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Introducing myself and my journal: Girls Lead Too

About Me:
I'm the author of "They Only Eat Their Husbands," a memoir coming soon from Ghost Road Press. At 26, after a lover threatened to kill me, I ran away to Alaska. This memoir explores my 9 years in the Last Frontier and my year backpacking around the world alone.

I'm the creator of "Girls Trek Too," a blog and workshop dedicated to helping women create, survive and enjoy their own adventures. As an avid traveler and photographer, I've journeyed throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and most of the 50 United States. A sense of adventure has become my path to recovery, self-discovery and empowering others.

I've worked as a TV reporter in Alaska and North Carolina. My articles have appeared in such publications as the LA Times, Denver Post and Santa Fe New Mexican. I've written for shows on HGTV, Food Network and Discovery Health. I also write, edit and critique books and other projects for clients.

I got married at an active volcano in Costa Rica in 2003. My husband and I survived both dangers, and now live in Denver.

My Passions:
Storytelling is my passion. My life's purpose is communication, and stories are my means to that end. I believe stories, factual or fictional, are a path to discover the world around us and the world within us.

My Challenges:
I seek to empower women through my memoir, to write a historical novel that fosters understanding of the different cultures within American culture, and then to write a novel that focuses on a modern-day community in peril.

My Vision for the Future:
I envision a world in which clean water, green foods, unpolluted air and education are available to all people.

My Areas of Expertise:
Writing, Editing, Photography, TV Production

Comments

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Hi there

As a fellow Alaskan I have to say it is great to see more Alaskan woman joining world pulse! Wow, that sounds like a great thing, to encourage young woman to travel the world. It is something I wish everyone could do and something I will do myself someday.

Wow, on an active vulcano? Yikes, is it rude to ask why you chose that spot to get married at? I am not sure if there is some legend attached to it or it just seemed the perfect spot to you. I look forward to your book, it sounds like it will definitely be worth getting!

Welcome to WorldPulse and I really look forward to your articles!

Maria

Cara Lopez Lee's picture

Hi Back!

Maria,

How exciting to receive your note and read your profile. I love the way you included a list of what you've learned from Aleut culture. It's so beautiful. I no longer live in Alaska, and wasn't born there, so I don't know if I'm technically an Alaskan, but I'm honored to be called one. Alaska is full of such amazing people and places, they will always be a part of me.

Are you from the Aleutian Islands or somewhere other than Anchorage? I have personally been to Dutch Harbor, Kodiak Island, and Dillingham. As a reporter in Alaska, I had the privilege of traveling to many places that few people get to see. I still remember seeing the last sunset in Barrow in 1990... such a moving sight.

Good for you for having the courage to leave an abusive relationship. I know it can be hard, especially with 4 children. I, too, have had to leave an abusive relationship in the past, although unfortunately I never had any children. I admire your commitment to home school your daughters. I think children learn so much more, and get more excited about learning, when they receive personalized one-on-one attention... and I'll bet you're learning a lot with them.

About the active volcano... My husband and I wanted to combine our wedding and honeymoon, because we were nervous about getting married in front of a large group of people, because I knew we couldn't afford both a big wedding and a fantastic honeymoon, and because I was nervous about having certain family members altogether in one place. I looked up a few different romantic destinations, and Costa Rica sounded the most inviting at the time. I really wanted to see one of the country's active volcanos and some scarlet macaws - as they're endangered and only live in a few places around the world. We considered getting married on a beach, but I started seeing lots of wedding photos of couples on beaches, and I wanted my wedding to be more unique to us. I've always had a fascination with adventure, and Volcan Arenal looked so beautiful, that I thought it would make a perfect setting to elope. Also, I had seen an active volcano when I was in Europe, and I was always disappointed that my husband never saw it. We didn't get married on top of the volcano, but at a hotel a few miles away: I wanted to see it, not kill myself! The mountain was a beautiful backdrop to our ceremony - just two witnesses and us! A couple of days later, we flew down to Drake's Bay, to see the Scarlet Macaws. This was a perfect idea for a honeymoon, because the Scarlet Macaws mate for life, and are called "Los Pajaros Mas Fiel Del Mundo," "The Most Faithful Birds in the World." We only saw them flying in pairs. What a beautiful vision for a wonderful marriage!

Thanks for writing, and I'll let you know when my book comes out. I'll be coming to Anchorage at some point to give a reading & book signing. I hope I get to meet you there! Let's stay in touch...

Take care,
Cara

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Cara Lopez Lee's picture

Thank You

Hi Fatima,

Thank you for the welcome note. I wasn't sure how this worked, and was excited to receive your comment so quickly. I read your profile, and was very impressed. You sound like a dynamic, powerful, accomplished woman. I look forward to reading more about your accomplishments as you continue to take such tangible steps to improve the world. And it would be great to play Scrabble with you someday. I love that game, and could also play for hours!

Take care,
Cara

jadefrank's picture

Welcome!

Hi Cara,

Welcome to PulseWire!

We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I love your blog. As an independent woman traveler, I have found that people are always amazed to learn that I often travel alone. Reading though your adventures is giving me the travel itch!

Like Maria, I am also a Native Alaskan, though I'm not an Alaskan Native. I was born and raised in Fairbanks and the ruggedness of the land and the isolation of the community taught me so much about survival and independence.

I encourage you to use your journal as a place to introduce yourself, your work and your passions to the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of nearly 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

Looking forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire.

Cheers,
Jade

michellee's picture

Hi Cara, I'm glad you found

Hi Cara,

I'm glad you found our community and I can't wait to hear more about your adventures. I have been thinking about making a long distance hike or bike ride some time and found your blog very inspirational. I went on a road trip with my 77 year old grandmother and her diabetic dog a couple years ago, but alas did not put pen to paper to record the trip. Let me know if you have any questions about PulseWire and I will try and steer you in the right direction.

Cheers,
Michelle

Michelle
World Pulse Technology Associate

Cara Lopez Lee's picture

Inspiration of Travel

Hey Michelle,

Glad you enjoyed my blog, thanks. I'll tell you what, though: nothing I've encountered in my travels has blown my mind so much as imagining your road trip with a 77-year-old grandma and her diabetic dog. I'd love to read that story!

When I moved to Alaska, at first I was so busy running around the state reporting news, that I didn't start a journal until I was about 3 years into my time there. Yet at that point I could still remember enough to record many amazing experiences. I enjoyed the writing and remembering so much, that after that, I stayed on top of it a bit more. A lot of it is in my memoir, which is coming out next year. Just throwing that out there, in hopes you might still write the story of your trip with Grandma.

About long distance hikes or bike rides: I've always thought it would be incredible to hike the 500 mile Colorado Trail, which passes through 8 mountain ranges. Check it out: http://www.coloradotrail.org

Happy trails,
Cara

Emily Garcia's picture

Welcome!

Welcome Cara!

I'm so excited to meet you here and happy to hear such a strong voice among us on PulseWire. After reading your profile and checking out your blog, I feel inspired to share my own experiences of trekking and living adventurously as an independent woman. I also cannot wait to read your book. Do you know when it will be released next Spring?

If you've poked around PulseWire a bit, you may have noticed our group directory where you can search for groups with similar interests to your own. There's a group called The Storytelling House (http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/5828) that you may be interested in, and I recently joined the World Pulse Book Club (http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/12087) that I highly recommend.

I hope you find yourself a happy home here on PulseWire and look forward to connecting with you and hearing the stories you have to share!

Warm regards,

Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Associate

Cara Lopez Lee's picture

Thank You

Hi Emily,

Thanks for your kind comment, and for your interest in my book. My editor told me that "They Only Eat Their Husbands" will come out in April, though I'm not sure that's in stone yet. I'll keep everyone posted.

Many thanks for pointing out those two PulseWire groups... they sound like the perfect fit for me!

I'm eager to hear more about your experiences of independent trekking and adventure. We wild traveling women need to hang together! When you post something on that note, would you be so kind as to give me a heads up? I'm still learning my way around this site.

Take care,
Cara

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