Amy Ragsdale

Amy Ragsdale

Amy Ragsdale has spent most of her adult life figuring out how to travel, whether as a professional dancer on tour, a University of Montana dance professor on sabbatical, or a parent looking for adventure with her husband and two kids. She, her husband (writer Peter Stark), and their two kids have made homes in Spain, Mozambique, and Brazil, interspersed with regular jaunts to Indonesia. In between they return to home base in Missoula, Montana.


What It Feels Like to Die from Heatstroke

Your head is pounding, your muscles are cramping, and your heart is racing. Then you get dizzy and the vomiting starts. Heatstroke kills thousands of people every year. This is what it feels like—and how to know when you’re in danger.

Amy Ragsdale and Peter Stark
Jun 18, 2019

Home is Where the Futsal Is

In the three years since the author and her family left Penedo, Brazil, nothing—and everything—changed.

Amy Ragsdale
Aug 13, 2014

The Best Travel Plans Go Unwritten

Some plan trips in advance; others let the current carry them. For Amy Ragsdale, traveling with risk takers like herself has helped her trust the process of exploring without a full map, rather than fight it.

Amy Ragsdale
Aug 6, 2014

Coming of Age on Mount Rainier

Physical challenges help kids rise to life's challenges, as unpredictable and varied as they might be

Amy Ragsdale
Jul 11, 2014

The Culture Shock of Coming Home

Returning to the U.S. after 12 months in rural Brazil means running water, big American breakfasts, and nearly a year of getting used to being back.

Amy Ragsdale
Jun 16, 2014

Handing Things Down, the Yanomami Way

Ragsdale and her family find that it's impossible not to leave a trace in an isolated Amazonian village—and for the village not to leave something with them.

Amy Ragsdale
May 26, 2014

Flies in the Operating Room

Nothing feels more alien than moving to a new town, let alone a new country. But an emergency trip to a Brazilian trauma center shows author Amy Ragsdale and her family that hospitals are places where people connect universally.

Amy Ragsdale
May 12, 2014

Finding Adventure Beyond Nature

Enveloped by New York City's concrete jungle, a family finds its perception of adventure and the outdoors irrevocably changed.

Amy Ragsdale
May 5, 2014