My Adventure in Colorado


Written By K.C


In July of 2013, I embarked on the most adventurous trip I have ever experience. I went to Colorado, the idea of which came from a brief conversation with an old church friend, Brody Klein. I had overheard that he was going to Costa Rica over the summer to work on a farm. This was incredibly new to me.



I am Asian American. He is not. Asian Americans in the Bay Area are not known to go on adventures to places for an extended period of time. The most outdoorsy experience would probably be a weeklong church retreat in the woods. But I wanted more. I had decided to myself in May that I wanted to experience the countryside, work with my hands, and live like how people had lived for the thousands of years before the commonplace academic training and cut throat corporate competition seen in today’s young adults. So I asked Brody how he was able to find a program to go farming and he directed me to a program called WWOOF, World Wide Organization of Organic Farms.



WWOOF operates like a Craigslist for farms. Men and women that own farms and burgeoning homesteads post their farms on WWOOF and, for a $30 annual subscription fee, browsers can view farms, their owners, and the activities that they can expect to do while on that farm. I looked in multiple areas like Idaho, Montana, areas of California, but I eventually decided on a small homestead in Southwest Colorado, near the Four Corners Region.



I emailed the host and began the interview process. We both made sure that we were not axe-murderers, sane, and likable. My host, Kelly D, struck me as quirky and a little awkward, but no red flags went off for me. He would end his sentences with multiple periods, which I thought was strange, but apparently other older folks do that over email and text messages. The interview process went smoothly and I was able to confirm and buy tickets. The date was set and I was committed. July 6th would be my departure date.


(To be continued…)



惊险之旅 - 科罗拉多

作者:陈开文 / 翻译:红花







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