Experience a Tsechu Festival in Bhutan

There is nothing like seeing a Tsechu Festival in Bhutan. Tsechu means “the tenth day” of the lunar calendar when Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Bhutan, was born. The focus of the festivals are the Chams; dances which play out stories of morality with elaborately colorful, costumed and masked…

Category: Bhutan | Posted On: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Marigold Garlands & Spicy Tea: Sharing Nepal Memories and Raising Awareness

by Crooked Trails participant Denise Holehouse It was in Seattle over 10 years ago, and purely by accident, that I first came across Crooked Trails. I am back home in Australia now but remember fondly about my 5 years in the beautiful Emerald State. It was there, in a favourite…

Category: CT Community | Posted On: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest

  Thiri recalls working seven days a week, sun up to sun down, for the equivalent of 10 cents a day. In Burma, ethnic and religious minorities often are targeted for forced labor. Two years later the 13-year-old became part of a large influx of unaccompanied refugee minors from the…

Category: Burma | Posted On: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

What Travel Can Do for Your Kids and You

By Crooked Trails Co-founder Christine Mackay I lead a crazy life. I know it, and I drag my kid along with me. She is 9 years old and has been to Peru 4 times, New Zealand, Mexico, and Hawaii at least 6 times. She has visited the home of her…

Category: Africa | Posted On: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

A Personal Invitation to Join CT’s Tammy Leland in Cameroon

Dear Friends, Since meeting my husband, Paco, in 2008 and visiting to his amazing home country of Cameroon, Africa, I have always wanted to make the journey back to work with his family on a project that would give back to his whole community.  It has been almost 6 years…

Category: Africa | Posted On: Monday, December 30th, 2013

KathmanDO: Have Faith in the Nepalese Police

By Diane Vinh, Crooked Trails participant One of the things that amazed me most about Nepal was how helpful and obliging the Nepalese people were.  This proved to be true on my last day in Kathmandu. After 8 days of village stays, school visits, and a look into the incredible…

Category: From the field | Posted On: Friday, December 20th, 2013

Vibrant El Salvador

By Kris Parfitt While only being seven hours long and three hours wide by automobile, the vibrant culture and landscape of El Salvador would take over a year to fully explore. Surrounded by Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Pacific Ocean, El Salvador is by no means squeezed for culture, community…

Category: El Salvador | Posted On: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Gear Review: Free Country Women’s Shale Softshell Jacket

STYLE THAT GOES A LONG WAY! by Tammy Leland I have been an outdoor enthusiast my whole life.  It all began in the early 70′s hiking and skiing with Dad in the Rocky Mountains. With a family of 6, we had no special gear for the outdoors. It was wool…

Category: Gear Reviews | Posted On: Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Reflections on a Very Special Trip to Witness Human Trafficking Work in Nepal

By Chris Mackay I have just returned from one of the most amazing and memorable trips to Nepal I believe I have ever had. It always helps to have a great group, and we did. It was a diverse group from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds and everyone…

Category: From the field | Posted On: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013