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Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta - Product Review

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This past spring I upgraded my hydration pack to the Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta.  I chose it since it had the same functionality as my SLS3 but higher end. I had purchased the SLS3 for the Rough Trail with the idea of having my hands fee during the race. Now my hydration pack has become so essential to every trail run that I have to remind myself that it’s not always necessary if its a short distance.
Some differences between this pack and my old one are soft water bottles that are easier against the body. They collapse as the liquid is drained. I usually use fill both bottles. One contains an electrolyte water and regular water. The water bottles are higher on the front of the vest and don’t need to be removed to take a drink. There are pockets underneath that contain my phone and snacks.  
There are 3 pockets in the back. The main compartment is separated and can house a bladder. The outside of the pack has two smaller pockets for my paraphernalia. It also has a draw string, w…

Book Review - Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer, Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life by Alberto Ledesma

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Dr. Ledesma’s graphic novel was an easy read yet cut to the core of my pre American life. It was also timely. I recently removed “the undocumented American experience” from the title of my blog. The reason is that my work, running, family and writing selves were starting to merge in the online space. I changed the title so that this part of my life would be slightly obscured. After all these years, I am still afraid.
This book is a reminder that our stories about having lived an undocumented life need to be told.   I identified with the author’s undocumented beginnings, being told that they were going on vacation and never leaving.

Dr. Ledesma’s family legalized in 1986 with the passing of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. He then went on to get his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He worked with an organization within UC Berkeley that assisted immigrant students. The author wrote that not every student was ready to come out publicly. He recognized the pressure to confess wh…