A few weeks ago, I was standing on the wind-swept dunes of the Sahara Desert, near the dunes of Merzouga. And now, this last weekend, I was sipping a gin and tonic, watching the sunset on the Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson, at the Westin Palomar.


Two completely different deserts, two completely different cultures. Which is better, which is more haunting, more beautiful? They are both equally so, in their own, unique ways. But one thing I have to say, I couldn’t find a gin and tonic in the Sahara. The sunsets, however, were no less glorious.


In Tucson, I went to get certified as a TRX instructor.


In the Sahara I was working with kids in the village on the MY WORLD PROJECT.  And now I am back in LA, wondering where I will head next and for what purpose.

Leave your mark in the sand.



Published by Karen Alaine Hunt

Karen Hunt aka KH Mezek is the author and/or illustrator of nineteen children’s books. She is the co-founder of InsideOUT Writers, a creative writing program for incarcerated youth, and the founder of the MY WORLD PROJECT, connecting youth in remote areas through art and writing. She is a 2nd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, a first degree brown belt in Eskrima, and a boxing and kick-boxing trainer. As a child, her family escaped out of Egypt right before the 6 Day War, lived in a 17th century castle in Switzerland and smuggled Bibles into communist countries, to name a few of her adventures. As an adult, she continued her adventures, living between London and a village in Yugoslavia. She is the author of Key of Mystery and Book of Angels, volumes one and two in the NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES, are published with Evernight Teen.

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