooting. Greetings from the last frontier. Sleeping on ferries is great. The rocking and sound of motors lull you to sleep. Better than the hospital bed, for sure. I arrived in Ketchikan and visited Creek road with some new NW Alaskan friends. We because friends because I was reading The Second Amendment: A Biography and they agreed with my I 594 shirt and stance on locking up guns separately from ammo. They are principals in the north and are tired of seeing their school children get hurt by guns improperly kept. We are splitting ways now to catch different ferries. I’m glad to have made their acquaintances.

386 days since the shooting. Greetings from the inside passage. I am on board the largest ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway. This morning around 5 am there was a break in the fog and I saw a pod of Orcas, jumping salmon and one whale breaching. The Harley Davidson guys call me Eagle Eye for my spotting. Then the fog rolled back in and I huddled back into my sleeping bag. One year ago I was still on my cane, and couldn’t even lift a glass of water. Humans are a part of nature. And like nature, our will is to survive and thrive.

386 days since the shooting. Greetings from the inside passage. I am on board the largest ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway. This morning around 5 am there was a break in the fog and I saw a pod of Orcas, jumping salmon and one whale breaching. The Harley Davidson guys call me Eagle Eye for my spotting. Then the fog rolled back in and I huddled back into my sleeping bag. One year ago I was still on my cane, and couldn’t even lift a glass of water. Humans are a part of nature. And like nature, our will is to survive and thrive.

Greetings from aboard the M/V Columbia on the way to Ketchikan, AK. Seattle was a great place to be, but definitely a little outside my comfort zone, considering I’m wearing a shirt that supports background checks and am on a boat with Duck Dynasty fans and one guy with an anti government pro gun shirt. But what I’ve learned from speaking to people in Washington, talking to strangers on the phone and in the streets and volunteering with amazing staff of the WA gun responsibility office is there’s no left or right with common sense. So many gun owners in WA want better protection from lawlessness, despite what the mainstream NRA leadership claims. If you have the time and energy I encourage you to volunteer for initiative 594, sponsored by citizen Cheryl Stumbo who was shot in a mass shooting eight years ago today. It’s a difficult day to remember. But she is the strongest person I’ve met. She will fight so no one else has to go through her pain.

Survivor Stories: Cheryl Stumbo. On July 28, 2006 a shooter entered the Seattle Jewish Federation and shot six women, including Cheryl Stumbo. She is now an advocate for gun safety and in addition to reaching out to other survivors of gun violence, she is also the citizen sponsor of Initiative 594, a common sense bill that would reduce gun related deaths in Washington. To read more about Cheryl and Initiative 594 visit http://wagunresponsibility.org