Hola! Karen MacMeekin, new guest blogger, writing from La Peñita de Jaltemba, Mexico. A little background for those of you who don’t know me. My husband and I have been traveling, pretty much continuously, since July, 2011. We spent 2 months in Canada, one year in southern South America, four months on the back roads of the US, and we are now traveling through Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala for the next 3.5 months. Oh yeah, and all in the relative comfort of our camper, named “La Casa.”


Our “campground” in Cuzco, Peru – complete with llamas.

Beth and I have been friends for 20 years – we met at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then Natural History, in 1993. When she and Liz started this blog, I have to admit, my first reaction was jealousy! I have always spent time and money on my hair and have been with the same stylist, Kim Muehle of Le Petit Salon in Boulder, for over 20 years.


Me, or at least my hair, after a visit to Kim. Notice the subtle hints of auburn highlights which complement the sassy, swinging haircut.

However, during the past 18 months or so, I have had two – yes two – haircuts; one in Cuzco, Peru (Christmas 2011) and one in Sucre, Bolivia (June 2012). My head has gone from being stylish and well-coiffed to a big hot mess of dark mousy brown with what I call sprigs of gray. Yuk. And here is Miss Beth and Liz going to the salon at least once a month, if not more. God, I hate them.

Traveling has done nothing for my hair. Or, really…I have done nothing to maintain my style. I pretty much wear it in a ponytail. EVERY DAY. Somedays, I’ll mix it up:

A messy bun...just messy, right?

A messy bun…just messy, right?


The Babushka look is always a popular choice


The low sidepony is, according to the Top 10 Easy Travel Hairstyles on dailymakeover.com, an elegant choice when you can’t wash or blow-dry your hair. Not exactly…

Hell, whenever in doubt, just cover it up with a cap - just make sure you have penguins in the photo so people don't focus on me!

Hell, whenever in doubt, just cover it up with a cap – just make sure you have penguins in the photo so people don’t focus on the hair!

So, there you have it. My testimonial that your stylist is indeed your god. Seriously, would I have given up a month of traveling (close to what my visits to the salon would have cost…) for better hair. Perhaps. No, not really. Maybe. Ok, definitively, no. But I cannot wait to get back to the states, get a job, and then go visit Kim for a day of luxury.

Like Michelle, here is a bonus pic of when I was a young girl – quite blond with no additional chemicals needed.