May 20

Continental Divide Trail: A Long Way from Nowhere

After the last several months of spending my weekends behind a laptop, I’m happy, proud, and excited to announce the publication of my third book, A Long Way From Nowhere: A Couple’s Journey on the Continental Divide Trail, an account of my 2013 CDT hike. While preparing for the CDT, I often felt like I … Continue reading “Continental Divide Trail: A Long Way from Nowhere”

May 13

Planning: Appalachian Trail Section Hike

When I set out to hike my first section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia in October 2000, I had no aspirations of hiking the entire trail. Planning this first hike had been rather complicated for an A.T. novice, so 2200 miles of trail seemed out of reach. On subsequent trips, as state lines were … Continue reading “Planning: Appalachian Trail Section Hike”

May 5

The Great Outdoors (TGO) Challenge Preparations

My husband and I were selected to participate in The Great Outdoors Challenge, a west- coast-to-east coast cross-country backpack across Scotland. I am super excited and honored because only 300 participants are selected each year with only a handful from the United States. The annual event is May 9 – May 23. The Challenge is … Continue reading “The Great Outdoors (TGO) Challenge Preparations”

April 2

Wild Walks in the United Kingdom’s National Parks

The United Kingdon’s Lake District National Park is 885 square miles with a width west to east of 33 miles, and from north to south 40 miles.  It’s small, compact and scenic as heck.  Add in easy access with good road and rail links and it’s also very popular, and very busy. For the backpacker … Continue reading “Wild Walks in the United Kingdom’s National Parks”

March 18

Grand Canyon’s Escalante Route

This backpacking trip has it all – a little bit of adventure, steep trails, and climbing mixed in with mellow, sweeping trails that allow you to look up from the trail and appreciate the canyon’s awesomeness. The Grand Canyon is like an accordion of rock layers until you reach its creator at its center, the … Continue reading “Grand Canyon’s Escalante Route”