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.
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.
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.
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.