“Guardian Angel Obstacle Course”
In 2002 Karla Theilen got a fortune cookie on an accidental road trip through Missoula that said, “Soon You Will be Sitting on Top of the World.” Weeks later she happened into a fire lookout job on an 8,000 ft peak in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. She has been sneaking in and out of the backdoor to Missoula ever since, frequenting Chinese buffets when she needs inspiration.
“March fourth” is a warning as she leaves, travelling from Baja, Mexico to Los Ceretos, through La Paz to travel to San Diego with a straggler from Germany named Katia. Katia does not like Karla’s dogs, but they needed each other as road trip companions. They pull into Jesus Maria as they run out of gasoline, spending too much money on gasoline. Making their way onward, they make a human connection that culminates in an incident at the Mexican border.
This edition of Tell Us Something was recorded on February 17th, 2015 at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula, MT. The theme was “Adventure”. Karla’s story is called “Guardian Angel Obstacle Course”.