Photography by Mary Kay Seales Washington Trails Association: Mt. Si "In the legends of the Snoqualmie people, Mount Si was the body of the moon, fallen to earth through the trickery of the fox and the blue jay. The mountain more than lives up to this otherworldly tale. Gaining 3,100 feet in a little… Continue reading Mt. Si: Not for Sissies
By Peter Klika This story begins in the spring of 1989 when I received a letter from the Chinese Mountaineering Association which opened: “No road, no map, many wild animals, much danger there.” The letter ended with the magic words I was looking for: “You have our permission to go, but you also need approval… Continue reading The Discovery of Shangri-La, the Fountain of Youth, and the World’s Oldest Man
By Peter Klika This Nepali gentleman was singing a beautiful tune on his handmade fiddle while our rickety bus was stopped halfway to Kathmandu. I tried to respectfully slip 20 rupees in his pocket, but he gently refused. A Nepali passenger took me aside: "He like sing. You pay with smile." So I paid with a… Continue reading Pay With a Smile
By Mary Kay Seales Astronauts belong to a very small group of elite travelers. As of May, 2017, NASA had less than 100 active astronauts. There are only a few more than 500 professional astronauts in the history of space travel. 12 have walked on the moon. They come from 38 countries. Only 40 are… Continue reading Astronauts: The Ultimate Travelers
By Mary Kay Seales What a funny accidental photo. It was taken in the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore in south India. Each evening I walked the circular courtyard within the temple to escape the crazy chaos of the city outside. Barefoot on the cool ancient stones, people praying, offering puja to Shiva, relaxing with friends. This… Continue reading Holy Cow! Cellphones in the Temple!
By Mary Kay Seales I took this photo in a small town outside Mysore, India, in a tiny Islamic school with a few classrooms and less than a hundred, maybe less than fifty students. I had been invited to visit because of my status as a visiting English Language Specialist with the US State Department.… Continue reading The Gaze From the Girl in Mysore
By Mary Kay Seales Poor Westerners. We grow up in a culture devoid of magic. Everything is based on what can be seen and what can be touched. Magic is for children in the backyard, wearing a red cape and waving a plastic wand from Fred Meyer. We are so unaware that in many places,… Continue reading Witchcraft & Sorcery: Elements of Everyday Life in Traditional Cultures