About the Author

I grew up and enjoyed many years in glorious Ann Arbor, MichiganResting on a lovely tile bench in the Canary Islands. In 2007 I graduated from the University of  Michigan’s Program in the Environment with a minor in Spanish. I then spent every last dime of my meager savings on some adventuresome meanderings about the world; I backpacked through Southeast Asia and South America for 7 months and then joined the Peace Corps in Cape Verde in 2008. Leaving Africa and coming back to the states was a bit of a shock, but after I got in my groove skiing in Telluride, I launched into work-mode as an ORISE Fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency. I got down with sustainable water infrastructure for underserved Americans, and decided graduate school was my next move. In 2013 I moved to Corvallis, OR, and started a Water Resource Engineering program at Oregon State.

27 ears of shabby and discontinuous journaling has taught me nothing. I have convinced myself that my newfound love for technology (which is not accompanied by equivalent skill) along with the public nature of blogging will keep me in check for a future of semi-consistent words on my travels. So, this blog is where I journal a few of my thoughts when exploring the world.


5 Responses to “About the Author”

  1. mom and dad October 20, 2007 at 2:56 pm #

    You sound great lassie… stay safe and know that we love you always, unconditionally with or without your hearing, vegetarianism and passion. Love M and D.

  2. Linda M Hegg October 21, 2007 at 11:06 am #

    Your Mom sent me your site here and I’m enjoying it.
    Sounds like you are having a great time.
    Love, Linda

  3. Philip J. Hegg October 22, 2007 at 10:19 am #

    Well young cousin….
    I have to say that I envy you and your sense for adventure. It sounds like you are about to have the journey of a life-time.
    I hope all goes well for you. Enjoy your time.
    Live large.

    Your much older & tied down cousin,
    traped in his own life, but still enjoying….
    just not as much as you….
    Philip J. Hegg
    St. Joe

  4. veeee November 27, 2007 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi Leah!!!!! my same-age cuz….
    well, i have to say i am really sad you are not going to be in michigan in a few weeks, when my family is going up there. however your blog is great, and im glad i can keep track of you this way. also, it sounds like you are doing some really sweet things and i hope you continue to enjoy yourself. enjoy your time. live large.
    much love cuz,
    your same-age cuz… back to the ole grind at ole college… still finding some new foods to try at the new campus center… just not finding as many as you…

  5. HeroicBug December 5, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    i googled “leah tai” and got this as the 2nd hit.

    your remind me of a cousin i have.

    how very queer.

    And i mean that as interesting/bizarre.

    Not homosexual.

    (i’m in class btw, your a great distraction!)


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