Christina Ammon

Jefferson Monthly Contributor

Christina Ammon has penned travel articles for The Oregonian, the San Francisco Chronicle, Condé Nast and many other publications. Her penchant for odd story angles has had her snuggling with stray dogs in Mexico, dining at truckstops in France, and tracking down wineries in Morocco. She occasionally teaches a writing workshop called 'Deep Travel' at the legendary Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris, France. When not traveling, Christina Ammon lives in Ruch, Oregon where she writes, sips wine, and paraglides (although not at the same time!).  

Jessica Love

 

On the last afternoon of my thirties, I sat across from my friend Maria at an outdoor cafe. I took a sip of chai  and fretted: “I think I’m out-aging my lifestyle.” We were in Pokhara, Nepal, one of the world’s well-known backpacker ghettos. Chinese, Europeans, and Americans wandered by, most in their early twenties and on a gap year. They shouldered oversized bags and pared their hiking boots with loose pants procured probably from the beaches of Koh Phangan.

Christina Ammon

If a small town store is a reflection of a community, then looking around the Ruch Country Store, one gets the sense of the diverse set of people who live in the surrounding areas. On a small, recycled magazine rack, back issues of The New Yorker sit next to copies of American Rifleman. Pinned to the community board are various flyers. Housing needed for organic gardener one reads. Sagittarius, Ayurvedic dosha: vata. Enneagram personality type 3, vegan. Next to that: an advert for Medford BMX.