I'm a journalist, an activist and a lover of trails and travel, a New Jersey native who moved to Houston in 2004. I cherish the feeling of carrying just what I need on my back and tenting solo listening to coyotes howl. I'm easily mesmerized by the sound of the wind through the tops of tall pine trees. I planned a 2018 AT thru-hike but cancelled to focus on my dying cat's last days and then the midterm elections. I now have my sights on a 2021 thru-hike, starting shortly after my 60th birthday, coronavirus willing. I just completed my training as a Texas Master Naturalist and I'm enjoying my path toward certification, trying to learn the names and natures of various living things.
Ambreen Tariq is a Muslim, an immigrant, an activist, and an outdoor enthusiast. She describes herself as a proud feminist and an advocate for
Eric Heber is an Alabama native who has lived in Louisiana for 18 years. He began hiking just seven years ago in the Kisatchie National Forest, a
You may see them infrequently. You may wonder at their skill or endurance. If you’re the average AT thru-hiker—young and male—you may worry about
This will be my last post until the fall, when I start blogging about my 2019 thru-hike. Yes, 2019. I have decided to defer my thru-hike until
Thru-hiker Dann Hailey, trail name Night Crawler, first gained fame when popular vlogger Early Riser introduced him to the internet. “This guy
I woke up at 5:00 this morning with the thought in my head that maybe I don’t understand the magnitude of an AT thru-hike, that maybe I will get on
(No, the title of this post isn’t meant to be a partisan reference. However, it references a campaign slogan and this post is about voting and I am a
I went to the Lake Houston Wilderness Park today. It wasn't much of a workout; I live in Houston and when I ask people in this area where I can do
I am among those hopeful thru-hikers who have researched, surfed the net, watched YouTube videos, made best-friends-for-life at REI, and perhaps,
Last March, my sister sent me a link via Facebook to a book about the Appalachian Trail and the message “2020 yo it’s on.” The book was Hiking Through: One man’s journey to peace and freedom on the Appalachian Trail by Paul Stutzman, and her message proposed we for real do something we had talked about for years – hike the length of the AT.